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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  July 4, 2004


With Liberty and Justice for All


June 30 marked the end of Vegan Outreach's fiscal year. A preliminary total shows over 600,000 copies of Why Vegan and Try Vegetarian distributed in 03-04. With your help, 04-05 can be even greater!

We're back in the office for a few days before AR2004. We will try to get caught up on orders and requests for Vegan Starter Packs ASAP. Please email us if you haven't heard back about a recent question or order.

The Vegan Outreach office will be closed for AR2004 from July 8-13, as well as July 15-22. On Saturday, July 10, Vegan Outreach will have special meetings for anyone who wants to get together; the first is at 8:45 AM, the second at 9:30 PM. Meet us at the Vegan Outreach table.

We (Anne, Ellen, and Matt, at right) want to thank everyone who showed up at the Chicago EarthSave event. Also, thanks to everyone who came to the NV Vegetarian Restaurant benefit!


Leafleting at College Orientation

There are two keys for leafleting at freshman orientation at large universities. First, it is important to find out which days orientation is on. At the University of Minnesota, this was done by calling the Orientation and First Year Programs office, and I would assume a similar office exists at other large universities. Second, I would try to find out the orientation schedule. As it is basically the same for all the students, this can be done by asking a sympathetic student if you can see his or her schedule. Also, ask which of the scheduled events are attended by all incoming students, and which are small group events or college-specific events.

At the U of M, there are about 5 weeks of orientation and about 300 students every day. This means that if things continue at the present rate, somewhere between one-third and one-half of all incoming students will receive a Why Vegan!

-Gregory J. Oschwald, Minneapolis, MN

Look for a special Adopt a College message later this week!
At right, Robin Means leaflets at SJSU.


Vegan Meal Plans!


Animals Are Not Things

A View on Animal Welfare Based on Neurological Complexity, by Dr. Temple Grandin, Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Dept. of Animal Sciences.


A Rough Game

"Poultry companies' contract system is keeping poultry farmers on a very tight leash."


Dear Editor of USA Today:

In her article "American food is generally safe, but could it be safer?," Elizabeth Weise says, "An analysis by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) finds that fruits and vegetables now account for the majority of food-borne illness outbreaks."

This is not true. CSPI's press release of April 1, 2004, "Contaminated Produce Top Food Poisoning Culprit," shows the following:

  • Seafood caused 720 outbreaks and 8,044 cases of illness.
  • Produce caused 428 outbreaks and 23,857 illnesses.
  • Poultry caused 355 outbreaks and 11,898 illnesses.
  • Beef caused 338 outbreaks and 10,795 illnesses.
  • Eggs caused 306 outbreaks and 10,449 illnesses.

If you add these up, you get 2,147 outbreaks, of which 428 were from produce. Clearly, 428 is not a majority of 2,147. In fact, seafood alone caused more outbreaks than produce. Animal products accounted for 80% of the outbreaks. If you don't include seafood, then poultry, beef, and eggs still accounted for twice as many outbreaks as did produce.

Jack Norris, Registered Dietitian, Vegan Outreach


Hip-hop Artists Spread Word on Vegetarian, Vegan Diets in Black Community


Death of a "Debunker"

Stephen Byrnes, once termed by IVU-Sci's own Stephen Walsh as a "myth-making debunker," scorned vegetarian diets and claimed that advice to lower cholesterol to decrease heart disease risk is dangerous. He advocated a meat- and dairy-heavy diet as the best insurance to protect your heart and health. Byrnes died on June 17, 2004, of a stroke. From his C.V., he appears to have been around 40 years old, at most.
-Jeff Nelson


DawnWatch on the FBI and Animal Rights Activists

"The discovery of the Texas cyanide bomb should have served as a wake-up call: 9/11 has focused our attention on the threat from Islamic radicals, but murderous right-wing fanatics are still out there. The concerns of the Justice Department, however, appear to lie elsewhere. Two weeks ago a representative of the F.B.I. appealed to an industry group for help in combating what, he told the audience, the F.B.I. regards as the country's leading domestic terrorist threat: ecological and animal rights extremists."


Member Feedback

I have not been doing much leafleting lately, but I have been stocking local cafes, restaurants, bookstores and libraries with Why Vegans and other literature. Also, I have been giving out Why Vegans at festivals. I was at the Haight St. Festival two weeks ago and got some feedback for you: One guy picked up a Why Vegan and said, "This is what inspired me to become vegetarian 5 years ago." A girl who was with her mom came up to the table and said, "I got this brochure last summer at a concert and have been vegan ever since."
-Gabe Quash, San Francisco, CA

I am responsible for the nutritional content of the publications of the Belgian vegetarian organization, and I must let you know that I love your texts! They are a great source of information and inspiration for any health professional, as well as to vegetarian organizations throughout the world.
-Lyra Alves


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