|Enewsletter • August 11, 2004|
News from Vegan Outreach
Jon Camp will be leafleting at Iowa State on Monday, 8/23 and at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, 8/24. He would love help so if you wish to join him at either location, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes from All Over
Liberation Now! – The National Student Animal Rights Conference
Join hundreds of young activists for the fourth annual “Liberation Now!” national student animal rights conference over Halloween weekend at the University of California – Berkeley. Early registration is only $10 and travel grants are available, please visit http://www.LiberationNow.com for more info.
Want to Take a Survey?
Patty Malesh, a graduate student in English and Rhetoric from the University of Arizona, is currently writing a dissertation on vegetarianism as a social movement--specifically on identity and the role of personal interaction as movement action. She is interested in hearing personal stories about how and why people became vegetarian/vegan and how this decision has affected other aspects of their life/lifestyle. If interested in being a part of her research, you can email her.
From Our Members
For about a year or two, I was debating the
idea of becoming vegetarian. But I kept thinking,
“It'll be so hard, I won’t be able
to eat out, my boyfriend will be upset,”
etc. I stayed in denial because I was raised
a meat eater like everyone else.
Because of your Why Vegan? pamphlet
I picked up during a NYC Howard Dean rally this
past winter, I became exposed to what really
goes on in these hideous farm factories. I used
to be a meat worshipper and ate immense portions
like you wouldn't believe! But since reading
that pamphlet and researching more on just how
animals suffer in the world today, I have become
a full-blown vegan starting this past May and
going strong, proud, and full of fire! Thank
I love the approach you guys take. I’ve
been vegan for 14 yrs now, but never fully comfortable
with the approach or stigma attached to it.
I have taken your view for many years now, doing
the best I can and explaining it compassionately
to people who are interested. I am no longer
worried about the dietary minutiae or even the
odd scrap of leather that might be in a shoe
I buy that I cannot detect. As you say, it is
always about decreasing suffering. And living
in such a world there is a spectrum...we cannot
be perfect, nor should we attempt that futile
hurdle either. Nonetheless, I believe there
are a lot more of me/us out there. I think though,
we tend to be quieter about it and not the obstreperous
vegans that often (unfortunately) get the limelight.
I’m 17 yrs old, and I haven’t eaten
red meat for about 8 years now and I have been
a vegetarian for about a year. Four months ago
I decided to go vegan but it has been very difficult
to give up many of my favorite foods. Whenever
I eat vegan foods, I find that I have more energy,
and just feel better all around. A week ago
I decided to not label myself as a vegan, but
to mainly eat vegan foods. But every time I
go to a vegan restaurant or read one of your
newsletters I feel bad about eating any animal
products and want to switch back to being a
full vegan - its just so hard! They hide animal
products in everything - like milk powder or
gelatin in cereals. I’m moving up to Santa
Barbara for college in a week and I think it
will be easier to become a vegan once I’m
up there because I will shop for my own food
instead of my parents who always buy eggs and
milk, etc., and my mom bakes cakes and cookies
all the time. Thank you for all the inspiration
and support your newsletter has given me throughout
my transition into an animal cruelty-free life!
The recent discussion on vegan behavior and
how we are seen by the public is crucial. I
must say, however, I am quite amazed how mainstream
the term “vegan” has become, hearing
it on TV nearly every time I turn it on, which
is becoming a decreasing phenomenon. When the
term is used, it is with far less snickering
and with more respect than ever. I am confident
that Why Vegan is a large part of this.
A couple months back I handed out Why Vegan
and Try Vegetarian brochures at my
college and got a pretty good response. I find
that young people are more open than older people.
So, the other day I was in the cafeteria waiting
for my veggie burger, when I saw a kid walk
up and was looking at the back of a package
of a pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwich
(horrors!) and I decided to talk to him. Turns
out that he just went vegan a week earlier because
of a pamphlet that his friend gave to him. It
was one of mine!