|Enewsletter • January 6, 2005|
News from Vegan Outreach
Happy New Year!
We are now back in the office, getting caught up on back orders. The new booklet, Even If You Like Meat, is now available for order from our catalog. We will work hard to get all orders filled as soon as possible.
Thanks to everyone who attended Matt Ball's talk in Phoenix on December 29 (at right) -- and apologies to everyone who was turned away due to lack of space!
Jon Camp will be leafleting colleges in the Houston area Jan. 24 - 28 and would love some help. If you would like to help out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adopt a College, Fall 2004
What an amazing semester -- we handed out 83,727 flyers at 140 schools!
Joe Espinosa took first place among the volunteers, distributing 9,194 copies of Why Vegan and Try Vegetarian at 18 schools, and thousands more in other venues -- while still working his full-time job! Thanks to the support of Vegan Outreach's members, our newest employee, Jon Camp, leafleted at 46 different schools, handing out an unbelievable total of 26,602 copies!
To see all the leafleters, please click here.
Here's to an even better 2005!
December Newsletter Now Available
Not Quite Vegetarian (requires registration), Published in New York Times, January 1, 2005
As a full-time animal advocate, I see the notion of "flexitarian" -- defined as "a person who consumes mainly vegetarian food, but occasionally eats meat or fish" (Week in Review, Dec. 26) -- as a definite boon for animals.
Farmed animals endure unfathomable misery on today's factory farms and in slaughterhouses. Flexitarians offer a great alternative to those wishing to reduce this suffering but who see the immediate switch to vegetarianism or veganism as too strict.
To me, eating vegetarian isn't about being perfect or pure, but about reducing suffering. Even if we just cut our meat consumption in half, we would be reducing half of the misery of today's farmed animals.
-Jon Camp, Highland Park, NJ
Vegetarian Options Appeal Across Boundaries (requires registration), Published in Star-Telegram, December 30, 2004
It's not surprising that a vegetarian restaurant would be a favorite among both Democrats and Republicans. Taking good care of one's health is beyond partisanship and, just as important, so is the goal of trying to reduce animal suffering.
On today's factory farms, egg-laying hens have parts of their beaks seared off with hot metal blades and live in cages so small that they're unable to even flap their wings. Male pigs endure castration without the luxury of a painkiller, and at slaughter, animals are often dismembered while still fully conscious.
Regardless of one's political creed, we can probably all agree that reducing suffering is a good thing. With restaurants like the Spiral Diner now sprouting up across the United States, we can enjoy delicious food while making the world a kinder place.
-Jon Camp, Vegan Outreach, Highland Park, NJ
News from All Over
Volunteers Needed to Submit Vegetarian TV Show to Their Local Stations!
VegVideo is a television show that airs investigations, interviews, lectures and documentaries about the treatment of farmed animals and the alternative of a vegetarian diet. VegVideo airs on community television in San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and 30 other cities across the country. Volunteers are needed to submit episodes to their local station. For more information, check out www.vegvideo.org and/or e-mail email@example.com.