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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  March 2, 2005

 

Your "dollar a day" comment [in last week's newsletter] got me to thinking: I make $10/hour, so I can give 6 minute's salary to the animals each day.
-SF, 2/28/05

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Mini-Tour Summary

Thanks to everyone who helped out with Jon Camp's mini-tour! As you can tell from the number of booklets distributed, it was a smashing success:

2/14 - U of Delaware - 401
2/15 - Towson University - 723
2/16 - University of Maryland in Baltimore County - 783
2/17 - James Madison U - 600
2/18 - University of Virginia - 674 Jon, 362 Jeff Boghosian (rt.)

2/21 - North Carolina State - 819
2/22 - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill - 908 Jon, 742 John Davis
2/22 - Duke - 98 Jon, 150 Becca Ryals (rt.), 150 Travis Strong
2/23 - UNC Charlotte - 1,357
2/24 - University of South Carolina - 680
2/25- UNC Greensboro - 558

Total schools: 11
Total for Jon: 7,601 EIYLM
Total for volunteers: 1,404 EIYLM

The success of this trip has led him to consider other mini-jaunts in the northeast. If you would be interested in leafleting with him or would be willing to put him up for a night or two, please email jon@veganoutreach.org

Overall, the Adopt a College Program continues to be one of the very best programs for the animals, having recently passed an estimated 9,400,000 animals saved. Thanks to everyone who has made this possible with your hard work and donations!

 

Conferences

Jon Camp will be speaking at the Grassroots Animal Rights Conference in NYC, which starts March 31.

Planning ahead? Jon Camp, Jack Norris, Anne Green, and Matt Ball will be at AR2005 in Los Angeles this July. On the East Coast? The First Annual Taking Action for Animals conference is in the planning stages.

 

Notes from All Over

Just Say No to Egg Farms

"While many of us harbor idyllic images of Old MacDonald's farm when we consider where our eggs come from, unfortunately, little could be further from the truth. Virtually all eggs produced in the United States come from industrialized farms housing hundreds of thousands -- if not millions -- of laying hens, none of whom see the light of day."

Also, see MFA's new undercover investigation of "Animal Care Certified."

 

Beef Association Pays for Anti-Vegan "Study"

"They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Well, it's even more dangerous when it's wearing a lot of 'respectable' titles."

Editor's Note: As vegetarian advocates continue to make the animals' case, there will be more and more "studies" like this, as well as articles and letters from allegedly former vegetarians. There is no limit to what the meat, egg, and dairy industries will do to undermine the spread of vegetarianism and concern for animals, and the media, knowing who pays for advertising, cannot be expected to tell the truth regarding these claims.

 

Are You Vegetarian Enough?

"...and other ethical head games carnivores love to play with meatless eaters...."

 

The Ethicist

"Singer, the Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics, was talking about his views of the moral status of newborns with catastrophic developmental problems, one of the issues that continually get him into trouble with right-to-life groups. In the worst cases, doctors often withdraw medical support and allow such babies to die, but Singer’s question was: Might it not be more merciful to kill them?

"Singer didn't go at the issue directly. 'He started out by asking everyone who eats meat to raise their hands,' Turner recalls. 'We all had to list the reasons for him why it was ethically OK for us to eat meat.... We probably came up with 15 reasons, and reason by reason he crossed them off the board, explaining why our logic failed,' Turner recalls.

"...'[Students] tend to say, "Well, this is my opinion. That’s your opinion. And I respect your opinion." They tend to think there is not much that you can do after that. I want to show them that that is not the case. You can demand reasons for positions and you can then examine those reasons. And some positions turn out to be defensible and some turn out not to be defensible. Or they turn out to have implications that you find unacceptable.'"

 

Notes from Our Members

Your pamphlet Even if you like meat... is incredibly powerful and informative. I have been a meat eater for most of my life, with a brief period in high school in which I was a vegetarian. Although I am not a vegan, I am a vegetarian once again and have been since the day I received the pamphlet, almost 2 weeks ago. I completely realize the importance of what you are doing and would like to commend you on your efforts. Thank you.
-MF, Richmond, VA, 2/20/05

For a few hours today I both leafleted and tabled (with the Animal Defense League of Arizona) at the Tucson Peace Fair. When I arrived, the person already at the table said I looked familiar. Then she pointed to a Why Vegan on the table and announced, "This is why I'm here -- you gave me this on campus this year. I'm vegetarian now, and I want to get more involved in helping out." When she left for the day, she took several copies of Why Vegan home with her, because she'd been passing her one copy around to all of her friends on the condition that they give it back to her. I also gave her a copy of A Meaningful Life.
-Suzanne Haws, 2/26/05

I have been involved with Compassionate Action for Animals - University of Minnesota Chapter for a year now. A Meaningful Life can be credited for my involvement in AR.
-Benjamin Acaso, 2/28/05

At James Madison U., one older man offered a number of "God arguments," and I stated that, in my humble opinion, a merciful God would not create a being with the ability to suffer, just so that being would endure a life of suffering. This was all very cordial, and I ended up giving him a copy of Honoring God's Creation by the Christian Vegetarian Association.
-Jon Camp, 2/17/05

 

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