|Enewsletter • March 2, 2005|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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
2/21 - North Carolina State - 819
Total schools: 11
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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
"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."
"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.
"...and other ethical head games carnivores love to play with meatless eaters...."
"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 Singerís 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. Thatís 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.'"
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.
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
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