|Enewsletter • July 21, 2005|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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Hall of Fame: Jack Norris
At AR2005 in Los Angeles, Matt Ball and Jack Norris were inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame, joining previous inductees Cleveland Amory, Gene and Lorri Bauston, Howard Lyman, Ingrid Newkirk, Peter Singer, and Henry Spira. Matt's acceptance text was presented earlier; this is Jack's speech:
In addition to the people Matt thanked, I want to give thanks to:
My parents Sylvia and Jack Norris and my grandmother Mary Poe who provided a great deal of indirect support for Vegan Outreach, at least for my part in it. To Anne Green for all she has done, and it has been a lot. To Alex Hershaft who gave us support in getting off the ground. To Marcia Grodin who has supported us in memory of her son Glenn - a friend and activist in Pittsburgh who passed away in 1995. To Lauren Ornelas who has given me much support and who I expect to see up here getting this award in the coming years.
To Vegan Outreach's financial supporters, without whom we could do nothing. To Jon Camp who personally handed over 67,000 of our brochures to college students in the past year. And to all our volunteers who do the unglamorous, unsophisticated work of standing on street corners and on college campuses informing people one by one about the cruelty of factory farming.
Our efforts -- and those of many other people and organizations -- are paying off. A few weeks ago, ARAMARK, a college food service company, reported that 24% of students who responded to their survey said it was important to have vegan options on their campus. This is great news, but our work has just begun. A premise behind Vegan Outreach is that significant advances for animals will not occur until a much greater percentage of the population is vegetarian. While we wish we could be victorious today, we have to set our sites on students and younger people who will be either the meat-eaters or vegetarians of tomorrow. That outcome will be determined by what we do today. So please go to VeganOutreach.org and get involved in our Adopt a College program either by actively distributing pamphlets or providing other support.
Thank you very much for this honor.
Notes from All Over
"Chickens do not just live in the present, but can anticipate the future and demonstrate self-control, something previously attributed only to humans and other primates, according to a recent study."
Notes from Our Members
Vegan Outreach inspires
me so much. The newsletters
are touching and powerful, and the
commitment and stand that the core
volunteers and staff are for a peaceful
and safe world is truly amazing.
I adore this group and it's my privilege
to contribute what I can to further
your mission and be a part of the
huge contribution you make to people
is what made me decide
to go veg. It was an immediate decision
right after I saw the booklet in
our local library. It changed my
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