|Enewsletter • August 10, 2005|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Jeff Boghosian
As we continue to profile our top Adopt A College leafleters, this week we turn to Richmond, VA activist, Jeff Boghosian. During the 2004 – 2005 school year, Jeff handed out a total of 4,997 Vegan Outreach booklets directly to college students. When not leafleting at colleges by himself, Jeff is actively involved with Compassionate Action For Animals out of Richmond and also involves himself with human rights causes. Below are some excerpts from our interview with him:
What made you decide to start leafleting and if you were nervous the first time, how did you get over it?
I decided to start leafleting because
I was searching for new ways to
reach people in an effective and
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
... I was also personally hesitant because I know learning about factory farming will undoubtedly cause anguish and anger in people, and I'd rather not be the messenger. But animal suffering is real, and needs to be addressed both for the animals' sake and because most people aren't living true to themselves when they support factory farming. So even though the brochure will evoke uncomfortable feelings and possibly anger, I think most people will ultimately think it a good thing to have personally addressed the issue.
Product of the Week: Chik'n
Both Joe Espinosa and Gil Schwartz recently wrote to rave about Boca, which has recently reintroduced their Chik'n patties and nuggets without the eggs and milk products they previously had.
Notes from All Over
Vote Now for VegNews Veggie Awards!
Vegan Outreach is on the ballot for Favorite Website (question 36). Go to the Veg News homepage, and click on the "Vote for the 2005 Veggie Awards" icon.
by Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz, written in the Concentration Camp Dachau, in the midst of all kinds of cruelties.
"You asked me why I do not eat meat.... I refuse to eat animals because I cannot nourish myself by the sufferings and by the death of other creatures. I refuse to do so, because I suffered so painfully myself that I can feel the pains of others by recalling my own sufferings. ... These creatures are smaller and more helpless than I am, but can you imagine a reasonable man of noble feelings who would like to base on such a difference a claim or right to abuse the weakness and the smallness of others? Don't you think that it is just the bigger, the stronger, the superior's duty to protect the weaker creatures instead of persecuting them, instead of killing them? 'Noblesse oblige.' I want to act in a noble way."
"Two sows are kept in farrowing stalls, also called 'crates,' that confine the animals and restrict their movements. ... But hog producer Phyllis Willis of Thornton calls the crates unethical. ... 'I have a problem seeing an animal locked up like that,' Willis said."
Notes from Our Members
I went to the Warped
Tour and was handed
the pamphlet. I had no idea this
was going on. I am now a vegetarian
and will do whatever I can to help
end this cruelty.
[Francione, at right with a body-screen
TV; click on the picture for a larger
version, to see the looks on
the people's faces] and I agree
that it was our best leafleting
so far. We handed out more than
250 pamphlets in less than 1.5 hours.
At times, I couldn't even get through
the crowd anymore because it was
so packed (I took the pictures when
it was less busy). People were actually
raising their hands to make sure
that they get a pamphlet. Reaction
was pretty much the same as usual:
indignation, shock, some tears,
but also a lot of thumps-ups for
what we were doing. At any rate,
it was a smashing success today!
I learned about Adopt
a College at the
recent Animal Rights conference
here in Los Angeles. Today was my
first time leafleting at Cal State
LA, my wife's alma mater, and it
was a fantastic experience. I spent
the first hour getting reacquainted
with the campus and the second hour
giving out 191 Why Vegans,
mostly to high school kids. I couldn't
believe how polite everyone was,
especially in contrast to protests.
And it seemed like almost everyone
was reading it. One young lady carrying
some bags took one and began reading
it as she walked. When she approached
the trash can she shouted "Oh
God!" and threw something in
the garbage. When I went to get
the pamphlet out for possible reuse,
I realized that it was her chicken
lunch which she had discarded.
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