|Enewsletter • September 28, 2005|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
What You Are Supporting: Leafleting During an Evacuation
After leaving Houston ahead of Hurricane Rita, Eugene Khutoryansky recently wrote:
"I was on the road from 3 PM Wednesday to 4 AM Thursday. When I arrived in Dallas, I was told that the nearest hotel vacancy was in Oklahoma, and they weren't joking. So, I ended up sleeping in my car. When I woke up, the first thing I did was head towards the University of Dallas, which turned out to be a private school. But the police officer gave me directions to the University of Texas at Arlington, where I leafleted from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, and gave away over six boxes of booklets [more than 1,800].
"The positive response was remarkable, and I got many requests for vegan starter packs. At this rate, I should be completely out of starter packs sometime early tomorrow morning. It seems that the Guide to Cruelty Free Eating has gone to the presses just in the nick of time!
"I am spending the night at the university, so I will be back at my post bright and early tomorrow morning."
Josh Balk of HSUS adds: "Adopt a College works! I just got off the phone with the director of dining at Princeton University and she mentioned that they changed their dining options this past year to include more vegetarian and vegan meals. In fact, she estimated that between 10% and 15% of students at Princeton are vegetarian, and the demand is so high for these products that the meals are now color coded so students have an easier time distinguishing what dishes have meat, eggs, dairy, or none of the above."
Perhaps you are unable to leaflet for hours on end, reaching out to college students and exposing the animals' plight. But you can help ensure that Eugene and other tireless activists have the booklets they need.
The chickens, pigs, and other animals suffering, unseen, in factory farms receive virtually no media attention whatsoever.
They just have you.
Vegan Outreach members have donated $5,765.50 of the $19,000 needed for the next printing of Even If You Like Meat. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!
For those who haven't contributed, we need your support if we are to continue reaching new people with the animals' plight. Vegan Outreach is dependent on donations from you, our members, to be able to print and distribute these booklets. Please don't let us run out.
You can donate securely on-line (please state that your donation is for the EIYLM printing -- we'll continue to post running totals), or send a check or money order to:
Vegan Outreach | P.O. Box 38492 | Pittsburgh, PA 15238
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Notes from Our Members
Before evacuating Houston, Eugene posted this:
There was a dance going on tonight at Texas Southern, so there were a lot more students to leaflet to, in addition to the ones with night classes. One student told me, "You already gave me one, and you already convinced me." But it is always the more challenging comments which I look forward to:
After a few more minutes of conversation, he says, "This is interesting. I am going to read it."
Above, a student reads one of 700 booklets distributed at Compassionate Action for Animals' recent vegan food giveaway at the University of Minnesota.
I know for sure
that the "Even If You Like
Meat" slogan is what made me
feel alright with taking the material
in the first place. After reading
the booklet I knew that I couldn't
go on eating meat. That booklet
changed my life. That's why when
I make my speech at my college,
it will be about vegetarianism/
veganism and animal cruelty and
suffering. The booklets that you
guys are sending me are going to
be for the end of my presentation
so that everything I've said can
resonate with my classmates.
I took the day off
to leaflet at Kent
State today. A woman asked me for
another pamphlet on her way out
of the student center. She said
that she is going to try to make
a difference even though she's been
a meat eater for almost 60 years!
She told me she was going to gradually
decrease the amount of meat she
consumes each week. She said she's
going to try to get it down to eating
meat only twice a week now! She
also mentioned that the EIYLM pamphlet
was put together extremely well
and was very insightful and informative.
I'm interested in getting
more of your booklets
to distribute at my high school.
I often try to communicate veganism
and vegetarianism to my peers but
it hardly ever works. I believe
that since your pamphlets have touched
me so much, they can also touch
others around me. The work you do
is amazing, and you have made a
profound difference in my life.