|Enewsletter • February 22, 2006|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
For Your Consideration
Last week, we mentioned that literature distribution in 2006 is proceeding at a record pace -- over 150,000 so far -- and we will very soon need to do another printing of Even If You Like Meat....
The number of booklets we can print and distribute depends on your support. The more tax-deductible donations Vegan Outreach receives, the more booklets can be printed, lowering the per-piece cost.
Please remember, every single day, members of Vegan Outreach are reaching out to thousands of new people, being the animals' voice, and helping to bring about a more compassionate and just world.
Please, if you can, help expose the animals' plight, and help more people make informed, cruelty-fee choices.
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Vegan Outreach | P.O. Box 38492 | Pittsburgh, PA 15238-8492
Above, Kaz Sephton leaflets at the University of Texas in San Antonio; photo by Jon Camp.
Jon Camp's Fourth Week in the South
Week 4 of my southern tour had me stationed in Texas -- what absolutely wonderful leafleting turf! With the help of volunteers, a total of 7,441 booklets were handed to students of U TX San Antonio, TX State, U TX in Austin, TX A & M, and U of Houston (where Emily Modis, right, leafleted with me). As most of the colleges that I leafleted had not been hit with vegetarian advocacy in years (if ever), it was great to reach out to students left in the dark about what today's farmed animals endure. It was also especially heartening to meet vegetarian after vegetarian in regions not necessarily reputed for espousing kindness to farmed animals. Most surprising to me was the amount of positive feedback I received while at TX A & M, a school known as a stronghold for teaching animal agribusiness. While I had minor fears upon entering the school, I ended up handing out 1,700 Even If You Like Meat booklets -- a personal best for me -- to interested students. The bottom line? At literally every college, there are scores of students interested in reducing farmed animal suffering.
Next week I will be leafleting Middle TN State U, Vanderbilt, Western KY U, U of Louisville, U of KY, and West Virginia U. If you would like to help leaflet with me, or if you would like me to give a talk to your local group, please email jon (at) veganoutreach.org. Thanks so much!
Follow-up to "Why Not Change the Laws?"
Matthew Scully, author of Dominion, points out in the AZ Republic: "Arizona voters will be asked this fall to weigh in on a ballot measure called the Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act ... [which] would prohibit the factory-farming practice of confining pigs and veal calves in crates so small that the animals cannot even turn around or extend their limbs...."
"Just this month, the industry's allies in the Arizona Legislature proposed a constitutional amendment to bar the public from passing any laws promoting the humane treatment of farm animals, effective Jan. 1, 2006. Nice to have a fallback position: Even if the humane-farming initiative passes by vote of the people, as industry lobbyists apparently fear it will, they plan to nullify the law retroactively." Full article here (free one-time registration required).
Product of the Week
Notes from Our Members
Your single pamphlet
got me to be 100% vegetarian, and
now I want to spread what I have
learned. Thanks a lot!
I got your pamphlet
at school. I'm sooo not eating meat
Between 10 and 5 today,
I distributed 907 booklets at Northern
Illinois University, and an additional
5 and 5 to 2 different students
who wanted to share them with friends.
Around 8 people stated that they
were vegetarian and 2 vegan. 2 people
expressed their gratitude that I
was doing this. A student who runs
a morning show on the college radio
stopped after getting a booklet
to ask me to be on the show to speak
on the topic. The school newspaper
also sent a photographer to catch
me in action. Another student also
took photos and info from me for
a class project.
I leafleted at the NBA All Star
game. Just as I got my pamphlets
into position and opened my boxes,
one of the guys selling paraphernalia
told me that he is a vegan, and
he eagerly took a Why Vegan
and a GCFE. Later, another
guy working at the arena told me
that he got a pamphlet from me at
the University of Houston, and that
he is still a vegetarian; I gave
him a GCFE.