|Enewsletter • March 1, 2006|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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Above, Eleni Vlachos leaflets at UNC Chapel Hill; photo by Jon Camp.
Jon Camp's Fifth Week in the South
Like previous weeks, week 5 of my southern tour was a highly effective one. With volunteer help, a total of 3,278 Even If You Like Meat booklets were individually handed out to students of Sam Houston State U. (SHSU), Stephen F. Austin State U., U. of Louisiana at Monroe, Mississippi State, and U of Alabama.
There were a number of memorable experiences throughout the week. One took place at SHSU when a man came up to ask me -- in a somewhat accusatory manner -- if my gloves and shoes were made with animal products. I calmly and politely told him that they were not, but that even if they were, the goal of my outreach was not to act as if I were morally perfect, but to simply reduce the level of animal suffering in the world. The man I was speaking with suddenly became reflective, psychologically disarmed, and I told him to have a nice day. While some animal activists search for ways to be completely free from hypocrisy, I've always found that admitting to imperfection adds credibility and opens the door to dialogue.
At the University of Alabama, I was joined by wonderful local activist, Kit King. In less than five hours of outreach:
In conclusion, last week was another of the best weeks of outreach I've participated in -- positive, constructive, and full of new inroads created for the animals.
Above, Monica Ferroe leaflets at LSU; photo by Jon Camp.
Question of the Week: Jesus
"Why don't you tell everyone that Jesus was vegan, as shown in The Vegetarianism of Jesus Christ, by Charles Vaclavik?"
It might be reassuring to believe that Jesus was vegan. However, since most people won't believe Jesus was vegan, no matter what arguments are put forth, we don't believe it is a good idea to make claims that provide people an excuse to ignore the actual cruelties of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses. It is our opinion that the case for vegetarianism is strongest without trying to add controversial and distracting claims, no matter how compelling we might personally find them.
The Christian Vegetarian Association does an excellent job of promoting cruelty-free eating within a Christian context.
Product of the Month
During March, you can get a free Johnny Rocket's Streamliner (buy one get one free coupon here). Bruce Friedrich says, "This is the best restaurant veggie burger around – so bring a meat-eater and treat them to this burger. It’s fantastic."
Notes from Our Members
At his event in San
Marcus said that when people
who don't have a background in nutrition
or medicine try to give nutritional
advice about veganism, they end
up hurting our movement. So, I appreciate
Norris is an R.D., and offers
solid, unbiased, informed advice.
is a portion of a
conversation I had last week at
Cal State Los Angeles:
On another note: Matt Ball's "How
Vegan Is Enough"
lecture at AR2005 was refreshing.
I almost didn't go because I was
afraid the answer would be that
there was no limit to how vegan
one should be, that it might be
some fire and brimstone speech with
someone reciting the entire encyclopedia
of animal products. Many people
hear about all of these trace animal
products and think veganism is beyond
I remembered that talk earlier
today. I was very tired
and my back hurt, but I
was able to distribute 750 EIs
at Pasadena City College. On the
drive home I started thinking about
an old riddle: How many physicists
does it take to change a light bulb?