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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  March 22, 2006

 

While leafleting at the University of Virginia, one young woman came up to Joe [Espinosa] towards the end of the day to state, in a most sincere manner, that she had received the Even If You Like Meat booklet earlier in the day and was never going to eat meat again in her life. Joe gave her a GCFE, talked with her, etc. One woman also told Joe that she probably shouldn't take the booklet because she was wearing a suede jacket and a leather purse. Joe told her that he ate meat for 21 years and she then took the booklet.
-Jon Camp, 3/15/06

Notes from Vegan Outreach

AAC Reaches New Milestones!

By the first day of Spring, activists had distributed over 105,000 booklets already this term, with Jon Camp (at right; photo by Joe Espinosa) having distributed over 30,000 at 50 different schools, and Stewart Solomon (a full-time teacher, husband, and father) over 17,000!

Based on our calculations (see here), since the fall of 2003, the Adopt a College program has led to over 14,000 new vegetarians, sparing more than 500,000 birds and mammals from the horrors of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses. Over the next 50 years, more than 25,000,000 animals will be spared!

25,000,000!

None of us can experience the alternate universe where millions more animals would have suffered in factory farms. But if we are to bring about a vegetarian world, we need to do the hard, slow work of person-to-person outreach.

Thanks to everyone who takes the animals' message to the public and to all of you who make it possible by financially supporting this necessary work!

 

Attention: St. Louis!

Vegan Outreach co-founder and President, Jack Norris, R.D., will be the featured speaker at the St. Louis Vegetarian Society's Meatout Celebration. There will be two seatings for this all-you-can-eat gourmet vegan dinner! Details here. Jack will be leafleting in the St. Louis area on Friday, March 24. Contact him at jack (at) veganoutreach.org if you would like to join him.

 

Product of the Week

Maya Davis: "I think Luna bars should be the product of the week. They feature many organic ingredients and are vegan. These delicious bars are specifically designed for women."

Send your nominees for Product of the Week to product (at) veganoutreach.org; previous products can be found here.

 

Notes from All Over

An Ethical Diet: The Joy of Being Vegan

From The Independent (UK); excerpts:

"There are estimated to be at least 600,000 vegans in the UK, although there may be up to one million. The number is certainly growing sharply. Food surveys suggest that there were just 100,000 in 1993. The shelves of supermarkets are increasingly being stocked with products designed for vegans and the market for vegan food is thought to be growing by up to 15 per cent a year. Although there are no specific figures for veganism, the market research group Mintel estimated the meat-free market to be worth ?626m in 2004 -- a rise of 38 per cent in five years."

 

Unsurprising Squeals

The mindset of animal scientists:

"Yes, they really did study the squeals piglets make when their testicles are chopped off. They conclude, somewhat unsurprisingly, that: 'The observed changes of acoustical parameters during the surgical period can be interpreted as vocal indicators for experienced pain and suffering.'"

From issue 2541 of New Scientist magazine, 04 March 2006, page 96.

 

"Meat and You: Partners in Freedom"

From the Simpsons

 

Notes from Our Members

We're just about to finish leafleting the 400 Even If You Like Meat booklets you sent us in February for Hunter College. We've had MULTIPLE people tell us that they made the switch to a veggie diet. Thanks so much!
-JH, New York, NY, 3/18/06

At West Valley College, I met one girl who was "happy to see someone doing this." She mentioned that she had tried being vegan but that it was too hard. I gave her a GCFE, and she flipped through it as we talked. When she came to the heading "I Was Vegan for a While, But...", she laughed and said, "This is totally me! I really need this."
     One student at Chabot College told me he's going to stop eating meat. I gave him a GCFE, which he then showed to all his friends. They all seemed to be pretty into it.
-Suzanne Haws, 3/16/06

At the Galleria shopping mall today, a young woman told me that I changed her life. She used to be a vegetarian, but went back to eating meat. "But, because of you today, I am going to stop again." I then gave her a GCFE. She opened it to the center flap, and read the caption "I Was Vegan for a While, But...", and she then happily told me that the GCFE was just what she needed.
     One teenager opened the pamphlet, and her jaw dropped to the ground as her eyes were glued to the Why Vegan. She didn't say anything, but I gave her a GCFE, knowing that she would probably be needing it.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, Houston, TX, 3/12/06

When I was at Laurier University, a man walked past me, but when he heard what I was handing out, he quickly turned around. Taking a copy of Even If You Like Meat, he said that he taught animal rights philosophy at the university, and was also doing work on communication in chimpanzees. After glancing at the booklet, he gave praise, saying it was definitely the right approach to take and that if you tell people that what they are doing is wrong, they will be quick to throw it back at you.
-M, 3/9/06

Security at Columbia College in Chicago told me I could not leaflet in front of the doors. I pointed out to them that I was standing on a public sidewalk, and was 12 feet from the door. They insisted on calling the Chicago police who responded with a paddy wagon. The police officers let the security team at the school know that I was not harassing students, which was the charge that the security team dreamed up, and that I could continue doing what I was doing as it is a public sidewalk. One officer even took a booklet.
-Joe Espinosa, 3/8/06

 

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