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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 28, 2006

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Matching Donation Update

Thanks to the generous support of many dozens of generous donors, Vegan Outreach has raised $12,500 toward the $20,000 matching donation being offered.

We need your help to be able to put this donation to work. So please -- take a moment to send in a special contribution and help Vegan Outreach receive $20,000 towards speaking for the animals! You can donate securely on-line here, or send a check or money order to:

Vegan Outreach
P.O. Box 38492
Pittsburgh, PA 15238-8492

Thanks so much!

At right, Jon Camp leaflets at Columbia College; photo by Melinda Bilecki.

 

Notes from Our Members

I'm 14 years old, and I got your Even If You Like Meat pamphlet. I read it more than once and it was totally life-changing. It made me have a whole different perspective on the way I eat. I don't eat meat now and I'm starting not to eat dairy and eggs. I have told many people about becoming a vegan and opposing animal cruelty and how they can make a difference. Please send me materials. I want to spread the word about how much pain these animals are going through. You have changed me and with your help I can change others.
-JM, Huffington, TX, 6/20/06

At NOVA-Annandale today, one person who got a chance to flip through Even If said "I don't think I can eat meat today after receiving this."
-Aashish Bhimani, 6/15/06

My husband and I went vegan about 8 months ago and I just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks for all the valuable, sincere, and down-to-earth information you have on your site. I was wary at first of telling people I was vegan because I felt there was some kind of stigma associated with the term. I felt like people -- especially other vegans -- might judge me for not being entirely perfect (e.g. although I will not purchase new leather products, I have decided to keep my old ones until they wear out). I find a lot of encouragement and strength in your messages of focus and acceptance. I also find Vegan Outreach helpful when I feel overcome by anger and depression. Your site has helped me overcome my initial wariness -- I am now much more comfortable describing my habits and beliefs. I think you're doing a great job in helping to guide people in and around this incredibly important issue of animal advocacy.
-JT, 6/20/06

Yesterday at the Warped Tour, a guy walked up to me and said we had given his brother a flyer here last year. He said his brother did some research, and has been vegetarian ever since. Thanks, VO, for helping us help the animals.
-Unny Nambudiripad, 6/19/06

When I was a student at Hamilton College, I remember a Why Vegan flyer circulating around my friends' apartment on campus. We all read it and were shocked. I am happy to report that now, two years later, many of us are now veg and all of those friends have chosen to reduce the amount of meat that they eat. That one flyer made a big difference -- if I hadn't read it I would probably still be oblivious to the suffering of these animals. If I can make that difference by giving people the information, then it is all worth it
-AA, Utica, NY, 6/16/06

Last night, I handed out about 450 Why Vegans outside the nightclubs in about two and a half hours, along with lots of GCFEs. Sample exchange:

Her: "I'm a Christian, and God put animals on the Earth for us to use ... and they don't have a soul."
Me: "But they suffer just as we do"
   "Well, I am against torturing them."
   "But that is what we are doing"
   "Yes, I know, and I feel terrible about that. I do think its wrong to eat meat from places like that".
   "All the meat in grocery stores is like that. So even if we believed that in principle it is OK to eat meat, we would still need to be vegetarians because of the way modern industry works."

She then took a Why Vegan.
-Eugene Khutoryansky (at right), 6/24/06

I have gotten all the literature I ordered and distribution is going very well. I've actually heard back from several people who've said they've gone vegetarian. Yay!
-KA, Wilmington, NC, 6/12/06

First day of summer quarter at Cal Poly Pomona, I handed out 617 EI, 3 GCFE, 3 AML in 2.5 hrs. For my brilliant daughter Stephanie's 10th birthday, she wanted to make Vegan Outreach's chocolate cake, from the GCFE. She was so excited! She made two cakes, each a triple recipe, as well as the chocolate pudding from the same page (which she used as filling for the center of the cake). Delicious. The recipes not only work, they're good, and so simple even a ten-year-old can follow them.
-Stewart Solomon, 6/20/06

I want to take the opportunity to express my thankfulness for the awareness that your organization is raising about cruelty to animals. I saw the brochure, and saw the photos that really impacted me. I don't have enough words to express my sadness about this. It definitely made me change the way I will eat from now on, and I will share this information with my family and friends. I encourage you to continue with this campaign, for there are many like me that didn't know about this.
-SG, Hacienda Heights, CA, 6/19/06

I'm very impressed with your approach to going vegan. Many people are turned off by the adamant all-or-nothing approach taken by others. You guys let people know their actions -- no matter how small -- can make a difference. Thanks for distributing intelligent literature that will help and not push people away.
BE, 6/19/06

Our favorite leafleting event -- The Warped Tour -- happened yesterday! A total of 13 CAA volunteers distributed approximately 4,300 Even If leaflets and about 67 GCFEs at the Minneapolis stop for Warped Tour. We split into three groups to cover all the main exits, and leafleted from about 4pm until it let out at 9:30pm. As usual, many were happy to receive a brochure and others commended us for our work. I personally saw around 5 or so individuals absorbed in reading an EI after they had received one from us. We met dozens and dozens of people who said they were vegetarian, and we gave many of these individuals the GCFE leaflet. A large portion of the attendees said that they had already received the leaflet from us last year at Warped Tour or from other occasions. I was able to ask some of these people if they had read the brochure, and most people said they looked through it, while several said they read the entire pamphlet. At least three people said that they stopped eating meat after getting the EI at last summer's tour.
     Meanwhile, my brother Willy and his friend/CAA volunteer Mark Rigesma passed out 100 EIs at a Battle of the Bands concert that was happening at the same time, but in a different location. They said the audience was receptive and of high school age.
     On Saturday, Donny Mansfield, Leslie O'Leary, and Sam Ero-Phillips handed out about 300 EIs at a Minneapolis Juneteenth festival. And lastly, today I passed out 200 EIs at the U of MN freshmen orientation.
-Gil Schwartz, CAA, 6/19/06

 

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