|Enewsletter • June 28, 2006|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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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.
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."
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
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
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
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:
She then took a Why Vegan.
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
First day of summer
quarter at Cal Poly
Pomona, I handed out 617 EI,
3 AML in 2.5 hrs. For my
brilliant daughter Stephanie's 10th
birthday, she wanted to make Vegan
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.
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.
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.
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.