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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  December 6, 2006

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

AAC 2006 Hits Half a Million

On December 1, the Adopt a College programís fall semester total reached 318,209 brochures! Over 500,000 booklets have now been handed directly to students during 2006!

At right, Ashley Watson leaflets at U. Kentucky; photo by Jon Camp.

So far this semester, 111 volunteers have leafleted at colleges in North America, with 81 having handed out 100 or more booklets; 32 individuals have distributed over 1,000. Victor Tsou finished his leafleting tour with a final record-smashing total of 53,841. Congratulations, Victor!

 

Canadian Company of the Week

Michael Hayward: "I'd like to nominate Bulk Barn. They stock a huge selection of bulk vegan foods such as rices, dried beans, pastas, whole grains, TVP, nuts, seeds, hemp, flax, trail mixes, etc., at very reasonable prices. I don't know if the founder is a veg, but he certainly makes life easier for Canadian veg*ns."

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

 

Notes from All Over

CSI Investigates Factory Farming -- Thursday, Dec. 7, 9 p.m.

CBS' top-rated CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION is once again tackling a difficult animal issue in this week's episode, "Loco Motives." A bizarre series of murders, including the death of a rock star who speaks out against an industrialized chicken farming operation, leads the CSI team to investigate the unpleasant truth about what really goes on behind closed doors at a chicken slaughterhouse.

 

The Turkey Industry, 2006

Compiled by Farmed Animal Watch.

 

Where Vegan Meets 'Decadent'

Q & A with Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Vegan With a Vengeance and head of The Post Punk Kitchen.

 

Diet and Global Warming

New report from FAO; press release from HSUS.

 

Notes from Our Members

I had lost faith in my leafleting when my boyfriend shrugged off Why Vegan. After reading the Oct. newsletter (pdf) and seeing how many people got great results (handing out as many brochures in one day as I did in a month!), Iím feeling very inspired, especially at the holidays. This Thanksgiving, my Mom made a Tofurky -- at 64, she went vegetarian, and my sister went vegan last year thanks to your brochures. In fact, your brochures led me to go vegan several years ago.
-TS, 11/30/06

Here in Vegan Society of Finland, we have now almost distributed the entire first edition of our new pamphlet Miksi kasvissyojaksi? (in English: Why Vegetarian?). The brochures have been mostly distributed in tabling but they have also been stocked to some shops and libraries. It is also part of our free starter pack. We have lots of new members and numerous requests for the free starter pack.
-Timo Kiviniemi, 12/2/06

I really appreciated your article "Advocacy in an Imperfect World," from your October newsletter. I think it's important to recognize that every little bit helps, and that if animal advocates insist that people are "perfect," then it will be not be a very inviting idea, and people will be intimidated against even trying.
-MN, 12/1/06

My favorite exchange at UNC Chapel Hill today:
     Me: Brochure to help animals?
     Student: I got one of those...I went vegan.
     Me: From this brochure?
     Student: Yes!
-Jeff Boghosian, 11/30/06

At right, Lauren Porsch leaflets at New York U; photo by Jenna Calabrese.

One of my favorite leafleting memories ever was from UNC Chapel Hill about a year ago, when Aashish Bhimani was my fellow leafleter that day. During one class change, a nice young man came up to me to say that he went vegetarian as a result of getting an Even If booklet a few months earlier. During the next class change, a nice young woman came up to Aashish to say the exact same thing.
      Aashish and I had a similar experience at George Mason U yesterday. There was an individual walking by and he stopped to let me know that he got an EI booklet 4 months back and that the pictures -- especially those of the chickens -- made him really think about his food choices, which immediately led to him going vegetarian. An hour later, another man came up to Aashish to state that he got an EI booklet a year back and has been vegan since (pictured here; Aashish on left).
-Jon Camp, 11/29/06

While leafleting at the Hawthorne District [in Portland, OR], I asked two 20-somethings if they wanted a brochure. One of them grabbed it, and the other one waited for me to get more pamphlets out of my bag. When I handed it to her, she said "YES!!" and was practically jumping up and down. She walked away energetically talking about it with her friend. Also, one of the highlights was a sweet girl who came up to me towards the end and said, "Okay, I'm ready to take one now!" I realized that I had offered her a WV earlier but she had her hands full of stuff. It made me happy that she took the time to come back over to get one.
-Jessica Dadds, 11/27/06

While Roger and I were leafleting at the University of South Florida today, we had a number of great encounters. A guy told me he is "trying" and that he thinks it's important for everyone to reduce consumption. He got a pamphlet in high school and then again in college and has since been limiting his meat consumption. One girl said "Hell Yeah!" after I offered her a booklet. A man refused a booklet, went inside the library, then came back out and said, "On second thought, I will take one." Two girls said they had already received booklets and they agreed so I gave them GCFEs. A golf cart came up to Roger, and one of the guys in the cart asked for a booklet. The two men in the cart then proceeded to argue about whether someone who doesn't eat meat can build muscle. One guy said to the other "Look at him!" (referring to Roger), "He's pretty built!" Roger told them he hadn't eaten meat in 10 years, and is fitter now than he was before.
-Jodi Chemes, 11/27/06

 

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