|Enewsletter • December 13, 2006|
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Notes from Vegan Outreach
Vegetarian Meats of the Month
Paul Shapiro claims that these Meal Starters, especially the Steak Style, are the best mock meat product available at regular natural foods chains (and some grocery stores, such as Giant Eagle). Business Week gave the Tofurky dinner a good review. Vegan Outreach co-founder Matt Ball will be serving his non-vegan extended family these drumsticks and other products from VegieWorld for Christmas dinner.
Notes from All Over
SAGA (Student's Animal Guardian Alliance) is a website that assists high school students and clubs in their efforts to promote a more animal-friendly society. On www.clubsaga.org you can do things like…
Visit clubsaga.org for more information!
Lauren Porsch passes this great service along: "The Vegan Buddies Project is an exciting venture that has been created to provide all the support people need to go vegan. Those of us who already are vegan know that one of the most valuable resources is a friend -- someone to tip us off as to which is the best soy ice cream, where to find stylish non-leather shoes, and most importantly, how the heck to make tofu taste good. We need participants all over the globe, especially in places where vegans are few and far between, so join up today!"
The article tells us that according to the EPA, Smithfield dumps more toxic waste into the nation's water each year than all but three other industrial facilities in America. But, "The industry has long made generous campaign contributions to politicians responsible for regulating hog farms. ... In 1998 corporate hog farms in North Carolina spent $1 million to help defeat state legislators who wanted to clean up open-pit lagoons." Full summary at: DawnWatch.com.
excerpt: "In this rich agricultural region of Northern California, ranchers have been turning chickens too old to lay eggs into compost at a rate of a half-million hens a year. But some chickens not properly euthanized have been seen crawling out of the compost piles, earning them the name 'zombie chickens.'"
Notes from Our Members
friend of mine was
standing outside of his office building
when he overheard two women. One
woman asked, "How is your daughter
liking college?" The other
responded, "She's only been
there a few weeks, and she's a vegetarian
now. She got some sort of pamphlet
on campus and now refuses to eat
At right, Tom Moss talks with a student at Vanderbilt; photo by Jon Camp.
I have been stocking
the magazine rack at
my gym with Why Vegans
since I joined, and tonight a woman
stopped to ask if I was the one
responsible for leaving the brochures
(it must have been my pro-veg t-shirt
that tipped her off). She thanked
me and said I had changed her life.
She picked up a brochure a week
ago and, upon reading it, hadn't
eaten meat since. Since I am stuck
behind a desk all day, I try to
find little things like this to
do for the animals ... and sometimes
it is the little things that can
make a big difference!
At right, Jenna Calabrese leaflets at SUNY Brockport; photo by Hoss Firooznia.
We took a second round
in Indianapolis today.
I talked again with
the ex-Marine I met last time I
was there. He let me know that he
had stopped eating chickens because
of my harm reduction suggestion.
Also heard from about 12 vegetarians.
The students at Mt.
Hood Community College were
incredibly receptive today. One
woman I approached said, "You
already gave it to me, and it made
me cry. It's effective." Another
said she had already received one
earlier in the semester. When I
asked if she had read it, she said,
"It was sick. I have reduced
my meat consumption. Thank you for
While leafleting today,
someone told me "You gave me
one already, and I showed my whole
English class!" When I was
about to leave, someone exclaimed:
"Wow! You have good timing!
We just talked about [animal rights]
in my [moral philosophy] class!"
So, I got another few batches and
ran back to to leaflet the class
letting out. The professor came
out and was impressed and said she