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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  December 20, 2006

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Adopt A College Soars to New Record!

The record of 191,245 booklets handed out in the Spring didn't last long! Adopt a College activists almost doubled this, handing out 342,512 booklets in the Fall term! Each one of these booklets was handed directly to someone on a college or high school campus.

Victor Tsou topped the charts at 53,841. VO outreach coordinator Jon Camp set a new personal record of 47,651 booklets. New employee Jenna Calabrese became the third person to break the 40k barrier at 43,847.

Among volunteers, Casey Constable handed booklets to 26,291 people at campuses in the Houston area, and also handed out thousands more at concerts.

Here is a list of the top leafleters (the full list can be seen here):

Tsou, Victor -- 53,841
Camp, Jon -- 47,651
Calabrese, Jenna -- 43,847
Constable, Casey -- 26,291
Solomon, Stewart -- 22,567
Espinosa, Joe -- 14,662
Haws, Suzanne -- 14,651
Acaso, Ben -- 7,608
Anonymous -- 6,817
Bowers, John -- 5,822
Boghosian, Jeff -- 5,433
Chemes, Jodi -- 5,045
Noyes, Karl -- 4,617
Norris, Jack -- 4,377
Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition -- 3,750
Hansen, Kaya -- 3,420
Ketola, Jason -- 3,028
At malls, concerts, and other venues, Eugene Khutoryansky distributed over 37,000 booklets.

Above, Ben Doress leaflets at Boston University; photo by Jenna Calabrese. Below, students at Slippery Rock U read Even Ifs; photos by Ellen Green & Matt Ball.

41 people and groups are over 1,000 for the term, and over 100 hit three-figures. It is safe to say this has been the most successful semester in the history of grassroots vegetarian outreach! Each year, we will see more and more impact from the work we're doing today.

Thank you so much to everyone who leafleted this semester. None of this would be possible without the donations from our members, whose generosity allows us to print and distribute these booklets.

Please consider being a part of this powerful program. With your help, we can reach even more people in 2007!

 

Goody Basket of the Week

Sunflour Baking has developed a new Vegan Outreach basket of goodies. Perfect for the holidays, or anytime!

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

 

Notes from All Over

Salmonella on the Rise in Chicken Meat

excerpt: "A type of salmonella found in eggs is turning up more often in chicken meat and needs to be reduced, according to the Agriculture Department. From 2000 through 2005, there was a fourfold increase in positive test results for salmonella enteritidis on chicken carcasses." Consumer Reports found dangerous bacteria on 8 of 10 tested bird corpses; read the full article, "Dirty Birds."

 

Kids With High IQs Grow Up to Be Vegetarians

excerpt: "British researchers have found that children's IQ predicts their likelihood of becoming vegetarians as young adults." See also this page of vegan kids.

At right, vegan-from-birth Ellen Green prepares to dig into a meal of vegan drumsticks, Trader Joe's meatless meatballs, mashed potatoes (made with Silk Enhanced) and gravy (also made with Silk Enhanced). Organic carrots, too.

 

Bioprinters vs. The Meatrix

excerpt: "One of the odder manifestations of the fabrication future may well revolutionize the world of medicine -- and quite possibly change how we eat and offer a new way to fight global warming, too."

 

Notes from Our Members

I received my starter pack and would like to say "Thank you" for opening my eyes. My 12 year old became a vegetarian 4 months ago, and I researched it to make sure she would be healthy. Because of your info, I ended up becoming vegetarian myself, and I'm now on my way to becoming vegan. After reading your pamphlet, I'm sure my husband, who was a big meat eater, will not eat it again. My 5 year old is also becoming vegetarian, and I'm educating her about the animals. I have been so blind all my life and so desensitized. No more!
-SK, 12/14/06

My volunteers and I set up a video table for 6 hours every Sunday inside either of two ideal locations; busy Penn Station and busy Grand Central Terminal. Often, we even get New York City police officers and U.S. National Guardsmen watching, accepting a booklet on occasion, and even asking questions related to a vegan diet. Lots of people (the general public) showing genuine and strong consideration for changing their diet to exclude flesh and in some cases, all animal byproducts. Vegan Outreach provides an invaluable tool -- the colorful, informative booklets -- for us here in New York City to be extremely effective. Personally, it gives me so much hope.
-Louie Gedo, 12/16/06

I just finished reading your pamphlet about vegetarianism and I wanted to tell you that you have changed my whole way of thinking about the world. I had no idea this cruelty was going on and I will definitely now think twice about what I eat. I would like to become a vegetarian and appreciate all of the resources you've provided to help me with that change. Thank you for opening my eyes!
-SA, 12/14/06

At right, a University of Kentucky student reads an Even If booklet; photo by Ashley Watson.

While leafleting at Montgomery College, one young man was outside talking on his cell while reading the Even If booklet; when he hung up, he continued to read it for quite a few minutes. Later, when I went into the library, I saw a woman reading the booklet she had received from me. When she looked up, her face bore an expression of absolute horror. One man asked me if everything in the book was real. I said that it was, mentioned that the sources are referenced; he mentioned how horrible this was. And last time I was at MC, a woman came up saying, "This is great! Let me know how I can join your group." She gave me her email address at the time and I got back to her with a link for donating. Today, she passed by and said, "Great to see you here again. I joined your organization."
-Jon Camp, 12/12/06

See you in 2007!

 

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All donations are tax-deductible.

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