|Enewsletter • March 7, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
At right, Joe Espinosa, who recently passed out his 75,000th booklet, leaflets at Eastern Illinois University; photo by Matt Ball.
Overall distribution for 2007 has smashed through the 300,000 mark already! For reference, this is more than all of 2000 -- in fewer than 65 days! Thanks to everyone who has made this possible!
Last week's link to this article didn't work for everyone; corrected URL here.
Product, Shop, & Nutrient of the Week
Jenna C: We should give a shout-out to the long-time Vegan Outreach supporters at Snooty Jewelry.
Jack Norris: Get your Iron here!
Notes from All Over
In December, VegDining will announce support valued at up to $75,000 US to promote the work of up to 50 vegetarian groups around the world, as determined by visitors to VegDining.com. To learn more and make a nomination, visit VegDining!
excerpt: "I hear from a lot of people who wanted help in making the transition to a vegetarian (or mostly vegetarian) diet. Let's face it: If you've been eating meat all your life, this change can be daunting just to think about, let alone act on. Happily, it's easier than ever today to make the transition from meat-eater to vegetarian, and the following suggestions should help even the most die-hard carnivores make the switch."
More Great Victories!
And the hits just keep on coming!
excerpt: "'Livestock [which includes birds and pigs -ed] are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems,' Henning Steinfeld, senior author of the report, said when the FAO findings were released in November. Livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions as measured in carbon dioxide equivalent, reports the FAO. This includes 9 percent of all CO2 emissions, 37 percent of methane, and 65 percent of nitrous oxide. Altogether, that's more than the emissions caused by transportation."
excerpt: "Clever scrub jays can plan on saving tasty treats for the future and do it in a way that shows they are truly planning ahead, British researchers reported on Wednesday."
Feedback from Our Members
King and I tabled, showing
factory farm footage and leafletting
with Vegan Outreach materials on
Lincoln Road Mall Sunday night.
There were often crowds of people
staying to watch Meet
Your Meat on the
video (at right) and asking questions.
Many people seemed absolutely convinced
that they wanted to change their
diet. Very satisfying.
At the University of
Iowa today, one man
came up to tell me that he grew
up in a farming region of Iowa,
and that he has always been against
factory farming and such. Furthermore,
he used to do construction work
and quit the company he was working
for on moral grounds once they got
contracted out to build a pig farm
full of gestation crates. He looked
through the booklet and said that
it was completely accurate, mentioning
that he had seen several pigs with
ruptures like the one in the EI
I thought you might
like to know that
one of his converted vegans is in
your [Anne Green's] class. The Why
Vegan pamphlet really impressed
me. Though [my vegan friend who
gave me the booklet] brought up
some very thoughtful points, I wasn't
completely sold on why I should
seriously entertain being vegan
until I read the Why Vegan
pamphlet. Thus my vegan days began.
Our Save the World
club is going really
well! I'm in charge of the club,
and three teachers said it was a
great idea. We're having a vegetarian
week starting tomorrow at school
-- we have hung up posters and we're
going to make announcements about
it. We're going to also be handing
out flyers in front of the school
as people go in. My friend and I
put one of your brochures in each
teacher's mailbox here at school.
We have overheard so many teachers
saying that this is such an amazing
booklet, that they are glad that
they got it because now they know
what really goes on.
At Pasadena City College,
two girls walked past, telling me
"No thanks." They walked
a little ways and then stopped.
I faintly heard one of them say,
"But I really need to know."
Then one of the girls came back
to me and said, "I didn't want
one because I know how sad it is.
But, I really should read it. It's
really something that I should know."
I've always been against
animal cruelty of
any kind. Recently, I received one
of your booklets -- I had no idea
it was that brutal for them! It
hurts me to know how humans could
do that to an animal, without any
remorse. Please send me booklets
to give out to people, because just
like I was impacted by a booklet,
many people could face the reality
of what's happening.
I was given a copy
of your brochure containing
photos and descriptions of factory
farming. Many of the sadistic practices
were news to me. Now I'm trying
to become a vegetarian with the
help of your brochure.