|Enewsletter • March 21, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Spanish Booklet Now Available!
Thanks to the efforts and support of several translators, Lauren "Design Goddess" Panos, and Ingrid Newkirk, Vegan Outreach now has copies of the new Spanish booklet available.
If you haven't already, you can still contact Morningstar Farms regarding their use of eggs. You can learn more here, or go right to the contact form. Please pass this along to every compassionate person you know -- thanks!
Vegan Outreach's polite young man Jon Camp (leafleting here at Michigan State; photo by Sophia DiPietro) will be tabling at the Animal Aid Concert in Baltimore on Sunday, March 25th. If you'll be attending this, please stop by and say hello to him!
More Vegan Outreach Profiles
Product of the Week
Joe Espinosa: My suggestion for product of the week is Chilli Man brand vegetarian chili. Flavorful enough that I use a can of chili with an equal amount of my own cooked beans (chick peas, black beans, kidney beans, or pintos) for a hearty meal that allows me to brave the tough Chicago winter. I am able to find it among the other canned chili at Jewel (grocery story chain in Illinois).
Notes from All Over
Excerpt: "Which causes more greenhouse gas emissions, rearing cattle* or driving cars? This question was posed in a recent report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which concluded the livestock sector “generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent -- 18 percent -- than transport.”
*While many news outlets equated "livestock" in the FAO report only with cattle, livestock includes all animals raised for food.
Excerpt: "'The word ‘vegan’ tends to scare people -- and to exclude people,' said Gargiulo, a retired competitive snowboarder and vegan for 16 years. ... 'From a marketing point of view, trying to attract just those people would give you a tiny market, so it makes sense to broaden the appeal by not necessarily proclaiming your veganness,' said Denver restaurant consultant John Imbergamo. ... At least half of American adults strive to eat at least two or three meatless meals per week, according to another poll by the trade group."
Excerpt: "'For me, the current situation of the food industry -- specifically the animal food industry -- is something I don’t feel that I can support, and this is a concrete way that I can boycott it,' said Blizzard. 'After the Interim class, I am what I would consider a strict vegetarian. I don't eat meat, I don't buy any more leather or animal products, I don't use products that have been tested on animals and I don’t eat eggs or drink milk, unless it’s a rare occasion.'"
Feedback from Our Members
Received by Suzanne Haws: I'm curious to know if you were the one passing out Vegan Outreach literature at Contra Costa College last fall. If so, I want to thank you so much for taking the time to do that. It really opened my eyes to the amount of cruelty that exists, and my husband and I have made drastic changes to the way we eat and live...all for the better!
At right, Gaurav Pranami leaflets at the Iowa State; photo by Jon Camp.
Today I offered EIs
to a group of high
schools students, and they replied
collectively, "We've gotten
them already." But then one
girl turned toward me as they rushed
by and replied, "That leaflet
changed my life!"
A while ago I got pamphlets
from you guys for
my Veganism speech in my college
class. The speech went over well.
After I was done, I had to answer
many questions, some nice and some
not so nice. All and all it went
well and I just wanted to let you
guys know that without your help
it wouldn't have. The pamphlets
really went a long way of backing
what I had said. Thank you for your
organization and everything you
I had a number of uplifting
For example: A guy and two of his
friends stood with me while looking
at the brochure and proceeded to
ask me questions about the pictures.
As I was telling them they were
saying things like "That's
horrible! What am I supposed to
eat now?!" I gave them GCFEs.
My favorite exchange today:
Brochure against animal cruelty?
At right, Mike Benedetti leafleting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; photo by Jenna Calabrese.
Last week, in the below-zero wind chill at Springfield Technical Community College, I had another interesting exchange:
Brochure to help animals?
Also last week, right before I
knocked off for the day at UMass,
Amherst, a young male student came
up to me and told me that he had
received a brochure last semester.
"I went vegetarian after reading
it," he confided, "and
I wanted you to know that you guys
truly do make a difference."