|Enewsletter • March 28, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Distribution Maintains Torrid Pace
Despite terrible weather across much of the country, Adopt A College activists have handed more than 200,000 booklets directly to students so far this year! This is already more than the entire Spring '06 semester. Overall, Vegan Outreach has distributed 400,000+ booklets so far in 2007 -- also a record pace!
On March 26, full-time High School teacher Stewart Solomon (at right) handed out a total of 3,450 Even If You Like Meat booklets at Cal State Los Angeles and Cal Poly Pomona -- a new individual single-day college leafleting record. For the semester, Stewart has already handed over 20,000 booklets directly to students.
Update from Jon Camp
After being on the road for 68 days, I'm now home. With the help of others, 47 schools were leafleted on this tour, 42,064 booklets were handed out, and a little under 9,000 miles were put on my car.
At right, Jon hands out one of his 750+ booklets at West Virginia University on March 23; photo by Matt Ball.
As always, I give my most sincere thanks to those who housed me, leafleted with me, and who help fund this work. I'm very much heartened by your generosity and I really strive to make sure it goes as far for the animals as possible.
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!
Product of the Week
Susan Kline: The Department store Kohls is now carrying a line of skin care that is vegan. The line is called "Grassroots." Their formulas "do not contain animal ingredients, artificial colors or fragrances and they are not tested on animals."
Notes from All Over
The arc bends...
Another corporation follows the trend toward the abolition of the worst factory farming practices:
"In what animal welfare advocates are describing as a 'historic advance,' Burger King, the world's second-largest hamburger chain, said yesterday that it would begin buying eggs and pork from suppliers that did not confine their animals in cages and crates."
...but there is still much work to do.
Vegan Outreach supports the abolition of crates and cages because we recognize that billions of animals continue to be raised and butchered for food while we continue our advocacy. We want these individuals to suffer as little as possible. But this -- "Film Shows Neglect of Animals Sold under Ethical Label" -- is an example of why we focus our limited time and resources on promoting a cruelty-free diet:
"Popular ethical food labels which claim to reassure consumers of high standards of animal welfare are criticized tonight in a TV programme which shows shocking scenes of neglect on some farms including ducks being punched, kicked and thrown around by staff. Among the brands singled out is the Freedom Food scheme, launched by Britain's largest animal welfare organization, the RSPCA, and used to certify meat products sold at a premium through Britain's main supermarket chains."
Feedback from Our Members
I handed out 600 booklets
at a High School Tech & Science
Fair. Two teenage boys came up to
me and one said: "You're awesome!
I saw everyone reading them inside."
At right, Julianne Armijo leaflets at the University of Michigan; photo by Jon Camp.
I was handed one of
your pamphlets today
as I was walking out of class. I
just want to tell you guys that
this is BY FAR the BEST pamphlet
I have read on animal cruelty in
factory farming. You have a realistic
approach and an informative attitude
with just the right amount of shock
value added in. You guys put the
focus on "reducing suffering"
rather than forcing people into
an extreme, and cursing them if
they don't do it. "Years worth
of eating less meat and eggs will
prevent more suffering than a brief
stint as a vegan, so it's important
you take an approach you can sustain."
This is my favorite quote. Thanks
for having brains in your heads
and approaching this the right way.
Leafleting at MDC today,
I had some great exchanges. Twice,
a couple of people said "Oh,
I can't believe this, we were just
talking about this!" Another
lady said she had already gone vegetarian
after receiving one of these booklets.
She wanted more for friends. I met
another young girl who went vegan
three days ago. At one point, there
were conversations between strangers
who had received the leaflet, while
I continued to leaflet in the vicinity.
Leafleting for Vegan Outreach is
the most rewarding volunteer work
to reduce suffering in the world.