|Enewsletter • May 2, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Because of your generosity, Vegan Outreach will receive the entire $20,000 April matching challenge amount. Thanks so much!
This money will allow Vegan Outreach to print more literature to keep up with record demand. Adopt a College has passed 300,000 for the term, and is quickly closing in on last Fall's record. Every day, thousands of new people are receiving a detailed and documented account of the realities of modern agribusiness, as well as steps they can take to help end the cruelty.
Also, veteran activist Freeman Wicklund (at right; photo by Jon Camp) has written an interesting blog post about leafleting: "Scatter Tracts Like Raindrops."
Product of the Week
Christina: Oh my goodness -- Tofurky Jurky is the best stuff ever! Especially the peppered kind!
Notes from All Over
excerpt: "Once a network of grungy, obscure cafes, the vegetarian and vegan experience in some cities has blossomed on par with its carnivorous counterparts, complete with Zagat ratings and celebrity clienteles. Part of the transformation is a result of advances in cooking that allow chefs to prepare proteins such as tofu with a taste and texture similar to meat. They can do the same thing with tempeh, which consists of fermented soybeans with a more grainy texture, and seitan, a concentrated wheat gluten. Experts also credit the rise to an expanding global pantry, where vegetarian dishes are no longer relegated to the back of a menu, but they have become main-plate specials."
Global Warming and Willingness to Change
relevant excerpt: "On this 37th Earth Day, most Pennsylvanians think global warming is an inconvenient truth, but not many are willing to be inconvenienced enough to do anything about it. Only 41 percent said they'd be willing to drive a hybrid car or install solar panels; 38 percent were willing to wash dishes by hand; 30 percent were willing to stop eating meat."
Feedback from Our Members
I am [distributing
your literature] in my middle school
classroom. My students
this year have showed a curiosity
and interest in my veganism, and
the pamphlets have been a great
resource in answering their questions.
Some of them were even inspired
to write persuasive essays on why
we shouldn't eat meat!
At right, Doug of Compassion for Animals leaflets at a concert; photo by Andre.
I was given one of
your pamphlets between
classes and didn't think much of
it at first glance until it almost
reached the garbage can. I almost
threw it away because I was horrified
by what I saw on the cover, but,
then I realized, that was the very
reason why I SHOULD read it.
I'm glad I saw the
Vegan Outreach brochure
on our campus. It has opened my
eyes to the horrible cruelty of
farm animals and I have since become
a vegetarian. I hope your program
continues to grow and get the word
out about this terrible truth.
At the University of
Central Florida, we
had many great encounters, including
a discussion with a hunter who then
agreed to read the booklet. I met
one person who went vegan after
receiving an Even If last
semester. A young woman took a booklet
from Dean and about an hour later
came back. She said she had gone
to her dorm room and checked out
VO's website. She said it was very
informative and had great sources.
She seemed extremely excited and
said she definitely wanted to go
vegetarian. Dean gave her a GCFE
While leafleting at John Jay today, Matt and I had the following exchanges:
-Jenna Calabrese, 4/25/07
At the University of
the District of Columbia, one
guy said emphatically, "Man,
that's effective! <points at
booklet> I've seriously cut my
meat consumption down since reading
it. I'm very conscious of this now."
Later, a young woman essentially
told me the same thing -- that she
has cut her meat consumption down
since reading Even If.