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reducing the suffering of farmed animals
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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 13, 2007

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

The Six Million Dollar Man Booklet Group

Earlier this week, Vegan Outreach passed the six million booklet milestone!

Because of the hard work and generous support of you, our members, Vegan Outreach is reaching more and more people every year. Every day, we are taking the animals' case right to the public, in a detailed and documented fashion.

At right, Bionic Leafleter Col. Jon Camp hands out one of his 100,000+ booklets of the past year; photo by Freeman Wickland.

Modern agribusiness depends on hiding the realities of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses. Vegan Outreach is dedicated to exposing these hidden realities, so as to end the brutal exploitation the animals suffer every day. We will continue to do our best to allow everyone and anyone, in any situation, to be the most effective advocate for animals possible.

To learn more, see this article about leafleting, featuring Vegan Outreach's Jon Camp. Also, VO's Jenna Calabrese was recently interviewed about her activism.

 

Move Update

Vegan Outreach's new mailing address is now:

Vegan Outreach
P.O. Box 30865
Tucson, AZ 85751-0865

The office will be in transition for the next few weeks, so any orders during this time may be delayed. The next issue of this e-newsletter will also be delayed.

 

Summer Conferences

Jack Norris will be speaking, with Jon Camp & Jenna Calabrese tabling at Animal Rights 2007, July 19-23 in Los Angeles.

Matt Ball will be speaking, with Jon & Jenna tabling at Taking Action for Animals, July 28-30 in Washington, DC.

If you are attending, please be sure to look us up!

 

Product of the Week

Francesca reports: I recently spent two weeks in the United States and discovered a wonderful vegan 100% organic spread called Earth Balance. It is light and buttery. I do so wish we had it in Australia!

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

 

Notes from All Over

Action Alert: Save Local Laws

From HSUS: "Some of our most important victories for animals have been state laws barring cruel practices -- such as horse slaughter, confining young calves and breeding pigs in crates so small they canít even turn around, and force-feeding of ducks and geese to make foie gras. Should Congress be able to block all such laws?" Read more.

 

VegDining to Support Veg Groups

"From now until the end of October 2007 (World Vegetarian Month), if you have an active, purchased VegDining Card or VegDining login account, you can nominate any two vegetarian groups that you'd like us to support. Groups will receive $1 US of support for each nomination received, up to a maximum of $5,000 US per group." Read more.

 

Living with Chickens

Via DawnWatch.com, from the New York Times: ""As soon as Isabella came home from school and opened their cage, [Chirp] would politely stand aside to let Cheep emerge. If she wandered out of his sight, he would squawk and scurry off to find her. Then Cheep would reappear with Chirp at her heels, jump up on Isabella's arm and hold still to be scratched under the chin.
     "Chirp would observe these proceedings with a cocked head and a quizzical stare, but when Isabella reached down to give him equal time, he would step back -- too shy, or too proud, to admit he too wanted to be touched -- and make her chase him.
     "Whoever coined the phrase 'dumb cluck' never met our chickens. All I had to do was open the refrigerator door and both would come running."

 

Organic Not Always What It Seems

From MSNBC: "Sales of organic milk are soaring, but watchdogs say some of the dairy products shoppers are consuming may not be as earth-friendly as the labels purport. A large [10,000-cow] dairy in Tulare County recently became the first in California to have its organic certification suspended because it violated organic standards."

 

Feedback from Our Members

Leafleting the last week of high school classes here in MA, I had the exchange of the year:

Jenna: Hi, information on animal cruelty?
Student: You gave me one of these before.
Jenna: Did you read it?
Student: Yeah. I can't eat any of that stuff anymore, man. It's gross.
Jenna: Great! Here's a guide that should keep you on the right track. (gives student GCFE)
Student: Oh, word. Go vegan! (pumps his fist)

-Jenna Calabrese, 6/11/07

At the HelloGoodBye concert today, I had ~99% acceptance rate and I was able to give one to about 85% of the attendees at this mid-sized venue (capacity ~900). Nearly all were teenage girls and many waited patiently for a booklet. I saw dozens of kids reading them as they waited for the bands to come out and sign autographs.
-Casey Constable, 5/28/07

[While leafleting near a TV playing factory farming and slaughterhouse footage in Toronto this weekend], I personally talked to over 20-30 people who said they wanted to turn vegetarian. [Click on image for larger version.]
     Just one story from many: a mother with her three children came up to me and asked questions. The mother let her children look at the literature because she thought it was something that they needed to see. I spoke gently with them about how animals are treated. One girl (about 10 years old) said she thought it was "unfair" and "gross." Their mom told me that they were going to start cooking more vegetarian meals because what goes on is just not right.
     Out of all the activism I've ever done this is by far the most effective, and I feel so good knowing that just three hours could help so many people make more compassionate decisions.
-Andre Ingles, 5/20/07

At the Galleria Mall today, an employee told me that she got the pamphlet from me last week, and that I have convinced her. Also, I overheard a girl telling her friends, "This pamphlet is the reason I became a vegetarian." I now hear comments like these fairly regularly when I leaflet.
-Eugene Khutoransky, 5/20/07

A few years ago, I was handed one of your pamphlets, and then quit meat. You changed my life. Thank you so much for making a difference.
-GD, 6/10/07

 

Every Donation Prevents Suffering

Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Vegan Outreach

POB 30865, Tucson, AZ 85751-0865