|Enewsletter • September 5, 2007|
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Notes from Vegan Outreach
Holy Booklets, Batman! New Records!
As of August 22, Vegan Outreach had already sent out more booklets than last year (click the image for a larger version)!
Many of these booklets were distributed at concerts, festivals, and other venues this past summer. Since May 1, AAC activists reported handing out over 300,000 booklets at non-college venues -- including 161,276 at Warped Tour stops across North America.
Fall semester has also gotten off to a record-smashing pace, with 65,000+ booklets already handed directly to students. This is more than 2x last Fall's total at this time! (Please see the front page for most recent actions.)
Thanks so much to everyone out there reaching new people every day, as well as those of you whose generous donations have allowed us to print more booklets each year. You make this happen!
Activist Profile: Nick Cooney
What made you decide to start leafleting?
I actually remember Jon Camp standing up at a lecture at Rutgers University and telling the audience that the best way to create change was by distributing Vegan Outreach pamphlets. This was close to four years ago, and at the time I thought the idea was silly. But over the years I've realized more and more that veg outreach is one of the most effective ways -- and sometimes the most effective way -- of helping as many animals as possible.
What was your most positive leafleting experience this year and why?
Earlier this year, a couple attended a foie gras protest we were having in Philly. It was the first protest the two had ever attended. The guy stated that he had gone veg about 6 months ago after getting a leaflet at West Chester University, where he went to school. Turns out I was the one who had given it to him! Also, this past spring a family approached one of our leafleters here in Philly and said that after receiving a pamphlet a few months ago, their entire family had gone vegetarian. Pretty awesome!
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
Jump in the water! Once you're in, you won't want to get out because a) you'll realize how effective it is and b) you'll probably have some fun doing it. Once you flip into highly social mode, you won't care so much about what people think of you, or about the occasional negative comments. Get out there and do it! It really is one of the most effective things you can do to help animals.
Where There's a Will...
Want to make sure that your estate goes to speaking for the animals? Vegan Outreach has put together a short page on how to put the animals into your will.
Products of the Week
VO's Operations Officer Anne: Any company who thinks they can bribe their way to a spot in our eN by sending us samples is absolutely right ... as long as their products are as good as Tofurky Jurky! Perfect texture and very flavorful, it is a great food for travel, school lunches, hiking, you name it. High in protein, low in fat, too.
Executive Director Matt: Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burger has no soy or wheat -- it is truly a vegetable patty. Unlike any other "burger" my family has had -- all three of us like them! Delish!
Notes from All Over
Via Dawnwatch.com, B.R. Myers annihilates Michael Pollan's animal-eating anti-vegetarian rationalizations:
"One debates the other side in a rational manner until pushed into a corner. Then one simply drops the argument and slips away, pretending that one has not fallen short of reason but instead transcended it. The irreconcilability of one's belief with reason is then held up as a great mystery, the humble readiness to live with which puts one above lesser minds and their cheap certainties. As Pollan writes:
"'I have to say there is a part of me that envies the moral clarity of the vegetarian, the blamelessness of the tofu eater. Yet part of me pities him, too. Dreams of innocence are just that; they usually depend on a denial of reality that can be its own form of hubris.'"
Notes from Our Members
Your group inspired
us to become vegan, and most of
the rest of our family too!
Prabhu Raman, vegetarian since given a booklet on campus two years ago, makes his leafleting debut at George Mason U; photo by Jon Camp.
At East Carolina U today, one student said he couldn't get those disturbing images out of his head. This was followed-up by the exchange of the day:
Two days ago at Winston-Salem U
(an historically black college),
I was able to reach about 20% of
the students. Three teachers took
booklets to use in their classes.
At another point a student climbed
up on a trashcan and held the brochure
up high, saying "These animals
are no different than Michael Vick's
dogs. Don't eat these animals!"
He went on for a minute or two.
Many students thought the booklet
was about Michael Vick, one said
"Michael Vick is getting pummeled
on this campus!" But many were
questioning me why he is in so much
trouble in light of what happens
to farm animals.
At Brown, I
handed out 150 pamphlets in less
than a 1/2 hour. I had great reception.
And to think I was nervous! I would've
been able to distribute all 300
if I had brought them, but I didn't
expect it to be so easy.
Written to Anne Green: