|Enewsletter • October 24, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Record Growth -- Thanks to You!
On Monday, Vegan Outreach's distribution passed 1.5 million booklets for 2007 -- on track to break last year's record of 1.1 million by more than 50%.
If you would like more people to learn the truth of modern agribusiness, please consider a donation.
Activist Profile: Victor Tsou
How long have you been involved in animal rights and how did you get interested?
About a year after I first went vegan, I attended a talk given by Erik Marcus where he said, "If you go vegan, you can save thousands of lives. If you become an activist, you can save millions of lives." I knew then that I had to do more. That line has never left me.
What was your most positive leafleting experience this year and why?
Wonderful things happen all the time while leafleting. Today, for example, a female student told me she recently read the book Skinny Bitch and now wants to go vegan. She asked for extra copies of Even If You Like Meat for her English class; they were having a discussion right then in English class about the booklet and all of her classmates wanted a copy. I hear about these conversations between students all the time and these peer group discussions, catalyzed by the literature, lead to thoughtful consideration about the lives and deaths of "food" animals.
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
We each have the power to effect great change in the world. Although it isn't flashy, glamorous or particularly sophisticated, leafleting is one of the easiest and most effective ways to save the lives of animals. If you leaflet for just an hour each month, over the course of your lifetime, you will personally be able to keep over a million lives from ending brutally, violently, horrifically in slaughterhouses.
Now let's go out and leaflet!
Product of the Week
Mindy: Crispy Cats candy bars -- the organic, vegan, and kosher candy bars come in 3 flavors: Mint Coconut, Roasted Peanut, and Toasted Almond. Crispy Cat bars are beginning to show up in natural food stores.
Notes from Our Members
I really noticed people
are starting to open
up to the message. So many more
people at this event already knew
about factory farming this year
than last year. At the SPCA Pet
Walk, people were incredibly receptive.
One girl turned me down, saying,
"I got one already [at USF,
Tampa], that's why my family is
Oni-con, a girl came
back and said, "I got one earlier.
I have now decided to go vegan."
At Diablo Valley College,
a faculty member told
me she became vegan after receiving
an Even If. One student
came back to me and said, "This
stuff chokes me up. I want everyone
to know about it." I gave her
a GCFE and 10 EIs.
A student received an EI and asked
me questions about factory farming
and why I was out leafleting. We
talked for a bit and then he said,
"It brings such joy to my heart
to know you are out here because
you care so much. Thank you for
sharing this with me."
At Duke today,
one student said she was trying
to go veg after seeing an EI;
I gave her a GCFE and she
was grateful. Another student yelled
out to her friend, "Hey! Have
you seen this? This is why Susan
at a concert today,
one person explained that she'd
received one a year ago and it made
her go veg on the spot. "Thank
you for being here," she said
with a big smile.
Two satisfied customers at UC Davis pose with booklets received earlier in the day; photo by Brian Grupe.
At Kent State today,
Carolyn Yane wore
her body TV showing Meet
Your Meat while I handed
out 1,000 WV in only 2.5
hours. It was KSU's college recruitment
day so there were high school students
walking all over campus. They were
SO receptive to the veg literature
and asked for more brochures for
At Winston-Salem State
(where Jeff Boghosian
had leafleted in August) dozens
-- and I mean dozens -- of students
made comments about the effect the
Even If had on them.
At the U of South Florida,
one young man turned
down the booklet, saying, "No,
I already have one, and now I'm
vegetarian!" We also leafleted
two guys; the first guy took the
booklet, looked at it, then smacked
his friend with it, saying, "He
needs one too!"