|Enewsletter • November 21, 2007|
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Notes from Vegan Outreach
It can be difficult to be thankful at this time of year, with the slaughter and consumption of animals so overtly celebrated (not to mention the family stresses and discomfort that often accompany holidays).
However, those of us at Vegan Outreach are sincerely thankful this and every season. Not only are we able to work with some of the best people in the world -- thoughtful, compassionate, selfless, and dedicated -- but we also know that every day, we are making a tremendous difference. More and more people are making profound and fundamental changes in their lives, and the plight of farmed animals -- meticulously hidden for decades by modern agribusiness -- is being brought to light.
We are thankful for you, and hope that you, too, are proud to be a part of the cutting edge of animal liberation -- the moral imperative of our time.
-Anne, Brian, Jack, Jon, Lauren, Matt, Miranda, and Victor
More from Jon Camp
For my just-concluded, 5,000+ mile tour, a total of 24 schools were leafleted and, with the help of volunteers, 22,637 booklets were handed directly to students.
As always, a huge thanks to everyone who housed me, leafleted with me, and to those who generously give to Vegan Outreach. This work is often slow and a bit arduous, but like others, I continue to see firsthand, everyday, that it is getting a great many of today's students to seriously consider the animals' plight and make changes. We've got a long battle ahead of us, but we are making some very significant inroads.
Recipe & Menu of the Week
Notes from All Over
By Bill Maher
"Freeing the turkeys might help the president's credibility when he says things like, 'We don't torture.' Take a look at this video, shot just last month at a typical American turkey slaughterhouse, and this one, shot undercover last year at a Butterball slaughterhouse by investigators from PETA, and you'll see that my use of the word is no exaggeration.
"Former Vice President Al Gore should be the first to take the meat-free Thanksgiving pledge. Since raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined, is it too much ask Mr. Gore to stop gazing at his Oscar and his Nobel Prize long enough to read the United Nations report that calls the meat industry 'one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global'?" Read more; see also "Some feast on turkey, some say no thanks."
Notes from Our Members
At Cal Poly, San Luis
Obispo, a student
came back and told me she was going
I had a lot of positive
interactions and talked
to a number of people at CU-Boulder
today. The highlight of my day was
when a young woman excitedly told
me she has been veg since receiving
an EI from me two months
ago. She's planning on bringing
her non-veg boyfriend to a student-sponsored
vegan Thanksgiving dinner.
At TX A&M Galveston
yesterday, a girl
mentioned getting a booklet at a
concert awhile back, and it resulted
in her and a friend going veg.
At Wayne State, Don
and I met a man who had worked at
a slaughterhouse in Eastern Market,
Detroit. He described how they slaughtered
pigs and how it turned him off of
eating sausage for years. He said
some of the guys working with him
were pretty cruel to the animals.
We also had a number of productive
conversations about vegetarian meats
with people who insisted they couldn't
give up meat. One of them did say,
"Boca burgers are really good!,"
and he would try to give up meat
and dairy one day a week.
Leafleting at the Hanna
Montana concert last week, one
of a pair of girls said, "Are
you the person who stands outside
the Galleria mall all the time?"
After I said yes, her friend said,
"She is vegan now. I am vegetarian."