|Enewsletter • June 25, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Link of the Week: Why North America?
Occasionally, a member suggests that Vegan Outreach should expand our efforts to other countries. Others question why we focus on North America. Here is an explanation.
Conference of the Week
Taking Action for Animals will be held in Arlington, VA from July 19-21; discount registration is available until June 27. Vegan Outreach Co-founder and President Jack Norris will be speaking, and Jon Camp and other VOers will be there as well!
Activist Profile: Miranda Robbins
As we've done in the past, Vegan Outreach is profiling some of our top leafleters. This week, we turn our attention to Miranda Robbins. In her first year of leafleting for VO, Miranda handed out over 80,000 booklets to college and high school students, and thousands more at concerts, festivals, and beaches throughout California. Miranda's hard work for the animals continues to inspire many.
How long have you been involved
in animal rights and how did you
What made you decide to start
leafleting? If you were nervous
the first time, how did you get
What was your most positive
leafleting experience and why?
What would you say to individuals
hesitant about leafleting?
Cookbook of the Week
Cookie-Pie Goddess Miranda: "For those of us who have been known to skip straight to dessert, Hannah Kaminsky has created My Sweet Vegan, her debut volume of tasty vegan treats. My Sweet Vegan contains more than seventy user-friendly recipes accompanied by colorful photographs of the finished products, adding eye-candy to the list of sweet offerings." Read the full review!
Notes from All Over
NPR commentary by Peter Singer: "Why are we in the midst of a food crisis when world production of food per person has actually grown steadily since the 1960s? The answer is that we're not eating the food we grow, sometimes not eating them at all, sometimes wasting at least 80 percent of them." Read the full story.
Via COK: "Already we've seen a number of world-class athletes move toward vegan and vegetarian diets. NBA guard Salim Stoudamire, former NFLers Desmond Howard and Ricky Williams, track and field greats Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses and others have followed that path. Four other athletes who have made the switch to vegan or vegetarian diets recently shared their thoughts on these and other meaty issues tied to their choices...." Read the full story.
Notes from Our Members
A few months ago,
I received one of the booklets about
the way animals are treated in the
food industry. It really got me
thinking, and I decided to become
vegan. Thank you for providing me
I received your booklet
at Boston University last year.
I have made the switch to a vegetarian
diet, and am working towards being
totally vegan. Our cafeteria offers
lots of veggie / vegan options,
which has helped the transition
After handing out several
Why Vegan? pamphlets
at my high school at the end of
May, I received excellent feedback.
Three girls came up to me later
that day; one saying that she'd
rethink consuming meat and animal
products all together, and two who
turned vegetarian right away. Those
two have still remained vegetarian
and one of them is even headed towards
becoming 100% vegan!
Paul Shapiro leaflets in Maryland; photo by Jon Camp.
I was reminded of the power of Vegan
Outreach's work. On Friday, I heard
from Steven, a young man I had leafleted
the night before at the Bethesda
Metro station. He said that while
he used to go back and forth, to
no avail, with his roommate about
veganism, simply showing him the
VO booklet brought forth a different
result; his roommate is giving vegetarianism
a shot. On Saturday, while tabling
at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival,
I heard from a woman who picked
up a Why Vegan? four years
ago; she has since been vegetarian
and is now working on going vegan.
While leafleting Sunday at the Baltimore
Pride Festival, two separate women
came up to sincerely and enthusiastically
state they were profoundly moved
by what they saw in the booklet
and, because of this, wanted to