|Enewsletter • September 17, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
A Most Memorable Day!
Last Thursday was the most stunning and unforgettable day in recent memory! Adopt a College activists reached 15,178 students at colleges across the country, with Iron Man Vic Sjodin (right) setting a new one-day record by reaching 5,172 students at Penn State; his semester total is now 31,028! Jon Camp offered this insight: "Like so many AAC leafleters, Vic radiates a deep sense of urgency towards reducing the level of misery in the world. He doesn't make a big to-do about himself; rather, he gets out and humbly does the work that needs to be done. In my opinion, this spirit is the lifeblood of activism."
Through the selfless work of so many, AAC distribution for fall term is already over 186,360 at 202 different schools!
A few hundred miles north of Vic's record day, Vegan Outreach Co-Founder, President, and head of Adopt a College Jack Norris married Alex Bury, indispensable employee of PETA (and special advisor to Vegan Outreach). They used the event to promote vegetarian eating. A few links: PETA blog; slideshow (by Chili Pepper Productions), Toronto Sun.
Donations for the animals can be made in lieu of presents.
The next day -- with more than 30% of 2008 remaining -- Vegan Outreach's overall booklet distribution broke 2007's record of 1.82 million booklets. Since then, the total has already climbed to over 1,900,000! Thank you to all the dedicated activists taking the animals' plight to new people every day!
Each of these booklets was distributed thanks to the thoughtful contributions of our donors. It is only because of your willingness to fund this work that thousands of people are learning the truth each and every day. We will continue to do our best to make sure your contributions go as far as possible for the animals.
Link of the Week: Is Vegan Outreach Pro-Egg?
Should we promote vegan spin, or work for the animals?
Product of the Week
Bethany: "I absolutely love chocolate Tofutti Cuties. They are so rich and creamy yet have no dairy items in the ingredient list. These little dessert sandwiches make the grade."
Notes from Our Members
Saint John's University, I
ran into several students who were
genuinely interested, including
someone who said he "has no
choice but to be a vegetarian."
Another student was struck by an
image of a dog in the booklet, and
made the connection to farmed animals,
stating, "If someone ever hurt
my dog I don't know what I'd do
-- and it should be the same for
other animals too." A few teachers
asked for extra leaflets for their
Above, Lindsay Parme at Howard University; below, Lyn Cozart at Columbia Heights Metro station; bottom, Matt Boyle at George Mason University.
At the University of
a man told me he'd gotten a booklet
previously. He and his wife had
looked at it and decided they didn't
want to be a part of "that"
I overheard the following two conversations today at Trader Joe's:
-Katherine Welsh, 9/11/08
While leafleting today,
one gentleman told
me he was sickened to see animals
being treated so horribly in factory
farms. I gave him a GCFE
and he said he was planning to show
the brochures to his entire family.
Later, a shy young man thanked me
for giving him the Even If You
Like Meat. He admitted he had
no idea any of this was going on.
I told him that I was glad he was
able to accept the information with
such an open mind and that he shouldn't
be ashamed because now he knew the
truth and could do something about
it. I was honored to be out doing
this work on an important
day of remembrance.
I just wanted to say,
THANK YOU for what
you do. I wish I knew many years
ago what I know
While our group
Speak Out for Species tabled at
the Student Activities Fair today
at the University of Georgia, I
ventured into the crowd and handed
out 800 Compassionate Choices.
Met seven or eight vegetarians,
three of whom said that they went
veg recently after receiving booklets
on campus. That afternoon, Sociology
professor Liz Cherry asked her students
if they had ever experienced a moral
shock. One young woman held up a
copy of Compassionate Choices
and said, "I got this booklet
today and saw how animals are treated
and now I don't want
to eat meat anymore."
I received your brochure
about animal cruelty at my college,
and it really struck me. I want
to dedicate myself to stop eating
meat and helping out animals, and
this will help me do that.
Vic [Sjodin] and I
handed Even If
You Like Meat booklets to 6,270
students at Temple today. I had
some very good responses -- one
person said she went veg from getting
a booklet in a previous semester
[ed. note -- Vic had four individuals
say the same thing to him that day].
Another asked for more booklets
because she said her roommates all
wanted to go vegetarian.
At the University of
Shore, a historically black school
that had never been leafleted before,
reception must have been around
95%. There were lots of good questions
and the rapport I had with the students
was tremendous. Two individuals
mentioned previously being inside
pig factory farms. One said the
conditions were equal to what was
detailed in the booklet; the other
said they were worse.
It was a hard day of
leafleting at University of Wisconsin,
Stout, but I still found some interested
people. One man who received a leaflet
earlier in the day said, "I
got one before. Now I'm not going
to eat meat anymore."