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Vegan Outreach 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."

Previous entries here; send your nominee to info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org.

 

Notes from Our Members

At 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 classes!
     Today at Fordham (Manhattan), one student said, "I read it...that stuff's really crazy...didn't know about that," while shaking his head in disbelief. Another student, after reading much of the leaflet, said, "Why is this happening? What can we do to help?" She vowed to consider going veg, and would read AML and the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating.
-Eileen Botti, 9/11/08

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 Colorado, Boulder, 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" anymore.
-Barbara Bear, 9/11/08

I overheard the following two conversations today at Trader Joe's:

Middle-aged man: Do you want turkey for your lunches this week?
Teenage girl: I don't want turkey, I want Tofurky!
Man: Tofurky? What the hell is that?
Girl: Oh, you'll love it, Daddy. It's this stuff that tastes like turkey, but it's vegetarian.
Man: (teasing) Oh, are you a vegetarian now?
Girl: (serious) Yeah. I got this booklet that shows all about how the animals are treated, and I don't want to eat meat anymore.

Woman: Honey? You want to get some breakfast sausages?
Man: (sighing) No.
Woman: What's the matter with you?
Man: I don't know. I got this brochure on my way to class, about how farm animals are raised, and I can't stop thinking about it.
Woman: What do you mean?
Man: I feel bad about eating meat. Those animals are really horribly abused. I'd never really thought about it before.
Woman: Well, they have some vegetarian sausages over here. You want to get some of those?
Man grins and nods, and puts his arm around her.

-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.
-Brian Grupe, 9/11/08

I just wanted to say, THANK YOU for what you do. I wish I knew many years ago what I know
now. I am ordering brochures to pass out everywhere I go!
-TW, 9/11/08

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."
-Eric Griffith, 9/10/08

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.
-MH, 9/7/08

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.
-Nick Cooney, 9/9/08

At the University of Maryland, Eastern 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.
-Jon Camp, 9/12/08

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."
-Fred Tyler, 9/12/08

 

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