|Enewsletter • October 22, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activists & Donors Power AAC to New Heights!
As of yesterday, Adopt a College activists have handed Vegan Outreach booklets directly to 451,936 students at 468 colleges this semester. This crushes Fall 2007's total, and there are still eight weeks left in the term!
Another student learns the truth from Jane Smiley at the College of Alameda.
Kudos to the dedicated leafleters and donors behind this work! Because of your contributions, every single day, thousands of new people are learning the truth and discovering steps they can take to help animals.
Link of the Week: How Vegan?
Excerpt: "[T]he issue for thoughtful, compassionate people isn't, 'Is this vegan?' Rather, the question is: 'Which choice leads to less suffering?' Our guide shouldn't be an endless list of ingredients, but rather doing our absolute best to stop cruelty to animals. Veganism is important, not as an end in itself, but as a powerful tool for opposing the horrors of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses." Full article.
Faster Than ... a Growlin' Stomach
VO is still collecting your favorite quick meal / vegan convenience foods -- send yours to product (at) veganoutreach (dot) org and we'll put together a page of the best!
Product of the Week
Brandi: I highly recommend Sticky Fingers Bakery in DC. They ship all over the United States, and they make fantastic cakes, muffins, etc.
Notes from All Over
World Go Vegan Days Set for October 25-31
Responses to Pollan's Latest
Notes from Our Members
At the University of
Colorado today, a
very sweet young man came up to
tell me he'd gotten a Compassionate
Choices from me before and
took it home, where his formerly
veg mom saw it and subsequently
decided to be vegetarian again.
He told me twice, "You ARE
making a difference."
Back in 2006,
Julie Eyrich leafleted Winona State.
One of those leaflets was given
to Liz, who then went vegetarian.
Today, she leafleted with me as
part of CAA's
for Animals Week. We talked
to one guy who said he was interested
in vegetarianism because he didn't
like all those animals being slaughtered.
We gave him a Guide
and he said, "Thank you. This
is what I need."
Nicholas Orth hands out one of Outreach Week's thousands of booklets at the University of Minnesota; below, Melissa Price enlightens another student at James Madison University.
Being a vegan for only
two months, I would
like to thank you for VeganHealth.org.
The site has helped my wife and
me a lot. In fact, the more I read,
the less I could believe that this
kind of information is available
just like that, in one spot on the
net. Itís great work.
At the University of
North Florida, Jacksonville,
one woman came back to me and said,
"OK, how do I get into this?
I'm gonna be vegan for life."
Earlier, at the University of TN,
Knoxville, a guy took a booklet
and told me, "My girlfriend
at Belmont went veg yesterday because
she got one of these." While
at Belmont, a well-dressed man approached
me smiling, reaching for a leaflet.
Looks at it and says, "You
know, I picked up one of these yesterday.
I'm the Vice President of this school
and should chase you right off because
you need permission to do this.
But I won't. This stuff is very
Thanks for your great
work. Your literature
is always top notch, which is why
I've been distributing it in a variety
of places over these past six years
or so. I'm now giving your booklets
to to high school students in the
Bronx, who are surprisingly open
At Shasta College,
I met a few vegetarians/vegans,
all of whom were stoked to see me
there. A few even took booklets
with them to share with their friends.
The whole time I was there, people
came up to me and said the lit was
really well written and that it
made them think about the issue
a little deeper. Later, at the College
of the Siskiyous, one woman took
one look at the Even If You
Like Meat and started to cry.
She told me about how she loves
animals and couldn't understand
why people would treat them with
At the University
of Minnesota, St.
Paul today, Rob [Gilbride] reported
a student came back to him a half
hour after receiving a booklet.
She said she read the pamphlet,
thanked him for being out there,
saying she used to be vegan, then
started crying and said she was
going vegan again. He gave her a
At the University of
one student to whom I had given
a booklet yesterday passed by again
today and proclaimed he hasn't eaten
meat since. Another student approached
me with the Even If booklet
in his hand and said, "I read
it. I think I am going to be a vegetarian."
I gave him a Guide, for
which he was grateful.
Vegan kickboxer Chris
joined me again today; we had conversations
with many people. Chris talked with
a former worker in a chicken slaughterhouse
who said he had to quit after the
fourth day when he kept seeing the
throats slit poorly and the still-alive
chickens mangled by the feather
At New School University,
different students stopped to tell
Eric [Dubinsky] or me that they
went vegetarian after previously
receiving a Vegan Outreach leaflet
on campus. One person stopped to
say that he thought the "Even
If You Like Meat" phrase was
a very effective approach towards
someone such as himself (he identified
himself as someone who eats meat),
so he'd read the booklet.
At SUNY Oneonta,
about once an hour, someone stopped
by to say something incredibly sweet.
One of these comments came from
a young woman who mentioned that
her friend has been veg since receiving
an Even If on campus a
few years ago.