|Enewsletter • October 29, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Thousands Every Day
Already this Fall, Adopt a College activists have informed 485,692 students at 500 different schools about the realities of modern agribusiness.
Scout Kilbourne performs the mythical skateboard handoff at UNC Wilmington!
Take a look at all the dedicated activists who are taking the truth to thousands and thousands of new people each and every day -- including two dozen volunteers already over 1,000 for the term!
Link of the Week: A New World
We are all understandably focused on next week. But whatever happens Tuesday, we will continue to inform and inspire more and more people to go vegetarian, moving our society closer to the day when animals are no longer butchered for a fleeting taste of flesh, as discussed in: A New World, Piece by Piece.
Product of the Week
Tonya: Evolution Diet dog food
-- we get it at Vegan
Essentials. Our dog LOVES this
food and it comes in small bite
pieces, which she also enjoys. This
is the only vegan dog food that
she does not hesitate to make disappear.
Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
leafleting the Ben Folds concert
in DC, a girl took a Compassionate
Choices booklet from me and
opened it up. The guy next to her
said, "Aren't you already vegetarian?"
The girl, while pointing to a picture
in the booklet said, "No, I
eat chicken, but not anymore…do
you see this!!?"
Zia Terhune gets out the word at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL; below, another student at Eastern Washington University learns the truth courtesy of Chris Anderlik; bottom, Kenny Torella lets another Vanderbilt student know about choosing compassion.
At San Diego City College,
nearly everyone of all ages took
the info and seemed genuinely interested.
I had a dozen brief conversations
of merit, including one professor.
The first woman I met helped distribute
leaflets for 20 minutes. A passerby,
after reading the leaflet, returned
to say, "This has changed my
Leafleting the line
at a Ralph Nader event,
most people were happy to take a
Compassionate Choices along
with their program. An older gentleman
asked what I was handing out; when
I showed him and said I was trying
to create a more compassionate world,
he said, "We could certainly
East Carolina University,
a woman said that she has been a
member of Vegan Outreach since receiving
an Even If You Like Meat
on campus a few years ago. She went
on to say, "Actually, my entire
family has been vegetarian since
I got that brochure." A guy
came up to let me know that he read
the entire Even If. He
said it really got him thinking,
that it made a profound impact on
him, and that he's sure that it
does the same to others -- he stressed
all these points. I gave him a Guide
to Cruelty-Free Eating;
I wouldn't be surprised if he goes
Today at the College
of the Sequoias, I
was able to get a good amount of
students talking. I also saw loads
of kids stop and read the booklet!
Now I'm back home,
after my four-state tour. I can
definitely tell that we really can
influence and create a lot of buzz
for a large percentage of the student
population with just a visit each
year or, if possible, each semester.
I can sense their wheels turning.
at Madonna University,
a professor took me to a table where
a bunch of his students were eating.
He asked me to talk to them about
factory farming. One said he was
not planning on giving up meat,
but agreed that animals should not
be treated cruelly. I told him that
he could reduce the suffering by
decreasing his meat intake. Another
student showed interest in going
vegan so I gave her a Guide.
The president of the student environmental
group heard me talking to a lady
at another table about how factory
farmed animals are treated and how
Don and I became vegans. She later
showed up at our table and said
she wanted to share the information
with her group. She took leaflets
and asked us if we could come back
to talk to them and show a factory
farming video. Later on, she told
me she was considering going vegetarian.
The article "How
Vegan" was one
of the best articles I've read in
a long time. What a realistic, rational
perspective and SO TRUE that the
animals don't need us to be right,
they need us to be EFFECTIVE.
the article "How Vegan"
was extremely upsetting, and I was
rebutting your statements and justifying
myself. But you made some great
points and I think that to alleviate
some animal suffering and to not
alienate friends, co-workers and
family, I am going to become a "little
less" fanatic about my veganism.
This is not something I ever thought
I would say. But you made a lot
of sense, and so I thank you.
Just wanted to comment
on the article "How
Vegan" -- WONDERFUL! Well written
and makes such a fabulous point.
Walking around like a food Nazi
doesn't get me any points with colleagues
or friends, not to mention how bad
a first impression it makes. Being
a kind, non-judgemental, positive
person makes a bigger statement.
I hope this article gets folks thinking.