|Enewsletter • November 26, 2008|
This issue sponsored
Notes from Vegan Outreach
A Thanksgiving Question
Many of you have probably seen this Sarah Palin interview where turkeys are being slaughtered by hand at a "family" farm. The turkeys struggle to break free, but of course are unable to do so (uncensored video).
This is why Vegan Outreach gives the animals a voice every day. We promote vegetarianism and veganism to remove demand from an inherently cruel system. Every person we persuade takes us closer to a kinder world for animals.
Do you share our goal?
If so, please consider a special Thanksgiving donation for the animals -- your contribution will be doubled, dollar-for-dollar, as part of our end-of-year matching opportunity!
You can make a secure, tax-deductible donation here, or send a check or money order to:
We are deeply thankful you are part of these efforts for a better world for all, and will continue to do our best to make sure your support goes as far as possible for the animals. Thanks!
A Thanksgiving Podcast
Vegan Outreach Co-Founder and Executive Director Matt Ball joins Erik Marcus to talk about Vegan Outreach and Adopt a College as part of Erik's Thanksgiving VegTalk Podcast, which you can listen to online. The show opens with news of Erik's new, just-released book.
Notes from Our Members
Here's my contribution
to the matching campaign. I'm a
relatively new vegan and still shy
about leafleting, but wanted to
help support the effort for all
the compassionate souls getting
the message out.
At Kennesaw State University
[in Georgia], 14-year-old
Katherine Kekel [at right] and her
mom Lori made their leafleting debut
today -- they rocked! Twice, I was
engaged in dialogue with people
interested in going vegan; I think
my suggestions will further cement
the transition. One young woman
was doing a talk on veganism today
and took some booklets to hand out
to students; the woman behind her
asked for a few booklets to put
in her office.
It was cold and windy
at Marquette University
[in Milwaukee], but a few students
stopped to tell me that they are
veg or want to go veg. One guy came
back a little while after taking
an Even If You Like Meat,
pointed at the cover, and told me
he was going to try the bean burrito
There was a very high
acceptance rate today at
the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
I met a lot of vegetarians and a
few vegans. I met several people
who got fliers when Rob [Gilbride]
and Eleni [Vlachos] were here [in
October]. One student said it was
really good and she had ordered
off the website. I even met two
people who got fliers when Ben and
Karl were here [Fall 2006]. One
man said, "I just read that
and it was powerfully moving. I
have never seen anything like it."
Eric Griffith helps another student at the University of Georgia learn the animals' plight; below, neither rain nor the gloom of Michigan weather stops Don Hughes from reaching more students at Wayne State University.
we went to the K.D. Lang concert
in Mesa, Arizona and were surprised
to encounter a woman [Dawn]
handing out your brochure on Compassionate
Choices as we approached the
venue. It had a real impact. Thanks
so much for all that you do -- you
are making a difference.
I had lots of great
at Berklee School of Music [in Boston].
The very first gentleman I offered
a brochure to declined, and then
immediately came back to get one.
He told me he had been thinking
about how we treat animals raised
for food, and that he was thinking
of going vegetarian. He gladly took
a Guide. As he was leaving,
a friend of his walked by and he
told her to take my brochures: “it’s
really important and you need to
The students were receptive
at Lewis and Clark
College [in Portland, OR]. One woman
said, "This is good information."
Another took a booklet and handed
it to a friend, saying, "You
should read this."
What an ideal leafleting
experience today at
Mountain View College [in Dallas]!
High acceptance rate, and saw many
students reading them as they walked
away. Had way too many good conversations
to post, would take up too much
the Latin Grammy Awards [in
Houston], I overheard one woman
telling her boyfriend that this
pamphlet is what caused her to stop
At Montana State,
Bozeman, I had some good interactions,
including one student who read the
brochure, then came back and said
it was a good cause, and thanked
me. Some students were sitting around
joking about "people eating
tasty animals." When I did
not engage (and continued to leaflet
and be polite) one student from
this group came over and got a couple
of brochures, and they all sat there