|Enewsletter • February 18, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
New Campaign -- Break Boca's Egg Habit!
Boca has long been a leader in supplying delicious vegetarian foods to a growing market. Unfortunately, while its competitors Morningstar Farms, Lightlife Foods, Tofurky, Gardenburger, and Garden Protein have either reduced the amount of eggs they use or simply don't use any eggs at all, Boca hasn't yet moved on this important issue of animal cruelty.
Thanks so much -- with just a few minutes of your day, you can help spare more hens from the horrors of modern egg production, as well as make veganism more convenient!
Recipe of the Week
Becky writes: I read one of your pamphlets and am going to make a sincere attempt to eliminate meat from my diet. This is one of my favorite recipes in the world: Tomato and Olive Penne (without the cheese, or with vegan parm).
Notes from All Over
VegFund for Veg Food
How many times have you gone to a fundraiser or event that has a compassionate mission, but serves food that promotes violence and environmental degradation? VegFund provides funding to groups and individuals wanting to table at community events and give away free delicious vegan food! VegFund covers the cost of all food, serving supplies, and booth/table fees for events such as: Rescue/Shelter events, School Events, Farmers Markets, Art Openings, Religious Events, etc. For more information and an application form visit VegFund.Org.
Notes from Our Members
A good day at Cal State,
Fullerton. Right away a student
came up to me and said, "You
gave me one of those before and
I wanted to tell you how much I
appreciated it. I never knew what
happened behind closed doors. Some
people might not like it that you
give them this information, but
I am glad that I know now."
I was moved. On my way back to my
car, I passed a large group of high
school students. I stopped and asked
if anyone would like information
to help animals. It was like a mob
scene. They all wanted a leaflet.
As I walked to other small groups,
several more came up to ask for
a flyer, to bring their friends
over, to say they were vegetarian.
some good conversations
at North Park University, including
one with an older student who asked
if I was against animal use in general
or just the poor treatment. I told
him that since we can be healthy
without animal products, we should
let them live their lives freely
as we live ours. He agreed and we
talked for a bit longer. One girl
ran up to me and said, "Actually,
I DO want this!!!" before I
had even offered her a leaflet,
then scampered off to rejoin her
Alex Arbogast gives another Virginia Commonwealth student insight into the hidden horrors of modern agribusiness; below, hens at a United Egg Producer-approved facility, such as those that supply Boca with eggs.
San Joaquin Delta College
has been leafleted a lot, so people
know who we are. One woman told
me, "Oh! I received that pamphlet
here before and it made me a vegetarian!"
I also met a young woman I had spoken
with two semesters ago who had been
trying to reduce consumption since
then. We talked for a good while
about all sorts of animal issues
-- I could tell that she really
wanted to continue changing in a
positive way. This is why it is
important for us to keep hitting
the same schools, even if we leaflet
the same people -- the fifth leaflet
could be someone’s tipping point.
An activist friend of mine recently
told me how she knew someone at
her school that would tease all
the time and say how good meat was.
Eventually this guy became veg and
completely changed his mind about
I have special thanks
for the sweet college girl who was
standing in the rainy cold weather,
passing out fliers with a sweet
smile. Thanks for changing the world
one step at a time.
Leafleting at the University
of Illinois, Chicago
subway stop was fairly easy. The
most interesting moment was when
two cops approached me. I followed
my instinct, and I simply offered
them brochures with a big smile
just like to everyone else. They
retreated a couple steps away, and
one of the cops read the brochure
cover to cover before they left.
At William and Mary,
a young woman pointed to the booklet
and told her friend, "That's
what got me to go vegetarian."
A young man read the cover of Even
If You Like Meat, and said,
"That's a great idea. I've
been thinking of doing this."
I gave him a Guide.
A great day in the
sun at Arizona State.
People were once again happy to
see the VO t-shirt. Many people
saw the shirt and came up to me
asking for the leaflets. I met a
lot of veg people today and handed
Many of the people
at the Revolve Tour
had already gotten pamphlets at
last year's Revolve Tour. A number
of them said that they are now vegetarian,
so this year, they got Guides.
at Mercer Community College,
one guy came back and told me he
was now going to go veg, and asked
for ten more pamphlets to bring
to work. At Rutgers, Livingston,
many of those getting a leaflet
where waiting for the buses and
read them while waiting and then
on the bus. One girl said she had
been trying to go veg and the pamphlet
will help her make the evolution.
At Rutgers, Douglass, a student
told us, "Everybody is talking