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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  March 4, 2009

 

At Langara College [in Vancouver, BC], one man came back to say, "This is very effective, I hope you do this at all the schools."
-Joanne Chang, 2/25/09

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Adopt a College -- Three Million and Growing Fast!

Despite storms and bitterly cold weather throughout much of the country, Adopt a College activists are still out there, taking the animals' message to thousands of new people every single day. So far in 2009, dozens of activists have taken the truth directly to 179,619 students at 315 schools, reaching an additional 38,433 individuals at concerts, festivals, and other venues.

Indeed, because of the hard work and generous contributions of hundreds and hundreds of dedicated individuals, AAC reached another milestone last month: three million booklets handed directly to students since August 2003!

Thanks so much to everyone who has made this possible -- the world is clearly and significantly a better place because of your efforts!

Optimal Health -- Now In Blog Form

Vegan Outreach President, Jack Norris RD, has launched a blog to keep people up-to-date with the latest nutrition news, as well as changes he makes to the cutting-edge Vegan Health website. Cut through the propaganda and misinformation -- subscribe to the blog today!

Product of the Week

Over the years, a number of people have recommended Solgar Digestive Aids, 2005's Product of the Year. These are a blessing for those folks -- especially new vegetarians and those who like Gimme Lean and/or veggie chili! You can find them at health-food stores and on-line (e.g., House of Nutrition).

Send your product of the week to product (at) veganoutreach (dot) org; previous entries here.

 

Notes from All Over

Climate Change Updates

Via FutureFood and New Harvest, three new reports: Climate Costs in New Scientist; How Meat Contributes in Scientific American; Meeting the Demand (pdf) in Ecological Economics. Note that, as is usually the case, these reports focus only on mammals, and therefore require specific care by people concerned with the majority of animals -- chickens and fishes -- and decreasing suffering (as discussed here).

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

Many students had gotten literature last fall at Santa Barbara City College; interactions today were overwhelmingly positive, including one student who stopped near me after receiving the leaflet to say, "I got one of these last year, and I went vegetarian right after. Thank you." Another fellow gently grabbed my hand with both of his as he took a leaflet and said, "Thank you so much for doing this. I love animals too." And yet another gave me a tip on where to stand so I didn't get kicked off early, saying, "This is important and I want you to be able to stay as long as you can."
-Brianne Donaldson, 2/23/09

Above, Scout Kilbourne reaches out to another student at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington; right, Leslie Patterson takes the vegetarian message to more Chicagoans; below, a student contemplates a booklet at East Carolina University.

Rutgers today was a ton of fun -- three first-time AAC leafleters joined me. We had a really high take rate on campus. Lots of students said, "I love animals!" in response to my "Info to help animals?" line. Best comment of the day:
Student: "Oh I got one of these last year -- I went vegetarian because of it!"
Me: "Awesome, here take one of these too!" (gave a Guide)
Her friend: "Oh can I have one too? I should go veg too!"
-Eileen Botti, 2/24/09

Great conversations at Broward College [in Ft. Lauderdale] today. The best was a student who said she got one from me years ago and that it made her go vegetarian! Another student took information for both him and his mom. A professor of religion took one and then came back and asked if we can do a presentation in his honors classes.
-Linda Bower, 2/24/09

We saw (and smelled) many "farms" along the way to West Texas A&M. Nevertheless, we had a surprisingly friendly reception at this school, a high take-rate, as well as some interesting discussions. Rob [Gilbride] heard one student exclaiming, "Holy crap, they cut their beaks off? This is crazy." Another student said he ate fish and chicken every day, but, after reporting he read the Even If You Like Meat, expressed, "There has to be another way. I'm going to research it." One student passed by on the way out of the cafeteria and said, "That brochure is stupid." I asked her, nicely, what about it was stupid. "The pictures. That's not how we raise them." I asked, "Aren't pigs contained in gestation crates, hens in battery cages?" She agreed, just saying she didn't raise them that way. I told her that these pictures represent how the majority of animals raised for food are treated. She admitted that this should not be the case.
-Eleni Vlachos, 2/23/09

At Indiana University, I had a touching interaction with a student who took the booklet and then stated that he had grown up on a farm. I let him know that as a child I used to spend time each summer on my uncle's 60 cow dairy farm in Wisconsin, and that the farming that we did was quite different than what most farmed animals face today. He stated that he would read the booklet, and seemed to connect with the idea that we can evaluate our past behavior, although it can be uncomfortable to do.
-Joe Espinosa, 2/25/09

At Texas Southmost College, there were a number of students who were very interested. While some were reading them over nearby, a couple of friends said they are going to go veg together now. Others wanted to start a group, so I gave them contact info and talked about how effective AAC is.
-Casey Constable, 2/25/09

 

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