|Enewsletter • March 11, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
On Your Marks, Get Set ... Go Team Vegan '09!
Team Vegan '08 was not only very successful in raising funds for Vegan Outreach, it was also great fun for the participants. And so...we're going to do it again! Here are the dates for Team Vegan 2009:
Important note: Even if you cannot make it to San Francisco, you can still take part remotely, and our running coach will give you a training program to follow on your own!
More details and registration website coming soon! (We will announce them in this newsletter.) Questions can be directed to jack (at) veganoutreach (dot) org (note: a onetime email address verification is required).
Product of the Week
Joe passes this along: Chyna is nominating Natural Life Vegetarian Dog Food, a delicious and lower protein, lower fat (compared to Evolution) dog food. The food is multi-whole grain and helped Sahkyo live to almost 15.
Notes from All Over
Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the campaigns to get eggs removed from vegetarian products. According to Compassion Over Killing, Morningstar Farms and Lightlife have just announced plans to use even fewer eggs in 2009! According to statements from the companies:
“Morningstar Farms has committed to reducing its egg usage by an estimated 500,000 eggs in 2009, which is in addition to the already 1 million fewer eggs in 2008.”
“Egg whites are being removed from two more Lightlife products. Both our Veggie Burgers and Mushroom Burgers are being converted to vegan products with a completion date of June 1, 2009.”
HBO Special: Death on a Factory Farm
From the makers of HBO's 2006 documentary Dealing Dogs, Death on a Factory Farm (also see their YouTube page) takes a harrowing look at animal cruelty in an Ohio factory hog farm, as chronicled through undercover footage. After watching, please thank HBO.
Good luck to everyone planning an event for Meatout next week! Not familiar with Meatout? Learn more at Meatout.org.
Notes from Our Members
Nikki Benoit [right] and I handed out 3,620 booklets at the University of Central Florida today. One young woman told Nikki that she is now vegetarian as a result of being handed a booklet last year -- I've heard that a lot while leafleting so far on this tour. Lots and lots of people mentioned being vegan or vegetarian. It was pretty crazy. Earlier, at Georgia Southern University, one woman said she read the first page and cried. I gave her a Guide and thanked her for her concern for animals. Other individuals mentioned being moved by the booklet.
At Washington University in St. Louis, one student let me know that she became vegetarian as a result of receiving a booklet from me previously. Later, another student shared with me the same information about himself. One student first said no, and then did a double take, asking me what it was. I said it is about factory farming, animal cruelty. He said “Perfect!” and took a booklet.
I got done with classes for the day [at Michigan State] and as I was walking back to my apartment I saw Joe Espinosa leafleting and joined him for a bit. Before I left, two girls walked by me that had received a leaflet from Joe. One of the girls said, “Ohhhh animal torture,” in a joking way. Then she flipped the leaflet open more and yelled, “Oh my god!” As they walked away, both girls continued reading the leaflet together and talking about it.
Lots of positive remarks at West Valley College, and two longer, very productive, conversations. Also met a young lady who went veg three years ago from receiving an Even If. Yesterday, at De Anza College, Michelle [Grichuhin], Jessica [Wu], and I met lots of interested folks and had some productive discussions.