|Enewsletter • March 25, 2009|
This issue sponsored by Vegan Essentials
Notes from Vegan Outreach
All of us at Vegan Outreach greatly appreciate everyone who contributed to last week's request. Our activists distribute thousands of booklets every week, and we will soon need to do more printings, so your contributions really help!
If you haven't had a chance to support these outreach efforts recently, please consider making a special donation to help Vegan Outreach activists reach even more people with the animals' plight and the case for compassion.
Activity of the Week
Now that it is officially spring, it is time for some cleaning! Do you have Vegan Outreach booklets under your bed, in a closet, or in your car's trunk? Pull them out and get them in circulation -- the animals need you to be their voice!
Unable to leaflet or put booklets in a display? Please contact Anne (anne (at) veganoutreach (dot) org) if you won't use your VO booklets this semester -- she'll help them find their way to new people!
Products of the Week
Fred: Teese, the new vegan cheese from my friends in Chicago, is great! We used to have to get it mail order, but now the local co-op is carrying it.
Dan: Whole Foods has added a vegan pizza to their prepared foods section in all Midwest stores this week. It features Upton's Naturals Italian sausage-style seitan and Teese vegan mozzarella. Both are vegan-owned companies.
Notes from All Over
Great News for Hens!
Following up on our call last month to join the campaign, Compassion Over Killing, along with Mercy for Animals and the Animal Protection & Rescue League, has this announcement from Boca:
Combining this with the recent campaign successes with Morningstar Farms and Lightlife, it has been a great few weeks for hens and for veganism -- congratulations to all who took part! You can contact Boca at boca (at) casupport (dot) com to thank the company for making this smart move!
Notes from Our Members
As soon as I handed
a booklet to a guy
at Northeastern University, he literally
stopped in his tracks and said,
"I can't believe animals are
treated this way." That reinforced
the importance of doing vegan outreach,
and made me happy to know that another
person is now aware of the truth
and hopefully won't turn their back
Some cool chaps
were handing out booklets on campus
today, and I'm reading them right
now while I should be studying for
a quiz. I'm going to start leafleting
for you guys now -- your stuff is
so positive and gung-ho, not filled
with weirdness and doublethink.
Written to Joe Espinosa:
We are working
on a project to provide our Buddhist
centers with the best information
available on vegetarianism. Your
advocacy literature is very helpful
and inspiring, and also exceptionally
well written. We feel very strongly
that Vegan Outreach exemplifies
an ideal approach in acting on and
promoting principles of honesty,
credibility, clear-thinking, and
compassionate ethical concern informed
by many years of experience.
were friendly at Texas
Southern today. One student said,
"I can't stand the way people
treat animals. That stuff makes
me mad and that's why I won't eat
them." She was happy to receive
After leafleting at
North Carolina State,
Michelle Risley commented, "Leafleting
is so easy! And fun! Why didn't
I start doing this sooner?!"
The vegan librarian
[Hingham HS, in Hingham,
MA] and I keep a brochure holder
stocked with Compassionate Choices in the library. I've been told many
kids have looked at / taken the
brochures and discussed them! We
are making progress!
Two pieces of feedback
from the last two
days: "I am a vegetarian now
because of your pamphlet, sir."
"One of the members of our
volleyball team has now been vegetarian
for a year because of the pamphlet
she received at last year's game."
While leafleting at St. Mary's College
[Moraga, CA] today,
I found out the cafeteria manager
wants me to give him vegan cookbook
recommendations since he plans on
turning the smaller vegetarian section
into a larger vegan section. Woohoo!
Mark leafleted with
me today at Middle
Tennessee State U. He worked at
a Tyson production plant this summer
for 8 dollars an hour eviscerating
contaminated parts, infections and
other nastiness from birds so they
could go back on the line during
10 hour shifts. That got him cured
of chicken. He was very gung-ho
and friendly. One student came over
to let me know she went almost vegan
after getting a pamphlet last semester;
and two people I met last semester,
one went veg, and Charley, who also
leafleted today, went vegan on New