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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 1, 2009

Nope -- this is not an April Fools' joke -- last week, Vegan Outreach sent out our 10 millionth booklet!

This tremendous milestone is the accomplishment of many thousands of individuals who are dedicated to creating a truly better world for the animals. Each and every one of these ten million booklets was printed through the thoughtful generosity of donors who know the importance of funding grassroots outreach.

Since our founding, Vegan Outreach has become a powerhouse for creating maximum change for the animals. Although there is much work to be done at all levels, we know that ending the brutality of factory farming and creating a compassionate, vegetarian society won't come from the top down. Rather, it will take the efforts of all of us to bring about a fundamental change in attitudes and habits -- and Vegan Outreach is dedicated to providing the best tools possible to help this happen as efficiently as possible.

How quickly this occurs depends on you.

Every day, dedicated advocates are taking booklets to new people, changing lives, saving animals, and bringing us closer to the new world we all desire.

In these challenging times, we must maintain our dedication and commitment to our shared vision. We must invest in focused, effective advocacy for the animals.

Your donations are critical to these efforts.

Your support today will put booklets into more hands!

You can use your credit or debit card to make a secure on-line donation, or send your tax-deductible contribution to:

Vegan Outreach
P.O. Box 30865
Tucson, AZ 85751-0865

We will all continue to do our absolute best for the animals!

-Anne, Jack, Jon, & Matt

PS -- Again: thanks and congratulations to everyone who contributed to the first ten million.
Please be a part of reaching the next ten million much more quickly!

 

 
 

Above, Lauren Utter opens minds at Marist College; middle, Christopher Murphy provides the animals a voice in Winter Park, FL; bottom, Linda Bresser lets more Kennesaw State students know the compelling case for vegetarianism.

We had wonderful days at McNeese State, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and U LA, Baton Rouge. We were adamantly thanked by one man for getting the word out. One woman asked what I was handing out, and took an Even If You Like Meat. She returned about an hour later and said, “I just wanted to thank you for handing these out. I was a vegetarian but stopped a few years ago. Now that I've seen this I'm going back.” I thanked her and she got a Guide. The exact same thing happened to Rob! Later in the day, we heard from a student, “After I received that brochure [Even If] this afternoon, I went home to my grandma's, where she gave me baked beans with ham to eat. I told her I couldn't eat it, I wasn't hungry. My grandma was worried that veganism was some sort of cult, but learning about this is enlightening.”
-Eleni Vlachos, 3/20/09

I spoke with a ton of students at Southeast Louisiana U in Hammond. One student said, "I was wondering when you all were coming back! I have been telling people about factory farms and no one believed me -- I lost the brochure. I'm so happy you are here."
-Rob Gilbride, 3/20/09

We have been leafleting and tabling throughout Ag Week here at NC State. There was so much feedback on Day 4, including a big picture of us on the front page of the campus paper. The Technician also created an online slideshow presentation called "Ag Week Vegans." Moments after celebrating these occurrences, an aspiring vegetarian approached us to ask for literature to help her with her upcoming speech to her public speaking class. She said that as a result of our advocacy this week, she decided to deliver a speech promoting vegetarianism. We spoke at length and then I gave her enough literature for everyone in her class. As she is telling us all of this, another young woman comes to our table, with an ear-to-ear smile, and tells us that she hasn't been eating meat as a result of our advocacy and that she, too, was preparing a speech on vegetarianism for her public speaking class.
-Loren Hart, 3/20/09

It's been a great week for new people getting involved! At CUNY -- NYC Technical College, a student stopped by to help out. Another student walked around leafleting outside of the school. At St. John's University, quite a few students stopped to ask questions; one wants to start up a student group! Finally, at Queens College, I had a number of great interactions, including a student who had just watched the HBO documentary "Death on a Factory Farm" last night and said she was just thinking about all of this! She was brainstorming about doing a presentation on factory farming for her sorority. She also stated that her sorority has been looking for a way to get involved with helping animals aside from the local shelter, and they wanted to find an organization that would benefit from them doing a fundraiser! I told her about how easy leafleting is, and that it would be a great activity for her group to get involved in. She took leaflets and she is going to try to arrange for me to speak to the sorority when I return to campus in May!
-Eileen Botti, 3/20/09

Thank you for helping people to understand what these animals are going through! I have been eating "health food" for years now, and recently gave up red meat (for my health). But when I happened to pick up one of your pamphlets in a health food store, it changed my whole outlook on the importance of making the right choices. I am now officially done with meat. I just cried when I read your pamphlet! I guess we try not to think about the origins of our meat, but when you really see it -- it makes such a difference. I'm ordering booklets because I work on a college campus, and want to help make a difference where I can. Everyone should at least be educated about this so that they can make informed choices!
-JR, 3/25/09

Today the Penn State Agriculture and Animal Science students were passing out free beef jerky and cheese sticks in protest of Meatout. A group of us from the Penn State Vegetarian club spent a few hours passing out pamphlets. It went very well. When some kids were offered the beef jerky, they were disgusted and reacted with "How do you expect me to eat this after I received this pamphlet?!"
-Steve Maggio, 3/18/09

The "Join a Student Club" fair was in full swing at Mt. San Antonio College, and I had a great take rate. One student said to her friend, "This is why I don't eat meat." Another student who had just gone vegetarian got a Guide to help increase her recipe collection. Another told me he got a leaflet at a concert but wanted to refresh his memory and pass one on. A mother with 4 children under 10 went by. One of the kids wanted a leaflet so I offered a Compassionate Choices, telling the mother that there were some difficult images inside. "It's okay," she said, "They need to know what is really happening. Thank you." A professor asked if I'd return to make an argument in his argumentation class. A group from "Meals for Mankind" and the campus Green Party are trying to get a veg group started and I gave them some info.
-Brianne Donaldson, 3/19/09

At Northern Illinois U, a student took a leaflet from me then came back a few minutes later to tell me that she has been cutting meat out of her diet and that this was the push she needed to go vegetarian. I told her that was fantastic and gave her a Guide. Another student told me that he has switched to soy milk because of the booklet.
-Leslie Patterson, 3/20/09

UCLA was pretty darn good, even though it was winter quarter finals. For the past few years this school has been the most hostile place to leaflet in southern California, but not any longer. I am now finding it as friendly as anywhere -- perhaps we hit a tipping point.
-Stewart Solomon, 3/20/09

 

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Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Vegan Outreach

POB 30865, Tucson, AZ 85751-0865