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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 22, 2009

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Make Every Day a Real Earth Day!

 
  Jon Camp creates maximum change at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

Sadly—but not surprisingly—Earth Day has largely become a meaningless feel-good event, with just about everyone—from the strictest vegan to the largest multinational—claiming to support the Earth.

But of course, the planet is in no danger—there is no way we can destroy a hunk of rock that weighs 1.3E+25 pounds. What matters are the sentient beings who call this rock home. We don’t care about the environment as though it is somehow an ethically relevant entity in and of itself. Rather, what matters are the impacts our choices have on ourselves and our fellow feeling beings.

Many seek to imply that all environmental problems are equally pressing, and that anything “green” is equally commendable. But at the end of the day, we simply aren’t ethical people if we make choices that lead to more suffering. And the greatest amount of suffering in the world—by far—is caused by people who choose to eat animals instead of a cruelty-free alternative.

Veganism is the embodiment of a consistent ethic—and the choice that will do the most to create a better world for all.

This is why we are so pleased you are a part of Vegan Outreach, where, in the best possible sense, every day is Earth Day. Thanks so much for your support!

Join Team Vegan Today! Even Non-Runners!

Dozen of members from across the country have already signed up for Team Vegan, planning to jog or run anywhere from 5K (3.1 miles) to a half marathon.

You don’t have to be a runner or in California—the online training plan will get you in great shape! If you’ve not signed up, you can register today—training starts April 26!

Product of the Week

Bonnie: I recently tried this excellent new Nasoya product: Silken Creations , ready-to-serve chocolate-, vanilla-, and strawberry-flavored nondairy starter for smoothies and desserts. I made a baked chocolate pie (recipe on back of container label) topped with banana slices and nondairy whipped cream—family and friends will never suspect a thing! Tastes good straight out of the package, too!

Bonus website from Nia: EverydayDish.tv—truly one of my greatest finds!

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

 

Notes from All Over

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

 
 

Eva Helsel reaches another University of Missouri student with the good news of vegetarianism; below, U MO students eagerly learn what modern agribusiness doesn’t want them to know.

It’s Conference on World Affairs week at Colorado University, with lots of positive comments from high school students. One yelled out, “I could never go vegetarian!” I said I used to think that too, but now I’ve been veg for 19 years, vegan for 17 of them; it’s easier than you think, and even if you don’t go completely vegan, every time you eat veg you’re sparing animals from suffering. I mentioned he could start dabbling in it and try new veggie products to which he replied, “I like tofu hot dogs!” His whole attitude changed and he seemed to embrace the idea. A bunch of his friends listened in, so that was a bonus.
-Barbara Bear, 4/9/09

45 perfect skateboard handoffs at UC Santa Barbara—a new record! Two girls walking, one takes the leaflet and the other says to her, “I got that last year and seriously, haven’t eaten meat since.” Another girl said, “That’s what made me go vegetarian.” A male student came up to me and said, “I just want to tell you that what you’re doing totally works. I got that exact leaflet last year and it made me vegetarian. Good work!” I gave him a Guide.
-Stewart Solomon, 4/9/09

Many strong reactions at Savannah State, a predominantly African-American school, including a student who was pointing at the Even If You Like Meat and shouting to her friends, “This is how we were, 200 years ago! I’m serious! This ain’t right.”
-Eleni Vlachos and Rob Gilbride, 4/9/09

Leafleting was very positive at Mesa Community College. Two big guys took booklets and exclaimed, “We should all be vegetarian”—they read it as they walked across the mall. Dawn talked to one girl who was interested in going vegetarian but didn’t know how to do it—she had tried it before but quit. I also leafleted three woman who were excited because they said they were just talking about vegetarianism.
-Jeff Boghosian, 4/6/09

I had many positive conversations at the College of the Desert, including the dean who went by and declined, then returned saying, “I said ‘no’ too quickly. I will take a look.” Also, a young woman told me that she and her two small children are vegan, and that her kids go to the campus daycare. During the week they bring their own lunches, but on Fridays, to include all the students together, the daycare provides a vegan lunch for all the students. It strikes me how much of an impact children can have—if toddlers can catalyze a change in daycare…heck, we all can be encouraged.
-Brianne Donaldson, 4/2/09

At the University of Minnesota, a woman excitedly came up to me and said, “I totally don’t eat meat now. A kid in my class gave me one of those a few weeks ago.” She was happy to get a Guide, and I saw her go back to her group of friends and show them all the Even If You Like Meat and the Guide.
-Fred Tyler, 4/6/09

While I was leafleting Portland State, a guy with Peta2 was getting students to sign an anti-dissection petition. He told me later that different people had shown him the VO booklet they received, saying things like, “Did you read this? It’s horrible.” He said that the booklet was working.
-Jessica Dadds, 3/30/09

This evening at George Mason University, one man told me that he had received a booklet on campus two months ago and has been vegetarian ever since. He said that he previously had no clue how farmed animals were treated and that he came to the conclusion that it was wrong to inflict such suffering on another creature just because we can. He spoke in a direct, articulate, heartfelt manner, emphasizing the power of what we’re doing. It was very, very touching.
-Jon Camp, 4/8/09

Today at the Galleria Mall, two people told me that they are now a vegetarian because of the booklet, and a third person told me that they will now try to become a vegetarian.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, 4/11/09

Many students at Indiana University at Bloomington told us that the booklet was sad, and we had lots of good conversations. I overheard a student telling his friends that getting this booklet is what made his girlfriend stop eating meat.
-Joe Espinosa and Leslie Patterson, 4/9/09

At Collin County Community College, a number of people seemed genuinely interested, and most thanked me. One girl passed me by again and told me she thought the brochure was so sad and it really affected her. She asked, “But how can you not eat meat?” I replied, “After learning about this, it’s easy,” and she nodded. I offered her a Guide, which she happily accepted.
-Leah Wagner (leafleting here at the University of Kansas), 4/13/09

 

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