|Enewsletter • September 16, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Adopt a College across the Country
With schools now in session, Vegan Outreach activists are in action every single day, reaching thousands of new students with the realities of modern agribusiness, as well as the truly humane veg alternative.
This past week alone, tens of thousands of new individuals were personally handed a detailed, documented case for ethical eating!
So far this term, more than 100,000 students have discovered the truth at over 150 campuses. Leafleters have already been to schools in 29 states across the country, with efforts still accelerating!
Thanks so very much to everyone doing this vital work, as well as those who contribute to make it possible! As you can see below, your efforts and support are having a measurable impact!
Link of the Week
Interview with Vegan Outreach cofounder at Paw-Talk.
Product of the Week
Melissa: “I love Amy's frozen products and her soups. A lot of vegan options. The Tofu Scramble is very good. My two-year-old can eat the whole meal by herself!”
Notes from All Over
Measurable Progress – Veg Growing on College Campuses!
“Demand for vegetarian products is snowballing. In a 2006 poll of 100,000 college students conducted by Aramark (a major foodservice company), 30 percent of students said that it was 'very important' to them to have vegetarian food options on campus, up from 26 percent in 2004.” Full article.
Notes from Our Members
of the Loyola campus was interrupted
temporarily by a very enthusiastic student who
wanted to go vegan. I handed him a leaflet in
passing and then I heard “HELL YEA!”
and other exclamations of joy. He came back
and told me he loved me, and asked for some
more booklets to give to friends.
and I leafleted at the University
of Newcastle (Australia) today. It went very
well; one guy even came back and asked for two
more for his friends. The three of them sat
and looked at the leaflets carefully. Some people
were visibly shocked after opening the leaflets
and seeing the images of animal cruelty.
from 10 vegetarians and four vegans
at Ball State. One of the vegetarians let me
know that he dropped meat after getting a booklet
from me last year, explaining that seeing the
way chickens are treated was simply too brutal
for him to support.
1,600 booklets in only two hours
at Kent State! One student even stopped and
helped us leaflet between his classes! Lots
of positive feedback and one student commented,
“Yes! I need this, I've been wanting to
go vegetarian for so long.”
part of the day at Rowan University
was a conversation with a group of African American
students. One of them, who had a dog, asked
why should we care about pigs. I talked about
how dogs and pigs are the same, but our moral
schizophrenia to separate the two in our minds.
I compared it to blacks and whites during slavery
era. Both human, right? But how we relate to
them is different. They all agreed and I could
see they were moved.
informed me that the Sugar Land
Town Square is a favorite teenage hangout on
Friday and Saturday nights, so I leafleted there
last Saturday. One person told me that they
are now a vegetarian because of the Why
Vegan, and several other people told me
that they now plan to go vegetarian.
leafleting at the College of William and Mary,
as well as James Madison University. At the
latter, I had a conversation with a student
who asked for more Even If You Like Meat
booklets because he said it changed his life
and he wants to help out.
University of Northern Colorado,
I saw numerous individuals reading the booklet;
others thanked me or mentioned how eye-opening
friendly and receptive students at
the University of Maine, Augusta. I got responses
such as “Definitely, thank you,”
“Absolutely,” “Good information
to know,” “Yes, I DO want one of
those,” etc. The acceptance rate was awesome.
One student said, “Heck yeah. Factory
farming is terrible. My friends are tired of
hearing me talk about it, but now I'll refer
them to your website.” She waved the pamphlet
in the air and looked very happy to have it.