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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 14, 2009

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Activist Profile: Leslie Patterson

Leslie Patterson

Continuing our series of activist profiles, meet volunteer Leslie Patterson. Since January 2008, while working a full-time job, Leslie has reached over 44,000 individuals with Vegan Outreach booklets!

Here is an excerpt from her profile:

What made you decide to start leafleting?

Upon moving to Chicago, I looked at the various types of animal rights activism that individuals and groups were doing. Leafleting to promote vegetarianism seemed like the most direct action I could take to help animals, by taking their case directly to the meat-eating public. When I read the VO literature on advocacy I realized that their rationale supported my decision and that leafleting is the way that an activist can help the most animals.

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

It is every activist’s dream to pull animals out of the farms and off the trucks and save them. We are sparing animals from these systems every time we go out and leaflet. Once you get out there it’s easy. The biggest hurdle for me was thinking that I did not have the time. But I discovered that I can do it by making it a priority and writing it into my schedule and onto the calendar on a regular basis.

Read the full interview!

 

Product of the Week

Leslie: “Joe and I recently discovered Kraft Minute Tapioca at the grocery store. Cook with soy milk, sugar and vanilla for delicious pudding in five minutes!”

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

 

Notes from All Over

“Against Meat”

Jonathan Safran Foer describes his and his wife’s struggles to give up eating animals. Useful information for advocates to keep in mind. Excerpt:

“While the cultural uses of meat can be replaced — my mother and I now eat Italian, my father grills veggie burgers, my grandmother invented her own “vegetarian chopped liver” — there is still the question of pleasure. A vegetarian diet can be rich and fully enjoyable, but I couldn’t honestly argue, as many vegetarians try to, that it is as rich as a diet that includes meat. (Those who eat chimpanzee look at the Western diet as sadly deficient of a great pleasure.) I love calamari, I love roasted chicken, I love a good steak. But I don’t love them without limit.

“This isn’t animal experimentation, where you can imagine some proportionate good at the other end of the suffering. This is what we feel like eating. Yet taste, the crudest of our senses, has been exempted from the ethical rules that govern our other senses. Why? Why doesn’t a horny person have as strong a claim to raping an animal as a hungry one does to confining, killing and eating it? It’s easy to dismiss that question but hard to respond to it. Try to imagine any end other than taste for which it would be justifiable to do what we do to farmed animals.” Full article.

 

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

Yvonne LeGrice
Yvonne LeGrice shatters illusions at Lewis & Clark College.

My daughters came across your literature at People’s Market in Ocean Beach, CA. The booklets have had a huge impact on us. Realizing how the animals suffer and what it is we are really consuming has changed us in so many ways. My daughters, now ages 13 and 14, have also shared your literature with their friends at school.
—MC, 10/6/09

A woman at work took a Why Vegan? from the stack I keep at my desk and has decided to go vegetarian! I followed up and gave her a Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating. So that was pretty awesome. And our vegan wedding went great! We got a lot of positive feedback on the food, and a Why Vegan? convinced my mom to go vegetarian.
—RLF, 10/9/09

This booklet opened my eyes to the cruelty of factory farming and ultimately let to my adoption of a vegan diet, and now I want to spread the word to more uninformed meat eaters! Thank you and keep up the good work!
—BR, 10/11/09

Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts
Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts promotes veg eating at the University of Washington.

At North Hennepin Community College, one woman took a flier and said, “Even If You Like Meat…Oh no! I’m not going to like meat after this.” One vegetarian woman was so excited she jumped up and down and squealed, “Oh I love you!” She happily took a Guide. A guy came back later, shook my hand and said, “I read that book. It’s terrible. Thank you for giving me this.” As a group of three walked by, only one person wanted the flier, but when I saw them ten minutes later, they were having a discussion about whether or not you could kill animals without being cruel to them. We have to remember that many of the people who take a flier show it to their friends.
—Fred Tyler, 9/24/09

Here is a donation to help you keep up the good work! Your philosophy has helped enormously in sustaining me as a happy veg and activist.
—AC, 10/1/09

Thanks to everyone at Vegan Outreach for encouraging others to pass out these very important booklets that show the truth about the horror inside these factory farms. After reading Matt Ball’s book, some new people are passing out booklets at colleges here in Phoenix. Please accept my small monthly recurring donation to help with the printing of these booklets.
—NS, 10/12/09

Phil Letten

At Scottsdale Community College, Alicia (Shover) and I were shocked at how many vegetarians we met. My favorite response was a worried “Why did I agree to take this?” Also, one gentleman was very supportive and agreed Food, Inc. didn’t go far enough. Another cowboy-looking gentleman in his 50’s turned out to be a (former) cowboy! He stopped drinking milk a long time ago, and doesn’t even eat meat at home. He talked about how the actual practice of farming does things you’d never see in the cowboy mythology version. He was sad about how the calves are taken away in dairies.
—Jeff Boghosian, 9/28/09

At Michigan State University, one girl told me she had been wanting to go veg and was happy to get the pamphlet and Guide. Another said she had gotten a pamphlet when a freshman and then again as a sophomore; she made the decision to go veg the third time she got the pamphlet and has been veg ever since. Met around 40 vegetarians and vegans, which was also very encouraging at this large ag school.
—Vic Sjodin, with Phil Letten (at right), 9/28/09

 

Prevent suffering!

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All donations are tax-deductible.

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