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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 28, 2009

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Link of the Week: Animals as the Bottom Line

Chickens raised for meat

Last year, Vegan Outreach published “Animals as the Bottom Line: Global Warming, Human Psychology, and Net Impact for Animals.” In it, we warned about using climate change as our primary argument, and showed examples where it leads to the suffering and slaughter of many more chickens. (It takes about 190 very intensively raised chickens to provide as many meals as one steer.)

A recent front page of the New York Times reported yet another example – Sweden’s government telling people to eat more chickens to combat global warming.

As “Bottom Line” concludes: “Although the global warming / food connection seems clear to us, the bottom line is how it actually plays out in people’s minds. When used on its own, the diet / global warming angle can easily do more harm (increase in chickens eaten) than good (people going veg). Instead of an oblique anti-beef message, we can present a direct anti-cruelty / pro-animal message, and convince more people to eat fewer or no animals.”

 

Products of the Week

Silk

Jon: “This Silk soymilk is a convenient way to get omega-3s and calcium.”

Kristen: “I am pregnant and craving vegan desserts. Thank goodness for Nasoya Silken Style Creations. These fantastic vegan recipe starters come in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Each package contains recipes that are simple, vegan and delicious!”

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

Joe Espinosa

Joe (Espinosa) and I took three vacation days to leaflet Ohio State, the University of Illinois in Urbana, and Purdue. While on the road, we saw a trailer full of baby pigs, a devastating reminder of why we leaflet.
     At Purdue’s general store in the student center (right), we were impressed to find a soymilk dispenser for the cereal and coffee, as well as boxes of soy and other nondairy milks, and a variety of vegan snacks and cookies. This is in the middle of Indiana! We also witnessed a number of students stopping dead in their tracks to read the booklets, and heard from several who were concerned about the information they were receiving and wanting to know what they can do about it.
—Leslie Patterson, 10/8/09

Over the three days at Austin City Limits music festival, lots of people told me they had received one the previous day, and that it made them cry. One person told me she is definitely going to be a vegetarian now. I overheard another person telling her friends that she got this pamphlet when she was little, and that it is the reason she doesn’t eat meat anymore.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 10/5/09

Rachel Stevick
Rachel Stevick explains the animals’ plight at the University of Missouri.

At Suffolk County Community College, Luna (Foxx), Jennifer (Greene) and I heard many positive responses. A security guard stopped to talk to me and Luna for a bit, very supportive and interested, and told us to keep up the good work. Another student simply stopped, asked us a few questions, and then she said, “Okay, I’m going to try it!” (going vegan) – right on the spot!
—Eileen Botti, 10/9/09

At the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, I talked to a former hog farmer who got out of the business awhile ago because he didn’t like the way the industry was going. He said the cruelty and confinement just weren’t right. He said free range and organic weren’t any better. The animals were still packed in sheds full of manure and dust. While leafing through the flier he said he could see how being vegan was probably the best option for the animals and the planet too.
—Fred Tyler, 10/7/09

Phil Letten and I had an awesome day at Wayne State, Oakland University, and Oakland Community College – so many interactions. For example, one student at Wayne said he got a leaflet last year, and after reading it, the treatment of animals haunted him until he eventually went veg.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/5/09

Robert Lucius

Students seemed very receptive at Rhode Island College. I had a good conversation with a student who’s interested in starting an animal advocacy group on campus. One woman asked for a booklet and was still intently reading it about 15 minutes later. I also heard someone say to her friend, “Let me see that!!!”
—JR, 10/6/09

Great day at Monterey Peninsula College and CSU Monterey Bay. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Lucius (right), Dean of Students at the Defense Language Institute and my gracious host, was able to join me today in his Vegan Outreach leafleting debut. Bob has been a Marine for over 20 years, so was easily able to approach young male students who potentially may have a bit of a “macho complex” and show them that real men are kind to animals.
—Brian Grupe, 10/12/09

 

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