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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  November 18, 2009

 

A lot of curious and/or enthusiastic recipients during my tenth trip to the University of Arizona: “Oh yeah!” “Really? Great!” “Of course!” “Whatcha got?” “I’ll take a look.” A lot of people said they got one before, including: “Got one last year – now I’m a vegetarian!” “I have that, it made me cry.” Two couples and three others were thrilled to get Guides.
     The highlight was when a professor came back with his Even If You Like Meat booklet, and asked, “Wanted to see if you had concerns about more than pork and poultry.”
     Me: “They are treated the worst.”
     Him: “You got that right. I’m an agricultural economist, and it is just horrible. Horrible. I mean, I understand the economics, but, wow. It is just so inhumane. Really bad. Keep it up.”
—Matt Ball, 10/22/09

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Link of the Week: Newsletter!

VO News Fall 2009

Vegan Outreach’s 2009 print newsletter is now available online (PDF). Articles include: “Summer Distro: Hot! Hot! Hot!”; “Letter to a Young Matt”; “Team Vegan: The Cutting Edge!”; and “Adopt a College Amazes! Over One Million Students in One School Year!”

If you’d like to learn more about Vegan Outreach, please take a moment to peruse this annual summary. To receive a hard copy for yourself, or copies to distribute in your area, please contact us!

The newsletter also has more details about the amazing $70,000 end-of-year matching challenge. Right now, your fully tax-deductible contribution will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!

Please consider making a special donation to this challenge – your support will go twice as far towards a veg world. In the newsletter – and below – you can read some of the payoff of the work we accomplish together!

You can use a credit card to make a secure donation online, or send a check or money order to:

Vegan Outreach | POB 30865 | Tucson, AZ 85751

You’ll be glad you did!

 

Products of the Week

Amy’s soup

Mame: “I recently discovered Daiya vegan cheese, available from Pangea. It’s hands-down the best vegan cheese available. The flavor is delicious, and it melts to stretchy perfection. My friends and I had a big pizza night last night, and Daiya was a hit!”

Christine: “I am just in love with Amy’s soups! They are organic and most are vegan. The lentil vegetable is to die for!”

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

 

Notes from All Over

Jonathan Safran Foer on the Need for Focused Outreach to Students

“For someone like my grandmother – frankly, for a lot of people – I don’t really push it. I think for people who are still forming their habits, like high school students or college students, that kind of willed ignorance is lame at best and something much worse because they’re most able to change. They’re the ones who are ultimately going to have to foot the bill of factory farming and are more required to do the uncomfortable thinking that a 90-year-old doesn’t.” Full interview.

 

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

Micah Widegren
Micah Widegren helps a student at American River College.

I was stunned to read your booklet! It is hard to believe – those poor animals! Thank you for making such information known. When I visit Delaware, there are so many chicken “farms” that really smell. Can you send me as many booklets as you can, so I’ll be able to spread the word?
—AC, 11/4/09

Our experience at Duke was notable because of the great many professionals who accepted a booklet, including administrators, professors from the divinity school and other departments, and doctors and nurses from the university hospital. Rob also had the awesome experience of giving a Compassionate Choices booklet to a female student who returned an hour later, saying that she had read the booklet during lunch and was going vegetarian. “It is so terrible what they do to animals. I’m going vegetarian.” So there it is, one more example of the hugely positive impact that Vegan Outreach is having across the nation and throughout the world!
—Loren Hart and Rob Gilbride, 11/9/09

At Marist College, I heard students later in the day commenting to their friends: “OMG I read that in class, it’s terrible”; “Oh I got that last time you were here.” An environmental professor took a leaflet and mentioned that he talks about factory farming to all of his classes and shows them pictures, so he was glad to see me distributing leaflets. Quite a few students mentioned being vegetarian in the past and wanting to try it again, many had questions about being vegan. It was a very positive trip!
—Eileen Botti, 10/27/09

I finally had the chance to leaflet with Rick Hershey at Northwestern. The highlight for me was when two young men came up to ask a bunch of questions. Eventually, a third man, intrigued, joined in. They were truly hearing me out, accepting my good points, and I think that at least one of them was having a bunch of “aha” moments. I ended with my typical bit about how for me it ultimately comes to the fact that when we eat meat we might get, say, this much pleasure (as I spread my thumb and forefinger about an inch apart) and we inflict, say, this much suffering (as I spread my hands about a yard apart). It’s very simple and it seems to resonate with others.
—Jon Camp, 10/22/09

Sara Boka
Sara Boka reveals reality to another student at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Great day at Pasadena City College. Students at this school are so inquisitive, always want to ask sincere questions. Two told me they were working on starting a student group, several asked about what they could do to stop this treatment of animals. One said, “Ah yes, one more reason to really stop eating meat for good.” Another student stopped to get another flyer since his classmate took his.
—Brianne Donaldson, 10/19/09

Students at Anoka Ramsey Community College were excited to get the leaflets saying, “Absolutely!” “Thanks for being here!” “Fabulous!” “It’s so exciting that you’re here!” At Dakota County Technical College, one woman told me, “I got one of those last year. Now I don’t eat meat.”
—Fred Tyler, 10/22/09

Met a couple of vegans / vegetarians / supporters within the first 20 minutes at Truckee Meadows Community College (Reno, NV). Jesse Melgar was able to help out for a while. He started off a little hesitant but was rockin’ and rollin’ within minutes, and told me he was surprised at how receptive students were. It seemed like he had a lot of friends on campus and they all accepted leaflets when they ran into him.
     At the University of Nevada, Reno, I met a bunch of vegetarians and vegans and a few people who had failed at veg but seemed interested in trying it again. I ran into a gal a few hours after I had given her a leaflet and she told me she was completely disgusted and didn’t want to eat meat again. We chatted for a minute and I helped to lift her spirits and she gladly accepted a Guide. A gal who does anti-genocide work wanted to know what motivated me. We chatted and she admitted there was no reason why she couldn’t make compassionate choices in her diet while continuing to work on her human rights campaigns.
—Brian Grupe, 10/23/09

Cabrillo College students
Students at Cabrillo College study booklets handed to them by Brian Grupe.

Today we had a great team at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. We got out 400 booklets in a lunchtime, an amazing success considering a lot of students aren’t in school at the moment. Driving home, a woman noticed my “Boycott Cruelty – Go Vegan” bumper sticker. She rolled down her window and asked if I had materials. We both pulled over to a parking spot, and I gave her Why Vegan? booklets for herself and her friends.
—Roy Taylor, Australia, 10/23/09

I switched my day off and took a vacation day in order to cover schools in northwest Ohio. At the University of Toledo, a young man said he had tried to go veg before but felt like he was not getting enough protein. I gave him a Guide and he thanked me enthusiastically saying, “I have been thinking I needed something like this!” Also overheard some girls saying the booklet made them cry. At Bowling Green, a young man came up and said he does not eat animals but what is wrong with dairy? I filled him in and he gladly took a Guide. Later on he came back to thank me again for the booklet, said he was moved by it, that it is very well written and researched, and he wants to get involved with activism. Gave him A Meaningful Life and encouragement.
—Leslie Patterson, 10/27/09

Av Papo
Av Papo helps another University of Miami student put compassion into action.

At the University of Illinois, Urbana, I encountered 1,200 students ready to learn more of the truth about what today’s farmed animals go through. This school is a testimony to the power of persistence. I have worked this school each semester since the beginning (2003) and have seen reception and genuine interest in the animals’ plight increase each year; antagonism towards me and scoffing at the issue decrease each year. Being present consistently and repeatedly, and giving the students room and time to warm up, that they might take a look at the issue when they are ready, seems prudent.
—Joe Espinosa, 10/22/09

Letter to a Young Matt in your newsletter was great. It reminds me of how influenced I was by (the original version of this essay) back in the mid-90s. I hope it gets wide distribution.
—Paul Shapiro, 11/15/09

 

Prevent suffering!

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.

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