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reducing the suffering of farmed animals
by promoting informed, ethical eating.

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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  November 25, 2009

 

For modern animal agriculture, the less the consumer knows about what’s happening before the meat hits the plate, the better.
     If true, is this an ethical situation? Should we be reluctant to let people know what really goes on, because we’re not really proud of it and concerned that it might turn them to vegetarianism?
—Peter Cheeke, PhD, Oregon St. U. Professor of Animal Agriculture, Contemporary Issues in Animal Agriculture, 2004 textbook

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

A Thanksgiving Question: Do You Share This Goal?

Turkeys

Many of you remember this Sarah Palin interview where turkeys are being slaughtered at a “family farm.” The turkeys struggle to break free, even long after their throats have been slit, but of course are unable to do so (uncensored video).

From the largest corporate slaughterhouse to the smaller operations, we know brutality will occur as long as animals are viewed as meat.

This is why Vegan Outreach gives the animals a voice every day: exposing this cruelty is the only way to end it. The current practice of breeding, raising, and butchering animals for the taste of their flesh won’t be able to stand the bright, unrelenting light of exposure.

Every day, because of all of our efforts, the gruesome horrors of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses are brought to light for thousands of new people.

Together, we are creating a generation for whom making compassionate choices isn’t aberrant, but admired…and more common every day.

Every person we persuade takes us closer to our goal: a kinder world for animals.

Turkey

Do you share this goal?

If so, please consider a special Thanksgiving donation for the animals – your contribution will be doubled, dollar-for-dollar, as part of our end-of-year matching opportunity!

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

Vegan Outreach
POB 30865
Tucson, AZ 85751-0865

We are deeply thankful to work with you for a better world for all, and will continue to do our best to make sure your support goes as far as possible for the animals. Thank you!

 

Notes from All Over

Martha Stewart’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Want more proof we’re changing things? Karen Dawn of DawnWatch notes:

On November 19, the icon of American homemaking, Martha Stewart, for the first time in her television’s history, devoted the hour to vegetarian Thanksgivings. One of her guests was author Jonathan Safran Foer, with whom she made a vegan casserole. She noted that she would be having a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal at her daughter Alexis’s home. .

You can watch the entire episode online.

 

Notes from Our Members

Brian Grupe

Sacramento City College gets better with each visit – students seem more interested in the material; animal rights is a relevant issue in their moral sphere. I had lots of conversations, including two different folks who have actively worked to replace a good portion of the meat they usually consume with faux meat products. I also met a very athletic African-American man who, indicating the booklet, told me, “That’s why I stopped eating meat.”
—Brian Grupe (at right), 10/26/09

Genny, Pam, and I heard many “Already vegetarian!” or “Already vegan!” responses at Loyola University. One woman came back up to me and asked for booklets to give to her friends. Another woman who was already vegetarian praised our work and told us to keep up the good fight.
—Alexis Scherba, 10/20/09

A number of people at the University of Iowa were excited to get leaflets, with many turning around and coming back for one after they realized what it was. One guy in communications was really impressed with the Even If You Like Meat. He said it was the first non-offensive piece of literature he had seen: “Whoever dreamed up that booklet did a great job!”
—Fred Tyler, 10/28/09

Sophie Feng
Sophie Feng uses her evening to let the people of Chicago know what modern agribusiness hides.

Last night I went to dinner with my VO shirt on. The waiter said he is vegan and I asked him what made him go vegan. He said he read something in a magazine. When I asked him what magazine, he went and retrieved a Compassionate Choices booklet!
—Jodi Chemes, 11/4/09

I had several great conversations while at Oakton Community College with Chris and Bill, including one guy who really seemed to want to give this a try and eat less meat. He said he had been discouraged with attempts in the past, but I suggested he go veg on Mondays and Wednesdays each week and then build from there. He really liked that suggestion. I also ran into a group of students who were looking for a project to do for class and, after seeing the Compassionate Choices booklet, they asked me a bunch of questions in order to try and do their project on a factory farm related topic.
—Mikael Nielsen, 10/29/09

I was at Lane Tech College Prep High School by 7am, where I was able to hand out 350 booklets in an hour. A lot of students were really receptive. A great way to start the day before going to work!
—Darina Smith, 11/5/09

Brandon Becker
Brandon Becker takes the animals’ case to students at UNC Chapel Hill.

Met many vegetarians and vegans at the University of Pittsburgh. One highlight was a transfer student who said she went veg after getting a pamphlet from me last year at UPitt Johnstown. Also ran into a guy I met in Michigan a few weeks ago who is now veg, which is great because he seemed hesitant about the topic.
—Vic Sjodin, 11/2/09

Lynn and I stood at a new place at the University of Colorado, Boulder, reaching a new crowd. The Compassionate Choices were unfamiliar to many, so we definitely opened some eyes today. One guy stopped by later to give it back, saying he’d read it and was ready to change his ways.
—Barbara Bear, 11/5/09

One student at the University of Maryland said she went vegan after receiving a booklet at a concert. Another student said she went vegetarian for six months after getting a booklet. I also handed a booklet to a student who then came back to me later and said he read the entire thing during his English class: “It made a lot of sense.”
—Aaron Ross, 11/4/09

J. Brennaman
At the University of Kansas, J. Brennaman expands the tent of compassion

So many good conversations and comments at San Diego City College. A professor invited me to come speak to his class on the connection between politics, ethics, and compassionate eating.
—Brianne Donaldson, 11/5/09

Wonderful reception at George Mason University. I had a very productive conversation with a young man who had a failed experiment with vegetarianism in the past. After talking with him about foods that are filling, high in protein, etc., he told me that I didn’t look like the stereotypical vegan. Since we’re often pigeonholed and summarily dismissed as a result of fitting stereotypes, I find it useful to do things that break such stereotypes. For me, it includes simple stuff like dressing in a mainstream fashion, lifting weights, thanking military folks for their service, smiling, being calm and polite to all (including those who don’t live up to this particular standard themselves), etc. We want a big tent movement and it’s our job to bring as many into this tent as possible.
—Jon Camp, 11/3/09

 

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.

Vegan Outreach
POB 30865, Tucson, AZ 85751-0865

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