|Enewsletter • January 6, 2010|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Thanks so much to the hundreds and hundreds who contributed to Vegan Outreach’s successful end-of-year fundraising campaign. Because of your thoughtful generosity, VO is in a better position to start our work together for the animals in the new decade.
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We hope you’re as proud as we are to be a part of such powerful, effective efforts for a better world.
Together, we will continue to make a real difference, every day!
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Products of the Week
Brad: “Sheese. Absolutely the taste, texture and aroma of dairy cheese, with none of the cruelty. Whole Foods stocks it in some stores, and will stock it in others if shoppers ask for it.”
Terrie: “For a hearty vegan treat, I have been sautéing Tofurky Italian sausage, and then adding them to spaghetti sauce and serving over pasta. Delicious. I have been serving it to non-vegan friends and they like it too.”
Notes from All Over
Erik Marcus Interviews Jonathan Safran Foer
These are central to Vegan Outreach’s approach: not focusing on ourselves or justifying our own views, but creating as much real change as possible in a society where eating an actual chicken leg is rarely even questioned.
See also this interview, which discusses the false “humans vs. animals” dichotomy (search on “Michiko,” about two-thirds down).
Backlogged Lightning Round
Notes from Our Members
efforts to bring compassion and
awareness to the horrible suffering animals
endure is commendable – and is definitely
bringing about change. I am pleased to enclose
a donation to continue this wonderful work.
of Riverside City College was
Nolan, who walked by and turned the leaflet
down. He went by a second time and to my, “Information
to help animals?” he replied with some
antagonism, “Help them into my belly?”
Then – who knows why – he came up
a third time and asked what I was handing
out, what organization I was from, and said he was
really opposed to violent treatment of animals
in factory farming. I admit I was a bit dubious
at first and a little tentative, but he persisted.
He finished with, “Well, I’m headed
to a philosophy class now. This will give me
a lot to think about.”
take rate today at the University
of Arizona. Best feedback was from a guy who took
an Even If You Like Meat and said,
“I’m on board with this.”
Then, pointing to the pictures, “This
is messed up.” Finally, turning to me
to shake my hand, “You’re doing a good
thing out here.”
University of Virginia, a young
woman told me she had just taken a test on industrial
agriculture in her Environmental Policy class.
And shortly before that, a guy let me know that
he received a booklet in February and, as a
result, decided to try eating 50% less meat,
as suggested in the booklet. That went well
and so he decided to give vegetarianism a try.
It likewise went well, and he hasn’t had any
meat in six months.
Park High School, the kids seemed
to recognize the issue right away, versus taking
the booklet with the “Let me see what
this is about” look. It was snowing heavily
while I leafleted which wasn’t great.
Still, it was an awesome morning. Once again
I learned that as tempting as it is to get two
extra hours of sleep, it’s much more rewarding
to kick off the day with successful outreach.