|Enewsletter • February 10, 2010|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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Notes from Our Members
to two Youngstown State English
classes looking for topics for a paper. My talk
was not what they expected. Many said the
argument – reducing animal suffering –
had no holes or flaws in it, essentially leaving
them with no questions about why one should
not eat animals. I kept on track the whole time
using the “indisputable bottom line”
argument for changing their diet. Essentially,
my whole talk incorporated VO literature (Even
If You Like Meat), which was very well
received by the 50 students. When I polled them
before class, 2/3 said they had had a “bad
vegetarian experience” – i.e. conflict
with a difficult vegetarian. I feel safe to
say that the talks were good vegetarian experiences
for the students. Many of the students decided
to write about the issue and are rethinking
the way that they eat.
though it was 9 degrees, I was
excited to be back in the field at the University
of Illinois – Chicago. Another person
leafleting told me he was vegetarian, so I gave
him a Guide. Another
told me she recently went veg. I asked if she wanted some recipes
and she said, “Yes, I am SO hungry!”
At one point I realized a young man was standing
waiting to talk to me. He said, “I think
it is really beautiful what you are doing, being
out here helping animals especially in this
cold.” It was sweet and he took a Guide.
It was 1 degree today
in Detroit, so I had to go into the library
periodically to thaw out. I gave a brochure
to a guy in there sitting next to me. He said
he used to be vegetarian for health reasons.
Then he opened the brochure and started saying,
“Wow…wow!” He then said he’s going
to try it again. I didn’t have any Guides
with me, but I told him how to get one.
received a brochure on my campus.
Thanks for the knowledge – you are changing
my thoughts about the animals which we eat.
Please send me recipes!
day at the University of Virginia.
One guy told me that my polite and non-pushy
approach was unusual and admirable, and this
led to a productive conversation. One young
woman mentioned that receiving the Even
If You Like Meat from me last year led
to her going vegan. I also came across a guy
I met the last time I was there who is still
veg as a result of an Even If, and
another young woman let me know that she is
going veg for the next month.
want to say how happy and fortunate
I feel to have leafleted across Florida with
Vic Sjodin and Phil Letten. I had many great
encounters, including several students who came
up to me and said, “Is that the info about
animals – I would like one.” A woman
pointed to the words on the cover of the Even
If You Like Meat and said she could probably cut
her meat consumption in half but didn’t think
she could completely stop eating meat. I thanked
her for considering the positive step and gave
her encouragement and a Guide.
A student called the pamphlet “effective.”
and I had a very effective day
at Valencia College, Seminole College –
Oviedo, Seminole College – Sanford, and
the University of Central Florida. We met what
felt like a zillion vegetarians and had an extraordinary
amount of conversations as these schools are
conducive to that. One girl said she only ate
chicken, and Phil broke it down for her that
they are by far the most abused animal, etc.,
and she pledged never to eat chicken again.
Several thanked us for the info, others wanted more
for friends – I can’t remember all of
the other interesting interactions!