|Enewsletter • February 24, 2010|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Nikki Benoit
Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet Nikki Benoit, famous for schooling Obama on vegan issues (note that Obama pronounces “vegan” correctly). Leafleting for Florida Voices for Animals, Nikki has reached tens of thousands of individuals with VO booklets.
Here is an excerpt from her profile:
What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
At St. Pete College – Gibbs campus, I leafleted a group of students and kept walking. Fifteen feet away I overheard, “That’s IT! I CAN’T do this anymore, damn it! I can’t contribute to this abuse! I’m DONE!” She went veg on the spot! Her friends were moaning that their lunch plans would have to change, so I told them about local veggie options. After lunch the new veg and a friend walked past me, and the non-veg said, “She’ll have me changed by the end of the day…guaranteed.”
Products of the Week
Nikki: “Loma Linda Big Franks – we cut in thirds, wrap them in Pillsbury croissants and call them Frankies in a Blankie!”
Notes from All Over
Ginnifer Goodwin’s Aha! Moment
“When people ask, I always tell them, ‘I didn’t stop eating animal products because I didn’t like the taste. I loved the taste! But in this life, I want to inflict as little pain as possible.’ To everyone who argues that we can treat our fellow earthlings this way and so we should, I like to quote Harry Potter’s Dumbledore, who said: ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’ I adore that.” Full article.
It Helps When Your Opponents Are Idiots
Agriculture Industry Encouraged To Adopt “Happiness Is A Dead Animal” Slogan; full article.
The Problem with “Eat Local”
“Research concludes that if the average American meat eater gives up eating meat once a week, that would be the equivalent of eating all of your food locally.” Full article.
Notes from Our Members
out much more literature than
I expected to at Chapman University. Students
were very receptive – lots of declines
came back to accept literature later. Met several
former vegetarians who walked away with their
fists full of literature, inspired to give it
another go. Several students came by to say
they had read it, offering a comment of disbelief
or suggesting that they were going to seriously
consider it. A chef came by to say how opposed
he was to factory farming, and how much he enjoyed
creating culinary alternatives.
of the day at Montgomery College – Takoma
University’s College of Law, a
male student initially refused a leaflet but
then took one and said he appreciated that our
approach is not “all or nothing.”
Later, a woman said her son has had a strong
aversion to eating meat even when he was a young
child. She said she would show him the leaflet.
vegans this time at Armstrong
Atlantic University, one of whom went vegan due to receiving
a leaflet in the past!
leafleting at the University of
Wisconsin – Milwaukee, I saw various signs
of progress, including a flier at the student
union: “Where can I find vegetarian/vegan/organic
options on campus?” which lists food available
at the various restaurants in the union. Also
saw soy milk in small cartons and available
with the cream for the coffee.
Leah Wagner, and I reached over 3,000 University
of Missouri students on this cold and snowy
day in Columbia. We enjoyed largely positive
and friendly reception from polite students.
I had several interactions with various ag and
animal science students. One respectful animal
science student was very receptive to considering
the cruelty side of the factory farming efficiency
equation and realizing that these aspects need
to be improved. One journalism student patiently
interviewed me between booklets and that went