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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 28, 2010
This issue sponsored by
Earnest Eats

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Team Vegan
Pigs
I want you to join up!
Photo courtesy of Animal Acres.

Be a Part of the World-Changing Team!

Vegan Outreach’s mission is to help everyone and anyone, in any situation, be the most effective advocate for the animals.

This includes you!

Team Vegan is growing – dozens of people have already signed up! Check out the team so far, and you’ll see experienced runners, new runners, non-runners, bikers, walkers, cat-sitters, leafleters, young folk, and the young at heart!

What they have in common is a dedication to changing the world.

How about you?

Would you like to be a part of VO’s work? Would you like to change lives and lessen suffering? Please come to TeamVegan.biz and sign up for the team!

If you complete your profile by Friday, May 7, a generous donor will put $100 towards your fundraising goal – money that will be matched by John and Fany!

So please – get on board today and you’ll put hundreds of dollars to work for the animals just by signing up!

Thank you!

 

From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” Blog

 

Product of the Week

Denise: “Humane Choice dog food is organic and cruelty-free.”

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

 

Notes from All Over

Pigs

The Ugly Truth Behind Factory Farms

Time has an interview with Animal Factory author David Kirby. Excerpt:

One time I visited a pig farm, a regular farm – not a factory farm – in Illinois. Right across the street was a hog CAFO. The owner didn’t live there, of course. There’s no farm house on a factory farm, just business offices. At night, all the workers would leave, and all I’d hear as I was trying to fall asleep was the sound of the pigs fighting each other, biting each other, squealing, screeching all night long. It was like nothing I’ve ever heard before in my life, and it just didn’t stop. It sounded like kids being tortured over there. I’ll never forget that sound.

 

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

Allie Holaday
Allie Holaday helps another University of Connecticut student make informed choices.

At Minnesota State University – Mankato, a lot of people reported getting a booklet in the past and still having it. One guy said after getting an Even If You Like Meat last time, he bought the book Eating Animals. He was happy to get a Guide. One woman said, “It was this kind of stuff that made me go vegetarian when I was 17!” The highlight of the day was when a man came up and said, “I got one of those earlier. I just wanted to thank you for handing them out and to say I had a vegetarian lunch because of it. It was very informative. I’ve been thinking about vegetarianism lately and this was the extra push I needed.” He was glad to get a Guide.
—Fred Tyler, 3/25/10

Great day at Long Beach College! Numerous “thank yous.” An armored truck drove to me, stopped, and the driver opened the tube-shaped hole in the door asking for a leaflet!
     Was interviewed (while still leafleting) by two different students for school projects – one on free speech and the other on factory farm abuse. Explaining what happens to our animal friends in FFs knocked this guy out of his loop! He hung on every word, saying he’d go watch the videos too. After our ten minute conversation, his last question was “So what would you tell people who want to start becoming vegan?” I explained that some go right away, or others ease in by first not buying animal products so they can build up a pantry, experimenting with what they like, and just work their way into it…and of course that it’s much easier than it seems once you start doing it.
—Nikki Benoit, 4/1/10

Yale student
Students at Yale (above) and University of Maryland (below) engrossed in the case for compassion.

Brutal morning at Lane Community College. Awful rain and cold, and by noon I was drenched and freezing. I met a few vegetarians including a guy who said, “Is that Vegan Outreach?” He relayed that he had been vegan but that his family had “intervened” and he wants to get back on track again. He happily accepted a Guide and AML. Students were incredibly receptive despite the weather which kept me going.
—Brian Grupe, 3/30/10

A Duke student first declined a brochure, but then returned to take one after seeing multiple students reading it, saying, “OK, I will take one!” Students recognized me from prior leafleting and at least two students said they are vegan because of the pamphlets they received last year. Go, VO!
—Rob Gilbride, 4/1/10

Reached over 400 very nice students at Northeastern Illinois University. I saw students reading the booklets and talking about them. Some asked me for a booklet after seeing others reading them. Other students came up with questions about the treatment of farmed animals and food choices.
—Leslie Patterson, 4/2/10

Heard from many vegetarians at St. Louis University today. One student told me that she received one from me last semester and because of it she and her roommate went vegetarian; I said, “All right!” and gave her a Guide. Another student said that he received a booklet from me last semester and it really changed his thinking. I asked if it also changed his eating and he said yes. He got a Guide, too.
—RH, 3/31/10

UMD student

Chelsey, Ryan, Lauren, and Joe joined me today at the University of S. Alabama, and we reached over 1,600 students. One professor said she is going veg, a custodian said she was going veg to lower her cholesterol and she felt bad for chickens. One girl said, “This is the saddest thing I’ve ever read”; she got a Guide. Another girl said, “I didn’t eat meat yesterday after getting that pamphlet”; she got a Guide today. I saw lots of students reading pamphlets as they walked. One guy said the booklets are too graphic, but talking with him, he changed his tune.
—Vic Sjodin, 4/2/10

Jodie and I hit Schoolcraft College and Madonna University – a good day of outreach, with a lot of people reading the booklets. For example, at Madonna, a big group of girls walked by and all got one. They kept walking away very slowly as they all read and discussed the leaflets. All of them were very grossed out. I heard one girl say, “I’m never eating meat again.”
—Phil Letten, 4/5/10

At SUNY Plattsburgh, Darina noticed that the cafeteria had a big sign indicating that they offered a vegan selection, something I am noticing at more and more schools.
—Jon Camp, 4/5/10

Aaron Ross
Aaron Ross provides the animals a voice at Towson University.

Jenna, Shannon, Clarissa, Anna, Mark, Ellen, and I (Raiders Against Animal Cruelty) reached over 2,300 students at Middle Tennessee State University. Ran out of Guides in the first two hours – even after years of regular activism here, we still meet new vegetarians all the time! Young lady said she went veg because of a booklet last semester, and another young lady enthusiastically said she’s going veg soon. Also met a guy who wants to get involved.
—Kenny Torrella, 3/31/10

Another 1,500 students at UC Santa Barbara. One young man went past me pushing his bike with one hand and drinking water from the other hand. “I’d offer you a leaflet,” I said, “but I don’t think you’ve got a spare hand.” I definitely do have a spare hand,” he said as he shifted his glass of water to the hand pushing the bike and took a leaflet, “because the last time I got one of those, I went vegetarian.”
—Stewart Solomon, 4/5/10

 

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