|Enewsletter • April 28, 2010|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”