|Enewsletter • August 18, 2010|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Jon Coming to the South!
Starting in October, Jon Camp, VO’s Director of Outreach, will embark on a two-month college leafleting tour throughout VA, SC, GA, AL, MS, and northern FL. He would love to speak with your local group about Vegan Outreach’s work and the importance of getting active for animals.
Jon has found housing for most of his tour, but still needs a place to stay in or near Columbia and Conroe, SC; Savannah, GA; Tallahassee, FL; Jackson, Starkville, and Oxford, MS; and Florence, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, and Auburn, AL.
If you’d like to house America’s Most Courteous Houseguest, leaflet with him, or have him speak to your group – or all three! – please email jon (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks so much!
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Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
Lots of Future Farmers
of America at Purdue today. Five times I was given
the opportunity to speak with groups of the
FFA kids. The usual untruths were offered in
defense of animal agriculture. I spoke to each
issue in turn, but kept bringing it back to
the fact that producing and eating meat, milk
and eggs are not necessary and cause immense
animal suffering for our own pleasure. On the
flip side, heard from five vegetarians, one
an FFA student who quietly, away from her peers,
let me know she’s vegetarian.
Very powerful conversations at
Cal State Los Angeles. Met three vegans in the first 20 minutes! One,
who’s organizing many outreach events to educate church communities,
invited me to speak for VO!
John (Oberg) and
I met many veg-friendly folks leafleting at
the Phoenix Art Walk. We were joined by Emma,
who is newly vegan after being leafleted by
John last month!
Good leafleting with
Rob (Gilbride) and Leah (Wagner). One man said to me, “Do you
think it is wrong to eat chickens?” I told him
they are the most abused animal on the planet,
and we discussed their lives and the high numbers
consumed. He said, “Someone told me that
if you watch Food, Inc. you won’t want
to eat chicken anymore.” I have heard a
lot of comments from folks going veg after watching
Food, Inc. despite the lack of a veg
message in the film. It’s encouraging to see
that many people do in fact connect the dots
without us explicitly saying to go veg. That’s
why brochures like Even If You Like Meat
and Compassionate Choices are
so valuable in my opinion.
While tabling at
the farmers’ market, one woman in her 70s took
materials to share with the “less enlightened.”
She told me she confronted one of the natural
chicken farmers at the market today, asking
him how old his chickens are when they’re slaughtered.
He told her 10 weeks, but that they have a great
quality of life for those weeks – to which
this sweet little old lady replied, “How
would you like it if you were allowed to live
a great life for ten years and then I chopped
off your head?”
New vegan Angie (Hammond)
and I had great conversations at the farmers’ market. We met at least
15 vegans. One woman took information about getting active
At the Las Cruces
Warped stop, Phil (Letten) offered a booklet
to a couple who responded, “No thanks, we
already got one today, and I think we’ll probably
go vegetarian now.”
Leafleting at Truman
College, one guy told me that it might be hypocritical
to tell others how to live if I wasn’t perfect.
I let him know that none of our booklets say,
“This is how you should live”; nor
do they state that we are perfect. Rather, they
simply let people know of a cause of suffering
in today’s world; the recipients of the booklet
can then do what they want with this information.
Not being perfect doesn’t bar us from trying
to do what good we can.