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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  December 22, 2010

 

Turkeys

The brutality of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses is far from public view, hidden behind walls both physical and psychological.

The cruelty to chickens, turkeys, and pigs that occurs on factory farms is every bit as horrible as any act of barbarism that turns the stomach of any ethical person.

Even worse, the cruelty to farmed animals is done on a scale that vastly exceeds all other acts of cruelty to animals, combined; indeed, ninety-nine percent of animals killed in the U.S. are slaughtered for human consumption.

Since agribusiness won’t bring the public to factory farms and slaughterhouses,
we bring the truth to the public!

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

VO Booklet Distribution

Fact: You Make the Difference!

For years, as donations to Vegan Outreach increased, the number of people receiving booklets increased.

With the economic collapse and the subsequent crash in contributions, 2009 reversed this trend.

But despite the horrible economy, you stepped up in the past 13 months and opened your hearts and wallets for the animals.

And now, distribution is growing again!

This is proof positive your contributions make the difference.

Changing Lives
Be sure to check out the video Changing Lives to see more of what we’ve accomplished together! And share it with others, too!

The graph clearly shows that your donation goes right to focused, efficient advocacy for the animals – giving you the biggest bang for the buck, every day.

Put another way:

  • You determine how many people learn the hidden truth.
  • You determine how many people stop supporting agribusiness.
  • You determine how quickly we move to an informed, compassionate society.

You make the change happen!

Double Your Donation!

Please join your fellow members of the Vegan Outreach team who have contributed to the matching challenge by making a fully tax-deductible contribution that will be matched, dollar for dollar!

You can use a credit card to make a secure donation online, or send a check or money order to:

Vegan Outreach | POB 30865 | Tucson, AZ 85751

How many new people we reach in 2011
depends on you!

 

 

Santa and helpers

From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” Blog

 

 

Notes from Our Members

Jovan Jimenez

Jovan Jimenez (right) and I met tons of nice families, groups, and couples at Water Tower Place on this super cold day. Hundreds accepted booklets despite the subfreezing temperatures. Good conversations and really positive remarks – the holiday spirit prevailed!
—Mikael Nielsen, Mercy For Animals, 12/19/10

The Humane League of Philadelphia and the Animal Awareness Project joined forces for an incredible day of outreach at Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. From 9am to 4pm, we continually leafleted until we had no more booklets to hand out, and reached nearly 11,000 people! The people who took a leaflet seemed to genuinely want one. We definitely made an impact and hopefully restored the sanity of people’s eating habits!
—Aaron Ross, 10/30/10

Aaron Ross
Above, Aaron Ross enlightens another student at Virginia Tech; below, our fourth president lends a hand at James Madison U!
Statue

Good leafleting today at Boca Ciega HS. I recently mentioned something about wishing I could physically rescue animals from slaughterhouses. But I know rescues would never stop the endless flow of animals, and working at the root of the problem – the consumer demand for animal products – is the best way to help the most animals in the long run.
      As Matt recently said, “This work is both a tribute to the forgotten and the best way to create the compassionate world we all desire.” The “unnamed, unseen, and uncomforted” animals are in my mind when I take this information to people, and I’m grateful to Vegan Outreach for working so hard to be practical and efficient at bringing the unseen into the hearts and minds of people. Thank you everyone for all you do.
     Happy holidays and happy, compassionate new year.
—Lana Smithson, 12/17/10

Fantastic reception and conversations at Cal State Fullerton. The token male of a well-dressed pod of leaflet-deniers felt the need to say, “I eat meat.” To which I said, “That’s OK sweetie, that’s why I’m here.” Later, two of them returned – the sassy male included – to retrieve their booklets, apologizing for not doing it earlier. In fact, they’re in student government and would like me to speak on campus. Also had a groundbreaking convo with a hunter who is seemingly on the cusp of giving up eating all “farmed” animals!
     Also a receptive crowd at the Obama rally at USC; some very interested people. I wore my Vegan Outreach shirt which garnered many smiles, thumbs-ups and shout-outs. Can’t ever get tired of hearin’ “Yay Vegan Outreach!”
—Nikki Benoit, 10/14/10

I am finding it easier and easier to hand brochures to people in public places. For example, at a supermarket last week, I gave an Even If You Like Meat to both the checker and the bagger. I went to my car and realized I forgot stamps. When I returned, I overheard the distressed bagger showing the opened brochure to the lady at the courtesy desk, pointing to a page while exclaiming, “Look at the blood!” Here is a young girl who bags countless packages of fresh meat each day (obviously seeing some blood in them), but never made the connection to the slaughtered animal.
—Barb K, 10/20/10

Long day at Grand Valley State, with many highlights. Had a fantastic number of one-on-one interactions and overheard a number of students discussing the issue. One woman came back and said, “I’m done! I cried and I am never eating meat again.” Our host Lena said her class of 30 people spent the class talking about factory farming. Really great to get some real-life evidence of the buzz effect leafleting creates on campuses.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/19/10

Jon Camp
Jon Camp spreads warmth and compassion at the University of Maryland; below, a UMD student studies the truth.

At the University of Hartford, I was joined by Teresa, who went vegan after previous discussions with Aleta and me. Very receptive crowd. Got names and emails of five students who want to leaflet and want to get veg options in the cafeteria.
—Karen James, 10/20/10

At the University of Nebraska, Kearney, one guy came back and said, “It was a real eye-opener. I had no idea any of this was going on. It’s sad, real sad. It is all about the mighty dollar.” He said he had grown up on a farm, but it was nothing like it is now. Just as I was about to leave, a girl told me, “I just wanted to let you know I read the booklet, and now I’ve decided to go vegetarian.” I congratulated her and gave her a Guide to help her make the change.
     At the University of Nebraska, Omaha, one guy said that receiving an Even If previously had led him to be mostly vegetarian; he got a Guide. One girl said she was going vegan for one week. She said she was scared, but thought the Guide would help. Another girl said, “Oh, I just looked through the booklet. I used to be vegetarian and now I want to start again.” I suggested the assistance of a Guide. Later, I overheard a group of girls talking near me. Two of them were telling their vegetarian friend that they were going to try being vegan for two weeks. Their friend expressed concern about not being able to eat out anywhere. I gave them a card for VegGuide.org to find good restaurants. I also talked a bit about focusing on reducing suffering as opposed to failing at purity. A Guide was also in order. When they left, I heard them say,“"What a perfect place to have that conversation.”
—Fred Tyler, 10/22/10

UMD student

At Queens College, the students were very receptive, and I was lucky to have Marissa join me. One student was so moved that he helped us out for an hour and a half. Other good conversations, too. One elderly couple stopped by and asked questions; it turns out they were auditing a class about farming and took some extra leaflets to share with the professor.
     Also had an awesome day at CUNY Medgar Evers College – a number of conversations with students who wanted to go vegetarian. Every time she passed by, a certain girl said to her friends, “That pamphlet’s gonna make you be a vegan.” Another woman said, “Oh, my son is a vegan! He’s only nine years old, but when I told him I wanted to cook fish for him, he told me, ‘Mommy, fish are for the sea.’”
—Eileen Botti, 10/25/10

Had good luck today at Howard Community College – positive feedback from people who had gotten the booklet in the past. For example: one guy told me he was “devastated,” and had passed his copy on to his parents to look at as well.
—Jay Kristensen, 10/25/10

Tabling at tiny Notre Dame de Namur University, loads of students remembered me from previous semesters (one student told me that since meeting me, he’s gone vegetarian and is working on vegan). I talked to quite a few almost-vegetarians, vegetarians, and vegans. One gal said she had read the brochure and was really considering going veg; she got a Guide. Many took info to show to friends/family.
—Brian Grupe, 10/20/10

In the past, the Boulder High School crowd was not very receptive, but today the students were interested in taking literature. A number of “already veg,” and one student said his whole family is veg.
—Barbara Bear, 10/21/10

Cookie, Vic Sjodin, and Phil Letten
Cookie, Vic Sjodin, and Phil Letten take the animals’ message to the University of Pittsburgh.

The students were extremely receptive at both Shoreline Community College and Edmonds Community College. At Edmonds CC I met a 64-year-old guy who had been vegan for the last 40 years. Met another guy who had been vegan for the last 20 years. Quite a few other vegans and vegetarians. A few people expressed interest in going veg. I am so happy to be part of this and be leafleting every day.
     Very glad that Vegan Outreach exists. I would really fear for farm animals and would not be nearly as optimistic about the future if this work was not being done. Keep up the great work everyone – leafleters and donors!
—Phil Letten, 10/21/10

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