|Enewsletter • December 21, 2011|
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 inflicted on other animals.
Even worse, this brutality is on a scale that vastly exceeds all other acts of cruelty to animals.
Every day, agribusiness is ruthlessly pursuing profit through their factory farms and slaughterhouses.
That is why Vegan Outreach strives to be as relentless for the animals as big ag is ruthless to the animals.
Every single day, we focus single-mindedly on having the greatest impact possible.
Notes from Vegan Outreach
The Numbers Don’t Lie: 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 fall in contributions, 2009 reversed this trend.
But despite continuing economic pain, you stepped up and opened your hearts and wallets for the animals.
And because of your generosity, we’ve reached a record number of people in 2011!
This is proof positive your contributions make the difference.
The graph clearly shows that your donation directly drives focused, efficient advocacy for the animals – giving you the biggest bang for the buck, every day. You can see the results in people reached and lives changed here and below.
Put another way:
You drive the change!
Thanks so much to everyone who has given – our work together is changing lives every day!
If you want to reach even more people, please join your fellow members of the Vegan Outreach team who have made a special donation to the matching challenge by making a fully tax-deductible contribution that will be matched, dollar for dollar!
The deadline is fast approaching! You can use a credit card to make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, or send a check or money order to:
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many new people we reach in 2012
Notes from Our Members
of SUNY Old Farmingdale was when a student said
she went vegan after getting a booklet from
me early in the semester! That is two new vegans
for me this week.
my 9-year-old, looked very festive
in her Santa hat at San Luis Obispo HS. We had
a fantastic take rate – only two rejections,
total – reaching 128 students in a quick 20
and I reached almost 200 students
at Albany High in less than 30 minutes, including
driving! A young guy accepted one, then handed
it back saying he couldn’t look at it. I saw
him a few minutes later reading his friend’s
copy. He later said he had seen it before and
it’s bad but that meat was “so good!”
I busted out a Guide to Cruelty-Free
and told him he could try giving it up once
a week to start. He said he could do twice a
week! His buddies wanted Guides, too.
20 minutes at St. Francis High,
I was approached by three long-faced young men,
holding their booklets, sadly asking what they
could do. I gave them Guides and pointers
for chatting with their parents. If a student
walked by and refused a booklet, the guy asking
the questions yelled for them to take it. I
detect beautiful things out of these guys in
the near future.
conversations at the University
of Maryland, College Park. One girl said, “This
is actually what made me go vegetarian!”
acceptance rate at Miami-Dade’s
West Campus. One student pledged to give veg
another try, while another took leaflets for
her friends and family. On the bus back, several
passengers asked what I was reading, so I handed
out more booklets and had a great conversation.
It was cold leafleting
for us, but as I told my daughter Riley, we could
reduce the suffering of her animal friends. Liz
handed a booklet to a lady who later came back
and told us that she is a teacher. After reading
the Compassionate Choices, she was horrified
and said she is going to make some changes in
her life for the better. Hopefully this will spill
over into her classroom.
day at Princeton, where many said
they were veg. One girl said this stuff always
makes her sad. “Well that’s wonderful that
you have a good heart, but it is not about making
you sad, but about acting on what we know to
improve the situation.” She is on board.
Another girl said, “I’ve been thinking
about going vegetarian.” She got my last
rate at Scottsdale Community College
– we even leafleted the school president! Jeremy
Bentham’s, “The question is not, Can they
reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can
they suffer?” quote is actually etched
into one of the walkways!
at Vanderbilt were happy to get
a leaflet. A student said the booklet she received
last year made her cry and go veg. She took
another booklet to share with friends.
Dame, one student stopped to tell
me he grew up on a farm in Iowa and the booklet
was not true for most farms. I told him maybe
so but most animal products do come
from farms like these. He paused and then said,
“You’re right.” Later he came back
and apologized and shook my hand, saying that
the booklet was accurate and he was sorry for
confronting me earlier.
An awesome day and
new record at Stephen F. Austin University: 1,500
students! Best interaction:
new record at Wayne State; Crystal,
Mara, Phil, and I reached over 3,300 students.
Many conversations, and watched loads reading
their booklet. Overheard one guy pointing to
the leaflet and saying to his companion, “That’s
why I’m vegetarian.” Another told us she’s
been veg since getting a booklet last year. One
guy came back to Phil and told him he read the whole
thing in class and can never eat meat again.