|Enewsletter • February 1, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
“Meatier” – The Key to Animal Liberation
For more detail, please read One Possible Future: A Roadmap to Animal Liberation.
Activist Profile: Kenny Torrella
Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet Kenny Torrella! Here is an excerpt:
Why do you leaflet?
I leaflet because it’s a cost- and time-effective way to directly inform people about the routine cruelties inflicted upon farmed animals. The average person isn’t going to seek out this information, so it’s up to us to get out on the streets and inform people about what’s going on and how they can prevent cruelty to animals.
What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
Every time I meet someone who says they went vegetarian or vegan because of a booklet, and every time someone stops to talk to me, is a positive experience. To know that I’ve helped someone make choices to reduce violence in the world, or even getting someone thinking about this issue, is very rewarding.
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
I would say, “Go for it!” The first time is the hardest, but after that it just gets easier and more rewarding. It’s important to know that pretty much everyone will either take the booklet and say “thank you,” or they won’t take the booklet and say “no thanks.” Occasionally someone will say a rude comment, but it’s rare, and I’m willing to take a rude comment now and then if it also means I’m able to inform thousands of people about this important cause.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Product of the Week
Kenny: “Go Max Go bars – vegan versions of your favorite childhood candy bars – are my favorite. I’m partial to the Jokerz bar, the Mahalo bar, and Cleo’s peanut butter cups.”
Notes from Our Members
Tyler, Jenna, Frank, Mike, Austin,
Steve, and I reached 700 young
people in only 45 minutes at the Chinatown Parade.
Even telling people it was a booklet about animal
cruelty, I know we could have reached a lot
more people if we had brought more booklets.
I spent my lunch in front of John
Jay College. One woman stopped
dead in her tracks halfway down the block and
read the whole thing right there. I brought
her a Guide
and spoke to her a bit. She seemed very surprised
and concerned about the implications of her
food choices. Another woman doubled back after
receiving her booklet, asking for several more
to give to the young people in her life.
At Portland State, Cobie, Nettie, and I met a ton of veg students
who are excited to get things moving on this
campus, including two women who hope to work
with the school’s animal rights club, and others
who would like to get leafleting for Vegan Outreach.
I also met briefly with the campus environmental
group, and gave them each an Even If You
Like Meat, and left a stack of Guides
for them. I also met the amazing Jessika,
who has been using the 30 minutes between her
classes to hand out booklets at PSU regularly.
Good interactions at Oklahoma State,
where I reached over 1,000 students.
One woman told me the booklet would probably
push her to being veg. Reached almost 1,000
again today at the University of Oklahoma, with
loads of good conversations. Met two soon-to-be
College was great! I met Macie
last time there, and she ditched some class
to help out. I presented to Jasmin’s high
school animal rights group a few years ago and
now she goes to Cabrillo. She also got out of
class to help. There are tons of vegans / vegetarians,
but more importantly, there are lots
of students who are not yet veg but who are
very interested in the material. Definitely
had some great conversations.