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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  February 22, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach


The Pessimist’s Case for Vegan Outreach

After seeing Peter tweet this calculation about Bill Gates – $28 billion saving 5.8 million lives – we decided to take a quick look at Vegan Outreach’s efforts.

If you think Vegan Outreach’s booklets have only a net 1% efficiency (only one recipient in a hundred stops eating animals, or two in a hundred cut their consumption in half; and no one who received a booklet influences anyone else at all for the rest of their lives), Vegan Outreach’s leafleters and donors have saved more than 225,000,000 land animals from the torture and butchery of modern agribusiness…on approximately 0.1% of Bill Gates’ budget.

Thanks so much to every donor and activist who has been a part of this effective, efficient, and necessary work!


From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs


Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels

Product of the Week

Jim: “So glad you mentioned Erik’s article. We were just in Trader Joe’s today picking up some food, and decided to try out the new Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels. The cashier told us that the whole staff at the store sampled these, and even those who did not normally eat vegetarian / vegan loved them and went back for seconds and thirds!”

Please submit your favorite products; you can view previous entries here.


Notes from Our Members

Katie reports Emily immediately went vegan after receiving a booklet last semester at Queensborough Community College.

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México is a small campus, but the outreach was amazing. We each grabbed an entrance, and everybody in or out got a booklet. Israel also left a few booklets fanned out at the front desk in the library and on an info booth; we saw one student grab one, show it to her friend, and read it cover to cover. We saw many other people reading the booklets cover to cover in the main square. Never seen such a reception!
     Outreach in Mexico has been overwhelmingly successful thus far. Many, many conversations with people who have been immediately impacted by the power of the literature. Prior to our arrival, I had apprehensions (riddled with excitement, of course) about pioneering Vegan Outreach’s work here in Mexico. The response, however, has transcended all my expectations. Even today, after distributing a booklet to a young woman, I immediately heard her say, “Hay que ser vegetariano!” (You gotta go veg!) And this is certainly not the first statement of this kind that I’ve heard.
     Israel has been an indescribably amazing host and fantastic activist. His family has kept us well fed with delicious vegan Mexican food and tropical fruits.
     Bienvenidos a la revolución, amigos!
—Jeni Haines & Vic Sjodin, 2/9/12

Nikki sends this picture of Ashley, who got a booklet six years ago at Laney College and has been vegan since.

Freezing cold turning to sleet, but we had a fabulous day at CUNY Lehman College. New leafleter Meghan joined me before her classes at Bronx Science High School, and then Lisa showed up. We met so many vegans and vegetarians, handing out a bunch of Guides! Lisa made a new leafleting contact for us and also spoke with one girl who had veered away from vegetarianism but is now going back.
—Katie Pryor, 2/16/12

Fantastic day of outreach with Johanna, Matt, and Jenny at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo! A number of students requested more information to get on the vegan path. Other great interactions included a 1-week vegetarian who seemed a little lost about what to eat, how to get enough protein, etc.; a nutrition major who has been thinking about going veg and who wants to get involved with our outreach; a professor who is interested in having Matt come to speak to his class. I had a worthwhile conversation with a guy who initially thought human overpopulation was the main problem. I told him about the 9+ billion land animals in the U.S. who are unnecessarily brought onto the planet each year and how resources could be saved if we didn’t raise them to eat them. When I gave him a Guide, he took it enthusiastically, started paging through it and said, “This is just what I needed!” I also gave him tips on tasty veggie meats to try. He made his veg pledge so earnestly and was so grateful for the info, it just made me smile.
—Barbara Bear, 2/17/12

Such a positive day of outreach at Gateway Community College! Small school, but I reached over 500 students. Several leafletees expressed outrage at the atrocities of factory farming, and one woman even began crying and pledged to go veg on the spot.
—John Oberg, 11/21/11

At the University of New Hampshire, one student exclaimed, “You just changed my life!” I also overheard a woman tell her friend, “This [booklet] will be perfect for the paper I am writing.” Later, a different student also mentioned writing a persuasive paper against factory farming, and she thanked me for the information. An ag student came over and asked me for a leaflet. He said it is interesting and good information. He called the system “messed up.”
—Lana Smithson, 11/28/11

Jonathan Hussain
Jonathan Hussain (L) answers questions at Fresno City College.

At St. Louis Community College, one vegetarian student said they were blessed by my presence and thanked me for being out there in the cold. A vegan instructor invited me to give a presentation to her class. One student asked me what he could eat if he didn’t eat meat. Another student said that she found the booklet disturbing and was going to reduce her meat consumption. I heard from a student who is giving a presentation on factory farming to her class tomorrow. I gave her 25 Even If You Like Meat booklets for her class.
—Rick Hershey, 12/1/11

Amazing take rate at Estrella Mountain Community College – I was there an hour before I got my first “no.” Phoenix was amazing, too; together, we reached over 700 students. One man took a Compassionate Choices early in the day, and came back hours later to talk with us. He told us that it only seemed reasonable to stop consuming animals. I gave him a Guide and he seemed really excited!
—Kirby Mauro, 11/30/11

After Westmont College, I reached nearly 1,300 students at UC Santa Barbara. Within my first 15 minutes, Connor biked up to me saying his booklet tipped the scales for him this morning, and as of that second, he’s a vegetarian. Too cool! Gave him a Guide. A German teacher stopped back to say how sad the information was. We chatted about sustainable changes and how we’re all a part of the system – good or bad.
—Nikki Benoit, 12/1/11

COM student
Brian reports that since getting a VO booklet three years ago, this College of Marin student and his girlfriend have been veg.

At East Tennessee State, an athletic dude took a booklet, sighed, and said, “This is so discouraging.” I asked him what was discouraging about it and he said that it’s so sad reading about animal suffering, because animals are so innocent and helpless. I told him that I agreed that it was very sad, but the purpose of the booklet was to be encouraging, that we could see something bad, do something good, and play a role in rectifying the situation. He agreed and thanked me for the information.
     Later, a woman came up and asked about religion. I said our group consists of devout Christians, followers of other belief systems, and some who aren’t men or women of faith. I went on that the great thing about this cause is that it is – and should be – embraced by people of various political and religious beliefs. Moreover, I didn’t think a merciful God would have given animals the capacity to feel pain if they were intended to spend their lives in the conditions that they now spend their lives, and that our current treatment was definitely not good stewardship (a term she appreciated and that resonated with her). We discussed a number of other things such as Matthew Scully, the Garden of Eden being essentially vegan, etc. She appreciated my points, knowledge of her faith, and my hearing her out. It was a productive conversation.
—Jon Camp, 12/1/11


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