|Enewsletter • August 22, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Warm Up, Young Man!
Our Man Up North – Fred Tyler – has finally decided to move on from leafleting Minnesota and North Dakota in the depths of winter.
The consistent (and stoic) Fred, who has been a prolific leafleter since early 2008, has done a great job in the upper Midwest, having reached nearly 150,000 students in all weather – and we mean all! He’s also inspired others to get involved as well.
Thanks, Fred, for all your hard work! We all wish you all the best!
Calculating Optimal Advocacy for All Animals
Excerpt: It takes more than 200 chickens to provide the same amount of meat as one steer. So everyone who gives up beef for chicken causes hundreds more animals to be raised and slaughtered (and chickens generally have much worse lives than cattle).… To put it another way: the impact of many, many vegetarians will be offset by just one person who gives up eating mammals and replaces even some of those meals with chickens and fishes.
Regardless of how we think people should react to the information we present, as the animals’ voice, we simply must avoid making arguments that can possibly lead anyone to eat more animals. Full post.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” Blog
Another Cookbook of the Week
Following up on last week’s recommendation of Vegan Cooking for Carnivores, Alton recommends Vegan with a Vengeance: “Isa Chandra Moskowitz has some of the cheapest, easiest, and tastiest recipes that have been able to please every one of my omnivorous friends and family members. She always lists ways of altering them to suit personal taste, budget, and even health.”
Notes from Our Members
Today at Santa
65 Eastern philosophy students sat intently
listening to my spiel and watched Farm to
Fridge. WOW! Every conceivable sound of
sadness / disgust was heard during the video,
an abundance of thoughtful questions afterwards,
ALL 50 Guides were
requested. Love love love the questions they asked. Afterwards five
young people came up saying, “This is it, I’m
making the leap!” Absolutely amazing reception.
Woke up at 5:30 am (Jon from a couch, me from an
armchair), worked out, showered up, grabbed
some bagels, then leafleted from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Earlier in the trip, we set a new record for
any school in the state of New York. Today at
Syracuse University, we topped it by reaching
3,621 students with Even If You Like Meat,
and also giving out 69 Guides.
Despite being so busy, we each had a number
of meaningful conversations with interested
of outreach at
Santa Rosa Junior College. I was out the door
before 6:00 am to drive to Santa Rosa and give my
first of two presentations. Everyone got a Guide,
I showed Farm to Fridge, and then we
all talked together as a class with me answering
questions. My audience was super receptive and
I already got this note from the professor:
Gave well-received presentations
to a total of 550 students at Eastern Regional
High School (handed out 400 booklets). Many
said they are going veg or changing their diet
in a positive way. Awesome day of outreach.
At Corvallis High
continue to notice how the interest in this
issue is growing. There wasn’t a single booklet
tossed on the ground. It was great to watch
kids reading the booklets as they waited for
the bus. A number wanted Guides, and
others came over and asked me for booklets.
My first two vacation days in
Ohio found me at Wright State University and
Ohio University; reached nearly 1,000 students
at each school. Good reception, especially at
WSU, where I met over 20 vegetarians / vegans.
Very high acceptance rate,
very low throw-down rate at Northwood High School.
It felt great to be leafleting, even if just
for a little bit each day. We always learn a
lot and display the urgency of this work by
getting out and interacting with real flesh
and blood humans.
I was thrilled to work with
Tina and Gill [right] for the first time to leaflet
the University of Chicago. Some students said
they were discussing the treatment of animals
vs. humans in their ethics class. A pre-med
student said he is going vegan. We also heard
from many vegans and vegetarians.
Tons of great exchanges at
my alma mater, the University of North Carolina,
Charlotte! Ran into a couple of former professors
who gladly took literature. Talked to another
five professors who were thrilled to get info
on vegetarianism, as well as a former coworker
of mine from my days with the recycling dept.
who wanted one of everything I had. A vegetarian
business professor thought it was so cool that
I was vegan and thanked me for making a difference.
Several other students stopped to talk about
changing their diets and found it inspiring
that I went vegan my senior year at this very
Despite the heavy
Lisa and I had an amazing experience with the
students of Sheepshead Bay High School. I also
talked with one teacher until she was convinced
and asked for another leaflet to put in her
office. The principal of the school came up
to Lisa and said, “Now that’s determination.
May I have one?” Whoooo! Awesome morning
– and then we went on to reach almost 1,500
students at Kingsborough Community College!
From our online Guide request form:
We picked up your booklet
in a restaurant. We have been on a plant-based
diet for 3 years but recently we’ve been slipping
back. I read this pamphlet and sat down and
sobbed. This has restored my conviction to go
back to our 100% vegan diet. My heart is breaking
over how cruel we humans can be.
I visited Warped Tour for
the first time and I was walking around to different
venues and saw your booklet to stop animal cruelty,
and I wanted to be a part of it.
I went to Warped
this weekend, and I’ve decided to become a full
vegan! I think your Guide will help
me out as a beginner, and show my family why
I’m doing this.
I was at Warped Tour and
someone handed me one [of your booklets] and I read about it and
now I’m working on being a vegan!
Warped Tour 2011 handed
out your booklets and it really moved me, so
I thought about it for a bit and I’m finally
choosing a vegan diet.
Because of your booklet, my
family and I will not eat meat. Would like to
know how to go about getting booklets to hand
Warped Tour, I realized how bad
the animals are treated. I didn’t want to be
a part of it because it’s wrong, because animals
suffer so much every day.