|Enewsletter • August 29, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Thought the heat waves across the country were caused by global warming?
Vegan Outreach activists have been burning it up this summer, seeking out concerts, festivals, walkathons, college’s summer sessions, and any other places they can find interested people.
To date, activists have reached 422,118 new people this summer!
Congratulations to the amazing activists who’ve been on fire for the animals – and all the donors who print and ship these booklets! Because of your efforts and generosity, lives are changing every day, with requests for VO’s Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating pouring in via texts, voicemails, and online messages!
Our Work = More Payoff
“Tyson Foods Inc reported weaker-than-expected quarterly sales and earnings and lowered its full-year outlook due to weak U.S. demand for meat.”
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Be a Part of Hotel Vegan Outreach!
Jon Camp, Vegan Outreach’s Director of Outreach and World’s Most Courteous Houseguest, is looking for housing for his upcoming tour:
If you can help, please email jon(at)veganoutreach(dot)org.
If you’re interested in possibly housing activists in the future, please email anne(at)veganoutreach(dot)org. Thanks!
Notes from Our Members
time I visit the College of the Canyons,
the students and staff blow the roof off m’hat rack. THEY’RE
The readiness is here!
reached 300 people at Santa Monica’s
Third Street Promenade. Had a TON of great conversations
with people, including a group of about 5 kids
(who looked to be about 13). They took the booklets,
started reading, and then came back multiple
times that evening to point out things in the
booklet and ask me questions (e.g., “What
are they doing here?!” – pointing to the
pic of a baby chick having her beak cut off).
They all vowed to stop eating chicken and eggs
and said they want to try to be vegetarians.
over 1,000 more students at Diablo
Valley College on this exhausting but awesome
day. A number of people thanked me and many
commented that they had read the booklet and
it was very interesting / disturbing / informative.
I ran into a student who was on his way to give
his presentation about the inhumane treatment
of farm animals. He asked for 20 Compassionate
Choices to give to his class. He was really
excited that we had our chance encounter since
he now had great info to pass to each student
to go along with his presentation. Met a few
vegans and vegetarians which is always nice,
considering I used to meet NO veggies on this
campus a few years ago.
rate at Chemeketa Community College,
and I can’t recall any snide comments at all.
One guy refused at first, saying he likes meat.
Pointing to the title (Even If You Like
Meat), I explained that the booklet is
written for people like him, not vegans. The
whole group smiled and he took the booklet.
A huge new record – Jon,
the Cornell Vegan Society, and I reached 2,547
students at Cornell University! I met more veg students
than ever before – dozens of them! Jon had
a really constructive discussion with a group
of ag students [right], and we got loads of good feedback.
For example, one guy took a booklet, walked
a bit, then turned around and ran to Jon exclaiming,
“I’ve been waiting for vegetarians to put
out a message like this for years!” (the
meat-reduction approach versus all-or-nothing).
And I met Leah, a girl who received a booklet earlier
in the day; she said she read through it and now wants to become
a vegetarian. She happily took a Guide.
and I decided to put our newly
matching Team Vegan shirts to use and leaflet
the local dog walk fundraiser [right, with Syba]. Very warm receptions
with quite a few high school / college-aged walkers.
Awesome use of only 25 minutes. Got lots of
comments on the shirts about town after leafleting
and Jovan joined me to leaflet
a concert in Millennium Park – great demographic.
We heard from a plethora of vegans and vegetarians,
as well as a few people who want to get involved
with activism. A cop even rolled over on his
Segway to get a booklet, telling me he was vegan.
informed me about a festival which
advertised with the tag line, “Get Lit!”
Assuming it was an event that would have an
endless supply of beer, I was thrilled to have
a chance to attend this event [right]. Arriving at the
location, I saw row upon row of books and, realizing
my foolish misunderstanding, began to leaflet
– everyone there could read and certainly eats,
so each person was an opportunity for a major
victory for animals. I am confident that our
booklet was the most viewed title at the event.
Heard from 5 vegans and 30 vegetarians. Also
spoke with a 71-year-old man who, despite having
a background in animal agriculture (like me),
went vegetarian after getting one of our booklets
in the past.
broke my record at Livingstone
College, a private, religious, historically
black college. A huge increase in interest this
time around! The admin and faculty members were
very happy that I was there (and one remembered
the lit from five years ago). One administrator
explained they’ve changed food service
providers because of student demand; they now
have a vegetarian line every day, although some
students told me they wanted some of the vegan
meats listed in the Guide. A super