|Enewsletter • September 26, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Two Takes on Vegetarians
Psychology Today: Empathy is What Really Sets Vegetarians Apart (at least Neurologically Speaking)
Vegetarians and Vegans Think They Are Better
Than Everyone Else?
Two quick points about the latter story:
By living ethically, those who don’t eat animals represent an uncomfortable truth to people who still eat animals. One common defense mechanism is to change the subject. When dealing with a vegetarian, it makes sense for the non-veg person to make the vegetarian the issue and to ignore the plight of the animals. It is hard not to take attacks like this personally, and thus conversations can quickly degrade into insults.
However, we all know angry, arrogant vegans [cough YoungMatt cough]. (If you don’t know any angry vegans – and don’t want to – avoid the comment sections on any and all pages that deal with animal issues or veganism!)
As we make clear in the prior two links, being angry is entirely justified. But as should also be clear, the furious, judgmental vegan makes it easy for non-veg people to ignore the animals’ plight and continue to eat them. Thus, anger (and arrogance, and self-righteousness) hurts animals.
If we care more about the animals than our personal veganism or righteous anger, our singular purpose must be to help others open their hearts and minds to the animals’ plight. From the “Countering the Stereotype” portion of A Meaningful Life:
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Product of the Week
Janet: “Tofurky Chorizo – just made an enchilada casserole with it, and we couldn’t get enough.”
Notes from Our Members
best friend from high school just
started at MIT, and just messaged me: “So,
there’s this one spot at MIT that basically
every undergraduate crosses multiple times a
day to get from dorm to class and there are almost
always people handing out things. I took one
yesterday, and it was a Vegan Outreach booklet!”
Mt. San Antonio College was one
of those days. Everything Kassy touched turned
into tofu. Morale booster is an understatement.
After handing a booklet to a guy at the University
of La Verne, a guy behind me called out: “Hey
what about me? I wanna help animals.” HA!
LOVE THE LOVE TODAY!
is a picture of Cesar Sanchez
[right] leafleting like a champ!! He started leafleting
with me after he got a booklet. We then were
approached by 3 freshman girls asking if there
was an animal welfare club on campus – the
3rd time today we were asked that! Cesar told
the girls he would help them start one!!
and I reached over 300 people outside
Chicago’s only Chick-fil-A (at Loyola’s Water Tower
Campus), and everyone was nice and positive.
I did have one guy who made a silly comment
going into the restaurant, but then apologized
for it when he was leaving: “Sorry bro,
I didn’t mean to be an asshole, but I was just
super hungry after work.” I told him that
it was no problem and that perhaps tomorrow
would be his meat-free day. He smiled and said
that perhaps it would. Another lady stopped
to chat for a bit about how she used to be vegetarian,
but then went back to eating meat, but was trying
to get back to being vegetarian again. She said
that she had cut out beef and pork, but after
telling her that the best thing to cut out would
be chicken, she said that she would try to focus
on that. Matt had a conversation with a lady
that had gotten a booklet about a month ago
and hadn’t been able to eat meat since. After
they got a booklet, several people actually
decided to not go inside for dinner, which was
great to see. A very positive night of outreach
and this location should be continued to be
hit. I know Mr. Espinosa is already doing this,
so kudos to him.
joined me at Chick-fil-A, and
we reached 500 more people. One woman, after
getting a booklet, came back and declared, “This
is it, I can’t eat meat any longer.” I
gave her a Guide and encouragement.
only 45 minutes for Kristie, Milena,
and me to reach 300 people in downtown Oakland.
One woman came back 10 minutes later to say
that she was “seriously considering going
vegan because of this booklet, it was eye-opening!”
B and I reached 679 new people with
Jesus Eat Meat Today? in our fourth
year at the Ignite Chicago Christian Rock Fest.
The crowd can be tough and react angrily to
the message. But both days, we encountered a
few people who said they were veg or gave us
a thumbs-up. Overall, great outreach!
night of leafleting at Fountain
Square. Met lots of vegetarians, some of whom
took a booklet to share with friends. The highlight
of the evening was a man who told me his daughters
received booklets earlier in the evening and
now they don’t want to eat the steak he planned
on cooking tomorrow. We actually spoke for about
five minutes about meat alternatives, health
benefits and such, and it sounds like the family
wants to start moving toward a meat-free lifestyle!
best reception I ever had at Oregon
State. Met loads of vegetarians, and almost
everyone took a booklet, often with an enthusiastic
“awesome” or “oh yeah” when
I offered info to help animals. It was such
a good day I think I should go buy a lottery
pleasant day of leafleting at
Union Square – many people were coming up to
me asking questions and thanking me for what
I do, very cool. Met two women who said they
are starting their vegan journey this week and
that seeing the booklet helps.
Bud Billiken Parade is the largest
African-American parade in the country. Leafleting
was pretty fun! People were friendly and receptive,
and a number stopped to ask questions.
rockers reached at Cleveland’s
Warped Tour stop – Nathan, Jennifer, Vic, Dan,
Mandy, Lisa, and I formed a wall of leafleting
prowess. We heard many positive comments, including
“This made me go vegetarian!” and
“This is nasty as hell, it makes me not
want to eat meat.”