|Enewsletter • December 5, 2012|
VO’s approach, simultaneously
pragmatic and forward-thinking, focuses on engaging
those who are deemed most open to lifestyle
changes: namely, the young, and, in particular,
college students. Perhaps more importantly,
its philosophy extends well beyond mere “vegan”
outreach as a practical recognition of how vital
it is to meet people where they are, not where
animal advocates want them to be.
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Students, Leaflets, the Animals, and You!
Wow! Adopt a College activists have been on an amazing roll!
Just look at these results – this semester alone, dedicated activists have already handed VO’s detailed, documented booklets directly to 901,910 students at 911 schools!
This is a new record, even topping the amazing 899,489 students reached last spring!
Adopt a College activists have now reached more than 12,600,000 individuals!
Every single day, activists are letting more students know the truth about the hidden, vicious cruelty inherent in modern agribusiness, as well as offering concrete, understandable steps to sustainable change.
Every single booklet, every single student reached, every single new vegetarian – all because generous, thoughtful donors have contributed to Vegan Outreach.
Simply put: These people learn the truth because of your donations.
Every dollar makes a difference!
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many we reach in 2013 depends on you!
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Notes from Our Members
Accompanying a recent donation:
I don’t have the time
to leaflet, but I know you do quality work and
I feel comfortable giving you money with the
knowledge that you would use it more effectively
than I possibly could. Thanks.
There aren’t any words to
describe how awesome you guys are. You are my
inspiration. I love every living animal on this
earth and haven’t eaten them ever since I was
6, I’m 13 now. I appreciate everything you do
and all of your hard work, it takes really good
people to do what you do. You will always have
I can’t believe
how many vegetarians
I met at Shasta College – so
cool! I met a solidly built athlete who said
he’s tired of explaining to everyone that
he gets plenty of protein and can still be fit
eating veg. I encouraged him to stay strong
and remember that we gotta “kill ’em
with kindness,” for lack of a better of
expression. Encouraged / Guided
a gal who wants to go from veg to vegan, as
well as a number of other people who had either
tried veg or wanted to do more veg. Also got
amazing feedback at Shasta High School,
including: “Wow dude, this is crazy.”
“Yeah man, this is messed up, thanks.”
Solid day of outreach at
Washington State – handed Even If You Like Meat
to 2,534 students, and gave out 37 Guides
and 4 AMLs.
Met a ton of vegetarians and vegans; great feedback,
and several students wanted to get involved,
so I’ll be putting them in touch with each other.
One guy said, “After reading that, I’m
never eating chicken again. Maybe that’s just
a gradual step, but I can’t eat chicken any
longer.” Just knocked his suffering footprint
down to about 1% of what it was, whoop whoop!
Later, a woman told me, “Oh my god! I read
that earlier and it’s like the saddest thing
I’ve ever read!” At the end of the day,
I got a text from my CouchSurfing host, also
a student at WSU: “In class, we were writing
about things we were passionate about. The girl
I exchanged lists with had written down ‘animal
rights’ because of the booklet you gave her.”
Receptivity was way up
at USC, even though it was 100 degrees. Robb [Curtis, right]
and Jessica joined me and Kassy, and we reached
While leafleting Washington Park,
I ran into an acquaintance who
works at the University of Cincinnati. She mentioned
that UC’s “Free Speech Zone” has been
declared unconstitutional by a federal judge.
And a recent campus poll found that 10% of the
students considered themselves veg or veg-friendly,
and 30% would like more veg options on campus.
The student group is using this to improve the
Was joined by Angelica
and Devon at the University of Florida, and
we reached 700 students, despite the rain and
much competition. Devon said that in her dorm,
6% are vegan and another 6% are vegetarian.
At Linn-Benton Community
College, one student pointed to the booklet
and said, “That’s why I went vegetarian.”
Other people stopped who wanted to help animals.
One guy yelled out that he was using the booklet
for a report in class.
At Chemeketa Community
College, I met a young man who said his wife
had gone vegetarian because of the booklet;
a man who asked how one goes about eating properly
as a vegan, after reading the booklet he had
received today; two people who have tried vegetarianism
in the past and wanted nutrition information
to help them try again; and a young man who
asked many good questions before saying he’s
likely to change his eating habits.
Pauline and I reached
nearly 600 students at the University of Chicago.
One girl said, “You got me already, I am
a convert!” A man from China said he received
the leaflet and was planning to reduce his meat
consumption as a result and to share the information
with others. Also, the construction workers
were quite receptive – a couple of them told
me they were interested in going veg!
Livia, Pauline, Diana, Shanti [Aiyer, right],
and I had a great day at University
Center. One student stated, “No more chicken!”
I told him he picked the best place to start
and that cutting out eggs and chicken meat would
have a huge impact on reducing the suffering
of these animals. I also had a nice discussion
with a woman and her boyfriend. Seems she had
been a vegetarian and her boyfriend made her
stop. Apparently, the boyfriend did not have
a clue how badly the animals are treated. I
think the woman is on her way to becoming a
vegetarian again, and he is going to reduce
his meat consumption.
At Austin Peay
chatted with an ag student who lives on a beef
farm. We were very cordial with each other.
She told me she has an uncle who’s vegan, and
she’s had tofu in dishes (and likes it). Moreover,
she agrees that today’s chickens don’t lead
good lives, and that even on the small farms,
there are things that go on that aren’t always
ideal for the animals. This conversation was
a sign to me that as more people (even ag students!)
get to know likable vegans, and try good vegan
food, they’ll be more open, and less hostile,
to our ideas.
and I had a very memorable day
at Northern Arizona University, where we handed
out all the booklets we had left in only about
an hour. Lots of good feedback, plenty of “Awesomes”
and “Right ons.” One woman skateboarded
up and said, “Are you with Vegan Outreach?”
Turns out she had wanted to get involved, so
I gave her some booklets, and we had a great
guy at SUNY Plattsburgh immediately
asked, “Vegan Outreach, right?” I
said yes. He shook my hand and said, “Good
to see you! I’ve been vegan 4 years now!”
Dowling College, the first person
who I handed a Compassionate Choices
to turned around and said, “This is from
Vegan Outreach? Are you with Vegan Outreach?”
When I said I was, she explained: “It is
because of them that I turned vegetarian 15
years ago!” We talked, I gave her a Guide,
and she signed up to be the advisor to any student
AR / veg group on campus! Oh YEAH! Over the course
of the day, six students exchanged emails to
start a group.
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