|ENEWSLETTER • DEC. 18, 2013|
“A million students! In just a couple of months?”
Let’s Shock the Meat Industry Even More in 2014!
Adopt a College Is Outrageous!
Recently, meat industry spokesman and Executive Director of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Dan Murphy went looking for the most unbelievable claim by any animal rights group:
Yes, indeed, Dan!
VO’s donors and Adopt a College’s amazing leafleters actually set an all-time semester record, directly handing a booklet to over 985,000 students and faculty all across the continent!
Is it just a coincidence that since VO first distributed over a million booklets in 2006, meat consumption has, as documented by the industry itself, gone off a cliff?
Numbers Don’t Lie:
The graph below – with the green being donations during the fiscal year, and the blue bars the distribution of booklets for the calendar year – shows your donations determine how many people we reach, and how much more shocked and outraged the meat industry will be!
Proof positive your contributions make the difference.
The graph clearly shows that your donation directly drives VO’s focused, efficient advocacy for the animals.
You drive the change!
Thank you so much to the hundreds of people who have given to this campaign already!
If you want to reach even more people, please join your fellow VO members who also strive to get the biggest bang for the buck.
The deadline is fast approaching – please have your contribution matched, dollar for dollar, today!
You can use a credit card to make a secure donation online. Or send a check or money order to:
Vegan Outreach | POB 30865 | Tucson, AZ 85751
How many new people we reach in 2014 really does depend on you!
The reason I
support Vegan Outreach is straightforward:
I think it’s one of the most effective nonprofits
out there working to reduce suffering.
Vic in Mexico:
Israel, Alan, and I
got the entire mountain of booklets into
the hands of eager-to-learn students! If
we could tabulate the animals saved
in the last two weeks with new vegetarians,
vegans, reducers, and ripple effects,
I’m sure it is an astounding number!
We then hustled to the
nearby Technological Institute of Querétaro. Again, very kind students
and many readers [some below]. Met Chelsea, a foreign exchange student from Westmont
College in Santa Barbara; she was flabbergasted
I had recently been there doing outreach. I
practiced my English with her, and we left as
friends after discussing
vegetarianism – she seemed interested in how
it was a concrete step to making the world a
better place for animals.
Cobie, Zev, and I had good interactions at the University of Oregon. For example, a young woman started out telling me she doesn’t eat red meat. I got into how bad it is for chickens. We talked about a lot of things, including Gardein and Beyond Meat. By the end of the conversation she said that she was going to try going vegan.
yelled back to me after she walked by that
she is vegetarian. I said, “Great!”
She yelled back, “Power to the
people!” I yelled back, “Power
to the animals!” and she yelled back,
Had good conversations with students and
staff at the Miami Dade College Medical Campus. Folks
here are very interested in going veg, a few
having tried it already and just looking
for pointers on how to make it easier. Best
conversation was with a mother of two attending
the school. She was really interested,
already having eliminated red meat from her
diet. She had great questions and was
excited to hear about all the new options
available to try, especially more kid-friendly
veg meals. Upon leaving, she was all
smiles and super motivated to give it all
a go. Even a security guy thanked me
for coming. He was especially moved by the
booklet, and after telling me how messed
up factory farming is, he swore “No
more meat!” Incredible! All
in all, another wonderful day of action
Lois and I had great
reception at Cuesta College – almost everyone accepted a booklet.
A vegan professor thanked us for being there
and asked for booklets to display in her
office. A student wanted to get involved
– gave her a Guide and an AML, and she took
copies of Compassionate Choices to share
with friends and family.
Cabrillo College, several people thanked
me for speaking up for the animals. I also heard one
of my favorite sentences, which is when one student
says to another, “You should read this – this is why I’m vegetarian.”
Lyn Cozart, leafleter
me at the University of Central Florida,
where we reached 2,196 students. Highlight
of the day was meeting a student who at first
was concerned with our paper use. By the end
of our conversation, he admitted that what
we do makes sense and he will
be making some dietary changes.
I took a late lunch and headed to the nearby
train station, which is heavily frequented
by DePaul University students. Despite the
rain, the take rate was excellent. Would
have stayed longer, but had to get back to
the MFA office. The highlight was speaking
with Sam, who was very happy with this info and left with a
big smile on his face. A short, but good
day of leafleting.
At the LA Art Walk and Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, I reached 550 people. Also engaged in wonderful conversations with people
right on the edge of going vegan!
We had an awesome
day at the University
of Western Ontario! John and I were joined
by local activist Jason, and together we reached 1,460 students! Students
were very receptive to our message of compassion.
Many thanked us, and I even had one student say, “Wow,
you must really care to be out here doing
this!” All in all, a very rewarding day! I know Jason had a good time; he was super enthusiastic
about leafleting with us and told us that he ran into several students
that were already vegan!
Had an amazing day at Spokane Community
College! Students were extremely receptive
and interested in the information! Lots of
people stopped walking to read the booklet,
and one guy [below, right] sat right down on the sidewalk
to read it! Talked to Eric [right], who now wants
to go vegan; he was concerned about the cost
of vegan food, so we chatted a bit and he
got a Guide. Others stopped
to talk and ask questions. Got to leaflet
a bunch of high school students on a tour,
who all stopped to make sure they got one.
Tonight was awesome. I dressed up as my alter ego (The
Carrot Crusader) and reached 650 people at the Highwood Pumpkin Festival!
I heard from a ton of folks who were impacted
by the booklet and wanted more information
on how they could help. They all got Guides. I also met vegetarians and vegans, which was great!
Good conversations at Ventura College, including
one with a vegetarian professor. A remarkable number of students said “Yes!” to
“Info on helping animals?” in such an enthusiastic way
that it made me hopeful for a vegan future.
Not the highest reception rate at Ohio State,
but I reached 850 students and I know it
is quite likely that the work will spare
a few thousand animals from the brutality
of modern farming.
21 leafleters joined
me at RMIT University
as part of the Australian Animal Activist
Forum’s Day of Leafleting. Wow! Such an awesome
day! We reached 2,100 people in about 45 minutes, and had
many positive interactions! Everyone had
a blast, and afterwards a few told me they
are interested in leafleting in their home
cities around Australia.
Lauren and I reached
1,700 students at Lamar
University, and a number of people asked
good questions. For example: one guy asked
about free-range farms. I told
him that while they generally entailed less
suffering than on factory farms, it would
be hard to raise and kill 9–10 billion animals
using the farming methods that were used
when Americans ate a fraction of that amount.
He said, “Well you just made me realize that, and I thank
you for it.”
Phil and I had everything
down to a T at the University of Michigan, where we set
the all-time record, reaching 2,931 students. Tons of positive feedback!
The meat industry thinks you are outrageous.