|ENEWSLETTER • FEB. 12, 2014|
Vegan Outreach Down Under!
In 2014, Vegan Outreach’s powerful work will reach further than ever before!
Vegan Outreach is partnering with a fledgling group of young activists in Australia to do the first ever university tour Down Under. Using Vegan Outreach’s booklets (adapted for the Australian culture), resources, experience, and infrastructure to make this tour efficient and effective, it is sure to be a “G’day” for the animals!
Amazing Australian activist Chelsea Collins (right) is warming up her smile in preparation for the first Vegan Outreach tour of universities in the sunburned country! In March, around one million university students will head back to Australian schools after their summer holidays. Can she reach them all? “I’ll give it a red-hot Aussie go!” she says – whatever that means!
Just like in the United States, in Australia, consumption of animal products is very high, and farm animals suffer horribly in factory farms. Demand for cruelty-free foods in Australia will advance the food technologies that will bring about animal liberation. Like Americans, most Australians are kindhearted, and are shocked when they learn about the legalized cruelty involved in farming animals for food.
Over the past decade, Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College program has grown rapidly in the United States, and our outreach has spread further to Canada, and even Mexico! The impact of Vegan Outreach’s work changes lives, saves animals, and truly bends the arc of history. Thanks to Vegan Outreach’s incredible, dedicated donors, Chelsea will be able to work with a growing number of Australians excited to get out there on campus and leaflet. It won’t be long before, working together, we really can reach them all – Crikey! (That’s Australian for WOW!)
A new country full of university graduates informed and empowered to create real change for animals – Vegan Outreach will help make it happen! Thanks so much to Chelsea for being a part of Vegan Outreach’s powerful, necessary work!
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Our friend Sue has created an Etsy shop, AcmeHumane. Check out all the nice products!
Alan and I had such amazing interactions at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City!
The day began with an athlete very interested in a meat-free diet. We talked about recovery, inflammation, protein sources, etc. He patted me on the shoulder, smiled, and thanked me. Then a philosophy professor [above, right] spoke to me for 10 minutes and asked for booklets to show her class. Wants to get involved, got her email. Two other professors [above, left and center] came and asked for booklets for their students.
Met a 7-year
vegan [above, left]! He asked for 5 booklets to show friends.
And heard around 30 people say they were
vegetarian or vegan – more than two years
Two very sweet medical students – Anna and Maria [above, right] – came back to talk after class and said they were animal lovers, and never really considered how animals for food are treated. We discussed what to eat and that there is no difference between domestic / farm animals. They now both want to go veg. Another student came back and gave back the booklet saying it was too much to see them suffer, and she thanked us for being out there and is no longer going to eat them. Another woman [above, left] who came back after class said she read the whole thing, it is so terrible; her family cooks meat but she will not buy or make meat anymore herself now, and asked for another booklet to show her friend. About 5 people walked up to me to ask for a booklet, and then walked back.
I saw many groups of students looking at booklets and talking about these issues [some above]. One young woman was just absolutely statuefied by the booklet – she missed her crossing on the crosswalk that changes only every 2 minutes for the next 4 light changes. So awesome! She just stood there reading as the multitude walked around her. I spoke to her briefly after taking her pic [below, right], and you could tell she was deeply, deeply moved by the booklet. Also spoke to a librarian as I asked him for permiso to leave 25 folletos informativos para ayudar los animals, ambiente y salud. We spoke and shook hands several times and he thanked me for doing this work. As we chatted, 4 students grabbed a booklet leaving the library.
You have to see it to believe
it. I can’t say it enough, outreach down here is the
best I have ever been a part of in my 6+ years and
over 500 schools!
at Florida International U, I stumbled upon students tabling for the
Alternative Break program. This year’s “Alternative
Break” is a trip to Farm Sanctuary while
also trying a vegan diet! They were happy to
take some Vegan Outreach booklets for their
an ag school, Oregon State is hard to leaflet,
but very worthwhile. Had a cordial conversation
with two guys who eat meat that they or their
friends hunt. Despite our differences we all agree that the way farmed
animals are treated is horrible.
monster morning of outreach at Montclair
State University! Together with all-star activists
Jamie and Noel, we reached 2,786 students! Throughout the morning
the three of us collectively met over
a dozen vegans and vegetarians! I also met
students curious about veg eating and
gave them each a Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating. All in all, a great
day here in New Jersey; I know we made a
big impact and positive change for animals
out here today!
had a really good day at Boise
State! Reached 1,050 students before it really
felt saturated. I had one student stop to thank me for
what I was doing, and another who wanted
to get involved. Was also great to hit Walla
Walla University, as the students were genuinely
interested in the information!
students were very excited to
receive a booklet at North Carolina A&T.
One student told us she gave up all meat
and dairy from receiving a VO booklet
last year! Cameron showed up midday
to help break the record at this school!
Valencia College, met a professor who was going to
use the Compassionate Choices in an upcoming
argument and debate class. Solid leafleting
at Kennesaw State, despite cold and rainy weather.
Funny conversation with a student who started
to tear into me about not focusing on global
warming aspects, but after hearing my reasoning
left being very supportive and happy about
what VO does. Lyn and I also hit Life University, Jack’s alma mater. Solid use of time
given that students are there for chiropractic
and/or health science education, and many were genuinely interested
in the subject matter.
Great day leafleting
at Hunter College! Nathan
and I met many people who were interested in what we were handing out. A girl [left]
who got a VO booklet last year said that since
she’s gotten one, she’s eaten considerably
less meat! She was very happy to get a Guide. Her friend took
a Compassionate Choices, and we all
agreed that he is next. A girl who is taking
animal studies at Hunter was so happy to see
what we were giving out, and is going to join
the animal rights club at the school. I gave
her a Guide as well, after she told me that
being vegetarian is something she has thought
day at Ohlone College, where I reached 725
students. I met Corey [left], who had felt good about buying organic
chicken until we talked about what those standards
really mean. He works out a lot, so we quickly went
over protein. He’s excited to look through his Guide and the VO website.
day of outreach at Harper College! A ton of
amazing interactions. Mary, Jamie,
Alan and I heard from a bunch of people that
said they would never eat meat again!
and I reached 300 students at San Diego City College.
One student I spoke with is a cat
rescuer so she was interested to hear about
helping suffering animals. We talked for
about 20 minutes; she said she is going vegan
and will share all she learned with her two
At Anne Arundel Community College, a group of really cool guys [above] stopped to chat. Two of them were vegetarian – the other one is moving in that direction. It was kind of cool to see how the non-vegetarian felt like the “odd one out” for not being veg (yet!). But I included him in the conversation and he is definitely moving in that direction. He loves vegan food, and he is going to seek out the support of his veggie-loving friends.
Crazy-awesome day at
the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University with Casey [above] and Laura!
At VCU, Christina came back and said, “On my break, I read
your booklet and it really made me realize that I really
need to go vegetarian.” She had thought about going
veg, but never realized the level of cruelty involved
with animal agriculture. Then she grabbed a stack of
Compassionate Choices and started leafleting with us!
always tended to be an introverted leafleter, rationalizing
it by saying the people who accept a booklet
are more likely to read it. But as Jack
always points out, increasing the number
of vegetarians and vegans is a numbers
game. So today, my ~20th time at the University
of Arizona, I worked to go beyond my comfort
zones to reach more people for the animals,
learning from John and Vic. I reached 600+
students in 1:45. One woman said she doesn’t
like dolphins, but likes javelinas. But
she agreed to help chickens! And three
vegans were really thrilled to see me leafleting,
and happy to get a Guide. During the few
slow times, I watched people engrossed
in reading the booklet. And I love to hear, “Awwww!
Chickens!” in reaction to seeing the Compassionate
Choices! Hear that all the time – really great!
chilly temps and a nonstop drizzle,
today at Michigan State was so freakin’ sweet
– Phil and I shattered the one-day record, reaching
over 2,500 students. Really made me miss leafleting
on a daily basis – a truly wunderbar day!
a bizarre turnaround that gave me a bit of
an adrenaline high, one angry ag student was
about a half-inch into tearing his Even If
You Like Meat in half, but within a minute
we ended up shaking hands before he went on
his way. I let him know that while we probably
have different views, we actually each likely
share many of the same values. I added that
we’re not out here to demonize farmers, and
everything cited within the booklet is from
neutral or agricultural sources. It’s important
to do our best to avoid leaving a bad taste
in the mouths of others, even those that disagree