|ENEWSLETTER • MAR. 5, 2014|
Despite the worst winter weather in recent memory, over 110 leafleters have taken the animals’ plight and the message of compassion to hundreds of schools across the continent!
During only the first two months of 2014, Vegan Outreach has already sent out 605,554 booklets!
so very much to all the incredibly dedicated
activists and extraordinarily thoughtful donors
who have made this possible! We truly appreciate
your support, and are working every day to
make it go as far as possible for the animals!
From Vegan Outreach’s Blog
Event of the Month
Meatout is just around the corner – March 20! Get all the details here.
Made it in to Guadalajara at 3:15 am, and after four hours of sleep, Alan [Jiminez, below, right], Israel, and I hit two campuses of the University of Guadalajara. Talked for a long time with Pablo [below, left], who said he is now going to work toward becoming veg, and took a stack of 50 booklets for classmates. He’s also going to get involved with AnimaNaturalis locally. That is definitely an awesome ancillary benefit to this tour, every day 1–4 people want to get involved, so we are helping birth more activists, which will magnify our impact.
Met a number
of other interested people, answered many questions,
saw a lot of people reading! As usual, many people came up to us and asked for
lit after seeing others reading or discussing
Reached 5,500 students
today with only a handful of rejections. I could have
broken my camera taking pictures of everyone reading [some below]
– totally engrossed, reading cover-to-cover, discussing
it with friends. This was my favorite school so far
– the level of interest was unreal. Special day for
me and the animals!
1,000 Boilermakers at Purdue, despite
the cold. I heard from a student who let me know that
getting the booklet from me back in August is what
moved him to stop eating animals. Heard from
12 other vegetarians and 2 vegans during the day.
Also encountered an ag professor who scoffed at the
concept that modern animal agriculture is violent
to animals. I let him know that his position in the industry is
probably what made it difficult for him to be honest
about the amount of suffering and death that modern
farming brings to animals. He then of course
had to ask me how I felt about abortion. I let
him know that I had never had one and never would.
He declared my response “stupid” so
I said okay, and went back to leafleting in search of
more honest people. On his way back past me
an hour later he did stop again and more humbly stated
that he did want to look into the issues raised by
the booklet. I pointed out the strong citations
in giving him one.
a couple hours of personal time from work to leaflet Harold
Washington College. Super-receptive students
as usual despite temps in the teens. One student
took the leaflet and said, “Yes.” Then as he
was walking away I heard him yell, “Yes!!”
had a truly awesome day at Rowan University – reached
over 1,000 students. An absolutely stellar
interaction with Tyler: After I gave
him a booklet, I continued to leaflet the big
crowd, but I could see him reading.
Then he came back and said, “What
can I do to help?” I proceeded to
tell him that he could help by eating fewer
animals, or better yet no animals, and gave
him a Guide to Cruelty-Free
Eating. I’m confident
that when I return next semester Tyler will
be rockin’ it for the animals! Just goes to
show you that people are truly compassionate,
and sometimes – a lot of times! – it’s something
as simple as a VO booklet that can flip that
switch that extends that compassion to all.
and I had an amazing, record day at Georgia
Regents University! Could not believe the number of people who excitedly
took booklets. For example,
one student who refused lit initially and proudly
proclaimed his support for cockfighting, came back
later and said he was actually against factory
farming and wanted to read the booklet. Heard from
several people who wanted to make dietary changes,
staff, and faculty members. Some even returned
when they heard the Guide had recipes.
lots of vegetarians and vegans at Eastern Connecticut State University. Mark remembered me and said he
stopped eating animals after getting a VO booklet
Saint Augustine’s University, a
vegetarian was happy to get a Guide. Her
friend, upon seeing the Guide, asked if she
could get one, too. Then the vegetarian said to her
friend, “But you’re not vegetarian!” to
which the friend replied, “See, I need this because
I may become one!”
(my greyhound) and I reached 300 students at
USF Tampa in under an hour!
One student told me she is in the process of going
vegan and is finding it difficult. I gave her my card
and also told her about the Guide. She said she’s
never met another vegan – glad I ran into her!
was nervous before tabling at
the College of St. Scholastica, but they were happy to
have someone from Vegan Outreach!
I talked to one young student who said she wanted
to go vegetarian but struggles with anemia, so I gave
her a Guide and showed her how she could
get plant-based iron and increase absorption with
food rich in vitamin C. She hadn’t known about
this and said she’d give it a try. I also
Guided a guy who was interested in going
veg but said he likes meat too much and would
have a hard time giving it up. I talked about how
my diet actually expanded substantially when I went
vegan. I also had a challenging discussion with a
hunter, but we ended up agreeing about cruelty
to animals, and he took an Even
If You Like Meat.
have been better leafleting at
I met Goldie from the VH1 reality show Flavor
of Love, who happens to be a student there! She
said she wants to be vegan, but loves chicken too
much. We talked a lot about how she can still
make other compassionate choices and slowly phase
out the chicken, and she was thrilled about that idea. Our
chat helped her realize that it’s not the chicken
itself that she likes, it’s the sauce, breading, spices,
etc. She is now excited to try her favorite
recipes with faux meats!
and I reached 1,350 students at San Jose City College!
Rachel [above, right], who is vegetarian, was excited about
using her Guide for some holiday cooking! I also met Carlos [above, left], a vegetarian
fitness trainer who tries to go vegan every year but seems to start
slipping after about a month. He is hoping the information in the Guide will help it stick this time!
100% take rate at Woodside High. I talked to
two friends who told me they’ve been thinking
about going vegan, so they were happy to get
Guides. Also, one girl walked away reading
her leaflet and came back a few minutes later
to say that there was no way she’s going to
eat the Christmas ham this year. She said she’d
always thought of it as just food, but now
she’d see an innocent pig and it would hurt
her too much to eat it. It made me happy to
see someone make the connection so quickly!
Kate, Thomas, Mike, and I [above] found many open minds
at the University of Newcastle (Australia),
distributing every booklet we had! We also
met vegetarians and vegans happy to see us
to do birthday leafleting! It was
really, really cold out but when I gave two leaflets
to a woman and her friend, the woman stopped
and told me that she used to be vegetarian
but she went back to eating meat. She was asking
how I got my nutrients, etc. I explained and
I gave them both a Guide. I also explained
how it makes a really big difference for the
animals if they stop eating meat for even just
a day a week. They agreed!
Reached 2,500 students
at Colorado State – so thankful for Tommasina [Miller, right] and Daniel, who came out to help!
We had some nice interactions and heard from a few vegans and vegetarians. The temp dropped severely
later in the day, but I got to see Tommasina leaflet while dancing to stay warm.
She is great, and so hard core that she stayed with me the whole day.
very last student at Falmouth High turned back
toward me while waving the booklet in the air
and exclaimed, “Yay,
I LOVE this! Awesome!” As she and her
friend walked away, she was enthusiastically
showing him the leaflet. That was a wonderful
way to finish my semester. Thank you all –
for leafleting, donating, being inspirational,
and making the world a better place!
had a great conversation at the Catholic University of America with
a student who was
really disturbed by the photos in the booklet
and discovering what “meat really is.” She
definitely wants to give going vegetarian a
shot! Boom – Guided.
Monster day with Linda Bower at Miami Dade College! We handed out 1,645 booklets, and our many conversations with eager and curious students added up to a big day for animals!
interactions at Broward College! One
incredible unexpected talk was with Mohammed,
from Bangladesh originally, a father of three and
manager at a local BK. He
came back telling me he’d read the Even
If You Like Meat booklet. We
had a long discussion spanning everything from cultural
traditions to religious beliefs towards animals. Through
this discussion we came to the same conclusion, where
being veg is really about the avoidance of participating
in violence towards innocent life – with him making
the final points! May be the beginning
of a whole vegan family witnessed here today, since
he said his wife and children are well ahead
of him with this already. Another great interaction
came with Rose, who took a booklet and virtually
exploded with enthusiasm, sharing with me her experiences
with and concern for animals. Making the point so
much better than even I’d have been capable – she
told me: “Every living
thing has a heart beating and a life that matters.
Just as much as yours and mine.” Boom
boom and more boom!