Activist Profile: Lori Stultz
Continuing our series of activist profiles, this week we turn to Lori Stultz, Outreach Coordinator for Vegan Outreach. Since August, Lori has been touring the United States – primarily the East Coast – reaching college students with VO booklets. As of November 5, Lori has leafleted 52 schools, reaching 37,855 students with the animals’ plight. Thanks for all your hard work, Lori!
What’s been your favorite leafleting moment so far?
This is a hard question! I have had multiple interactions with students that I could easily call my favorite. If I had to choose just one, though, I’d say that it was the time a very large (muscular) athletic-looking student returned to me after being handed a booklet just a few minutes earlier. He came up to me and told me that he planned to completely stop eating meat and to start cutting back on dairy. This surprised me because when he took the booklet he did not even make eye contact. He expressed so much appreciation for my presence on campus, as he didn’t know how badly chickens and cows are treated in our modern-day production of meat and dairy.
I found this interaction to be particularly inspiring because athletes typically fall within the category of people who think a vegan diet doesn’t provide enough protein. And I feel that the more athletes the vegan community has to represent just how beneficial a vegan diet can be for one’s athletic performance and overall health, the more likely other people – athletes and non-athletes – will begin to reconsider the protein myth and think about the innocent beings they’re consuming.
Full interview here.
Product of the Week
Lori: “I love peanut butter, and Peanut Butter & Co. offers a variety of different flavors of peanut butter that are vegan and wonderfully delicious!”
Link of the Week
Oscar Mayer Leaving Town after Findings Linking Hot Dogs to Cancer
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Video: Tofurky Deli Slices
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Pucker Hugger Vegan Lip Balm
Life as a Traveling Outreach Coordinator with Lori Stultz: New York Dining Guide
From Lori Stultz:
The bitter cold morning at Southern Connecticut State University did not stop this dominating team of leafleters! Aleta Markham [below, left], Wendy Horowitz [below, right], Ryan Golden, and I were met with appreciation and enthusiasm as we handed out booklets as quickly as possible during the busy class changes. I would like to share three of the several positive interactions we had, as they pretty much sum up the success of our day.
First, there was a professor who stopped and had a lengthy conversation with Wendy. He told her that he taught an ethics course, and reported seeing an overall increase in his students’ interest in animal ethics.
Second, at one point we had retreated to the student center in between class changes, and we all noticed a group of big guys (we assumed football players) sitting at a table reading a Your Choice booklet and discussing the content [below]. When we started heading back outside, one guy who had been sitting at the table popped up and came running over to us. He asked if he could grab four or five more booklets to give to his friends.
Third, during the last class change we leafleted, Ryan and I handed booklets to a group of girls walking by. After they all received a booklet, one of the girls exclaimed, “Oh! Is this the book everyone has been talking about?!”
Needless to say, we all felt it was a very positive day at SCSU!
—Lori Stultz, 10/5/15
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