India Tour Completed: A Bona Fide Success!

Last Thursday, Vic Sjodin and Kimberly Moffatt returned from their 10-week tour of India. You can read Vic’s full report and watch two videos in his blog post India Outreach a Success!

Yvonne LeGrice, Vic Sjodin, Kimberly Moffatt, and Jack Norris
Above: VO board member Yvonne LeGrice (left), her husband, David Hertel, and President Jack Norris (right) were at the airport to welcome Vic and Kim (center) after their 22-hour return flight.

Excerpts:

While on tour, in each city Kimberly and I gave seminars on veganism, leafleting, and utilitarian advocacy for local animal activists of all stripes. Tour events also included leafleting multiple colleges and giving many speeches titled “The Unexamined Meal” to deeply engaged student audiences, whose attendance was often in the hundreds and sometimes even topped a thousand.…

By the time our tour concluded – after only 10 weeks – we had reached over 133,000 people, mostly students, with the case for veganism.

The student interest was massive and hard to overstate, with dozens coming back to talk and ask questions every day. Groups of 10 to 30 people regularly would form around us as we gave condensed, 10-minute speeches.…

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to every person in the Vegan Outreach family of members for making this animal-saving extravaganza possible. We would especially like to thank Dan Phillips, who had the acuity to see that this was a region in need of our knowledge and experience, where we could play a big role helping to pave change.

Activists Amit Patel and Priyanka Solanki with aspiring vegan students at SCET
Above are Amit Patel (far left) and Priyanka Solanki (far right), who decided to go vegan after hearing a talk and leafleting with fellow Compassion CruisAde activists, and three of the students who were inspired to go vegan after receiving booklets at the Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology in Surat, Gujarat, last month!

Thank you, Vic and Kim, for taking on such an intense project and seeing it through with such dedication and success!

 

Links of the Week

Story from a Once-Failing, Now-Thriving Vegan

Read how one animal advocate turned her health around by following VeganHealth.org’s nutrition recommendations.


A Vegetarian World Would Be Healthier, Cooler and Richer: Scientists

Excerpts from Reuters.com:

By eating less meat and more fruit and vegetables, the world could avoid several million deaths per year by 2050, cut planet-warming emissions substantially, and save billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate damage, researchers said.…

When it comes to climate change, following dietary recommendations would cut food-related emissions by 29 percent, adopting vegetarian diets would cut them by 63 percent and vegan diets by 70 percent.

 

From the VO Blog

Video: Hodo Soy Beanery Tour
Join our Food & Lifestyle Coordinator Toni Okamoto and Facebook & Instagram Manager Michelle Cehn as they take you inside Hodo Soy Beanery and introduce you to the fascinating process of tofu-making!

Video: Hodo Soy Beanery Tour

Fire and Earth Kitchen
VO interviews Renee Press, founder of the blog Fire and Earth Kitchen, and shares her easy recipe for Sunflower Seed Pesto!

Sunflower Seed Pesto

Recipe: Easy Tortilla Soup
Director of Development Lisa Rimmert shares a simple tortilla soup recipe created by a 10-year-old named Maddie. Give it a try!

Recipe: Easy Tortilla Soup

Recipe: Barbecue Chickpea Plate
Looking for a tasty, healthy option to throw into your dinner rotation? Try Lisa’s BBQ Chickpea Plate!

BBQ Plate at Prasad in Portland

 

Recent Feedback

Today at the Keele Campus of York University, we handed out 6,278 booklets – this beats the previous Canadian record for a single day, which was 5,000 at McMaster University last September!

I had several conversations. One was with someone who thought he was pre-diabetic and was very convinced he needed to eat lots of meat, although seemed somewhat interested in the discussion; I eventually had to end the conversation but he took a leaflet and Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating. Another was with someone who seemed to know the issues and was down to eating meat twice a week; I think he will progress further. I met several people who were new to veganism.

A group of Sikh students were in the vicinity doing outreach of their own; I took up their invitation to try wearing a turban and ate one of their veggie samosas that they were giving out. They were all lacto-vegetarians; I gave them leaflets and Guides, and I had a particularly good conversation with one of them who said that his religion was against harming animals, which was why they did not use meat or eggs, but then he wondered why milk was still used and wants to stop using that too.

—Alex Greenwood, 3/16/16

Below (from left) are John Sakars, Bogos Kalemkiar, Jenny McQueen, Peter McQueen, Alex Greenwood, and Dorna Moss at York University.
John Sakars, Bogos Kalemkiar, Jenny & Peter McQueen, Alex Greenwood, and Dorna Moss

 

Upcoming Events

5th Annual Texas VegFest | Austin, TX | Saturday, April 2
VO’s Director of Development, Lisa Rimmert, will be tabling at this event.


Valley Vegfest | Northampton, MA | Saturday, April 2
Lana Smithson, our New England Outreach Coordinator, will be tabling at this event.

See Talks, Festivals, & Fundraisers for other upcoming events.

 

Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our booklets promoting plant-based eating and compassion for animals.

All donations are fully tax-deductible.

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