|Special Enews • February 7, 2005|
Texas Report from Jon Camp
During the last week of January, I had the pleasure of leafleting colleges in the greater Houston, TX region. In 5 days, I was able to leaflet 5 schools and personally hand out over 3,600 Even If You Like Meat booklets. Some friends had warned me that the students of the Lone Star State would be a tough sell, but this couldn't have been further from the truth. At each school I leafleted, I met scores of open-minded students with an earnest desire to reduce animal suffering.
At Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, I was heartened to meet many fellow vegetarians. I couldn't look far without seeing someone with their eyes glued to the booklet. One English teacher came up and asked for 20 more booklets to give to her students so that they might consider writing a paper on the subject. A teacher of animal sciences who originally came out to challenge me was taken aback when I responded with cordiality, knowledge of the subject matter, and a non-dogmatic viewpoint. He stated that if I were to be in town for a bit longer, he would have liked me to speak to his “Animals in Society” class.
At the University of Houston, I was grateful for the help of Reese Blair who made her leafleting debut and handed out 700 booklets – and took these pictures! Just like at Texas Southern University, Rice University, and Montgomery College, countless students exhibited a keen sadness at the cruelties of modern agribusiness and asked about ways in which they could help out.
Within the last two weeks, Vegan Outreach has received numerous phone calls and emails from Texas students interested in vegetarianism and/ or getting active for animals. Whether I leaflet a college in Philadelphia or Ames, IA; Boston or Huntsville, TX, I am constantly left with the overarching impression that today’s college students take animal cruelty seriously.
Whether you live in a blue state or a red state, a major metropolitan area or a rural college town, there are most likely untapped schools in your area swarming with students willing to change. Animals don’t need heroes; they simply need ordinary people like you and me taking the little time necessary to speak out effectively for them. Leafleting is not glamorous or sexy, but it does bring forth thousands of new vegetarians. Please visit our Adopt a College page to see what you can do to help out. If you have any concerns about leafleting, you can always feel free to contact me.