Selected 2009 Feedback
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is my end-of-year donation. I
really appreciate what you guys do: your reasonable,
straightforward, non-fanatical approach. I agree
it’s the best way to engage open minds.
Thanks for being out there. Thanks for making
a difference. There is no worthier cause, nor
one dearer to my heart.
pleased to be part of such a great
organization. Year after year, it’s been
one of our great joys to know we help you do
so much for the animals. Looking forward to
day leafleting with Brandon (Becker)
at NC A&T. One woman said, “This booklet
will probably cause me to make changes in what
I eat.” A few minutes later, she said,
“There is nobody raising awareness about
these issues on our campus. Thank you for coming
here to pass out this information.” Then
two people walked past me talking about vegetarianism.
They had booklets they had received from Brandon.
Immediately behind this couple were two more
also talking about vegetarianism. The young
woman said hi to me and then we began a conversation
that lasted several minutes. After I gave them
both a Guide, the woman said she would
look over the information and would make some
changes. The young man that was with her said
that he thought he would do the same.
—Loren Hart, 12/4/09
great to know that I can support Vegan Outreach
– and in turn increase the
number of people who hear our message –
by making a financial contribution. Leafleting
requires not only the energy to physically hand
out booklets, but also needs financial backing.
I’m glad I can participate!
my birthday next week, and I can
think of no better present than giving to Vegan
I never realized the
cruelty that farm animals endure – I am
so glad that your organization is being the
voice for these creatures. I took a pamphlet
from a lady at Riverside Community college,
and she really opened my eyes. I am now eating
vegan. You guys are doing something good in
this world. Thanks!
day at Central Piedmont Community
College. One person said she got a booklet last
year and went vegan. Her daughter read the booklet
as well and doesn’t eat meat anymore.
—Rob Gilbride, 12/2/09
donation is to acknowledge the
person who passed out leaflets on the Temple
University campus in the summer of 2008. I was
inspired to start eating vegan then, a choice
I feel good about every day.
is my donation to the matching.
It really is basic: The more people who receive
a booklet, the more lives are saved.
you for handing me this booklet –
it has opened my eyes. As I was reading it,
I decided that I want to become a vegan. I see
that there is a wide variety of vegan foods
that I did not know about. Keep doing what you are doing and opening
the eyes of people about what is happening to these animals.
|Gary Loewenthal takes the animals’ plight to students at the University of DC.|
of good interactions today at
the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
After having read the booklet, one guy commented,
“There’s some disturbing (stuff) in there.”
One girl stopped to tell me that the booklet
had inspired her to go back to being vegan.
One girl said, “Oh yay, you guys are here
again!” She said she hardly ate any meat,
but was worried about protein. I gave her some
advice and a Guide
for nutrition info. She left saying, “Keep
showing people what’s going on.”
I had a longer conversation with a guy who works two days a week at a nearby slaughterhouse doing computer automation. He said some people who worked there were (messed) up, particularly the “knocker” and the “sticker.”
—Fred Tyler, 11/18/09
responses at Lehman College, including,
“Wow, this is really important. It’s so
messed up because the animals can’t speak up
—Eileen Botti, 11/22/09
Revolve Tour (a Christian event
aimed at teenage girls) was, once again, awesome
to leaflet. I targeted the young people I came
across, but one of the women I accidentally
leafleted came over to me a few minutes later
(with her daughter) and said, “This is
evil, evil, evil!!” I was worried she was
mad at me for distributing veg info, but she
actually wanted to know where to shop. The booklet,
she said, made her realize why she shouldn’t
be eating meat. We talked for a little while
and I gave her a Guide
and a local veg dining guide.
Earlier, my sister-in-law told me that she watched a woman on the light rail talk about vegetarianism with two girls. The woman asked them, “Do you want to know why I’m vegetarian?” then pulled out a Compassionate Choices booklet! The woman explained to the girls that animals are sweet and they aren’t treated well. My sister-in-law watched them look through the booklet together.
—Jessica Dadds, 11/14/09
|Engrossed at San Joaquin Delta College.|
Poly Pomona, one girl said we
should just try to change the laws. “But
think about how many more vegetarians there
are today than just 10 years ago,” I told
her. I think we are still a civilization in
its infancy and the dark ages are only now starting
to come to an end. Equal access to things like
education and health care are only barely becoming
realities, for women, for minorities, and for
the poor. And we still send great armies to
kill “enemies” in faraway places,
and they us. And as far as our treatment of
animals is concerned, the word horrific does
it no justice. But, in time, we will overcome.
—Stewart Solomon, 11/25/09
to leafleting the Thanksgiving
Day parade with Casey (Constable), I leafleted
at the annual Thanksgiving Feast downtown, where
I overheard a girl telling her friends that
she got a Why Vegan? at this same event
last year, and that it caused her to go vegetarian.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 11/28/09
(Sinclair) and I heard some good
comments at CSU Northridge, including one fellow
who said, “I know this is going to make
me think twice about eating turkey this week.”
Because I was off to the side, I could hear
people’s comments after they received leaflets
from Rebekah. I heard one student ask her friend
why she was a vegetarian and I was reminded
that leaflets can get conversations started
among people, extending their impact and providing
a stage for veg-friendlies to talk to their
friends about their own transformation and journey.
—Brianne Donaldson, 11/24/09
to a student who read the Compassionate
Choices booklet during lunch and said she
ordered the Guide and will be going
vegan. Another person also said he is going
vegan. He couldn’t believe how horrific they
treat the pigs here in NC.
—Rob Gilbride, 11/30/09
I was nervous today because Wichita
State is smack in the middle of several small
farming towns. I feared James (Brennaman) and
I would have poor reception. In reality it was
the opposite. I’ve never had such good response!
I talked to a group of students who were preparing
a presentation on oppression for a sociology
class. They took a stack of pamphlets because
they were including animal cruelty. Then towards
the end of our day, a couple of students filmed
us. They did a short interview with James about
what we were doing for their campus news station.
—Eva Helsel, 12/1/09
|While tabling at a “Green Day” event at the local mall, Lana Fuerst reaches out to another shopper.|
Five productive class changes at
De Anza College. Some good quotes:
To friend: “Dude, this was the pamphlet that guy got in trouble for reading in class!”
“I totally didn’t eat turkey this Thanksgiving, this is just too sad.”
“I was looking for you! I really wanted one of these.”
Chatted for a few minutes with a guy when I asked him what he thought of the pamphlet. He said he really didn’t know much about what was going on and it really opened his eyes. I told him the same thing happened to me nearly three years ago and I’ve been veg ever since. He was really excited to get a Guide.
—Brian Grupe, 12/1/09
been woefully inadequate as an
advocate for the last few years because I feel
so much grief for the animals. Six months ago
I decided to work through my feelings. I typed
a list of some of your quotes from your
articles, and reading it is how
I start each day. You not only save animals,
you save advocates too. Thanking you feels inadequate.
You are doing the best thing possible for animals.
Your weekly newsletter inspires me. Thanks for
all you do.
after doing this work for years,
I’m still continually overwhelmed (in a good
way) by the great sense of urgency and elation
that comes from doing this, even if it’s for
three hours at a low-populated school on a Friday
afternoon. It only takes one interaction to
create the next Joe
Espinosa or Brian
Grupe. Each day and each leaflet counts!
What an awesome opportunity we all have to push
the ball forward for such an important cause.
—Jon Camp, 11/20/09
don’t have much, but I would
like to contribute what I can. If this prints pamphlets
that inspire just one person to go veg, it’s
all worth it!
Today, I received your
booklet in Seattle and decided on the spot to be
vegan. Thank you.
I just started handing out booklets
here in Wasilla, AK, and already one person
told me, “I had no idea. I really need
|Barb Bond takes agribusiness’ hidden reality to another student at the University of DC.|
you for all you do. I would not
be vegan if not for your outreach materials.
Please accept this donation so you may continue
and admire the work you all do.
I credit a leaflet received at Temple University
a year ago to my decision to go vegan. The leaflet
was striking and informative, and led to a decision
I feel good about every day. Your work really
makes a difference, and now I want to be a part
of it by giving to your matching campaign.
of DC campus area is notoriously
swarmed by canvassers, but your representative
simply asked, “Can I hand you some information
about animal rights?” I really appreciate
this level of honesty and straightforwardness.
This approach represents a level of respect
for the intelligence and maturity of the audience
seldom in evidence from canvassers; your representative
acknowledged my ability to see for myself the
importance of your organization’s mission by
evaluating the materials in my own time without
the need to be pressured for support.
|Another UC Santa Barbara student learns the truth from Raphaella Banholzer.|
a 90% take rate at the College
of Mount Saint Vincent. One student stopped
to help me leaflet for a while, which was very
exciting! I heard one student, after taking
an extra leaflet, remark to his friend, “I’m
never eating chicken again!”
—Eileen Botti, 11/19/09
reception at private Shaw University,
with very positive interactions. One student
organizer approached and said he was interested
in learning more about the topic, so we are
arranging a screening/discussion, complete with
—Rob Gilbride, 11/16/09
response at South Mountain Community College.
Almost everyone accepted a brochure, and a few
people came back to get one. Three people mentioned
recently having done a paper in English class
about factory farming, and another two mentioned
they were about to. Just as I was giving a Guide
to a woman who came back to get one, another
fellow came back to get a brochure. Turned out
he was a philosophy professor on his way to
class and was covering vegetarianism today.
He asked if I could speak; I ended up staying
for the entire class, and most left with an
Even If You Like Meat and Guide.
Vegans can be rest assured that no one came
up with a good rational reason not to be vegan.
The professor asked if I could speak in the
—Jeff Boghosian, 11/16/09
The first leaflet I offered at
Long Beach City College was to a young African
American who said she didn’t eat meat. She
gladly accepted a Guide. A gentleman
approached me to tell me (quite profusely) how
much he admired me for using my time to spread
this message. All the vegans I met gladly accepted
a Guide and A
—Brian Grupe (at right, discussing details with a student at San Joaquin Delta College), 11/18/09
I met a lot more vegetarians today
at the University of Nebraska – Omaha than in the
past: 15 vegetarians and one vegan! I could
tell I was causing some discussion on campus because people knew what
it was before they got to me. One woman walked by, patted me on
the shoulder, and said, “I’m right there
with you!” One girl said, “I really
wanted Buffalo Wild Wings. Then, after I saw
that, I didn’t want Buffalo Wild Wings anymore.”
—Fred Tyler, 11/17/09
of students at Oakton College wanted
to learn more about a vegan diet. The five of
us (Mikael, Anna, Beata, Bill and I) all received
a lot of thank yous for being there. I was also
pleasantly surprised by three separate encounters
with older adults. Two of them, males in their
50s, wanted to know more. Each talked with me
for a few minutes and said they’d try
to incorporate more veg meals into their diets.
Another was an older woman who had received
a booklet before and wanted more to give to
—Chris Capozziello, 11/16/09
|Matt Ball answers questions from a student at the University of Arizona.|
Joe, Darina, and I handed
booklets to hundreds of people at the JS Foer
Eating Animals talk. The 385-seat theater
was full and there were many people who watched
the presentation from an overflow room on a
video monitor. Great to know there is so much
interest in this topic! There were lots of young
people in attendance, including many who told
us they are veg.
—Leslie Patterson, 11/18/09
friendly, polite and receptive students at
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale,
where I had 49 bike and three skateboard passes.
I heard from about 20 vegetarians, most of whom
were thrilled to receive a Guide. I
was invited to a big vegetarian Thanksgiving
dinner held this evening by a newly formed, registered,
vegetarian student group, so I helped them cook
for a couple hours after I finished leafleting,
provided them with some additional literature,
gave my contact info to the leader, and ate.
—Rick Hershey, 11/20/09
spring I was handed a Vegan Outreach
pamphlet at West Virginia University. I have
now been vegetarian for seven months. I wanted
to let you know that your pamphlets really make
friends who are vegan, and they
told me to look more into it. I found your site,
fell in love with it and am seriously considering
becoming vegan. I had no idea about all the
suffering and I would like to do my part to
help reduce it.
Lana Fuerst (at right), Fran, and I
leafleted Miami Dade College (Wolfson Campus)
where Al Gore was speaking. Then we went over
to the International Book Fair to leaflet. One
man who was with his family said that he had
seen some shocking footage recently and was
very interested. They asked for some extra leaflets
to share with additional friends and family.
Many at the Al Gore event agreed that he really
needed to shift the focus onto animal agriculture.
One lady said that she had been vegetarian before
and that the leaflet was giving her motivation
to do it again.
—Linda Bower, 11/14/09
day at the University of California,
Merced, and Merced College. A number of people
told me they had been moved to change from getting
a booklet previously. A student approached me
because an ag professor had requested 30 leaflets
for his class. I accompanied the student back
and gave an impromptu speech about our work.
It turned into a discussion about factory farms.
The professor remained very neutral, he would
raise some points and then I would raise some
points and a few students would ask questions
or insert comments. Both the professor and I
really seemed to agree on the point that consumers
really don’t know where their food is
coming from. I got a few laughs from the students
and they didn’t seem bored or overly annoyed
of my presence. Even got a round of applause.
—Brian Grupe, 11/9/09
|Loren Hart changes lives at Duke University.|
at CUNY York College, many people
sincerely thanked us for handing out leaflets.
Furthermore, many recognized it from previous
semesters – e.g., “You gave me this
last year and it made me change, so thanks!”
Others said they were trying to go vegetarian.
—Eileen Botti, 11/10/09
amount of interest at the University of North
Dakota, Grand Forks. One woman
took a leaflet and said, “This might make
me be vegetarian.” One woman said, “No
thanks. I’ve seen it. And I rarely eat meat
now.” One guy told me, “I read it
and I had the cheese pizza instead of the chicken
basket.” He was happy to get a Guide.
—Fred Tyler, 11/9/09
550 students at Truman College
and DePaul University today. One student said,
“I got one of those a month ago and it
has changed everything for me.” He got
lots of encouragement and more information.
Later, a student who had taken a booklet earlier
stopped to thank me for the pamphlet and let
me know he is going vegan.
—Leslie Patterson, 11/14/09
Tennessee State University, Phil
Letten and I were joined by members of Raiders
Against Animal Cruelty, and we reached nearly
3,000 students. We saw hundreds reading their
booklets, and met lots of vegetarians and others
expressing interest. Four pledged to go veg
to me; one girl texted her friend to say she
was now going veg after getting pamphlet. Two
students asked for booklets to go along with
speeches they are giving; I also helped a freshman
prepare a talk on going veg.
—Vic Sjodin, 11/12/09
|Blythe Lopez takes the animals’ plight to the streets of Chicago.|
a presentation at an Arizona State
University-sponsored women’s conference and
was well-received. I distributed booklets and
talked about the environmental benefits of eating
local, organic, and vegan, as well as why I
went vegan which stemmed from my concern for
reducing animal suffering, wanting to widen
my circle of compassion to include animals,
etc. Two people have told me via email that
they’ve reduced their animal consumption since
my presentation, and I’ve shared recipes and
vegan products with another person who attended
the talk. My PowerPoint’s also been made available
to attendees and they’ve invited me back to
talk next year.
day of outreach at West Virginia University,
where I had numerous conversations. One young
woman came up to say that she’s been a vegetarian
since receiving a booklet on campus last year.
One young man said, “No thanks,”
and I politely replied, “Thanks,”
something I try to give to everyone, essentially
thanking one for their time. The guy came back
to state emphatically how refreshing this approach
was, how it was not what he was used to from
anyone doing any form of outreach. The only
way we, animal advocates, are going to get the
general public to enter the extended discussion
about this issue is by being the type of individuals
with whom they’d feel comfortable entering a
—Jon Camp, 11/9/09
|The Positively Veg*n meetup group ready to go at Broward College.|
along with Why Vegan?,
helped push my girlfriend and me to go vegan!
We’ve been vegan for a month now and feel
great. On top of this, we’ve become really
inspired to assist in the animal protection
movement. We have been leafleting the Phoenix
area with Jeff Boghosian (such an awesome guy),
and I just began reading The
Animal Activist’s Handbook.
The book seems awesome so far and is totally
of students excited to get our
info at Macalester College. One guy had just
tried to go vegetarian a few weeks ago, but
had a hard time living with roommates who ate
meat. I gave him a few suggestions and a Guide,
and he sounded ready to try again. One woman
came back after reading the booklet to tell
me she appreciated that it didn’t take
an all-or-nothing stance. She thought she would
try to cut out some meat from her diet and was
intrigued when I suggested she start with chickens.
At Century College, one guy said, “I read that pamphlet. It’s very powerful. It’s very sad. It makes me want to change something I’m doing.” One woman said she went on a field trip to an egg-laying farm and it was just like the pictures. She couldn’t believe how horrible it was for those birds to spend their whole lives crowded in such tiny cages.
—Fred Tyler, 11/4/09
is my six-year veganiversary, so
I celebrated by leafleting with Jo DeGeorge.
A number of good encounters, including one woman
who scowled at Jo. Jo called after her, “Did
you have any questions? I’d be happy to
talk.” The woman came back and explained
that she works with pets all day and can’t
handle to see animal cruelty, and admitted she
should read about this and took a leaflet! I
stopped to chat with one of the Greenpeace canvassers
and inquired about his veg status, to which
he guiltily admitted he was not, and agreed
to read an Even If You Like Meat and
—Eileen Botti, 11/6/09
|A student at St. Charles Community College looks up from a booklet.|
really happy how tabling went
at Notre Dame de Namur University – great
acceptance rate and very friendly students.
Had a number of great conversations, including one with a hunter who
was impressed with how reasonable I was in my approach to helping animals.
The president of the Go Green club congratulated
me for spreading the good word. A vegetarian
gal told me (and her friend), “Yay, I’m
not alone!” A teacher on campus uses our
materials in some of her classes and a student
remarked that he went veg after taking her class
and getting an Even If You Like Meat and
the Guide last semester. I stopped
by to see the professor and we exchanged contact
info and I replenished her stock of lit.
—Brian Grupe, 11/4/09
The crowd was receptive at
Metropolitan State College in Denver, where
I broke my old record with 1,059 booklets handed
to students. I met one vegan who was itching
to get active, so I told her about VO. Another,
whom I had never met before, rushed up and said,
“Oh, my vegan friend!” and gave
me a big hug.
—Barbara Bear, 11/11/09
Once again, we were greeted with
a very positive reception at the University
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. My favorite
reaction was after I handed a Compassionate
Choices booklet to a young woman who was walking
with a friend on either side of her. A few steps
after receiving the booklet, and within earshot
of many people, I heard her enthusiastically
tell her friends, “I LOVE IT SOOO MUCH
THAT THEY ARE OUT HERE DOING THIS!!!”
—Loren Hart, with Brandon Becker, 11/5/09
early and did the 7:40am class
change at Bluegrass Community College, then
booked it to the University of Louisville. Very
good outreach; conversed with one lady for a
long time and she said she would go veg. Another
came up and said getting a leaflet last year made
her go veg.
—Vic Sjodin, with Phil Letten, 11/11/09
|Rob Gilbride gives the truth to another student at Duke University.|
and dreary evening at Portland
State, but I had some good interactions. People
thanked me for being there, and a group of three
guys each asked for a brochure. They then agreed
with one another that “This is messed
up!” and “It’s really sad.”
—Jessica Dadds, 11/11/09
conversations at California University of
PA. I explained to an older man that I didn’t
think a merciful God would give animals a complex
nervous system and brain if their intended function
was to spend their lives in conditions that
would lead to chronic suffering. One woman told
me she had worked to get horse slaughter banned
and that the booklet led her to the realization
that the raising and killing of other animals
was just as bad. Others mentioned wanting to
go veg; I gave them each a Guide. It
was a very solid six hours of outreach and there
was definitely a great deal of interest at this
—Jon Camp, 11/10/09
City College gets better with
each visit – students seem more interested
in the material; animal rights is a relevant
issue in their moral sphere. I had lots of conversations,
including two different folks who have actively
worked to replace a good portion of the meat
they usually consume with faux meat products.
I also met a very athletic African-American
man who, indicating the booklet, told me, “That’s
why I stopped eating meat.”
—Brian Grupe (at right), 10/26/09
Pam, and I heard many “Already
vegetarian!” or “Already vegan!”
responses at Loyola University. One woman came
back up to me and asked for booklets to give
to her friends. Another woman who was already
vegetarian praised our work and told us to keep
up the good fight.
—Alexis Scherba, 10/20/09
of people at the University of
Iowa were excited to get leaflets, with many
turning around and coming back for one after
they realized what it was. One guy in communications
was really impressed with the Even If You
Like Meat. He said it was the first non-offensive
piece of literature he had seen: “Whoever
dreamed up that booklet did a great job!”
—Fred Tyler, 10/28/09
|Sophie Feng uses her evening to let the people of Chicago know what modern agribusiness hides.|
night I went to dinner with my
VO shirt on. The waiter said he is vegan and
I asked him what made him go vegan. He said
he read something in a magazine. When I asked
him what magazine, he went and retrieved a Compassionate
—Jodi Chemes, 11/4/09
several great conversations while
at Oakton Community College with Chris and Bill,
including one guy who really seemed to want
to give this a try and eat less meat. He said
he had been discouraged with attempts in the
past, but I suggested he go veg on Mondays and
Wednesdays each week and then build from there.
He really liked that suggestion. I also ran
into a group of students who were looking for
a project to do for class and, after seeing
the Compassionate Choices booklet,
they asked me a bunch of questions in order
to try and do their project on a factory farm
—Mikael Nielsen, 10/29/09
at Lane Tech College Prep High
School by 7am, where I was able to hand out
350 booklets in an hour. A lot of students were
really receptive. A great way to start the day
before going to work!
—Darina Smith, 11/5/09
|Brandon Becker takes the animals’ case to students at UNC Chapel Hill.|
vegetarians and vegans at the
University of Pittsburgh. One highlight was
a transfer student who said she went veg after
getting a pamphlet from me last year at UPitt
Johnstown. Also ran into a guy I met in Michigan
a few weeks ago who is now veg, which is great
because he seemed hesitant about the topic.
—Vic Sjodin, 11/2/09
and I stood at a new place at
the University of Colorado, Boulder, reaching
a new crowd. The Compassionate Choices
were unfamiliar to many, so we definitely opened
some eyes today. One guy stopped by later to
give it back, saying he’d read it and was
ready to change his ways.
—Barbara Bear, 11/5/09
at the University of Maryland
said she went vegan after receiving a booklet
at a concert. Another student said she went
vegetarian for six months after getting a booklet.
I also handed a booklet to a student who then came
back to me later and said he read the entire
thing during his English class: “It made
a lot of sense.”
—Aaron Ross, 11/4/09
|At the University of Kansas, J. Brennaman expands the tent of compassion|
good conversations and comments
at San Diego City College. A professor invited
me to come speak to his class on the connection
between politics, ethics, and compassionate
—Brianne Donaldson, 11/5/09
reception at George Mason University.
I had a very productive conversation with a
young man who had a failed experiment with vegetarianism
in the past. After talking with him about foods
that are filling, high in protein, etc., he
told me that I didn’t look like the stereotypical
vegan. Since we’re often pigeonholed and
summarily dismissed as a result of fitting stereotypes,
I find it useful to do things that break such
stereotypes. For me, it includes simple stuff
like dressing in a mainstream fashion, lifting
weights, thanking military folks for their service,
smiling, being calm and polite to all (including
those who don’t live up to this particular
standard themselves), etc. We want a big tent
movement and it’s our job to bring as
many into this tent as possible.
—Jon Camp, 11/3/09
|Micah Widegren helps a student at American River College.|
stunned to read your booklet! It
is hard to believe – those poor animals!
Thank you for making such information known.
When I visit Delaware, there are so many
chicken “farms” that really smell.
Can you send me as many booklets as you can,
so I’ll be able to spread the word?
at Duke was notable because of
the great many professionals who accepted a
booklet, including administrators, professors
from the divinity school and other departments,
and doctors and nurses from the university hospital.
Rob also had the awesome experience of giving
a Compassionate Choices booklet to
a female student who returned an hour later,
saying that she had read the booklet during
lunch and was going vegetarian. “It is
so terrible what they do to animals. I’m going
vegetarian.” So there it is, one more
example of the hugely positive impact that Vegan
Outreach is having across the nation and throughout
—Loren Hart and Rob Gilbride, 11/9/09
At Marist College,
I heard students later in the day commenting
to their friends: “OMG I read that in
class, it’s terrible”; “Oh I got
that last time you were here.” An environmental
professor took a leaflet and mentioned that
he talks about factory farming to all of his
classes and shows them pictures, so he was glad
to see me distributing leaflets. Quite a few
students mentioned being vegetarian in the past
and wanting to try it again, many had questions
about being vegan. It was a very positive trip!
—Eileen Botti, 10/27/09
had the chance to leaflet with
Rick Hershey at Northwestern. The highlight
for me was when two young men came up to ask
a bunch of questions. Eventually, a third man,
intrigued, joined in. They were truly hearing
me out, accepting my good points, and I think
that at least one of them was having a bunch
of “aha” moments. I ended with my
typical bit about how for me it ultimately comes
to the fact that when we eat meat we might get,
say, this much pleasure (as I spread my thumb
and forefinger about an inch apart) and we
inflict, say, this much suffering (as I spread
my hands about a yard apart). It’s very simple
and it seems to resonate with others.
—Jon Camp, 10/22/09
|Sara Boka reveals reality to another student at the University of Nevada, Reno.|
day at Pasadena City College.
Students at this school are so inquisitive,
always want to ask sincere questions. Two told
me they were working on starting a student group,
several asked about what they could do to stop
this treatment of animals. One said, “Ah
yes, one more reason to really stop eating meat
for good.” Another student stopped to
get another flyer since his classmate took his.
—Brianne Donaldson, 10/19/09
at Anoka Ramsey Community College
were excited to get the leaflets saying, “Absolutely!”
“Thanks for being here!” “Fabulous!”
“It’s so exciting that you’re here!”
At Dakota County Technical College, one woman
told me, “I got one of those last year.
Now I don’t eat meat.”
—Fred Tyler, 10/22/09
couple of vegans / vegetarians
/ supporters within the first 20 minutes at
Truckee Meadows Community College (Reno, NV).
Jesse Melgar was able to help out for a while.
He started off a little hesitant but was rockin’
and rollin’ within minutes, and told me
he was surprised at how receptive students were.
It seemed like he had a lot of friends on campus
and they all accepted leaflets when they ran
At the University of Nevada, Reno, I met a bunch of vegetarians and vegans and a few people who had failed at veg but seemed interested in trying it again. I ran into a gal a few hours after I had given her a leaflet and she told me she was completely disgusted and didn’t want to eat meat again. We chatted for a minute and I helped to lift her spirits and she gladly accepted a Guide. A gal who does anti-genocide work wanted to know what motivated me. We chatted and she admitted there was no reason why she couldn’t make compassionate choices in her diet while continuing to work on her human rights campaigns.
—Brian Grupe, 10/23/09
|Students at Cabrillo College study booklets handed to them by Brian Grupe.|
we had a great team at Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology. We got out 400 booklets
in a lunchtime, an amazing success considering
a lot of students aren’t in school at the moment.
Driving home, a woman noticed my “Boycott
Cruelty – Go Vegan” bumper sticker.
She rolled down her window and asked if I had
materials. We both pulled over to a parking
spot, and I gave her Why
Vegan? booklets for
herself and her friends.
—Roy Taylor, Australia, 10/23/09
my day off and took a vacation
day in order to cover schools in northwest Ohio.
At the University of Toledo, a young man
said he had tried to go veg before but felt
like he was not getting enough protein. I gave
him a Guide and he thanked me enthusiastically
saying, “I have been thinking I needed
something like this!” Also overheard some
girls saying the booklet made them cry. At Bowling
Green, a young man came up and said he does
not eat animals but what is wrong with dairy?
I filled him in and he gladly took a Guide.
Later on he came back to thank me again for
the booklet, said he was moved by it, that it
is very well written and researched, and he
wants to get involved with activism. Gave him A
—Leslie Patterson, 10/27/09
|Av Papo helps another University of Miami student put compassion into action.|
University of Illinois, Urbana,
I encountered 1,200 students ready to learn
more of the truth about what today’s farmed
animals go through. This school is a testimony
to the power of persistence. I have worked this
school each semester since the beginning (2003)
and have seen reception and genuine interest
in the animals’ plight increase each year; antagonism
towards me and scoffing at the issue decrease
each year. Being present consistently and repeatedly,
and giving the students room and time to warm
up, that they might take a look at the issue
when they are ready, seems prudent.
—Joe Espinosa, 10/22/09
to a Young Matt in your newsletter
was great. It reminds me of how influenced I
was by (the original version of this essay) back in the mid-90s. I hope
it gets wide distribution.
—Paul Shapiro, 11/15/09
great leafleting after a campus
talk, “It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dog, or
a Chicken: Why You Shouldn’t Eat Meat.”
The highlight of my night was looking over to
see a guy reading a Compassionate Choices
with his jaw fully dropped open and his eyes
bugging out in shock. Really, his expression
resembled something you would see on Looney
Tunes when a cartoon character is surprised.
I’m so grateful to Vegan Outreach and to the
people who took the photos for making this information
available to the public. We really are opening
eyes – and hearts!
—Barbara Bear, 10/20/09
University of Wisconsin, Madison
today, Joe Espinosa (right) and I were joined
by Melissa Tedrowe, who, after getting a VO
booklet 2.5 years ago, went vegan and has been
active for the animals ever since. Highlights
included two separate individuals who stopped
and read their respective booklets, totally
engrossed in them, oblivious to the cold drizzle.
One young woman stopped by to say that she received
a booklet a year ago and has been vegetarian
since. Less than an hour later, a man, who had
the appearance of a dean, stopped by to tell
me the exact same thing.
—Jon Camp, 10/20/09
Lots of interactions
at Medgar Evers College, including one student
who proudly held up a bagel instead of the burger
he had been planning on eating. Two female students
stopped to talk – one had tried veganism previously,
and the other had tried vegetarianism. They
were very sympathetic and said they would give
it another try – one of them even said, “I
can’t believe we ran into you! I think you must
have been sent from God or something to get
me to go veg again!”
—Eileen Botti, 10/20/09
|Elaine Vigneault provides a smiling vegan example – and compelling information – in the Vegas wind.|
University of Wisconsin, Superior,
an administrator walked by and asked for a leaflet.
I thought she was going to tell me I wasn’t
allowed to leaflet. It turns out she has tried
to go vegan a few times and was glad to get
—Fred Tyler, 10/16/09
day at North Carolina State. One
student told us the booklet he received last
time caused him to go vegetarian and, just a
month ago, he decided to be vegan. Brandon gave
him a Guide to help him stay healthy
and happy. He thanked us for leafleting and
sincerely appreciated the effort. Another vegetarian
student wanted to go vegan but needed recipes,
so he gratefully received a Guide.
One of the best parts of the experience was
walking around campus and witnessing several
groups of people looking at the booklets they
had just received and talking about the issues.
This was a powerful reminder of how our efforts
with Vegan Outreach are leading directly to
people becoming knowledgeable about the realities
of animal farming and of plant-based diets.
And we are succeeding in helping people to have
informed conversations with others about these
—Brandon Becker and Loren Hart, 10/19/09
|Dan Miller at San Francisco State.|
day at Stony Brook for us (Martin
Benevides, Drew Winter, Jennifer Greene) –
many interactions, great outreach, several people
stopped dead in their tracks to read a pamphlet,
many walked and read. One student said he went
veg after previously getting a leaflet, and was considering
veganism. The highlight was when a professor
invited us to talk to her class.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/22/09
years ago, both Matt (Ball) and
Jack (Norris) emphasized to me how important
it is for Vegan Outreach to stay focused on
the bottom line, and know what to do, as well
as what not to do. I have shared that wisdom
with a lot of people and I follow it myself
it has served me well. Thank you for that, and
for all that you do for the animals!
—Barbara McDonald, 11/8/09
|Sarah Brammer Shlay and Sen Holiday (below) take part in CAA’s Outreach for Animals Week at the University of Minnesota.|
was a very successful day of outreach
at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, where Jeff
LaPadula and I reached over 1,900 new people.
We both had great conversations with interested
students. Two guys asked Jeff about going veg
and had questions about protein, nutrition,
etc. A mother stopped to talk to him, and was
almost crying, she was so upset about the booklet.
She wanted to go vegan, so Jeff gave her some
advice and information.
One student wanted to know about my personal experience in making the transition to a vegan diet – she was anxious about the possibility of failing to be completely vegan if she tried. I reminded her that sometimes it is easier to do gradually and not to give up – better to cut out big things like meat first, rather than be completely overwhelmed about checking the ingredients in a box of cereal. Another student asked how to get involved, and said, “Thank you for this, I read the whole thing and am seriously considering changing my diet now.” Another woman said she was thinking of going veggie.
—Eileen Botti, 10/13/09
my eight weeks on the road,
I heard, over and over, individuals mentioning
how eye-opening the booklet is, how they were
discussing the booklet in class, how it really
made them think. And of course, it was great
connecting with others, seeing more and more
new people leafleting, etc. We are indeed pushing
the ball forward and reaching those who need
to be reached! I’m incredibly grateful to all
of you who make this happen.
—Jon Camp, 10/16/09
was really receptive and the take
rate was better than expected at the University
of Central Missouri. I had a wonderful conversation
with a member of the grounds staff who’d been
watching me leaflet while he was mowing nearby.
He came at me with a bit of an attitude, demanding
to know “What about human rights?”
I explained to him that by supporting animal
rights we are not sacrificing human rights.
I also came across five vegetarians. One who
thanked me for being there and shouted, “She
rocks!” loud enough for everyone around
to hear. It made me smile.
—Eva Helsel, 10/5/09
|Roger Clarke provides the animals a voice at the University of British Columbia.|
nice to be back at LSU. I ran
into a very enthusiastic vegan right away who
I heard telling her friends to “go get
one of those.” I heard from a student who
told me she went vegetarian after receiving
an Even If You Like Meat booklet one and a
half years ago; she got a Guide.
One guy said he was vegetarian previously and
was thinking about going back. He also got a
—Twila Hoyle, 10/13/09
at Suffolk Community College,
Farmingdale University, and St. Joseph’s University,
Drew Winter, Jennifer Greene, and I reached
over 1,500 students. Drew veg-anized a whole
posse at Suffolk CC – four at once. After one
girl said, “I’m never eating meet again,”
he engaged the whole group in dialogue, and
the others seemed deeply affected by the booklets
and his interaction.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/19/09
really well at Thompson Rivers
University, where two students came back to
talk about Vegan Outreach, get booklets for
friends, etc. Another woman ran back to me and
gave me a high five. She was excited and said
she was totally supportive of what I was doing
—Kelly Bergen, 10/15/09
the vegan Spay-ghetti
fundraiser here in Montana, I got many warnings
and complaints about how I would offend people
and ruin both the spay-neuter clinic AND the
fundraiser. In reality, we raised more money
than we have since 2005, everyone LOVED the
food, and there was ZERO negativity! One of
the rancher ladies called the clinic coordinator
and told her that the Compassionate Choices
leaflet she picked up at lunch changed her life.
The clinic coordinator asked if I would mind
doing all the food from now on – she thinks
it would be great if we continue to share vegan
food and information! This is the same lady
who was so upset by my “offensive vegan
propaganda,” and said I would start “fistfights in the streets” if I
didn’t serve meat.
—Bonnie Goodman (at right, leafleting MSU), 10/19/09
a chilly night with a little bit
of rain, but leafleting at Loyola’s Lake Shore
campus went pretty well! Got a lot of, “Already
veg!” Positive feedback included a man
who said he loved vegetarian food, but wasn’t
a vegetarian. He then took a booklet and told
me there should be more of us out on the street
doing this good work. It was a nice to hear
—Alexis Scherba, 10/14/09
|A Mizzou student studies a booklet while Rachel Stevick waits for the next opportunity.|
interactions at RMIT University,
Melbourne (Australia). I had one person take
one and say he had been trying to go vegan over
the past few months; I hope today’s leaflet
gave him the prompt to make that final effort.
Two other people came and took five leaflets
each for their friends. One girl came over and
was very interested. I saw her cross necklace
and asked if she was Christian, saying yes,
I told her about the Christian
—Roy Taylor, 10/9/09
the first really cold day this
fall at Minnesota State Mankato,
but the acceptance rate was higher than normal.
One guy said he was interested in human cruelty.
I replied that it’s all related, why not think
about both. He said that animal cruelty wasn’t
something that enraged him. Upon further discussion,
he conceded that I didn’t look enraged, and
he would consider this issue. I watched one
woman looking at the Even If You Like Meat
a ways down the sidewalk, and I heard her say, “Oooh, I’m going to be
a vegetarian now.”
At the University of Minnesota Duluth, one guy was very hesitant to take a flyer, saying, “I don’t know, this stuff makes me so sad.” He came by later in the day and took a Guide, saying he would try to be vegetarian. One former vegetarian, who stopped because he didn’t feel well, said he would try it again. I gave him a Guide to help make sure he was eating right.
—Fred Tyler, 10/15/09
and I took three vacation days
to leaflet Ohio State, the University of Illinois
in Urbana, and Purdue. While on the road, we
saw a trailer full of baby pigs, a devastating
reminder of why we leaflet.
At Purdue’s general store in the student center (right), we were impressed to find a soymilk dispenser for the cereal and coffee, as well as boxes of soy and other nondairy milks, and a variety of vegan snacks and cookies. This is in the middle of Indiana! We also witnessed a number of students stopping dead in their tracks to read the booklets, and heard from several who were concerned about the information they were receiving and wanting to know what they can do about it.
—Leslie Patterson, 10/8/09
the three days at Austin City
Limits music festival, lots of people told me
they had received one the previous day, and
that it made them cry. One person told me she
is definitely going to be a vegetarian now.
I overheard another person telling her friends
that she got this pamphlet when she was little,
and that it is the reason she doesn’t eat meat
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 10/5/09
|Rachael Stevick explains the animals’ plight at the University of Missouri.|
County Community College, Luna
(Foxx), Jennifer (Greene) and I heard many positive
responses. A security guard stopped to talk
to me and Luna for a bit, very supportive and
interested, and told us to keep up the good
work. Another student simply stopped, asked
us a few questions, and then she said, “Okay,
I’m going to try it!” (going vegan) –
right on the spot!
—Eileen Botti, 10/9/09
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse,
I talked to a former hog farmer who got out
of the business awhile ago because he didn’t
like the way the industry was going. He said
the cruelty and confinement just weren’t right.
He said free range and organic weren’t any better.
The animals were still packed in sheds full
of manure and dust. While leafing through the
flier he said he could see how being vegan was
probably the best option for the animals and
the planet too.
—Fred Tyler, 10/7/09
Letten and I had an awesome day
at Wayne State, Oakland University, and Oakland
Community College – so many interactions.
For example, one student at Wayne said he got
a leaflet last year, and after reading it, the treatment of animals
haunted him until he eventually went veg.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/5/09
seemed very receptive at Rhode
Island College. I had a good conversation with
a student who’s interested in starting an animal
advocacy group on campus. One woman asked for
a booklet and was still intently reading it
about 15 minutes later. I also heard someone
say to her friend, “Let me see that!!!”
day at Monterey Peninsula College and
CSU Monterey Bay. Lieutenant Colonel Robert
Lucius (right), Dean of Students at the Defense
Language Institute and my gracious host, was
able to join me today in his Vegan Outreach
leafleting debut. Bob has been a Marine for
over 20 years, so was easily able to approach
young male students who potentially may have
a bit of a “macho complex” and show
them that real men are kind to animals.
—Brian Grupe, 10/12/09
|Leeanne Kavanagh and Jon Camp cover traffic at the University of British Columbia.|
reception at City University of
New York, CUNY Technical College, and Barnard
College today. Feedback included: “I’m
gonna go vegetarian when I turn 21.” “Thanks
for that, I read it and it almost made me cry”
(from big, tough-looking guy). “I was
just thinking of going vegetarian!” “Thanks,
and keep up the good work!” I also ran
into someone with whom I had a conversation
before. She was happy to see I was still doing
this work. She also said she did some research
since last speaking to me and was surprised
to learn that birds are the most abused animals.
—Eileen Botti & Katie Pryor, 9/24/09
person I offered a leaflet to
yesterday was a professor at Berkeley City College
(CA) who said she still had last semester’s
Even If You Like Meat in her office,
and that they had discussed it extensively in
her sociology class. She took another and thanked
me for being out there.
Today at Foothill College, a man came up to me while I was leafleting and let me know that after getting a leaflet a few semesters ago, he and his wife have reduced their meat consumption to almost zero. He told me to keep spreading the word because it does change people.
—Brian Grupe, 9/28/09
different reactions and good conversations
at Loyola University (IL). One man had been
handed a leaflet last week and was so moved
by it he had not eaten any meat since!
—Alexis Scherba, with Sam C. and Sam K., 9/30/09
College (AZ), I talked to one
young man who was very interested in going
vegan. I gave a nice positive explanation of
how he could “veganize” virtually
anything. Another student I talked with was
a football player and had once tried vegetarianism
for a month, but I suspect he wasn’t eating
enough calories because he said he felt weak.
I gave him a Guide,
talked up some great veggie foods high in protein,
and mentioned several vegan athletes. A short
but very productive day!
—Jeff Boghosian, with Veronica Soto, 9/29/09
|Johanna Andris provides actionable information to another Cal Poly student.|
I was recently handed a pamphlet
and immediately wanted to restart my eating lifestyle.
a lot of vegetarians and vegans
at Grand Valley State (MI) today. We also had
a lot of people come back throughout the day
and say they liked what we were doing. One guy
said he’s cutting down on eating chicken. Several
people expressed an interest in going veg –
the entire day was really rewarding.
—Phil Letten & Vic Sjodin, 10/1/09
of new curious people at Northwest
Vista College (TX), another never-before-leafleted
school. As leafleting went on, I asked for feedback
from people who told me they had gotten one
earlier; a number replied it was sad and they
want to go veg.
—Casey Constable, 10/1/09
|Yvonne LeGrice shatters illusions at Lewis & Clark College.|
My daughters came across your literature at
People’s Market in Ocean Beach, CA. The
booklets have had a huge impact on us. Realizing
how the animals suffer and what it is we are
really consuming has changed us in so many ways.
My daughters, now ages 13 and 14, have also
shared your literature with their friends at
A woman at work took a Why
the stack I keep at my desk and has decided
to go vegetarian! I followed up and gave her
to Cruelty-Free Eating. So that was
pretty awesome. And our vegan wedding went great!
We got a lot of positive feedback on the food,
and a Why Vegan? convinced my mom to
This booklet opened
my eyes to the cruelty of factory farming and
ultimately let to my adoption of a vegan diet,
and now I want to spread the word to more uninformed
meat eaters! Thank you and keep up the good
|Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts promotes veg eating at the University of Washington.|
At North Hennepin
Community College, one woman took a flier and
said, “Even If You Like Meat…Oh no!
I’m not going to like meat after this.”
One vegetarian woman was so excited she jumped
up and down and squealed, “Oh I love you!”
She happily took a Guide. A guy came
back later, shook my hand and said, “I
read that book. It’s terrible. Thank you
for giving me this.” As a group of three
walked by, only one person wanted the flier,
but when I saw them ten minutes later, they
were having a discussion about whether or not
you could kill animals without being cruel to
them. We have to remember that many of the people
who take a flier show it to their friends.
—Fred Tyler, 9/24/09
Thanks to everyone
at Vegan Outreach for encouraging others to
pass out these very important booklets that
show the truth about the horror inside these
factory farms. After reading Matt
Ball’s book, some new people are passing
out booklets at colleges here in Phoenix. Please
accept my small monthly recurring donation
to help with the printing of these booklets.
At Scottsdale Community
College, Alicia (Shover) and I were shocked
at how many vegetarians we met. My favorite
response was a worried “Why did I agree
to take this?” Also, one gentleman was
very supportive and agreed Food, Inc. didn’t
go far enough. Another cowboy-looking gentleman
in his 50’s turned out to be a (former) cowboy!
He stopped drinking milk a long time ago, and
doesn’t even eat meat at home. He talked
about how the actual practice of farming does
things you’d never see in the cowboy mythology
version. He was sad about how the calves are
taken away in dairies.
—Jeff Boghosian, 9/28/09
At Michigan State
University, one girl told me she had been wanting
to go veg and was happy to get the pamphlet
and Guide. Another said she had gotten
a pamphlet when a freshmen and then again as
a sophomore; she made the decision to go veg
the third time she got the pamphlet and has been
veg ever since. Met around 40 vegetarians and
vegans, which was also very encouraging at this
large ag school.
—Vic Sjodin, with Phil Letten (at right), 9/28/09
|Camilla Kendall takes the animals’ case to students at UC Davis.|
years ago when I was still eating
meat I got one of your booklets, and I could
not stop looking at it. The pictures alone were
moving, and it had so many facts and horror
stories from factory farms and slaughterhouses
that every former justification I had given
myself for eating meat became meaningless! I
showed it to all of my friends and my parents
and brother; even though many of them just found
it disturbing, it really made a couple of them
think about their food. Now I’m interested in
passing out your booklets at school.
proved, once again, it pays to
leaflet the first day of classes, as Camilla,
Linda, and I distributed over 2,100 booklets.
Met a ton of vegetarians and vegans. Had quite
a few discussions with curious students; I definitely
think that some of the interactions will result
in some students trying veg.
—Brian Grupe, 9/24/09
great comments at CUNY Hunter
today, including, “I wanted to let you
know that this pamphlet is the reason I went
vegetarian.” “Thanks for this –
I used to be vegetarian, and now I am going
back. I’m so glad I took this leaflet from you
– the second I saw it I realized I need
to go back!”
—Eileen Botti, 9/17/09
day at Cerritos College, including
at least a half dozen leaflets to skateboarders.
I overheard one student say to another, “You
see – that is why I don’t eat meat.”
—Brianne Donaldson, 9/22/09
the United Nations International
Day of Peace, the Vancouver Island Vegetarian
Association held a “Peace Begins on Your
Plate” leafleting session. Two male students
approached, one calling out, “I love meat
way too much to take what you’re handing out,
so don’t even try.” I turned and pointing
to the top line of the booklet – “In
that case, this booklet is perfect for you:
Even If You Like Meat.” He accepted a
booklet and a few steps later said to his buddy,
“He got me there.”
—John Bowers (at right; photo by Yuri Cabrera), 9/21/09
surprised by the number of interested
people I met at the University of Wisconsin,
Oshkosh. One woman turned down my offer for
a booklet and then came back seconds later saying,
“I will take one. Those chickens look
depressed.” Another woman was smiling
and shaking her head no as she turned down the
leaflet. When she fully saw Even If You
Like Meat’s cover, a look of horror passed
over her face. She then took the leaflet and
walked slowly down the path, immersed in the
truth. Yet another woman took a flier and said,
“Thanks. This will make me think twice
about eating meat.” One guy was happy
to get the booklet. He said he wasn’t vegan
or vegetarian, but knew he would eventually
end up that way. I gave him a Guide
to help him along that path.
—Fred Tyler, 9/17/09
University, two different students
told me they had changed after getting a booklet
from me in the past – both took Guides.
—Rick Hershey, 9/23/09
|Tawnya Roeder reaches students at Whitworth University in Washington, another never-before-leafleted school.|
Washington University, a student
insisted that “aggressively pushing shock-value
imagery in the faces of others” was counterproductive.
I told her that I viewed my work as simply asking
people to consider the suffering of animals,
and doing so in a humble, polite manner with
a smile on my face. In other words, I was passing
information into their hands, not shoving anything
in their faces. I discussed VO’s tactics further,
gave her an AML, etc.
I also mentioned that if she were to look at social wrongs that we’ve
rejected throughout history, they have been coupled with sober,
honest information detailing these wrongs. The
Vietnam War’s unprecedented opposition was coupled
with media airing the grisly realities of the
war and that for future wars, such coverage
wouldn’t exist. It’s not always pleasant showing
such imagery, but that’s not the fault of those
who are working to eradicate the suffering of
others. From starting off confrontational, she
ended up amicably asking for my contact info
so that we could further discuss this through
—Jon Camp, 9/24/09
From a new Vegan
Meetup profile, c/o Eugene Khutoryansky:
I have been a huge animal lover my entire life, but sadly was not aware of the sadistic treatment of commercially raised animals. A pamphlet was handed to me recently, and now I want to make a difference.
|Tracy Martin (above) and Elizabeth Gulick (below) let students at Spokane Falls Community College know what modern agribusiness hides from them.|
just like to thank you guys. I
go to school at Anne Arundel Community College.
One day I picked up one of your brochures and
was horrified by the treatment of the animals.
I have not eaten meat since. You guys are awesome.
weeks ago at the University of
Colorado, Boulder, a guy told me he had gone
vegan from getting a booklet. Today, his girlfriend
told me she is now a vegan, too, and wants to
become an activist.
—Barbara Bear, 9/11/09
at the University of Wisconsin,
Stout seemed more receptive, and there was more
interest in Guides.
Some people responded with “Yes, of course!”
or “This is exactly what I need!”
—Fred Tyler, 9/11/09
Staten Island, several students
who had already received a leaflet urged their
friends to take one as they passed by. Katie
(Pryor) overheard a number of positive comments,
including: Guy to girl: “You should read
that! It was very interesting.” Another
guy to friends: “If you read that, you
will never want to eat chicken again!”
—Eileen Botti, 9/15/09
(R), Edward (S), and I had great
responses from students again at Fullerton College
(CA)! One guy said his sister has been a vegetarian
for a year because of the pamphlet! One girl
looked through the brochure and forced her friend
to look at the pictures, who was trying to run
away. Taylor met a couple students who were
interested in leafleting, and her sister saw
several students reading the pamphlet in class.
—Kristine K, 9/17/09
University of Utah, there was
a man who got a booklet last year and was moved
by it; as a result, he had cut back on his meat
consumption. He spoke with Darina and me at
length – he’s looking to take his next
step re: his diet and activism, so I will be
in touch with him. At Salt Lake City Community
College, a young woman mentioned that she cried
after reading the booklet. She is now the proud
recipient of a Guide.
—Jon Camp, 9/14/09
|Boyd Weidman leaflets FIU.|
awesome day of outreach at Kent
State! Saw SO many people sitting outside between
classes intently reading the literature. Love
seeing that. Take rate was somewhere around
90% or higher.
—Jen Kaden, 9/16/09
a great day at George Washington
University and the University of Maryland, College
Park. A number of people thanked me for having
Guides. One student said she went vegan last
year because she received an Even If You
Like Meat. She didn’t know how to stay
healthy only eating chips and french fries,
but after reading the Guide, her diet
became a lot healthier.
—Rob Gilbride, 9/16/09
|Jera Petersen changes – and saves – lives at Washington State University; below, a student at Southeast Missouri State studies a booklet handed to her by Rick Hershey.|
did the pamphleting for Vegan Outreach
down here (at Washington State University). I was
really pleased to see my students reading the pamphlets
—LS, Pullman, WA, 9/19/09
Hopefest was fun and very effective.
The crowd was made up of Hispanics and African Americans,
a lot of high schoolers and people under 30. Everybody
wanted the booklets, and what was amazing, once people
flipped through them, many came after me, and asked
for more for their other family members.
—Darina Smith, 9/8/09
I am very happy
I ran across your website. I just would
like to say thank you for promoting veganism in a
way that does not point fingers and advocate any type
of negativity. I read your essay
regarding anger and humor, and it really
inspired me to stay strong, stop brooding, and achieve
my goals in animal rights and veganism. My empathy
and compassion will change others’ minds if
I stay focused, thoughtful, and humble.
got your booklet at my college and have
become vegetarian immediately after reading it. I
was so impacted by Even If You Like Meat
that I would like to help distribute copies to as
many people as possible.
Back at high
school hangout Sugar Land Town Square,
one girl told me she has now been a vegetarian for
one week since getting Why
Vegan? from me last Saturday. Another girl
told me that her mom has now been a vegan for four
years after having received Why Vegan? And
again, lots of kids told me that they will now definitely
try to become vegetarians.
Incidentally, the girl who has now been vegetarian for one week initially told me last Saturday that she loves meat way too much to ever give it up, and she didn’t want to take any pamphlet from me on the grounds that even the Compassionate Choices pamphlet was too graphic for her to look at. However, she came back to me a few hours later, saying that she had changed her mind, and really does think she needs to stop eating animals. So, she took a Why Vegan? and a Guide. Tonight, we saw the results.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 9/4/09
It was a fun
time at CUNY Queens College. I had this
conversation with a student who was with his group
Me: Info to help animals?
Him: But I eat meat.
That’s why you should read this.
I like meat, and don’t want to have to see that.
I used to eat meat too, but this is a really serious issue and I think you should take a look at it.
I saw one in English class already.
Have a nice day (as he was running away with his friends).
Within a minute, the entire group returned to me and every last one of them requested a booklet! “Ok we’ll read these.”
—Eileen Botti, 9/10/09
Missouri State, I heard from about 12
vegetarians and seven other students who were trying
to reduce their meat consumption; I gave them all
a Guide. Many of those seven had received
an Even If from me in the past. One vegetarian
RA asked for ten for her dorm.
—Rick Hershey, 9/10/09
Lots of good
interactions today at the University
of Minnesota, Minneapolis. One guy came back after
reading the Even If to say, “I’m
a big meat eater, but this is horrible. They shouldn’t
be treating animals this way.” He thought meat
from “happy farms” would be better, but
acknowledged that those animals would ultimately reach
the same fate. He left talking about changing his
—Fred Tyler, 9/11/09
A few years
ago, a guy yelled at me at the University
of Colorado, Boulder, saying Vegan Outreach was sending
the wrong message asking people to consider veganism.
By the end of the year, he approached me and apologized
for his behavior. Since then, he always gives me a
thumbs up or thanks as he passes by. While leafleting
there today, he came back once again to say how much
he’s changed his diet. It’s funny that
this man who had the harshest words for me initially
has done such an about-face.
—Barbara Bear, 9/4/09
|A student studies a booklet at the Borough of Manhattan Community College while Katie Pryor looks for the next to be enlightened; below, Mikael Nielsen takes the animals' case to the people of Chicago.|
of the Loyola campus was interrupted
temporarily by a very enthusiastic student who wanted
to go vegan. I handed him a leaflet in passing and
then I heard “HELL YEA!” and other exclamations
of joy. He came back and told me he loved me, and
asked for some more booklets to give to friends.
—Twila Hoyle, 9/1/09
and I leafleted at the University of
Newcastle (Australia) today. It went very well; one
guy even came back and asked for two more for his
friends. The three of them sat and looked at the leaflets
carefully. Some people were visibly shocked after
opening the leaflets and seeing the images of animal
—Kathleen Chapman, 9/2/09
10 vegetarians and four vegans at Ball
State. One of the vegetarians let me know that he
dropped meat after getting a booklet from me last
year, explaining that seeing the way chickens are
treated was simply too brutal for him to support.
—Joe Espinosa, 9/2/09
1,600 booklets in only two hours at
Kent State! One student even stopped and helped us
leaflet between his classes! Lots of positive feedback
and one student commented, “Yes! I need this,
I've been wanting to go vegetarian for so long.”
—Jen Kaden, with Cheryle Nocera, Carolyn Yane, 9/2/09
The best part
of the day at Rowan University was a
conversation with a group of African American students.
One of them, who had a dog, asked why should we care
about pigs. I talked about how dogs and pigs are the
same, but our moral schizophrenia to separate the
two in our minds. I compared it to blacks and whites
during slavery era. Both human, right? But how we
relate to them is different. They all agreed and I
could see they were moved.
—Victor Sjodin, 9/1/09
informed me that the Sugar Land Town
Square is a favorite teenage hangout on Friday and
Saturday nights, so I leafleted there last Saturday.
One person told me that they are now a vegetarian
because of the Why Vegan, and several other
people told me that they now plan to go vegetarian.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 9/3/09
at the College of William and Mary,
as well as James Madison University. At the latter,
I had a conversation with a student who asked for
more Even If You Like Meat booklets because
he said it changed his life and he wants to help out.
—Rob Gilbride, 9/4/09
At the University
of Northern Colorado, I saw numerous
individuals reading the booklet; others thanked me
or mentioned how eye-opening it was.
—Jon Camp, 9/1/09
Very friendly and receptive students
at the University of Maine, Augusta.
I got responses such as “Definitely, thank you,”
“Absolutely,” “Good information
to know,” “Yes, I DO want one of those,”
etc. The acceptance rate was awesome. One student
said, “Heck yeah. Factory farming is terrible.
My friends are tired of hearing me talk about it,
but now I'll refer them to your website.” She
waved the pamphlet in the air and looked very happy
to have it.
One student said she recently read an article in Time Magazine about factory farming. She mentioned that people should switch to meat from “sustainable” farming. I pointed out that over a million animals get slaughtered per hour in the U.S., and if everyone switched to “humane” meat, then those farmers would have to adopt factory farming methods to keep up with demand. I added that the best solution would be less demand for animal products. She said, “Good point. I'll keep that in mind.”
—Lana Smithson, 9/4/09
|Jimmy Alexander informs another Warped Tour patron in Portland, OR, while Emily Alexander waits for the next opportunity; below, other Portlanders learn the truth of modern agribusiness.|
guy outside the Galleria Mall in Houston
(Eugene Khutoryansky) handed me the booklet that has
changed my life forever! Thank you.
a concert, I overheard one person telling
her friends: “This is the pamphlet that made
me go vegetarian.”
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 8/29/09
At the University
of Colorado, Boulder, three people told
us they had gone veg after receiving VO literature
in the past. One guy had gotten a brochure five years
ago and has been veg ever since. He told me, “Your
strategy is really working.” One of the others
said she has been veg since getting VO literature
over a year ago and is now transitioning to veganism.
—Barbara Bear, 8/28/09
Duke University, a guy said, “I
love to eat animals.” I asked, “Factory
farmed animals?” He stopped in his tracks, turned
casually to me and said, “Well, I think what
they do to animals is horrible.” He spoke for
about a minute more and concluded by saying, “So,
yeah, factory farming’s not cool.” He
took a booklet, thanked me for the conversation, and
offered his hand for a shake. As he started walking
again, he told me with sincerity to “keep up
the good fight.”
—Loren Hart, 8/26/09
of outreach at the University of Missouri,
Kansas City. A young guy came back by to ask me more
questions about the literature. He said he wasn’t
aware of what goes on at factory farms. He said it
had definitely given him something to think about.
—Eva Helsel, 8/31/09
A good day
of outreach at the University of Missouri,
Columbia. Some said that they had received a booklet
last semester and I followed up with, “What
did you think of it?”; many responded that they
were cutting back their meat intake. One student refused
a booklet saying that he is a hunter; I replied that
this is about factory farming, the other end of the
spectrum; he then took the booklet. I also heard from
one student who said she became vegetarian after receiving
a VO booklet two years ago.
—Rick Hershey, 8/27/09
At the University
of Illinois, Urbana, I heard from 18
vegetarians and five vegans. One of the vegetarians
let me know that she had become vegetarian as a result
of getting a booklet from me last semester.
—Joe Espinosa, 8/28/09
at the University of Wyoming, Laramie,
with over 1,000 booklets handed out. There were many
good questions, and lots of individuals reading the
At Colorado State, one young woman told me she cried after reading the booklet. She has been involved in puppy mill activism and came to the conclusion that the treatment of farmed animals was just as bad; she is now interested in farmed animal advocacy and took my contact info. Another young woman told me she went vegetarian two weeks ago after watching Food, Inc. We had a very productive conversation. One nice thing about our leafleting is that many such individuals simply need to know there are others out there who feel strongly about this issue and have done well on a vegan diet.
Continued thanks and congratulations to everyone who gets out to do this work. We do make ourselves vulnerable to rejection and apathy and sometimes antagonism. But the alternative – hardening ourselves from worrying about the suffering of others or scaring ourselves from dealing with the general public – is not really living; it’s a perpetual state of hiding. We put ourselves on the line and the world is much better because of this!
—Jon Camp, 8/31/09
|Darina Smith takes the truth to rockers at Warped Tour, Milwaukee.|
one of the brochures handed out after
Food, Inc. in Ottawa, ON. I am now vegan
after much soul-reaching and facing the facts about
treatment of animals. Thank you for handing me that
brochure. I feel better now as a vegan, both physically
At Purdue today,
a student who had passed me earlier in the day came
back to let me know that she is a vegetarian and that
5 people that she knows became vegetarian as a result
of getting a booklet from me in the past.
—Joe Espinosa, 8/26/09
I took a vacation
day to celebrate the start of fall semester
and headed over to Northern Illinois University. The
students were very receptive, probably due to Joe’s
consistent leafleting presence on their campus over
the years. In fact I did hear some discussion of “Where’s
the guy?” and some girls doing tribute imitations
of Joe’s call to “Help stop violence.”
I also heard from many vegans and vegetarians.
—Leslie Patterson, 8/25/09
As I was handing
out booklets at a dock, I watched a
teenage girl climb into her boat with a group of friends
while all her attention was on reading her leaflet.
She was reading it as the boat took off.
—Lana Smithson, 8/24/09
|Jennifer Greene and Carl Santoro are joined by two new friends at a concert on Long Island.|
At the San
Diego and Los Angeles Warped Tour stops,
Stewart Solomon, Rebekah Sinclair, Dan Holbert, Norma,
and I were surprised at the receptivity of the crowd
and saw lots of people reading the booklets. Heard
from many vegetarians, many who had received lit on
campuses or at concerts, many who just responded positively
to the offer “Info to help animals.” One
fella said, “I got one like this last summer…it
changed my life.”
—Brianne Donaldson, 8/24/09
It was a good
first day at the University of Colorado,
with many positive interactions. I met a number of
vegans and vegetarians. Some of them want to get active
with the CU student AR group and possibly leafleting
too – yea! My favorite interaction was with
a young woman who said getting a Compassionate
Choices last year is what made her go vegetarian;
she was very happy to get the Guide.
—Barbara Bear, 8/25/09
|A University of Missouri student studies a booklet handed to her by Rick Hershey.|
Jen Baldwin, and I had good experiences
leafleting NC State (North Carolina’s largest
school of agriculture), including high acceptance
rates. I don’t know whether or not all the ag
students saw Food, Inc. over the summer and
are now starting to understand just how terrible industrial
animal agriculture is. But for some reason, many of
them seemed to be more relaxed around us than in previous
—Loren Hart, 8/25/09
quite friendly, receptive, and polite
at the University of Central Missouri. I talked to
one interested student after she read the Even
If You Like Meat, and asked if she might be interested
in shifting toward a plant-based diet. She said yes
and also said that she might leaflet with me in the
—Rick Hershey, 8/25/09
At City College of San Francisco,
I met a number of vegetarians and vegans, including
Estafani Enciso-Marquez, who went vegan after receiving
a VO brochure at City College a year ago! She leafleted
with me before heading to class and did great.
—Brian Grupe, 8/26/09
|Petra Halasova enlightens another young person in Chicago.|
Melbourne University as part of prospective
student day, and reached 800 19 year olds. Mario Sos
had this exchange:
Dude: “No thanks, I love my meat.”
Mario: “Then you’ll like this, there’s plenty of pictures of meat in it.”
Dude: (laughs) “Good one.” (takes a booklet)
—Roy E. Taylor in Australia, 8/18/09
It has been
a great week leafleting with Theo Summer.
Students at Fresno City College were AMAZINGLY receptive.
Dozens were reading them while they walked, or they
sat down to read. Edison High School was also full
of receptive and friendly kids. Even though it’s
103 degrees in Fresno, it feels great to be received
Earlier, at Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College, people at both schools remembered getting leaflets previously, and one young woman exclaimed to her friend, “See! This is why I don’t eat meat!”
—Brian Grupe, 8/20/09
Animal Defense League handed out Vegan
Outreach brochures outside screenings of the movie
Food, Inc. this past weekend. Over three
days and about 40 minutes total, we handed out over
600 brochures. It was a very successful event and
we hope many minds were changed as a result.
—Jason Halvorson, 8/20/09
Had good interactions
while leafleting in Chicago today, including a man
who said he and his wife had gone veg about a month
ago after reading the Why Veg? booklet.
—Matt McEwen, 8/18/09
Lisa Shapiro, and I handed
out over 900 booklets at the Freshman Welcome, so
we reached about 1/5 of the incoming class at Colorado
University, Boulder. A lot of people sat around reading
them – always nice to see. One young guy came
back and recommended that we hand the literature out
near the brat stand, and said reading the Compassionate
Choices was making him not want to eat his brat.
I told him about vegetarian
brats and showed him the Tofurky brand in the
back of the booklet.
—Barbara Bear, 8/23/09
Posted to the Adopt
a College email group:
Sean Hollick, Joe Espinosa, Tom Schlieske (right), and I handed out 3,000 copies of Even If You Like Meat, 25 Guides, and 2 A Meaningful Life booklets at Illinois State. It was a long day, waking up at 4:00 am and returning home around 9:30 pm, but that is par for the course when dealing with the incredibly dedicated Mr. Espinosa (above).
Cheers to the new semester! I’m thrilled to take part in this meaningful, effective work with all of you, arguably the best crew of grassroots activists alive! And once again, thanks so much to the donors on this list, who are going to make another hugely successful semester of this absolutely vital outreach possible.
—Jon Camp, 8/18/09
book with Bruce. I really enjoyed
it and only wish I could have read it years ago. Thanks
also for the booklets. An enthusiastic college student
told us she went vegan after reading one, and that
she shared it with 30 friends.
—Karen Marcus, 8/12/09
Lots of teens
and twenty-somethings out on Michigan
Avenue in Chicago last night. Joe, Mikael, and I were
joined by Claire, an activist from the UK who found
us online so she could do some vegan outreach while
on her trip across the US. A highlight of the night:
a man stopped to tell me he has not eaten meat since
receiving a Compassionate Choices a month
ago. He said, “I am now a vegetarian. I just
can’t eat meat anymore after reading about how
chickens are treated.” He took more information.
Another highlight was a group of five teenage boys
who have recently gone vegetarian and had some questions
about going vegan.
—Leslie Patterson (right), 8/12/09
a new Adopt a College leafleter:
I am a 19-year-old vegan who would like to get more involved in Vegan Outreach. I became vegan after picking up a Vegan Outreach booklet about two years ago.
At the farmers’
market, I had a really great conversation
with a guy about how we are treating animals and the
immense suffering it causes, the fallout on so many
fronts of this totally unsustainable way of living.
We also talked about our kids (he has a boy, I have
a little girl) and agreed that we should leave a much
better planet for them. When he first walked up I
actually had him pegged as a guy that wouldn’t
even bother taking a leaflet, but ended up being the
best encounter of the day.
—Mikael Nielsen, 8/16/09
|Lana Smithson tables at the fifth annual vegetarian food festival in Portland, Maine.|
We had a great
night leafleting, showing Meet
Your Meat on our computer, and sampling out
Tofurky Italian sausages with sautéed peppers
and onions along with vegan hot dogs mixed with baked
beans (paid for by VegFund,
which will also pay for Vegan Outreach literature
to accompany vegan food giveaways). One guy actually
knelt down in front of the computer screen so he could
hear the MYM video better. When a friend
passed by, he called him over to see the footage and
said, “If you ever eat real hot dogs again,
I’ll kill you.” Not exactly a compassionate
comment, but I’m glad he took the video to heart.
—Barbara Bear, 8/6/09
is not a book that proselytizes radical
activism. It is, rather, a supportive and comforting
book for all of us who love animals and want to help
them. Includes chapters on The Joy of a Meaningful
Life, Choosing Meaningful Action, Effective Advocacy
for Animals, and is chock-full of information on animal
issues without being the least bit preachy –
it is inspirational and practical. I love this book
and added it to recommendations on my own site, and
have bought it as gifts. Bravo to the authors.
—Teresa Wagner, posted here
|Kyle Tveten, Twila Hoyle, Derwin Wilright Jr., and Lucius Wesson reach out to thousands of teens at the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans.|
Leafleting Food, Inc. in
Des Moines, IA, I met three vegetarians,
one mother of a vegan, and someone who may leaflet with me in the
future. People were very receptive, as they were depressed after
the movie. The manager let me sit in the lobby all day and evening
and leaflet people as they came out. They had vegan granola bars for
sale at the snack bar, and there is a vegan on staff.
—Trish Sutton, 7/26/09
Super reception rate at Food,
Inc. in Tampa. People waited to get a booklet!
—Nikki Benoit, 7/28/09
I recently read The Animal Activist’s Handbook and enjoyed it quite a bit. I think your book does a great
job in addressing a lot of pressing concerns for AR activists and effective
ways in which to pursue those goals.
|One of the happy Guide recipients encountered by Rick Hershey at the Rainbow Gathering in Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico.|
At Thompson Rivers University
in Kamloops, BC, I had almost 100% of people I approached take a leaflet. I also had
a security guard approach me and take a leaflet. He talked to me about
trying to cut back on meat, and I gave him a Guide to help him make cruelty-free
choices. He wished me luck with my leafleting before he left. A second
guard approached me a minute after the first one left and took an Even
If You Like Meat.
—Kelly Bergen, 7/28/09
Handed out 428 booklets at the
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – not bad for a second summer leafleting.
Within the first 20 minutes of starting, I heard from a woman who let
me know that getting a booklet from me last semester is what moved her
to become vegan. Heard from 3 other vegans and 10 vegetarians as well.
—Joe Espinosa, 7/31/09
|Brian Grupe, Jack Norris, and Stewart Solomon at the AR2009 conference in Los Angeles.|
No Doubt was an excellent concert
to leaflet, lots of young and/or thoughtful people. We reached 6,825 people in four
nights and almost no one tossed them to the ground. In fact I remember
one young lady last night who took a leaflet from me, pointed straight
to the ground in front of my feet, and told her two friends, “Right here,
in this very spot. This is where I went vegetarian.” You know it happens
all the time, and once in a while, we’re in earshot to hear it. And
so, we are now closer to the moon than we were just a few days ago.
—Stewart Solomon, 8/5/09
No Doubt was a great show to leaflet. I watched
one young woman take a leaflet from Rebekah Sinclair and head toward
the trash can. Just as she was about to drop it in she stopped, flipped
it from one side to the other, paused over it for a second, and said
to her friend, “Let’s read this one.”
—Brianne Donaldson, 8/1/09
|Adopt a College leafleters Nick Cooney, Vic Sjodin, and Linda Bower meet up in Florida.|
Lots of good interactions today at the Boulder
Farmers’ Market. A number of people approached me for a brochure (I love
when that happens). I especially enjoyed meeting two young girls who
are interested in going veg/vegan. Thankfully, in both cases they had
supportive parents. Two adorable little boys asked for a brochure, but
I told them they needed an adult’s permission. They scrambled all over
looking for their guardian so they could have one. The guardian had already
gotten a brochure, but they were insistent that they needed one of their
own. Another enthusiastic interaction was with a woman who walked away
with the Compassionate Choices, then came back later to thank
me for being out there, said she had no idea this happened to animals,
and she was proud of me for leafleting. I thanked her and gave her a
—Barbara Bear, 8/2/09
fives to whoever was handing out
VO pamphlets at Comic-Con this weekend. I saw
Paul Levitz, president of DC Comics, reading
and I (right) handed Compassionate
Choices to every single person who was
leaving the movie theatre after seeing Food,
Inc. yesterday in Helena, Montana. We also
gave them to the folks selling the tickets and
popcorn! I would say, “Would you like
more information on this topic?” Everybody
was really nice, and nobody said, “No
thanks!” Everybody took them! Thanks again
for introducing me to Melisa! We are so happy
to know each other.
—Bonnie Goodman, 7/27/09
University of Wisconsin at Madison,
a woman let me know that her daughter had become
vegan due to getting our booklet, and another
student let me know that the booklet had moved
her to become vegetarian. A university staffer
let me know that she buys all local and organic
animal products. I pointed out that there is
no nice way to cut animals’ heads off.
She acknowledged this.
—Joe Espinosa, 7/22/09
|Above, Eric Purdy exposes factory farming to another University of Chicago student; below, Tom Schlieske takes the animals’ plight to DePaul University.|
While leafleting an outdoor concert, some
people said they just saw Food, Inc.
at the movie theater around the corner. It was
funny because at first they were obviously going
to say no to a leaflet (shaking head and putting
up a hand) until they saw what it was, and then
they were thankful.
—Lana Smithson, 7/24/09
Leafleting the Lutheran Youth
we came across about 40 vegetarians, whose comments
made our day. “I appreciate you guys being
out here!” “Keep it up!” “You’re
doing great work!” and countless other
remarks were warmly offered from compassionate
individuals whose faces brightened after seeing
others in the movement. Some might say 40 is
nothing. A few years ago we would have met zero.
Let’s see what we get next year.
—Derwin Wilright, Jr., 7/25/09
A fairly receptive crowd at
the farmers’ market. My favorite interaction
was with an elderly woman who at first was going
to give the brochure back to me, but then decided
to keep it to show to her granddaughter, who
is almost 4 years old. She said her granddaughter
has been talking about going veg and recently
stated that she really likes bacon, but she
likes pigs more.
—Barbara Bear, 7/25/09
– it’s a great repository of knowledge and has
been very useful. Do keep up the good work,
I’m sure it’s helping vegans and everyone else.
—Meredith in Helsinki, 7/28/09
At Northwestern, one man stopped and told me we should worry
about human suffering first. I said we can prevent
terrible suffering simply by choosing vegan
foods. After talking a bit, he said it seemed
like the right thing to do and that he would
give it a try. Another student held up his hands
as he was walking by and said, “You already
won me over!”
—Leslie Patterson, 7/17/09
|Pre-race Pastafarians Drew, Jeff, and Vijay.|
handed one of your brochures today.
I’ve been vegetarian in the past, but stopped
because it was too difficult. Thank you for
the graphic reminder that each decision I make
in the supermarket is an important one. I think
this kind of literature, showing people what
they’re eating, is the way to go, especially
when so many people are beginning to take note
of the food industry’s horrendous practices
as they are coming into more light in the media.
Keep fighting for a safer world please.
Food, Inc. again, a high
school age guy said, “I LOVE meat.”
When I asked, “But do you like to make
animals suffer?” his girlfriend replied,
“We don’t kill them.” She and I talked
about supply and demand, that animals wouldn’t
be killed if no one paid the butchers to do
it, etc. She wondered how in the world one could
be vegan and, “Don’t you miss cheeseburgers?”
I told her I still eat cheeseburgers, tacos,
pizza, etc., just the cruelty-free versions.
She said her mom buys her Boca burgers and she
likes those. She ended up taking a Compassionate
Choices and Guide.
Leafleting on the Pearl Street Mall later, a
young woman came up to us and said she’d gotten
literature at the theater last week, and it
caused her and her boyfriend to go vegan.
—Barbara Bear, 7/10/09
vegan from reading your pamphlet.
It took me a year to make the transition because
my family was against it, but I made changes
gradually until I made it permanent. I lost
80 pounds. I have not gotten sick since starting
my diet, not even a cold.
|Prom King and Queen Vijay and Jagu, with Sprocket.|
Miller and I found a very receptive
crowd at the Concord (CA) farmers’ market. Several
school field trips were visiting the market, and
one teacher told all his students to make sure
they each took the educational information from
me. He thanked me for being there.
—Jen Kaden, 7/15/09
Lubica and Petra are visiting
me [from Slovakia] for the summer. Right after
their arrival, I put them to work tabling the
Michigan Peace Fest. The best part was that
we were able to speak to the crowd from the
stage a few times throughout the Fest. The speeches
always drew new people to our table, and we
had very positive reactions overall.
—Darina Smith, 7/15/09
Ani DiFranco concert, I gave a
woman a Compassionate Choices, and
she showed it to her husband. He looked at the
cover image and said, “It’s a chick!”
in dismissive way. A little while later, the
couple walked past me and the man pointed to
the open booklet in his other hand. He said,
“This is very compelling.”
—Julie Rothman, 7/12/09
tough leafleting at the Slightly
Stoopid/Snoop Dog Concert, until I started holding
the Even If You Like Meat booklets at eye level.
This worked. They only took it if they wanted
it or were otherwise interested in it and wanted
to keep it and read it. You can’t help but get
it, even if you like meat. I took great satisfaction
in watching their silly smiles turn into serious
sad frowns, and seeing their blank faces turn
into forced nervous smiles and teary eyes.
—Stewart Solomon, 7/12/09
|Runnin’ Jack Flash.|
College, one student came back
to happily tell me he doesn’t eat meat anymore,
only chicken. I told him chickens actually suffer
the worst and in greatest number. I opened one
of the leaflets to show him the pictures and
give him a bit more info. He was surprised to
hear that. I asked him to consider at least
cutting back on his consumption of chicken,
and he said he’d give it a try.
—Chris Capozziello, 7/15/09
so impressed with A
Meaningful Life. I’ve written a lot
of brochures and pamphlets in my time (I’ve
been doing full-time activist work for 25 years),
and I’ve got to tell you, yours wins out over
all others for clarity, brevity, inspiration,
and friendliness. Congrats on that masterpiece.
looking forward to reading your
book. I am really moved by your writing.
It’s very inclusive and nonjudgmental. You’re
building bridges instead of barriers. I believe
that alone will make a huge impact on how vegans
are seen and the impact on animals.
|Lana Smithson paints an ethical picture at the art festival in Belfast, Maine.|
two years ago, your booklets started
me down the path to reexamining my food choices.
Now I am a vegetarian – thank you! Please know
that your booklets DO WORK!
your site when looking for information
so that I can feed a super militant vegan friend
of mine. Your approach to veganism in your FAQ
is the first time that I have seen it presented
in such a way as to not be absurd or demeaning
to those who, for whatever reason, cannot axe
every little thing out of their lives. Your
comments about eggs and why they are an issue
was the first time I have ever heard an argument
that was sane, let alone reasonable. While I
may never be able to be a 100% vegan, you have
at least opened my mind to the possibility.
moved to make a donation after
reading some of the essays on your website –
and Liberation” and “A
New World, Piece by Piece.”
I seem to find myself bombarded by the most
discouraging and sometimes vitriolic viewpoints
these days about animal rights and veganism. Your
essays were a much needed reminder that
there are still sane people in the animal rights
movement who are doing good work.
been active for about seven or
eight years, and I have to say that
& Bruce’s book has really given
me a much-needed boost and a renewed focus.
Thank you all so much for being such a well-grounded
source of support and inspiration.
—Linda Bower, 7/15/09
leafleting at the Boulder Farmers’
Market, a woman told me that she buys grass-fed,
free-range meat, eggs, etc. We talked about
free range being a myth and I told her what
happens to male chicks in the egg industry as
an example. Her mouth dropped open and she said,
“Maybe I do need one of those (Compassionate
Choices).” We looked at the picture
of the male chicks in a dumpster
and talked a bit more. She was sincere in her
concern, so I gave her a Guide
—Barbara Bear, 7/1/09
|Sophia Seeramlal Erlsten promotes independence for the animals on July 4th in Florida.|
University of Toronto today, one
woman said, “Oooh, you’re going to make
me into a vegetarian!”
—Alex Greenwood, 7/9/09
Warped Tour, Dallas, Casey Constable
and I ran into a lot of vegetarians and vegans
at our exits, but I also ran into a lot of people
who said that they had tried to go vegan or
vegetarian, but had to quit because of health
problems. So, Guides were a very hot
commodity at my exit.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 7/7/09
invited to three BBQs on the 4th
of July. I brought some Even If You Like
Meat booklets to spread the word, and vegan
food for people to try. I had some in-depth
discussions with people regarding Food, Inc.,
vegan athletes, the environmental implications,
animal suffering, etc. The leaflets were a wonderful
tool for allowing such dialogue to occur on
such a heavy meat-eating day.
|Above, Darina Smith takes the animals’ plight to new people at Columbia College; below, Sean Hollick reaches summer students at Notre Dame.|
wanted to say thanks for the “How
Vegan?” article. It’s what I’ve always
thought on my own and have always had a tough
time expressing. It’s so important that we bring
everyone to doing more for the animals in whatever
capacity they can instead of making it appear
impossible and them being apathetic and turned
off to a conscientious lifestyle.
you for educating me about veganism.
I received a booklet at the Warped tour, and
I ended up reading the entire thing. Of course,
everyone has an idea of what animal cruelty
is, but actually reading the facts proves that
living a vegan lifestyle would definitely help
the fight. I have a chronic stomach disease,
and it’s hard enough to create a diet for myself
to stay healthy, but after learning more about
becoming vegan, I plan on pursuing the lifestyle.
you for your outreach program.
I had been wanting to become a vegetarian for
several years. Your pamphlet, which I picked
up at Union Square, NYC, made it clear to me
that NOW is the time. It’s been two weeks now
and I’m not going back!
the Pearl St. Mall in Boulder,
CO, a number of people approached me after reading
shirt. I noticed that people with their
hands apparently full are still often willing
to take a leaflet. For instance, today a guy
giving a kid a piggyback ride with his arms
wrapped around the kid’s legs still managed
to grab a leaflet. Shortly thereafter, he set
the kid down and started to page through the
—Barbara Bear, 6/28/09
were lots of kids and teenagers
at Houston’s 4th of July fireworks. One boy
told me that he now doesn’t want to eat meat
anymore. His parents requested three Guides.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 7/4/09
of young people at the Phoenix
Art Walk, and lots of vegetarians and vegans.
We met one vegetarian who said she’d donate
to VO! This week there was also a huge advertisement
for vegan doughnuts at a coffee shop, and a
hotdog vendor had veggie dogs. This area is
—Jeff Boghosian, 7/6/09
ordering booklets after reading
your amazing Handbook.
This book has completely changed my life. I
can't wait to hand them out.
days at Evanston Custer Fair were
very busy, with a ton of kids in their teens
and twenties. Virtually no one seemed to have
seen these brochures before. It was very gratifying
to watch so many of these kids read the booklets
right on the spot. I had about 20 people say
they were veg*ns, others were just starting
out, hungry for information. Jon Camp’s
charisma (and also his VO
T-shirt) prompted two Texan students to
approach him and ask about getting involved.
—Darina Smith (right), 6/24/09
Leafleting at the University of
Illinois, Chicago, one young woman
told her friend, "You have to take one
of those! It’s what turned me into a vegetarian!"
I asked her when that was and she responded,
"Two years ago," which means she got
it from Joe Espinosa (who reached over 30,000
students this past semester).
—Jon Camp, 6/17/09
|Jessica Dadds (above) and Yvonne LeGrice (below) leaflet the Portland Pride Parade.|
University, I leafleted a lot
of high school kids there for a Future Farmers
of America convention. I pointed out the citations
from animal agriculture journals and textbooks
so they would know the quotations are from professors
of animal agriculture, acknowledging the industry’s
standard treatment of animals. I myself have
a history of spending time working on my uncle’s
dairy farm as a child, and I entered the University
of Illinois in 1989 in the College of Agriculture,
so I do suspect that like me, some of these
young people who have been lied to and taught
to lie to hide the ugly truth of animal agriculture
can get progressively more honest with themselves.
My task was to help move that process along
for all that I encountered.
—Joe Espinosa, 6/16/09
At Truman College,
one woman told me she has been cutting back
on meat for health reasons and mostly eats fish
and chicken. I told her about how chickens are
treated and she was horrified. We talked about
the Golden Rule and the prevalence of violence
in society and she seemed to make the connection
with how animals are treated. She said she is
going to give up chicken and work on going vegetarian.
—Leslie Patterson, 6/12/09
It was an awesome day of
leafleting at this huge kickoff to the summer
festival season in Cleveland. Three new leafleters
joined me this time. They were a little nervous
starting out but then were surprised at how
easy it was and said they’d for sure be leafleting
again! We encountered LOTS of vegetarians and
quite a few vegans too. Really positive response
at this event.
—Jen Kaden, 6/13/09
went to my alma mater, UNAM (National
Autonomous University of Mexico), and gave out
206 booklets in a heartbeat. Reception was very
close to perfect. Met a handful of enthusiastic
vegetarians, and a student gave me her information
so she can join me at leafleting next time I
come. My mom, who works at UNAM, tagged along
and asked the students to spread the word after
reading the booklet. Most of them said they
would. I went back later and handed out hundreds
While there, I had lunch with a dear high school friend I hadn’t seen for several years. During our friendly chat he asked why I went vegan. We talked a while about the injustices that animals go through and the advantages of a vegan diet. He walked me to my car so I could give him a booklet. Yesterday I received an email from him that said: "I want to let you know that I was very persuaded by our conversation and the vegan booklet. I’m heading that way.”
—Italia Millan, 6/20/09
great team event with some of
the finest activists we are lucky to have in
Chicago. We gave out more than 500 booklets
in about an hour.
To me, there is so much more to leafleting than mechanical passing out of pamphlets. Each one of us is no less than a spokesperson, a face and a voice of the movement, an individual who changes people’s hearts. What can be more exciting?
—Darina Smith (at right, being the animals’ spokesperson at the University of Buffalo), 6/8/09
Thank you so much
for writing Handbook! How I wish there was a book like this around
years ago. It would have saved me from making
many of the mistakes you discuss in the book.
There is such a need for this book. I can’t
say enough about how helpful the book is.
Saturday night, I
had an opportunity to go to do some vegan outreach
at South Beach with my 11-year-old daughter
and my vegan friend and her 10-year-old vegan
daughter. When I first got there, I had a major
anxiety attack, thinking, "I can’t do this,
I can’t do this." Once someone actually
accepted a pamphlet, that feeling went away.
I remember thinking what an awe-inspiring experience
it was, just being there. It was truly overwhelming.
My daughter at first didn’t even want to go and fought me over it. But I told her it would be an unforgettable experience, not to be missed. Well, it turns out not only was it unforgettable but it was also life-changing: about halfway through, she decided, right then and there, to go vegan! Thanks for everything!
—Ivy Bagnall, 6/24/09
I’m almost finished
I have not been a strong activist. Your book
is inspiring me to take that next step. I’m
getting active in my local animal rights group
and I plan to get involved in leafleting. Thanks
for writing the book; I expect it will lead
to many more vegetarians/ vegans through people
Piedmont High School is
in the richest part of Oakland and the kids
at this small high school are picked up by a
long line of Mercedes, BMWs and Priuses. With
high schools (and colleges) like this, I prepare
myself for a barrage of snobbery and attitude,
but these kids were friendly, polite and receptive.
I had a decent acceptance rate, good access to
students, and positive conversations. No leaflets
on the ground and many students were thrilled
at the idea of helping animals and preventing
—Brian Grupe, 6/8/09
Our first vegan bake sale was
a great success – we raised hundreds of
dollars for Vegan Outreach, handed out hundreds
of VO booklets, answered a ton of questions,
and gave people that were trying to become vegan
lots of encouragement! I wish you could have
heard some of the great conversations. Met a
lot of new people, and collected about 15 names
and email addresses of people who wanted to
do leafleting and tabling. The ripple effect
from this bake sale, just in this area, will
be amazing. I think people were very comfortable
talking to us and asking questions – it
was a very nonthreatening environment. What
can I say about Vegan Outreach? You are all
the best!! Thanks again for all you do. We need
more people like you!
—Becky Koechell, 6/27/09
Tonight in Chicago, lots of people gave us the thumbs-up and said
they were already veg. One girl stopped to show
me her necklace which said "vegan"
and I gave her a hearty "Right on!"
I also had one lady get a Why Vegan?, which I noticed
she was reading a little ways away. She came
back and asked for 6–7 more, to give to friends
and coworkers. She told me she was not yet
vegetarian, but that I had just helped her take
a huge step in that direction.
—Mikael Nielsen, 6/9/09
|Texas beachgoers show off their new booklets, c/o Casey Constable.|
to a Young Matt" is an
incredible speech – very inspiring!
—Jean Bettanny, 6/23/09
the email newsletters I receive
re: animals, yours is the best. You provide
the most relevant and interesting issues. I
open most of your links in tabs, and read them
one by one, bookmark them and then send out
|Riley Law (above) and Blythe Lopez (below) make sure the people of Chicago know the truth about modern agribusiness.|
article about what you would
say to your younger self made a huge impact
on me, and in doing so has no doubt helped animals.
I am 34 and sadly, realized that I was more
like the 21-year-old you than I am like the
41-year-old you. Thank you for helping me see
the error of my activist ways, and for helping
me realize the role that ego has to date played
in my angry, obsessive activism. I am a better
activist for having read your article, which
I have forwarded on to my vegan and nonvegan
Just finished The
Animal Activist’s Handbook.
Thank you so much for that – I needed the inspiration!
I am rejuvenated and more ready than ever to
fight for compassion!
At the First Friday event in St. Petersburg, FL, two individuals expressed
interest in leafleting with me in the future. And after attempting to give
one man a leaflet, he told me he already received one and that it had great
info. He proceeded to tell me that he was planning to eat differently for
dinner that night as a result of reading the pamphlet!
—Jodi Chemes, 6/8/09
At the Phoenix Art Walk, Jeff [Boghosian] and I both commented on the
extremely large number of folks who took the time to read the literature.
Jeff’s high point was a family who stopped to talk with him because the
daughter is trying to transition from vegetarianism to veganism and the rest
of the family is nearly vegetarian. My most enthusiastic recipient of the
night was a woman who was thrilled to receive literature because she’s
vegetarian – I gave her a GCFE. Great use of time!
Thank you so much for
all your good work, your earnestness and down-to-earth
philosophy. My daughter and I both went vegan
a few years ago – our switch stemmed from brochures
received on a college campus, so we know firsthand
that Vegan Outreach works. I’ve leafleted with
Brian Grupe in Sacramento and hope to continue.
—Laura Stuebe, 6/18/09
I wanted to send a quick thank
you for such an amazing and informational
site. I decided to switch to vegan a few weeks
ago. I was turned off for many years to the
idea of becoming vegan, due to most people and
websites being so hard core I felt I could never
live up to their standards. I am very impressed
with how you show that doing what you can is
more important than being pure. I know that
even taking a prescription medicine containing
gelatin would make most feel not vegan, but
it doesn’t bother me because I know I still
don’t eat meat, dairy, or eggs. Your site reassured
me of that.
Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave. seems to be a pretty good cross section of the general population, and the take rate is up 50% from last year. There are far more people interested in the info, sitting and reading it, walking and reading it, saying things like, “I'm vegetarian!,” “I’m already vegan!,” “I’ve seen this stuff before,” “I saw this on YouTube,” “This is very interesting” (with a solemn, pensive expression), “You have to look at this” (to a friend). I’d say that if the U.S. population is an onion, we’ve peeled back one more layer.
—Stewart Solomon, 6/21/09
I recently was handed a
brochure on Hollywood Blvd. Thank you very much
to the person who gave it to me. I have been
vegetarian for 8 years and switched to vegan
three weeks ago and have been desperate for
info since becoming vegan.
—JS, Los Angeles, 6/2/09
|Leslie Patterson (above) and Joe Espinosa (below) promote compassion on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.|
I have been a vegan for a year and a half. I contribute to Vegan Outreach and leaflet when I can. I do a lot of e-leafleting which has been very successful. VeganHealth.org is just great. It is needed as much as undercover whistle-blowers in factory farms. Anyone interested in transitioning their diet gets sent to your page first. Thank you so much for your work and your continued research.
East LA College was
a really great school,
just like last time – receptive
and interested students. I’m
still looking for a quick response
to “Are there gross pictures
inside?” I did come up with
a satisfactory reply to “Will
it depress me?” to which I
said, “It might empower you.”
—Brianne Donaldson, 5/15/09
University of Delaware folks weren’t the easiest crowd, but I helped offset this by speaking significantly louder than normal, greeting students with a big smile, and leaning towards them. One young woman let me know that she received a booklet on campus about a year ago and has been vegetarian since. At DePaul today, a young woman let me know that she has been veg for the last four months since receiving a VO booklet from a different leafleter at the very spot I was standing.
—Jon Camp, 5/20/09
At the Boulder Creek
Festival, a high school–aged
girl saw the Compassionate Choices
and said, “Oh, but I like
meat” (in a sincere, not snide,
way). I told her I had a pamphlet
written specifically for her and
gave her the Even If You Like
Meat. Her friend took a CC.
By the end of our conversation,
the EIYLM girl said, “You
know, I’ve been thinking about
this for a while and have been on
the fence, but could I have one
of those guides (Guide
to Cruelty-Free Eating)
too?” (I’d given one
to her friend.) It was great to
see her attitude change after chatting
—Barbara Bear, 5/27/09
At the University of
Illinois, I heard
from a student within the first
ten minutes who stated that getting
the booklet in the past had moved
her to become vegan. I offered her
the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating
and she explained she had gotten
it before and found that the material
within it really helped her know
what to eat with dropping meat,
dairy, and eggs, and the article
on nutrition eased her mind about
making the move to nonviolent eating.
—Joe Espinosa, 5/27/09
In two cases today [at the Galleria Mall in Houston], I overheard a person telling their friends that the Why Vegan? pamphlet is what made them go vegetarian. A third person told me that she had gotten the Why Vegan? pamphlet earlier in the day, and that she is a vegetarian now.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 5/30/09
Written to Eileen Botti:
While leafleting at
a concert tonight,
I met a young woman who goes to
Bridgewater State College. She excitedly
told me that she already got an
Even If You Like Meat at
school and that she doesn’t
eat meat anymore. Good work!
Written by an Australian leafleter to an interested activist:
I believe very much
that Vegan Outreach’s
a College is the most effective
form of animal rights activity in
terms of numbers of animals saved
and in terms of creating lasting
changes to society. Leafleting has
taken off at Melbourne University,
and is done on a weekly basis by
the Cage-Free Campus Society. So
friends and I have moved on to Royal
Melbourne Institute of Technology.
This is the most effective animal
rights advocacy that can be done,
and I am happy to work with you.
(I must have given out many 1000s
of leaflets by now, but I’m
-Roy E. Taylor, 5/31/09
I left Steger at 2am and was in
action at Ohio State by 9:20am Ohio
time. I heard from 14 vegetarians
and three vegans. There was good
reception the next day at Ohio University,
where I heard from 13 vegetarians
and two vegans. Finally, I spent
my last vacation day until next
semester at the University of Wisconsin
at Madison, where I heard from 16
vegetarians and five vegans. For
these three days, I reached just
under 3,000 students with the information
they need to reduce animal suffering.
-Joe Espinosa (above), 5/8/09
a student on a bike took an Even
If You Like Meat, pulled over,
and proceeded to read it for the
next five minutes. It was good to
see so many students consider the
plight of these animals.
-Eleni Vlachos, 5/14/09
Within the first five
minutes at Contra
Costa College, a security guard
asked, “Is that about animal
cruelty?” I replied that yes
it was and asked if he would like
one. He said he still had his from
my last visit a few months ago.
I then met a woman whose husband
is a butcher and two daughters are
vegetarians. We had a chuckle at
how things work out in life. She
came back later in the day to tell
me how affected she was by the leaflet
and we talked about animals and
our culture’s relationship
with them. Another woman from the
culinary department took a few extra
leaflets for her colleagues as well
as a Guide
for herself. She thanked me for
distributing this information to
-Brian Grupe, 5/14/09
|Jenny Lawson promotes vegetarianism to another DePaul University student.|
on getting through
to meat eaters finally got through
to me! I have always focused more
on not offending people than on
stopping animals from suffering.
But you’re right [to focus
on the animals]. It makes sense
because everyone I know who is vegan
or even vegetarian, including myself,
did so because they saw something
that shocked them about the way
animals were treated. All the other
reasoning came later. When I first
went vegetarian, health was the
excuse I gave my mom to reassure
her it wasn’t a terrible idea.
But when it all comes down to it,
unless you’re a total critically
thinking health nut or environmentalist
(and, really, who is these days?),
the only compelling reason to go
vegan is the immense suffering involved
in not doing so. I never would have
figured this out without someone
spelling it out for me like you
did. I just wanted to say thank
you because, obviously, I need to
dedicate my life to this. Someone’s
gotta step up to the plate.
Since Cal Poly Pomona
has been so heavily leafleted in
past semesters, I decided to give
out Compassionate Choices
today—something they haven’t
seen before. It went very well,
meeting lots of veggies and interested
people as always. When someone took
it and said, “Save the chickens!”
I looked at the birds on the front
cover and thought about Prop 2 here
in California and how chickens actually
matter now. A few years back, I
remember protesting a KFC and so
many people thought we were nuts,
standing up for chickens of all
things, barely a step up from the
cockroach in their minds. Now chickens
-Stewart Solomon, 5/13/09
|Eileen Botti encourages students at SUNY Stony Brook to take a stand for the animals.|
CUNY John Jay was amazing
-- Sean Diener and I handed out
over 1,200 booklets in just a few
hours. A few of the highlights:
"I just wanted you to know that that pamphlet made me go vegetarian last time you were here."
"Girl, you're gonna make me wanna go vegetarian with this!"
(One student to her friend) "Oh yeah I got that -- I think I'm going vegetarian!"
Yesterday at CUNY Queens College, I met one vegetarian who took a Guide and a few extra leaflets for her neighbors. I also met other students who were genuinely interested in going vegan and also took Guides. One of those students said, "I saw some of this info online and tried some vegan food, but after you handed me this and I read it in class, I am so much more motivated again. I like that you don't make it an all-or-nothing approach." We talked about soy cheese and good vegan food -- I'm pretty confident that she's going to give veganism a shot!
-Eileen Botti, 5/6/09
one person at the vegan meetup told
me she has a friend who she has
been trying to get to go vegetarian
for many years. However, despite
all her efforts, and all the information
she has presented, she had absolutely
no influence on her friend. But
her friend recently ran into me
while I was leafleting, and I gave
her a VO booklet. As a result, her
friend has now made the decision
to go vegetarian.
Another person at meetup told me that the reason she changed from being a meat eater to being a vegan is because of the VO booklet. She had already seen the videos, but she didn't make the switch until she saw the booklet, which made her go from meat eater to vegan overnight. She has now been vegan for two years.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, 5/10/09
Leafleting the Portland
Saturday Market was
a great experience. I can't even
remember how many times I heard,
"Awww" and "Ewww."
Girls were huddled around reading
the booklets together. Highlights:
One girl declined a Compassionate Choices and then turned to her friend and said, "I got one of those at school. It was really sad."
Another girl took a booklet and said, "This is why I'm vegetarian! This stuff is real!" She was excited to receive a Compassionate Choices and a Guide. I watched her walk across the road, holding up the booklets with pride.
After taking a booklet, one woman tried giving it to the guy she was with. He wouldn't take it, so she decided to open it. She stopped walking and just stood there looking down at the booklet in disbelief. "This is horrible," she said to her friends.
-Jessica Dadds, 5/13/09
I recently took an
adult education class
at a neighborhood high school and
was given the opportunity to talk
about factory farming. Everyone
seemed horrified. So, the next week,
I brought my Vegan Outreach materials
and distributed brochures to everyone.
Some people asked me for multiple
copies to share with friends and
family members, as well as coworkers.
I explained how each one of them
can help animals simply by making
a change in what they eat. After
I distributed the brochures, I noticed
everyone taking some time to read
them. A few people asked me where
to shop in the neighborhood so that
they could explore non-animal diets.
The brochures generated a lot of
discussion and thought, and questions
about how to avoid contributing
to animal suffering.
|A Dowling College student is shocked by the truth revealed to him by Jennifer Greene.|
Fantastic day of outreach
at Diablo Valley College.
During the second class change I
met Niccola, a new vegetarian who
asked me what he could do to help.
He had some time and was able to
leaflet on the spot. Super outgoing
guy and did a great job. He ran
into his friend Jim from the Army
and convinced Jim to help out also.
Both radiated confidence and genuine
I met two different guys who once again reminded me how important this work is. The first guy I met only a few minutes into leafleting. He said he had gotten a leaflet before and hadn’t eaten meat for a while. He had fallen off the wagon and was glad to receive another leaflet and Guide. He told me that “this just runs so deep” and can’t be ignored, despite how difficult it may be to change. I told him that’s what compelled me to be out leafleting; he gave me a hearty handshake and was on his way.
The second gentleman I encountered later in the day. He explained that he knew what was happening to farmed animals was horrible, but that he was so used to eating meat. I told him that we live in a culture of eating meat and that we each have to find our path in how we choose to respond to the dilemma of culture vs. cruelty. I told him my own personal story and he seemed really moved. I also told him that if he could go veg for three months, he could do it for life. He took a Guide and also gave me a hearty handshake.
-Brian Grupe, 5/13/09
|Jen George exposes factory farms to another student at the University of Massachusets, Amherst.|
I received a VO pamphlet
at a Morrissey concert and it struck
a chord in me. I have been meat-free
for over a month now and am surprised
at how easy it has been. Thank you
for your logical way of expressing
yourselves. It's far too easy to
write off the activists as fringe
groups when they are yelling and
screaming. I would never have accepted
that pamphlet from an angry person.
The non-threatening and non-judgmental
way it was presented enabled me
to read it. I really appreciate
I have been very impressed
for a long time with
what Vegan Outreach accomplishes
and was moved to make a donation
after reading the wonderful
I live in an area that is not vegan-friendly,
and thinking about what you do inspires
me and gives me hope.
I have finished the
book and I have
posted my 5-star review on Amazon.com
tonight. It is an absolutely fabulous
book — exactly the kind of book
I've been looking for since I became
vegan. I literally keep it in my
purse and am committing several
passages to memory.
Sjodin (at right) and I handed
out 2,062 booklets at CUNY Laguardia
— not bad for a semi-rainy Friday!
Super friendly people today with
a lot of positive feedback from
people who were truly affected by
receiving this literature. At least
four people came back to ask for
extra leaflets for their friends.
One student told Vic she was going
vegetarian, another told us she
wants to get involved and leaflet
with us, and an extremely kind janitor
did not mind picking up discarded
leaflets and even asked for a few
extras for people he knows. He was
not veg but was so upset by the
fact that pigs cannot turn around,
and kept cheering us on all day,
which was so great.
-Eileen Botti, 5/1/09
I got a lot of cheers
while running the
Cincinnati Marathon because of my
Vegan Outreach shirt. I even had
a runner catch up to me to say he
has been vegetarian for 13 years,
and that he raised his son as a
vegetarian. He said it was nice
to see my shirt and thought it was
an awesome idea to wear one at races.
I love it because it's simple and
creates awareness — people also
see that we are active, healthy,
and social. I always give people
thumbs up, thank them for being
out there, and smile as much as
I can. Definitely not a substitute
for leafleting, but a great way
to do something that I love and
share the message about something
that I am passionate about.
-Dan Kuzma, 5/3/09
At Dakota County Technical
College, one woman
said "Don't start me on that.
I grew up on a farm, but I worked
on one of those nasty a-- places.
I know." I also talked to an
older gentleman who took a group
of boy scouts to a turkey farm.
He said he had to leave within half
an hour because it made him sick
they way they treated the animals.
He said, "They acted like they
weren't even living beings."
-Fred Tyler, 5/4/09
Tabling at the University
Amherst was very successful. I feel
empowered and excited to do more.
Thanks for your great work and materials
— I went vegan two years ago after
I picked up some VO leaflets in
Cafe Evolution in Florence, MA.
-Hannah Smeltz, 5/5/09
|SUNY Stony Brook students get a message of compassion from Heather Kramer.|
At the University of
Park, Rob Gilbride had a great interaction
with a student who has been veg
for 5 months after receiving an
Even If You Like Meat brochure.
The student said he could not set
aside his moral beliefs anymore
so he went vegetarian. I had the
Student: I'll never be a vegan and I love chicken. But I don't support cruelty, so you can keep the brochure.
Me: Do you pay other people to create the cruel conditions shown here?
Student: I can't give up chicken and be vegan though.
Me: It isn't about labels. Can you start by eating less chicken? They are some of the most abused animals on the planet. This Guide can help you.
-Eleni Vlachos, 5/5/09
Within the first five
minutes at San Jose
State, I met a young lady who told
me she went veg from receiving a
VO leaflet previously. She said
she had no idea how anyone could
NOT go veg once the information
is in front of you. Later, one person
angrily threw a booklet down, but
before I had the chance to say anything,
the guy behind the jerk picked up
the thrown leaflet and began reading
it as he continued on to class.
-Brian Grupe, 5/5/09
|A student at SUNY Buffalo studies Even If You Like Meat.|
Lots of vegetarians
and interested folks at
the College of St. Scholastica.
One woman came back and said, “I
just read this whole thing. It’s
really amazing. I didn’t know anything
about this." She asked for
mentioned in Even If You
Like Meat. She also took 10
more Even Ifs to pass out
to her friends.
-Fred Tyler, 5/2/09
I became a vegetarian
and eventually a vegan because of
being handed one of your booklets
while in college. It changed my
Today, Brandon [Becker]
and I handed out 2,716 Vegan Outreach
booklets at UNC-Chapel Hill. I picked
a place in the center of the lower
quad where two footpaths intersect.
Since the weather was so nice, a
couple hundred students were sitting
and lying all around the quad. I
noticed that some of the groups
of students were looking at booklets
together and discussing the information.
This was very rewarding to witness.
I leafleted one professor during
his lunch break. After reading the
booklet, he came back and told me
how glad he was that I had given
this to him, because he had been
wanting to go vegetarian for 25
years. He said that his son is vegetarian,
that he had already stopped eating
certain animal products, and that
he thought that receiving this booklet
might just help him finally stop
eating meat altogether. We celebrated
for a moment, and then I gave him
-Loren Hart, 4/27/09
Humor, and Advocacy"
was very meaningful to me. Particularly
this passage: "One suggestion
is to always remember your ultimate
goal. In my case, it is the alleviation
of suffering. If I allow myself
to be miserable because of the cruelty
in the world, I am adding to the
suffering in the world. More importantly,
I am saying that unless utopia is
instantaneously established, it
is not possible to be happy. Thus,
my goal is fundamentally unachievable."
When I read your simple words, I
could see how I was allowing myself
to be miserable because of the cruelty
in this world. The suffering of
animals is an indescribable horror
to me. So thank you for giving me
an alternative way to look at—and ultimately change—my own
reactions toward suffering and misery.
I had about six
very good conversations with interesting
people while leafleting Michigan
Ave. Several people told me they
had been thinking about going veg,
and getting a booklet was a "sign"
(as one woman described it).
-Darina Smith [right], 5/4/09
I read Handbook
in one sitting—devoured it—and have imbibed
and osmosed its principles of meaningful
living. I’ve read it three times since,
and it now lives on my bedside table.
Last weekend, I gave one of your
Why Vegan? booklets to the
teenage daughter of a friend of
mine. I used the same line that
my then 20-year-old and brand newly
vegan daughter used on me nearly
7 years ago when she handed me the
booklet: "I’m only giving this
book to people I love. Will you
read it?" The girl text messaged
me one hour later (I had already left)
and announced that she was now vegetarian.
-PB, Melbourne, Australia, 5/8/09
Peter [Bass], and I handed out 2,918
Vegan Outreach booklets at SUNY
Stony Brook. There were too many
awesome moments to list—here
are two: The president of the faculty
senate walked up to me after getting
a leaflet, saying, "I am sick
to my stomach, I can’t even eat
now"; I gave him a Guide.
He returned later with the B12
question and to talk a little more
about factory farming. Later, a
student almost threw out a leaflet,
but I convinced him to keep it and
read it. He returned later and we
talked for quite a while about how
to go vegan, and why free range
is a myth, etc. He was shocked to
hear that the males in the egg industry
get discarded, and left, saying,
"I don’t think I even want
to eat meat anymore!"
-Eileen Botti, 4/27/09
Acceptance was very
high at Montgomery
College. Two separate African American
guys let me know that they were
veg; one of them yelled out, "vegan!"
with his fist in the air while another
opened up his jacket to reveal that
he was wearing an "I’m
Not a Nugget" shirt.
-Jon Camp [right], 5/1/09
Great day at Evergreen
Valley College. One
guy was really thankful for the
information, since he had a presentation
on animal abuse he was preparing
to give tomorrow. I hooked him up
with some other pamphlets. One young
lady asked as she approached, “Are
those vegan pamphlets?” She and
her friend told me they had received
said pamphlet before and “were trying
really hard.” I gave them Guides,
for which they were very grateful.
Also heard lots of aahs, oohs, and,
“Oh, interesting.” I definitely saw
quite a few people take one after
noticing the pictures of the pigs
on the front and once again heard
more swine flu comments.
-Brian Grupe, 5/4/09
|Vinia Vongchareun promotes informed, compassionate choices to another Syracuse University student; below, an SU student studies the truth.|
A member of my vegetarian
meetup group is a
high school teacher who offered
me the opportunity to give a presentation.
It was a great day of outreach!
She and her husband got a VO booklet
in 2001 and went vegan.
-Nikki Benoit, 4/22/09
reception at Victor
Valley College. Twice I got to practice
a line from the new Animal
Activist’s Handbook when
I told two students that they could
reduce much of their support of
factory farms by not eating fish
or chickens. “Do you think
you could eat fewer chickens?”
I asked. “Yes,” they both
answered. One fellow declined the
leaflet saying, “I don’t want
to hurt the environment,” to
which I told him it was “printed
on recycled paper with soy-based
ink and there are few things that
can help the environment more than
changing your diet.” (My tongue
worked as fast as my brain!) “Oh?
Thanks, I’ll check it out,”
he replied, taking the leaflet.
Sunday, we had a great tabling event at Cal State Fullerton’s Social Justice Summit; there was even a full vegan lunch provided for everyone. Stewart [Solomon] spoke on “Animal Cruelty in the Farming Industry” and his session was full. I tabled and had lots of interest, questions, people taking literature, sign-ups for the e-newsletter and positive responses about Stewart’s presentation. One woman said, “I think Stewart just convinced my husband to stop eating meat.” He and I also had the chance to set people free from the myth of vegan “purity” by telling them they don’t have to police every ingredient in labels.
-Brianne Donaldson, 4/22/09
took time out from
running Youngstown State’s Earth
Day event to leaflet two class changes.
Tonite, we are having a vegan dinner
at one of the dining hall’s restaurants,
and over 200 people have reserved.
-Dan Kuzma, 4/22/09
Emily Looby and I leafleted a Hispanic church two weeks
ago. As a result of that, we received
a call from Estella, a Spanish-speaking
woman who told us that this changed
her life and she wanted to help
bring this info into the Hispanic
-Darina Smith, 4/22/09
Highlight of thay at Hofstra University
goes to the two men working on the
lawns -- one of them mentioned that
he was a vegetarian and his wife
was a VO member. The other said,
"Sorry, I eat [animals].”
A few minutes later, I heard the
second man shouting to the vegetarian
man (over the roar of the lawn mowers),
“I really don’t like how they
treat those animals! Look at this—it’s terrible!” The conversation
went on for quite some time.
-Eileen Botti, 4/22/09
At the library festival,
a woman (around 50 years old) doubled
back to tell me she’d gotten one
of the booklets from us before and
it had caused her to go vegetarian.
Right after that, a college-age
girl took a leaflet then remarked
to her friend, “I can’t believe
it! I have one of these on my refrigerator.”
-Nick Cooney, 4/21/09
With Russell Maddock in the background, Lisa Forzley promotes a meaningful ethic at the Rochester, MI Earth Day Expo.
I heard from over 20
vegetarians at the
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
last week. One student, after accepting
a booklet, said to her friend, “This
is the booklet that made Lisa become
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I thought and hoped that we would get a few hundred out, and might even reach 1000, but never thought we would hit 1800! Much better reception at this school to the idea of being decent towards animals than 5 years ago, and very much better than 10 years ago.
-Joe Espinosa, 4/22/09
At SUNY Fredonia,
one guy initially declined a booklet,
saying, “Don’t worry, I don’t
torture animals.” I said that
while this is undoubtedly the case,
we often pay others to do this for
us and we should know what we are
paying others to do. He took a booklet.
-Jon Camp, 4/24/09
|Amber Coon gets more information into the hands of a Syracuse University student.|
Last week an
acquaintance of mine, surprised
to find out I was leafleting, told
me that she received a leaflet somewhere
when she was 12 years old (she’s
in her mid-20s now) and hasn’t
eaten meat since. “It was
all because of that,” she
told me. “They really work.”
-Brianne Donaldson, 4/15/09
The students at Fayetteville
State were very kind
to me. I had some really good conversations
and even gave a student A
Meaningful Life. One student
said, “I got one of these
last year and I haven’t eaten
meat since.” At UNC Chapel
Hill, one student received an Even
If You Like Meat last year
and stopped eating meat, but then
started eating it again. After today
he is going back on the veg diet!
-Rob Gilbride, 4/15/09
At Ball State,
Joe [Espinosa] was told by a student
that he is considered an icon on
campus, since they see him out there
every semester. He was asked to
be interviewed for a campus magazine.
We gave 100 Even If You Like
Meat booklets and five Guides
to a vegetarian professor for
a class on ethics, and 50 EIYLMs
to a student for tabling.
-Leslie Patterson, 4/18/09
What a success
at SUNY Stony Brook’s Earthstock!
A lot of people were interested
and came by to ask questions and
pick up more literature. Many people
were shocked at the way animals
are treated, and a few people left
saying they were definitely going
to try going veg. I told them to
give it a good three weeks, gave
them a Guide
and showed them the recipes, and
they seemed excited. Most people
were very receptive and eager to
learn more—I had such a great
-Heather Kramer (at right, before the event started), 4/17/09
At the University of
Nebraska, one guy
said, “I grew up on my grandfather’s
farm. I saw all of the nasty things
the other farmers do. Keep up the
good work!” One guy came by
and said, "You’re stirring
up stuff. People are talking. They
ARE talking." At Crighton U
(Omaha), I met eight vegetarians.
One guy I had given a flier to passed
by again and said, “I read
it during my break, and I just want
to say, Yay for more people like
you!” He gave me a big hug.
-Fred Tyler, 4/15/09
At Southeast Missouri
I met several students who said
that they’re trying to cut
back the meat in their diet after
receiving a booklet previously,
and one who told me that she is
now vegetarian since receiving a
booklet from me last semester.
-Rick Hershey, 4/16/09
Loren Hart promotes compassion at Western Carolina University.
At American River College,
I had an awesome conversation with
an African-American student. He
asked about lots of the specific
pictures and even compared factory
farming to slavery. I told him a
lot of people have been offended
by that comparison and he responded
to that saying, “Man, we all
suffer, we’re all the same.”
I gave him a Guide and
was really touched with how affected
he was by the material.
-Brian Grupe, 4/14/09
At Cape Cod Community
College, a ton of
people asked for Guides.
I approached a group, and they were
all very interested and asked me
several nutrition questions and
“what do you eat” questions.
One vegetarian student said, “It’s
so good to see that there’s
someone on the island doing this—keep
up the good work!”
-Eileen Botti, 4/14/09
At Arizona State (Tempe),
one student said she went vegetarian
five years ago after getting the
pamphlet. A few other students surprised
me by coming back for a brochure
after initially refusing.
-Jeff Boghosian, 4/15/09
Good interactions at
A student in the army, who eats
mostly vegetarian, liked the VO
booklets as a good approach to educating
others. Someone else came back later
in the day to get more booklets
from me to share with friends.
-Nick Cooney, 4/16/09
Eva Helsel reaches another University of Missouri student with the good news of vegetarianism; below, U MO students eagerly learn what modern agribusiness doesn’t want them to know.
It’s Conference on
World Affairs week
at Colorado University, with lots
of positive comments from high school
students. One yelled out, “I
could never go vegetarian!”
I said I used to think that too,
but now I’ve been veg for 19 years,
vegan for 17 of them; it’s easier
than you think, and even if you
don’t go completely vegan, every
time you eat veg you’re sparing
animals from suffering. I mentioned
he could start dabbling in it and
try new veggie products to which
he replied, “I like tofu hot
dogs!” His whole attitude changed
and he seemed to embrace the idea.
A bunch of his friends listened
in, so that was a bonus.
-Barbara Bear, 4/9/09
45 perfect skateboard
handoffs at UC Santa
Barbara—a new record! Two girls
walking, one takes the leaflet and
the other says to her, “I got
that last year and seriously, haven’t
eaten meat since.” Another
girl said, “That’s what made
me go vegetarian.” A male student
came up to me and said, “I
just want to tell you that what
you’re doing totally works. I got
that exact leaflet last year and
it made me vegetarian. Good work!”
I gave him a Guide.
-Stewart Solomon, 4/9/09
Many strong reactions
at Savannah State, a
predominantly African-American school,
including a student who was pointing
at the Even If You Like Meat
and shouting to her friends, “This
is how we were, 200 years ago! I’m
serious! This ain’t right.”
-Eleni Vlachos and Rob Gilbride, 4/9/09
Leafleting was very
positive at Mesa Community
College. Two big guys took booklets
and exclaimed, “We should all
be vegetarian”—they read it as
they walked across the mall. Dawn talked to one girl who
was interested in going vegetarian
but didn’t know how to do it—she
had tried it before but quit. I
also leafleted three woman who
were excited because they said they
were just talking about vegetarianism.
-Jeff Boghosian, 4/6/09
had many positive conversations
at the College of the Desert, including
the dean who went by and declined,
then returned saying, “I said ‘no’ too quickly. I will take a
look.” Also, a young woman
told me that she and her two small
children are vegan, and that her kids
go to the campus daycare. During the week they bring
their own lunches, but on Fridays,
to include all the students together,
the daycare provides a vegan lunch
for all the students. It strikes
me how much of an impact children can
have—if toddlers can catalyze
a change in daycare…heck, we all
can be encouraged.
-Brianne Donaldson, 4/2/09
At the University of
Minnesota, a woman
excitedly came up to me and said,
“I totally don’t eat meat now.
A kid in my class gave me one of
those a few weeks ago.” She
was happy to get a Guide,
and I saw her go back to her group
of friends and show them all the
Even If You Like Meat and
-Fred Tyler, 4/6/09
While I was leafleting
Portland State, a
guy with Peta2 was getting students
to sign an anti-dissection petition.
He told me later that different
people had shown him the VO booklet
they received, saying things like,
“Did you read this? It’s horrible.”
He said that the booklet was working.
-Jessica Dadds, 3/30/09
This evening at George
one man told me that he had received
a booklet on campus two months ago
and has been vegetarian ever since.
He said that he previously had no
clue how farmed animals were treated
and that he came to the conclusion
that it was wrong to inflict such
suffering on another creature just
because we can. He spoke in a direct,
articulate, heartfelt manner, emphasizing
the power of what we’re doing. It
was very, very touching.
-Jon Camp, 4/8/09
Today at the Galleria
Mall, two people told
me that they are now a vegetarian
because of the booklet, and a third
person told me that they will now
try to become a vegetarian.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, 4/11/09
Many students at
Indiana University at Bloomington
told us that the booklet was sad,
and we had lots of good conversations.
I overheard a student telling his
friends that getting this booklet
is what made his girlfriend stop
-Joe Espinosa and Leslie Patterson, 4/9/09
At Collin County Community
College, a number
of people seemed genuinely interested,
and most thanked me. One girl passed
me by again and told me she thought
the brochure was so sad and it really
affected her. She asked, “But
how can you not eat meat?”
I replied, “After learning
about this, it’s easy,” and
she nodded. I offered her a Guide,
which she happily accepted.
-Leah Wagner (leafleting here at the University of Kansas), 4/13/09
|Loren Hart lets another UNC Charlotte student know the truth about factory farms.|
At Eastern Illinois
University, a student
who was talking to her sister on
the phone handed me the phone, as
her sister wanted to let me know
that my phrase "Help stop violence"
really haunted her and made her
realize that meat = violence.
-Joe Espinosa, 3/27/09
A great day of
reception and feedback at Cal State,
Northridge, including two students,
one of whom took a leaflet early
on; her friend did not. A few hours
later they came back asking for
a second leaflet and information
on transitioning toward being animal-free.
One said, "We read this through.
We've decided we want to help each
other go vegan together."
-Brianne Donaldson, 4/1/09
Heard lots of positive
comments at the University
of Connecticut, despite the cold.
Many students were talking to each
other saying things like, "Oh,
I can't look at that—but you
should read it," or, "Oh
yeah, I got that before—you should
totally read it—it's crazy."
-Eileen Botti, 4/1/09
I really had a wonderful
time at the University
of Missouri, Kansas City! Most of
the students began flipping through
the pages as they walked away. It
was encouraging to see the instant
impact. I chatted with a fellow
who used to be vegetarian until
he had a family. I asked him what
made him decide to go veg in the
first place. He said the usual health-related
answer. I encouraged him to revisit
that lifestyle and use it as a way
to teach his family about the joys
of compassionate living. It seemed
to get his wheels turning a bit.
One woman asked me for extra copies
for her sister who was doing a presentation
on animal rights in her public speaking
-Eva Helsel, 4/1/09
At Southeast Missouri
State, one student
said she had gotten a booklet from
me last semester and made a lot
of changes in her diet because of
the booklet. A student approached
me to say that he read the booklet
that morning. He said, "This
is messed up! What can I do?"
"What you can do is change
your diet," I replied, and
handed him a Guide,
saying, "This will help you
do it. You vote with your dollar.
If people stop supporting the meat
industry, they will stop producing
-Rick Hershey, 4/1/09
Michele Castillo promotes vegetarianism to UNC Wilmington students.
Many positive comments at Arizona State,
West campus, including one woman
who previously shared [Even If You Like Meat] with her
family and said her daughters, especially
her seven year old, refuses to eat chicken
and fish. Another man quietly read
the brochure nearby, and later approached
me saying it was a really good brochure.
Another student said she recently
just went vegetarian. Many students
had not yet seen the brochure and
came over to take one. Almost all
of them seemed genuinely interested.
-Jeff Boghosian, 4/2/09
At the National College
one person mentioned that the Why
Vegan pamphlet is the reason
she is a vegetarian. Another person
mentioned that she got the pamphlet
earlier in the day, and that I had
-Eugene Khutoryansky, 4/5/09
|Rachel Boonin (above) and Scout Kilbourne (below) reach UNC Wilmington skateboarders.|
Great day yesterday at Pasadena City College.
Lots of high school students visiting;
as always, they were clambering
for leaflets. Met many veg*ns, including
one fellow who just went veg. As
he told me he was on his way to
the library to find a book on nutrition,
I handed him a Guide,
which he was extremely glad to receive
-- all the info he wanted! A high
school teacher said she had given
up eating the meat from cows and
pigs and was now ready to cut out
chickens as well. I gave her a Guide.
I heard two separate people say
to their friends, "This is
why I don't eat meat."
Today at Cerritos College was also great, leafleting with Michelle Myra. Students were receptive, and some asked when we'd be coming back. A professor asked how he could order leaflets for his classroom, and a student walked by saying, "I read it. I'm going vegetarian."
-Brianne Donaldson, 3/24/09
Leafleting today at
Northern Illinois U was most rewarding
-- I had some very encouraging discussions.
I spent most of my time at a busy
street corner on campus, and had
six or seven different cars actually
roll down their window and ask for
a pamphlet! A kind woman who teaches
agricultural law talked to me for
several minutes about how people
just don't know what really goes
on in modern animal agriculture.
She took a pamphlet and said she
was going to show it to her class;
I said, "Here, take 10!"
-Jon Brockman, 3/30/09
had a near 100% acceptance rate all day at Fairfield University,
with lots of good feedback, questions,
and people asking for more information.
At one point, I overheard a student
talking loudly about how much she
enjoyed eating chickens at Wendy's.
I ignored her, as more students
that I had not yet leafleted were
coming my way. Each one of them
took leaflets. Lesson is -- always
better to set an example of staying
polite so that new people may consider
the message, rather than disregard
your message because you're busy
arguing with someone else.
-Eileen Botti, 3/24/09
Right away at St. Petersburg
College, I met a young
lady within a pod of friends. After
receiving a Compassionate Choices,
she exclaimed, "That's it! I'm
done -- I'm going vegan right here
and right now. I can't do this anymore.
I can't live this lie. I love animals,
I'm done." Later, her friend
said to me with a smile, "She'll
probably have me switched in no
-Nikki Benoit, 3/24/09
Jessica Almy (above) and Will Fisher (below) make sure the students at NYU know the reality behind their food choices.
the 10 millionth booklet!! What
an achievement. Think of all those
animals spared all that misery.
I help distribute the Australian
version of Why Vegan, and
we have started going to university
campuses here in Melbourne. Keep
up the great work. I hope that eventually
we can reach the same goal here
-Liz Dealey, 4/1/09
At Tails-A-Wagging Doggie Day Care, I
always had animal-related info for
our clients, but only recently did
I realize I should spread my knowledge
of animal cruelty in food choices.
Having your brochures here for all
my clients is an easy way to let
them know we are vegan, and it opens
the discussion about cruelty to
animals in food production.
Really solid day at
Chico State. I had
two incredibly productive discussions
with two meat eaters. They both
left with Guides, telling
me earnestly that they would read
them carefully. I met Mcrae Molatore
towards the end of the day and she
ended up leafleting with me for
almost an hour. She ran into one
of her professors who told her he
admired her for handing out information
for something she believed in so
-Brian Grupe, 3/23/09
The first faculty member I offered a booklet to at Indiana
U at South Bend let me know that
she was the advisor to the newly
formed vegetarian student group.
Twenty minutes later, a student
came by and let me know that it
was getting an Even If You Like
Meat booklet from me in the
past that had moved him to become
vegetarian. I was filmed in action
and interviewed by a student from
a nearby Michigan school for her
class project. Heard from seven
vegetarians and two vegans.
-Joe Espinosa, 3/25/09
No negativity at all at Lamar U in Beaumont,
TX. As usual, I overheard or was
told by some students that they
would be going veg. I am sure more
were influenced, as many were reading
over the booklets.
-Casey Constable, 3/23/09
At the University
of Wisconsin, Stevens Point,
the second person I offered a booklet
to said, "I don't eat meat
because of that." She was glad
to get a Guide. A man walked
away with a leaflet then stopped
when he realized what it was and
came back to say, "Sir, i want
to thank you for what you are doing.
I recently saw a video on the internet
of what they do to pigs. It is horrible."
-Fred Tyler, 3/25/09
At Mutt March,
a man told me he had installed phone
lines at a poultry farm and he saw
the birds. He described the conditions
as horrible and said the birds looked
sick. He added that no animal should
be treated that way.
At Eckerd College, a woman looked at the pamphlet and informed me that she had previously worked on a pig farm in Minnesota. She pointed to one of the photos and exclaimed, "That's how it was!" She proceeded to tell me about all the horrible things she saw. She described the awful gestation crates and the way pigs went crazy in them. Sick pigs were left to die with no care. She tried to help one but was warned by a co-worker that she could get fired for wasting time. She said the pigs were very smart.
When they were being loaded onto trucks to go to slaughter, electric prods were used, and sadistic workers "always looked forward to using the prods." She even said new workers were deliberately shown cruelty just to see how they would react (if they could last on the job without getting upset). She described a particularly disturbing event; I'll spare you the details.
-Lana Smithson, 3/27/09
Above, Lauren Utter opens minds at Marist College; below, Christopher Murphy provides the animals a voice in Winter Park, FL.
We had wonderful days
at McNeese State, University of
Louisiana, Lafayette, and U LA,
Baton Rouge. We were adamantly thanked
by one man for getting the word
out. One woman asked what I was
handing out, and took an Even
If You Like Meat. She returned
about an hour later and said, “I
just wanted to thank you for handing
these out. I was a vegetarian but
stopped a few years ago. Now that
I've seen this I'm going back.”
I thanked her and she got a Guide.
The exact same thing happened to
Rob! Later in the day, we heard
from a student, “After I received
that brochure [Even If]
this afternoon, I went home to my
grandma's, where she gave me baked
beans with ham to eat. I told her
I couldn't eat it, I wasn't hungry.
My grandma was worried that veganism
was some sort of cult, but learning
about this is enlightening.”
-Eleni Vlachos, 3/20/09
I spoke with a ton
of students at Southeast
Louisiana U in Hammond. One student
said, "I was wondering when
you all were coming back! I have
been telling people about factory
farms and no one believed me --
I lost the brochure. I'm so happy
you are here."
-Rob Gilbride, 3/20/09
We have been leafleting
and tabling throughout
Ag Week here at NC State. There
was so much feedback on Day 4, including
a big picture of us on the front
page of the campus paper. The
Technician also created an
online slideshow presentation called
Week Vegans." Moments after
celebrating these occurrences, an
aspiring vegetarian approached us
to ask for literature to help her
with her upcoming speech to her
public speaking class. She said
that as a result of our advocacy
this week, she decided to deliver
a speech promoting vegetarianism.
We spoke at length and then I gave
her enough literature for everyone
in her class. As she is telling
us all of this, another young woman
comes to our table, with an ear-to-ear
smile, and tells us that she hasn't
been eating meat as a result of
our advocacy and that she, too,
was preparing a speech on vegetarianism
for her public speaking class.
-Loren Hart, 3/20/09
been a great week for new people
At CUNY -- NYC Technical College,
a student stopped by to help out.
Another student walked around leafleting
outside of the school. At St. John's
University, quite a few students
stopped to ask questions; one wants
to start up a student group! Finally,
at Queens College, I had a number
of great interactions, including
a student who had just watched the
HBO documentary "Death on a
Factory Farm" last night and
said she was just thinking about
all of this! She was brainstorming
about doing a presentation on factory
farming for her sorority. She also
stated that her sorority has been
looking for a way to get involved
with helping animals aside from
the local shelter, and they wanted
to find an organization that would
benefit from them doing a fundraiser!
I told her about how easy leafleting
is, and that it would be a great
activity for her group to get involved
in. She took leaflets and she is
going to try to arrange for me to
speak to the sorority when I return
to campus in May!
-Eileen Botti, 3/20/09
for helping people to understand
what these animals are going through!
I have been eating "health
food" for years now, and recently
gave up red meat (for my health).
But when I happened to pick up one
of your pamphlets in a health food
store, it changed my whole outlook
on the importance of making the
right choices. I am now officially
done with meat. I just cried when
I read your pamphlet! I guess we
try not to think about the origins
of our meat, but when you really
see it -- it makes such a difference.
I'm ordering booklets because I
work on a college campus, and want
to help make a difference where
I can. Everyone should at least
be educated about this so that they
can make informed choices!
Penn State Agriculture and Animal
Science students were passing out
free beef jerky and cheese sticks
in protest of Meatout. A group of
us from the Penn State Vegetarian
club spent a few hours passing out
pamphlets. It went very well. When
some kids were offered the beef
jerky, they were disgusted and reacted
with "How do you expect me
to eat this after I received this
-Steve Maggio, 3/18/09
"Join a Student Club"
fair was in full swing at Mt. San
Antonio College, and I had a great
take rate. One student said to her
friend, "This is why I don't
eat meat." Another student
who had just gone vegetarian got
a Guide to help increase
her recipe collection. Another told
me he got a leaflet at a concert
but wanted to refresh his memory
and pass one on. A mother with 4
children under 10 went by. One of
the kids wanted a leaflet so I offered
a Compassionate Choices,
telling the mother that there were
some difficult images inside. "It's
okay," she said, "They
need to know what is really happening.
Thank you." A professor asked
if I'd return to make an argument
in his argumentation class. A group
from "Meals for Mankind"
and the campus Green Party are trying
to get a veg group started and I
gave them some info.
-Brianne Donaldson, 3/19/09
At Northern Illinois
U, a student took
a leaflet from me then came back
a few minutes later to tell me that
she has been cutting meat out of
her diet and that this was the push
she needed to go vegetarian. I told
her that was fantastic and gave
her a Guide. Another student
told me that he has switched to
soy milk because of the booklet.
-Leslie Patterson, 3/20/09
UCLA was pretty darn
good, even though
it was winter quarter finals. For
the past few years this school has
been the most hostile place to leaflet
in southern California, but not
any longer. I am now finding it
as friendly as anywhere -- perhaps
we hit a tipping point.
-Stewart Solomon, 3/20/09
Above, Scout Kilbourne works for the animals at Cape Fear Community College; below, Edric Figueroa promotes vegetarianism at Kennesaw State U; bottom, a student learns the truth at the University of Central Florida.
As soon as I handed
a booklet to a guy
at Northeastern University, he literally
stopped in his tracks and said,
"I can't believe animals are
treated this way." That reinforced
the importance of doing vegan outreach,
and made me happy to know that another
person is now aware of the truth
and hopefully won't turn their back
Some cool chaps
were handing out booklets on campus
today, and I'm reading them right
now while I should be studying for
a quiz. I'm going to start leafleting
for you guys now -- your stuff is
so positive and gung-ho, not filled
with weirdness and doublethink.
Written to Joe Espinosa:
You changed my life! You gave me a Vegan Outreach pamphlet (Even If You Like Meat) four years ago at Northern Illinois University, and I've never looked back. Now I leaflet and advocate as much as I can. Thanks so much.
We are working
on a project to provide our Buddhist
centers with the best information
available on vegetarianism. Your
advocacy literature is very helpful
and inspiring, and also exceptionally
well written. We feel very strongly
that Vegan Outreach exemplifies
an ideal approach in acting on and
promoting principles of honesty,
credibility, clear-thinking, and
compassionate ethical concern informed
by many years of experience.
-CI & SH, 3/15/09
Students were friendly
at Texas Southern
today. One student said, "I
can't stand the way people treat
animals. That stuff makes me mad
and that's why I won't eat them."
She was happy to receive a Guide.
-Rob Gilbride, 3/13/09
After leafleting at
North Carolina State,
Michelle Risley commented, "Leafleting
is so easy! And fun! Why didn't
I start doing this sooner?!"
-Loren Hart, 3/14/09
The vegan librarian
[Hingham HS, in Hingham,
MA] and I keep a brochure holder
stocked with Compassionate Choices
in the library. I've been told many
kids have looked at / taken the
brochures and discussed them! We
are making progress!
-Evan Martinez, 3/15/09
Two pieces of feedback
from the last two
days: "I am a vegetarian now
because of your pamphlet, sir."
"One of the members of our
volleyball team has now been vegetarian
for a year because of the pamphlet
she received at last year's game."
-Eugene Khutoryansky, 3/15/09
While leafleting at St. Mary's College [Moraga, CA] today, I found out the cafeteria manager wants me to give him vegan cookbook recommendations since he plans on turning the smaller vegetarian section into a larger vegan section. Woohoo!
-Brian Grupe, 3/16/09
Mark leafleted with
me today at Middle
Tennessee State U. He worked at
a Tyson production plant this summer
for 8 dollars an hour eviscerating
contaminated parts, infections and
other nastiness from birds so they
could go back on the line during
10 hour shifts. That got him cured
of chicken. He was very gung-ho
and friendly. One student came over
to let me know she went almost vegan
after getting a pamphlet last semester;
and two people I met last semester,
one went veg, and Charley, who also
leafleted today, went vegan on New
-Vic Sjodin, 3/16/09
The students were incredibly
receptive at the University
of North Texas today. Two ROTC uniformed
men took a look through the Even
If You Like Meat, and, to my
surprise, one sadly said, “I hate
to see this." He was very disturbed
about how farm animals are treated
and asked for more information,
so I gave him a Guide.
He said, “But what’s this on the
front?!” pointing to the veggie
burger. I told him what it was and
said how easy it was, nowadays,
to find alternatives. He asked for
an Even If and Guide
for his friend, too. They walked
away reading the brochures. In another
misguided “leaflet profiling” incident,
I assumed this tough-looking man
would say “I like meat!” when offered
an Even If, but instead
said, “Thanks! I just went vegetarian
a few months ago.” One student walking
by said to her friend, “That’s why
I am vegan,” pointing to the brochure
her friend received. Rob [Gilbride]
and I both met students interested
in leafleting, one vegan, and one
vegetarian who told me, “People
need to know about this.”
-Eleni Vlachos, 3/2/09
I received your pamphlet
about the treatment that pigs, chickens,
and cows get right before they're
killed and boiled for us. It got
me really upset, and now that I
see how those poor animals are treated,
I do not want to eat meat again.
I am a college student and want
to help you to stop this cruelty.
Above, 10-year-old Devin and mother Linda Bresser let more Kennesaw State students know the compelling case for vegetarianism; below, Timmy Pakron spreads compassion at the College of Charleston.
It was right around
freezing most of the
day at Augsburg College, with a
misty fog hiding the sun. One student
said, "I grew up on a farm
like that, so I know how bad it
is. I'm glad you're out here. People
need to know where their food comes
-Fred Tyler, 3/9/09
The highlight of leafleting
today was meeting
Linsey, who became vegan (from being
a meat eater who only ate two vegetables,
according to her mom) after reading
an Even If You Like Meat she
found at Whole Foods. She is now
going to college for animal law,
and is going to help us with future
-Twila Hoyle, 3/12/09
[Dadds], Yvonne [LeGrice], Nettie
[Schwager], and I played hooky today
to leaflet Oregon State. Outside
the library, a young man told me
that he remembered receiving a leaflet
while standing in the exact same
spot 12 months ago. He said he became
a vegetarian shortly afterward,
and he is now working toward becoming
-Emily Pepe, 3/4/09
[Patterson] and I handed out over
1,000 booklets today at the University
of Wisconsin, Madison, and heard
from dozens of vegetarians/vegans.
One student told her, “You won me
over with that booklet last time.
I have been clean for six months.”
-Joe Espinosa, 3/7/09
Had some awesome
Iona College, including a student
I met who wants to start an AR group
on campus. A student receiving a
booklet said, “Damn straight! I’m
on board with your cause -- I’m
totally against any cruelty to animals.”
One girl asked, “Hey are you a vegan?
Because I think I’m headed that
way too!” (She got a Guide.)
A security guard approached me:
“Excuse me, miss? Can I get a few
of those? I want to give them to
the lady who runs the animal group
at the high school.”
-Eileen Botti, 3/5/09
It was slow
at West Virginia State University
-- only 121 booklets -- but the
person who made my day was a student
who said she was going veg after
reading the booklet in class. We
talked for about 10 minutes.
-Vic Sjodin, 3/6/09
I used Compassionate
Choices for four humane
education presentations at a Philadelphia
high school. The students were really,
really moved by the booklets and
many said they wanted to go vegetarian.
It was very positive.
-Nick Cooney, 3/4/09
Great acceptance rate
today at Reedley College.
Met even more folks who were excited
and surprised to see me. They said
things like, "Wow, it's so
weird that you're here, I was just
thinking about this / talking about
this with a friend / writing about
this in a report," etc.
-Brian Grupe, 3/11/09
Alabama State is
an historically black school; the
receptivity was pretty great. One
guy who plays on the school football
team told me he has been thinking
a lot about this issue. He had a
number of questions about which
plant-based foods were good for
building and maintaining muscle
mass. His friend came up about an
hour later with similar questions,
saying he heard about me through
his friend. I got both of their
email addresses and will contact
them with more information.
-Jon Camp, 3/10/09
Benoit [right] and
I handed out 3,620 booklets at the
University of Central Florida today.
One young woman told Nikki that
she is now vegetarian as a result
of being handed a booklet last year
-- I've heard that a lot while leafleting
so far on this tour. Lots and lots
of people mentioned being vegan
or vegetarian. It was pretty crazy.
Earlier, at Georgia Southern University,
one woman said she read the first
page and cried. I gave her a Guide
and thanked her for her concern
for animals. Other individuals mentioned
being moved by the booklet.
-Jon Camp [below], 3/2/09
At Washington University
in St. Louis, one student let me
know that she became vegetarian
as a result of receiving a booklet
from me previously. Later, another
student shared with me the same
information about himself. One student
first said no, and then did a double
take, asking me what it was. I said
it is about factory farming, animal
cruelty. He said “Perfect!” and
took a booklet.
-Richard Hershey, 2/25/09
got done with classes
for the day [at Michigan State]
and as I was walking back to my
apartment I saw Joe Espinosa leafleting
and joined him for a bit. Before
I left, two girls walked by me that
had received a leaflet from Joe.
One of the girls said, “Ohhhh animal
torture,” in a joking way. Then
she flipped the leaflet open more
and yelled, “Oh my god!” As they
walked away, both girls continued
reading the leaflet together and
talking about it.
-Phil Letten, 3/4/09
Lots of positive remarks
at West Valley College, and two
longer, very productive,
conversations. Also met a young
lady who went veg three years ago
from receiving an Even If.
Yesterday, at De Anza College, Michelle
[Grichuhin], Jessica [Wu], and I
met lots of interested folks and
had some productive discussions.
-Brian Grupe, 3/5/09
At Langara College
[in Vancouver, BC], one man came
back to say, "This is very
effective, I hope you do this at
all the schools."
-Joanne Chang, 2/25/09
Above, Scout Kilbourne reaches out to another student at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington; below, Leslie Patterson takes the vegetarian message to more Chicagoans; bottom, a student contemplates a booklet at East Carolina University.
students had gotten literature
last fall at Santa Barbara City
College; interactions today were
overwhelmingly positive, including
one student who stopped near me
after receiving the leaflet to say,
"I got one of these last year,
and I went vegetarian right after.
Thank you." Another fellow
gently grabbed my hand with both
of his as he took a leaflet and
said, "Thank you so much for
doing this. I love animals too."
And yet another gave me a tip on
where to stand so I didn't get kicked
off early, saying, "This is
important and I want you to be able
to stay as long as you can."
-Brianne Donaldson, 2/23/09
Rutgers today was a
ton of fun -- three
first-time AAC leafleters joined
me. We had a really high take rate
on campus. Lots of students said,
"I love animals!" in response
to my "Info to help animals?"
line. Best comment of the day:
Student: "Oh I got one of these last year -- I went vegetarian because of it!"
Me: "Awesome, here take one of these too!" (gave a Guide)
Her friend: "Oh can I have one too? I should go veg too!"
-Eileen Botti, 2/24/09
at Broward College [in Ft. Lauderdale]
today. The best was a student who
said she got one from me years ago
and that it made her go vegetarian!
Another student took information
for both him and his mom. A professor
of religion took one and then came
back and asked if we can do a presentation
in his honors classes.
-Linda Bower, 2/24/09
We saw (and smelled)
along the way to West Texas A&M.
Nevertheless, we had a surprisingly
friendly reception at this school,
a high take-rate, as well as some
interesting discussions. Rob [Gilbride]
heard one student exclaiming, "Holy
crap, they cut their beaks off?
This is crazy." Another student
said he ate fish and chicken every
day, but, after reporting he read
the Even If You Like Meat,
expressed, "There has to be
another way. I'm going to research
it." One student passed by
on the way out of the cafeteria
and said, "That brochure is
stupid." I asked her, nicely,
what about it was stupid. "The
pictures. That's not how we raise
them." I asked, "Aren't
pigs contained in gestation crates,
hens in battery cages?" She
agreed, just saying she didn't raise
them that way. I told her that these
pictures represent how the majority
of animals raised for food are treated.
She admitted that this should not
be the case.
-Eleni Vlachos, 2/23/09
I had a touching interaction with
a student who took the booklet and
then stated that he had grown up
on a farm. I let him know that as
a child I used to spend time each
summer on my uncle's 60 cow dairy
farm in Wisconsin, and that the
farming that we did was quite different
than what most farmed animals face
today. He stated that he would read
the booklet, and seemed to connect
with the idea that we can evaluate
our past behavior, although it can
be uncomfortable to do.
-Joe Espinosa, 2/25/09
At Texas Southmost
College, there were
a number of students who were very
interested. While some were reading
them over nearby, a couple of friends
said they are going to go veg together
now. Others wanted to start a group,
so I gave them contact info and
talked about how effective AAC is.
-Casey Constable, 2/25/09
Loren Hart leaflets one of the 2,700+ East Carolina University students he and Jon Camp reached on Feb. 19.
was a fun day at the
University of Texas, El Paso with
Greg (President of El Paso Veg Society).
We handed the leaflets out in front
of the Student Center. Close to
100% of students who passed us took
the leaflets. A faculty member returned
a few minutes later asking for more
booklets, stating that her students
were discussing the Even If
You Like Meat booklets they
received and wanted to write papers
on why people shouldn't eat animals.
-Rob Gilbride, 2/16/09
The pictures in your
booklet made my stomach
turn. I never knew anything about
these matters before. After trying
out an almost all-vegan lifestyle,
I have more energy. My husband will
never change, but I've been using
vegan ground beef and chicken substitutes
without him even noticing!
I was so glad to
be able to leaflet Miami Dade College
today -- really good conversations.
One vegan math professor wants to
share info and leaflets in her class.
Another gentleman was a meat eater
but stayed talking for a while and
said that he really wanted to change
his diet because all the information
made so much sense.
-Linda Bower, 2/23/09
We have already handed
out 22,000 copies
of Miksi kasvissyöjäksi
[Finnish Why Vegan]. We
are now preparing the third printing!
-Timo Kiviniemi, 2/23/09
The Barkus Parade (part
of Carnival here in New Orleans)
was doggie paradise -- the perfect
day for Angus to wear the backpack
with Why Vegans and Compassionate
Choices. We distributed several
boxes worth, and met many vegans,
vegetarians, and other receptive
-Twila Hoyle [right], 2/16/09
The Community College
of Baltimore County,
Catonsville was super valuable.
Four people said they would try
vegetarianism and one guy said he'd
try veganism. Tons of people were
asking questions and everyone was
talking about animal rights.
-Aaron Ross, 2/17/09
Alex Arbogast gives another Virginia Commonwealth student insight into the hidden horrors of modern agribusiness.
A good day at Cal State,
Fullerton. Right away a student
came up to me and said, "You
gave me one of those before and
I wanted to tell you how much I
appreciated it. I never knew what
happened behind closed doors. Some
people might not like it that you
give them this information, but
I am glad that I know now."
I was moved. On my way back to my
car, I passed a large group of high
school students. I stopped and asked
if anyone would like information
to help animals. It was like a mob
scene. They all wanted a leaflet.
As I walked to other small groups,
several more came up to ask for
a flyer, to bring their friends
over, to say they were vegetarian.
-Brianne Donaldson, 2/10/09
some good conversations
at North Park University, including
one with an older student who asked
if I was against animal use in general
or just the poor treatment. I told
him that since we can be healthy
without animal products, we should
let them live their lives freely
as we live ours. He agreed and we
talked for a bit longer. One girl
ran up to me and said, "Actually,
I DO want this!!!" before I
had even offered her a leaflet,
then scampered off to rejoin her
-Pam Blair, 2/10/09
San Joaquin Delta College
has been leafleted a lot, so people
know who we are. One woman told
me, "Oh! I received that pamphlet
here before and it made me a vegetarian!"
I also met a young woman I had spoken
with two semesters ago who had been
trying to reduce consumption since
then. We talked for a good while
about all sorts of animal issues
-- I could tell that she really
wanted to continue changing in a
positive way. This is why it is
important for us to keep hitting
the same schools, even if we leaflet
the same people -- the fifth leaflet
could be someone’s tipping point.
An activist friend of mine recently
told me how she knew someone at
her school that would tease all
the time and say how good meat was.
Eventually this guy became veg and
completely changed his mind about
-Brian Grupe, 2/12/09
I have special thanks
for the sweet college girl who was
standing in the rainy cold weather,
passing out fliers with a sweet
smile. Thanks for changing the world
one step at a time.
Leafleting at the University
of Illinois, Chicago
subway stop was fairly easy. The
most interesting moment was when
two cops approached me. I followed
my instinct, and I simply offered
them brochures with a big smile
just like to everyone else. They
retreated a couple steps away, and
one of the cops read the brochure
cover to cover before they left.
-Darina Smith, 2/11/09
At William and Mary,
a young woman pointed to the booklet
and told her friend, "That's
what got me to go vegetarian."
A young man read the cover of Even
If You Like Meat, and said,
"That's a great idea. I've
been thinking of doing this."
I gave him a Guide.
-Jon Camp, 2/14/09
A great day in the
sun at Arizona State.
People were once again happy to
see the VO t-shirt. Many people
saw the shirt and came up to me
asking for the leaflets. I met a
lot of veg people today and handed
-Rob Gilbride, 2/12/09
Many of the people
at the Revolve Tour
had already gotten pamphlets at
last year's Revolve Tour. A number
of them said that they are now vegetarian,
so this year, they got Guides.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, 2/14/09
at Mercer Community College,
one guy came back and told me he
was now going to go veg, and asked
for ten more pamphlets to bring
to work. At Rutgers, Livingston,
many of those getting a leaflet
where waiting for the buses and
read them while waiting and then
on the bus. One girl said she had
been trying to go veg and the pamphlet
will help her make the evolution.
At Rutgers, Douglass, a student
told us, "Everybody is talking
-Vic Sjodin, 2/13/09
Lindsay Parme leaflets in the snow at Howard University; below, Aashish Bhimani lets another George Mason student know the realities of her food choices.
[I got your booklet]
at Alameda College. It said you
can help even if you just reduce
the amount of meat you eat. That
was empowering -- being asked to
take it one step at a time. After
seeing the brochure, I resolved
at once to reduce consumption of
all meat, including chicken, and
I think I am not far from giving
it up. Thank you for your wise outreach
to folks like me.
I had a great day
at Alameda College. I find that
small school leafleting is often
more fun and rewarding than leafleting
hordes of students at huge state
schools. And it's quite effective
too -- more students know each other
at small schools, which means word
travels fast. A student today told
me that the brochures had been the
talk of her English class, and I
had only been on campus for one
class change at that point! I met
a lot of interested folk, including
two on their way to becoming veg.
Also met a woman who had gotten
an Even If You Like Meat last
semester and has been actively reducing
her consumption. I think she said
"Thank you" to me at least
-Brian Grupe, 2/3/09
Students were very
receptive at CSU Dominguez
Hills. One student stopped to tell
me that her Critical Thinking professor
(who had just received an Even
If You Like Meat) used the
leaflet in class that very morning,
asking who ate meat, suggesting
that the leaflet was making an argument
to be grappled with. Another student
said, "I'm so glad you are
here. I tell people about this all
the time because they just don't
know. I'll keep a couple in my bag
to hand out." One older fella
said, "Thank you for doing
this work. It's really important."
-Brianne Donaldson, 2/5/09
Leafleting at Eric
Hamber High School
[Vancouver, BC], one student grabbed
a pamphlet and, realizing what it
was, started to wave the pamphlet
at her friends and, speaking in
Mandarin, said, "This is why
I'm a vegetarian!" Another
girl came up to show me all the
vegetarian buttons on her backpack
and stood by me for a few minutes
urging her schoolmates, "Take
one, take one!"
-Joanne Chang, 2/4/09
I had some incredible
conversations at Florida
International University today.
The first one was a girl who stopped
to chat. She called a friend on
her cell phone and said "I
think I'm going to be vegetarian.
This lady just handed me a leaflet
and we've been talking about so
many things. I really want to do
this." Another guy stopped
and said that he had been having
conversations with a vegan friend
lately. He left and came back again.
He said, "Thank you so much
for being here. I am a biology major
-- we never see any of this information,
and I would have never known."
I had a very similar conversation
with a third guy.
-Linda Bower, 2/1/09
for the Starter
Guide, which I have found to
be very useful as I adjust to my
new cruelty-free lifestyle. I have
been exploring vegetarianism for
over a year now since my sixteen-
year-old son came home and announced
he was becoming one. I panicked
at first, but he has really taught
me a lot. My son was so passionate
about it that he convinced his aunt
who took it all the way to becoming
vegan. I am proud of him for making
the decision to become vegetarian,
and, as of the beginning of this
year, I even gave up milk and eggs.
I feel better inside and out.
Dylan Ravenfox and
I were able to cover
both exits from Kappa High School
for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
The students were very progressive
and interested; dozens of them were
reading the pamphlets and discussing
it with friends. One girl asked
for extra leaflets to show her friends.
Also met 12 veg/vegans.
-Vic Sjodin, 2/6/09
A beautiful day
at Portland State. A man walked
over to me a few minutes after receiving
an Even If and said, "Thank
you. I was on my way to McDonald's
and the booklet reminded me [of
how awful animals are treated].
I am going to eat somewhere else
now. Thank you again." I also
watched a guy walk by completely
engrossed in a pamphlet he had received
from Colin [Donoghue] 2 blocks away.
He couldn't take his eyes off of
-Jessica Dadds, 2/6/09
At the Borough of Manhattan
a lot of students came back for
leaflets once they realized what
they were. One person walking a
dog walked by and said "good
for you!" He later returned
and asked for a few copies to put
at the counter of the doggy day
care where he works. Another person
remembered me from Hunter College
two days ago and stopped to chat.
A few students recognized me from
past semesters, and one student
had gone vegetarian since we last
-Eileen Botti, 2/5/09
Thanks for sending
me the link to A
This is an incredible piece and
so well written. The quote at the
end is so compelling.
Your organization is
You're doing a great thing by giving
good information, staying true to
the principles that matter and focusing
effort where it counts. I plan on
ordering more materials to stock
Inga Ambrosia waits for the next student at FIU Biscayne Bay; below, Matt Ball makes sure University of Arizona students learn the power of compassionate choices.
leafleting at MiraCosta
and Palomar Colleges. One student
said, "I got a booklet 2 years
ago and I no longer eat meat."
One student said, "I read that
and it's very compelling."
To my standby offer "Information
to help animals?" I got several
"Absolutely!" or "Heck
yeah!" or "Right on!"
It seemed everywhere I looked someone
was reading a leaflet.
-Brianne Donaldson, 1/28/09
Thanks for coming
to DePaul this month
and handing out your pamphlets.
It was what finally helped me make
the decision to go vegetarian, and
I am also making an effort to cut
back on dairy products. It's been
over two weeks and I have no desire
to go back. Many of the things in
your pamphlet I have never heard
before -- I have shared them with
my friends. Thanks for getting that
information out there.
So many great responses
at John Jay! Heard several students
telling their friends, "You
gotta read that!" / "Take
one -- its really sad." One
student said she was thinking of
going vegan and was very thankful
to receive a Guide.
A professor stopped to get a few
extras, saying that he stopped eating
meat because of receiving an Even
If You Like Meat booklet last
At CUNY Baruch, one man stopped and had many questions, saying that he thinks all of this horrible treatment to animals needs to change, but that it’s a lot to ask people to give things up (meat, dairy, etc). I emphasized that it's not so much about giving something up -- we are asking people to switch to eating something else, and that by eating mock meats and soy cheeses, especially while transitioning, you really won't feel like you're missing anything, if that's the main concern. He liked this response, said he never thought of it that way, and was thinking of going veg.
-Eileen Botti, 1/30/09
I was driving by
a community center when I saw a
group of teenagers just hanging
out. I pulled into the parking lot,
walked up to them, and started handing
them pamphlets. Before I even finished,
one girl said, "Oh I want one,
I want one." A guy said, "So
you want us to go vegetarian...,"
and before I could reply another
girl said to him, "At least
you could cut down on your meat
-Lana Smithson, 1/29/09
I went down to the bus station at
University of British Columbia and
handed out 250 pamphlets in about
1 hour and 10 minutes. A bus driver
asked me for a bunch to leave on
his bus. One student said he was
vegan and asked for pamphlets to
give to his friends. Another student
said, "Thank you for being
-Joanne Chang, 1/29/09
one student said "I read your
flier and it's gross. I'm going
to stop eating animals." I
then gave her a Guide.
A few students said they are going
to reduce the number of animals
they eat, and I also gave them Guides.
I even met a student who is vegan
and was thrilled to see information
being handed out on campus. I leafleted
a health instructor, who said "Perfect,
just the information I wanted to
share with my students." Eleni
[Vlachos] had a long conversation
with a non-veg student I had leafleted,
who then said to his friend, "I
learned more in the last few minutes
than I have in all of my classes!"
-Rockin' Rob Gilbride, 1/29/09
It was a good day of
outreach at Truman
College, DePaul University, and
the University of Illinois at Chicago
today, despite the weather -- many
students were reached and productive
conversations were had. One woman
said "This is so right!"
when she saw the booklet and heard
my request to "Help stop violence."
Another woman stopped to tell me
she read the booklet and it was
disgusting what is happening to
animals. She said, "'I really
did not know this was going on."
-Leslie Patterson, 1/30/09
Great leafleting at
Encinal High School today. Students
sat around me and read the leaflets.
One sat totally engrossed and read
it cover to cover.
-Brian Grupe, 1/30/09
Lynn [Halpern] and
I had a number of
good conversations and comments
at the University of Colorado today,
including, "What are you going
to do with all that good karma?"
Toward the end, a student came up
and asked how she can get more involved.
She had been veg in the past, but
"did it wrong" and got
sick. After receiving a VO brochure
recently, she decided to go back
to being veg and sticking to it.
-Barbara Bear, 1/28/09
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