Selected 2011 Feedback
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|After receiving a Compassionate Choices at UCSB, Connor told Nikki: “This flier tipped the scales for me this morning. I’m going veg right now.”|
My tour was amazing,
from California to Louisiana! It was great to
meet people who had gone veg after getting a
booklet previously, and talk to so many interested
people. Thank you all for your amazing
support and encouraging words throughout the
duration of the tour. There’s no way I could
have done it without you.
—Jeni Haines, 12/15/11
Heidi and I reached
nearly 2,000 students and had great conversations
at San Diego Mesa College. One student took
a stack of Compassionate Choices to
give to her philosophy professor who was “just
talking about this.” A student doing a
presentation on factory farms (literally on
his way to class to do it) asked for 30 to give
his classmates. BAM!
—Nikki Benoit, 12/6/11
waiting for the rush of students at
South Portland High School, I had a nice conversation
with two bus drivers. One of them started telling
the other about the cramped, awful conditions
for animals, and he specifically mentioned chickens.
We talked about the abundance of other foods
including veggie meats. He said, “With
a lot of them, you can’t even tell the difference.”
He gladly accepted a Guide, and the
other driver asked for an extra Even If
You Like Meat to give to a friend.
—Lana Smithson, 12/6/11
|Laura is another new vegan at Citrus College –
thanks to you!
I ran into a student who commented that this
is perfect timing. She was giving a presentation
on these issues to her Practical Ethics class that very day. She actually said she was
wishing she had some of these booklets for passing
around! Well, she got some!
At Haverford College, the front of the dining center is a great spot for student traffic. It occurred to me that this might disrupt a few lunches. Apparently it did, because security came. I told him I knew it is a private school, but many schools have their campuses open to free speech, allowing intelligent, meaningful dialogues to open up. He said this school is a business, and handing these out in front of the dining center was disrupting business. Success!
—B Wink, 12/6/11
First Friday Art Walk was awesome –
we reached over 3,600 people! We met many vegetarians
and vegans and even ran into two girls who said
they’ve mostly gone veg since getting the booklets
before! Another girl said her sister went vegetarian
after getting a booklet from us at a previous
—Rachael Plotts, 12/2/11
|Nikki reports: “At the Grove in LA, this kat had a vegan burger at a BBQ joint for lunch cuz of his leaflet!”|
Monday morning, but the leafleting
was beautiful! The kids at Garfield High School
in East Los Angeles were open and receptive,
and I was able to reach over 350 of them with
—Nikki Benoit, 12/12/11
at CUNY Medgar Evers! The
take rate was over 75% and the students are
pleasant and wonderful – I reached over 500!
Many students said they were talking about factory
farming in their classes.
—Katie Pryor, 12/13/11
Reached 136 students at
Gaithersburg High School in only 30 minutes.
Very high acceptance rate, crazy-low throwdown
rate, and some kids told me they’re already
veg. In short, yet another great experience
—Jon Camp, 12/12/11
|Brian Grupe makes the animals’ case at CCSF.|
Please check out this great article about Jon.
Cold even through all my layers
outside the Hyde Park Academy,
but I was able to reach 278 students. A couple
of the mothers dropping off kids had questions
about veganism and were happy to receive Guides.
Even the staff and security personnel were also
—Leslie Patterson, 12/7/11
day at Florida State University, where
we had many great interactions and reached 2,200
students! One dude came to Anthony and said
he read the entire booklet and feels so guilty
for all the meat he’s eaten in the last 18 years.
He further stated that now, knowing what he
knows from the booklet, there is no way he can
eat meat again. Had other similar convos about
—Vic Sjodin, 12/6/11
|After getting a booklet from Brian, another Cal State, Stanislaus student is on the road to veg!|
of SUNY Old Farmingdale was when a student said
she went vegan after getting a booklet from
me early in the semester! That is two new vegans
for me this week.
—Katie Pryor, 12/15/11
my 9-year-old, looked very festive
in her Santa hat at San Luis Obispo HS. We had
a fantastic take rate – only two rejections,
total – reaching 128 students in a quick 20
—Johanna Andris, 12/15/11
and I reached almost 200 students
at Albany High in less than 30 minutes, including
driving! A young guy accepted one, then handed
it back saying he couldn’t look at it. I saw
him a few minutes later reading his friend’s
copy. He later said he had seen it before and
it’s bad but that meat was “so good!”
I busted out a Guide to Cruelty-Free
and told him he could try giving it up once
a week to start. He said he could do twice a
week! His buddies wanted Guides, too.
I ran into a young lady who has gotten an Even If You Like Meat and Guide from me in the past. She said she had gone veg for a month but has since gone back to eating meat. I encouraged her to try it a few days a week. Her friend piped up and said she could definitely do that, and then young lady #1 said she would do it too.
—Brian Grupe, 12/13/11
|Theo Summer provides the animals a voice at UC Davis.|
20 minutes at St. Francis High,
I was approached by three long-faced young men,
holding their booklets, sadly asking what they
could do. I gave them Guides and pointers
for chatting with their parents. If a student
walked by and refused a booklet, the guy asking
the questions yelled for them to take it. I
detect beautiful things out of these guys in
the near future.
—Nikki Benoit, 12/13/11
conversations at the University
of Maryland, College Park. One girl said, “This
is actually what made me go vegetarian!”
—Aaron Ross & Kate St. John, 10/24/11
acceptance rate at Miami-Dade’s
West Campus. One student pledged to give veg
another try, while another took leaflets for
her friends and family. On the bus back, several
passengers asked what I was reading, so I handed
out more booklets and had a great conversation.
—Yuri Mitzkewich, 12/14/11
It was cold leafleting
for us, but as I told my daughter Riley, we could
reduce the suffering of her animal friends. Liz
handed a booklet to a lady who later came back
and told us that she is a teacher. After reading
the Compassionate Choices, she was horrified
and said she is going to make some changes in
her life for the better. Hopefully this will spill
over into her classroom.
—Mikael Nielsen (right), 12/17/11
day at Princeton, where many said
they were veg. One girl said this stuff always
makes her sad. “Well that’s wonderful that
you have a good heart, but it is not about making
you sad, but about acting on what we know to
improve the situation.” She is on board.
Another girl said, “I’ve been thinking
about going vegetarian.” She got my last
—Brian Wink, 12/12/11
rate at Scottsdale Community College
– we even leafleted the school president! Jeremy
Bentham’s, “The question is not, Can they
reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can
they suffer?” quote is actually etched
into one of the walkways!
—John Oberg, 10/26/11
at Vanderbilt were happy to get
a leaflet. A student said the booklet she received
last year made her cry and go veg. She took
another booklet to share with friends.
—Rob Gilbride, 10/13/11
|One-month vegans Norma (above) and Estela (below)
spread holiday compassion in Santa Monica.
Dame, one student stopped to tell
me he grew up on a farm in Iowa and the booklet
was not true for most farms. I told him maybe
so but most animal products do come
from farms like these. He paused and then said,
“You’re right.” Later he came back
and apologized and shook my hand, saying that
the booklet was accurate and he was sorry for
confronting me earlier.
—Leslie Patterson, 10/26/11
An awesome day and
new record at Stephen F. Austin University: 1,500
students! Best interaction:
Woman A: She hates you (points to Woman B).
Woman A: Because you just turned me into a vegetarian.
I then went on to tell Woman B that Woman A would be okay, that I’ve been veg for 16 years and haven’t withered away, that my diet expanded as a result of going veg, etc.
—Jon Camp, 10/24/11
new record at Wayne State; Crystal,
Mara, Phil, and I reached over 3,300 students.
Many conversations, and watched loads reading
their booklet. Overheard one guy pointing to
the leaflet and saying to his companion, “That’s
why I’m vegetarian.” Another told us she’s
been veg since getting a booklet last year. One
guy came back to Phil and told him he read the whole
thing in class and can never eat meat again.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/25/11
|Two more new vegetarians at Arizona State, courtesy of Jeff Boghosian, John Oberg, and the rest of the Phoenix crew!|
It was freezing and raining all
day at Virginia Tech, but that
never stopped a Vegan Outreach leafleter before.
We reached over 3,000 receptive students and
had positive conversations. One professor said
he received a booklet in the past and it was
the nudge he needed to give up factory-farmed
We also had a great experience at James Madison University, where we set a new record of 3,300 students reached. We met tons of vegetarians and vegans, which was super heartening. One girl told us she went vegetarian from reading a Compassionate Choices!
—Aaron and Kate, 12/9/11
at the prestigious Kenwood Academy
were alert and curious, even at 7am! Some thanked
me in different languages. One mom asked me
for a leaflet, then was happy to take a Guide.
Another mom took a leaflet and said, “Oh
yes, we need to stop the killing.”
—Leslie Patterson, 12/12/11
860 more people at Lehigh University.
Talked with a student who said he got a booklet
last time, checked out the website, and he’s
now a big supporter. Also talked with two professors
who support the work; the poli-sci professor
talked about getting involved!
and Lizeth joined me at the University
of Texas, Pan American, where I broke my personal
college leafleting record – 2,800 Even
Ifs and Compassionate Choices,
and 40 Guides. Lots and lots and lots
of people stopped to ask questions. Catherine
is a professor at UTPA, and she had me give a PowerPoint
presentation to her Human Behavior and
the Social Environment class. I spoke
about the work I do, tips for effective social
change, the arc of the moral universe bending
towards justice concept, and how far we’ve progressed
in the last couple centuries.
—Jon Camp, 10/11/11
Tommy and 12-year-old Simone were totally fearless
leafleters at the mall. Our buddy Steve joined
us for a bit. We all met numerous people who
were sympathetic to the cause, even heard back
from a guy who chose a vegan burger at a BBQ
joint because of the booklet he got on the way
to lunch! He got three hugs and a Guide.
Last week at Arcadia High, the first girl I leafleted said she had been thinking of going veg. I Guided her, and whammo: she exclaimed, “Yay! This is it!” Later a group of boys walked by, I leafleted them and one yells out, “You’re a beautiful person for doing this.” Everyone was receptive as all get out!
—Nikki Benoit (right), 12/11/11
an amazing day at LaGuardia Community
College! Chris and I teamed up to reach more
than 1,800 students. We answered many questions
and met many vegetarians and other interested
parties. I even had a guy decide to eat a vegetarian
breakfast when he went to a food cart to initially
order meat! On top of all of that amazing stuff,
a professor of Food Ethics had us speak to his
class! We spoke as to why we are advocates and
answered many questions; I passed out Guides.
It was excellent!
—Katie Pryor, 10/11/11
|Another booklet, another life changed by Sophia Cresci at Santa Clara University.|
College, I had powerful in-depth
conversations with two separate girls who wanted
to go veg. Another girl came back to Matt with
tears in her eyes, said she read the whole thing
and wants to go vegan. Matt said she made his
Matt also admitted he had been hesitant to leaflet, and a bit nervous getting out there, but he really enjoyed doing outreach. After seeing so many reading the lit and coming back to talk, he felt leafleting is very effective.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/13/11
feedback at Gateway Community College
and Naugatuck Valley Community College. For
example, one student read the booklet, then
came back to say, “I can’t believe this.
This is horrible.” He said he would eat
less meat; he got a Guide. Another
student read the booklet and came back to say,
“I never knew this happened. I eat a lot
of chicken, and I feel so bad. I am going to
stop eating meat RIGHT NOW!” Gave him a
Guide and a list of inexpensive, easy
meal suggestions to get started!
Also gave a booklet to a chef and told him he should read it. He did, and he came back to talk. He wants to put vegan and vegetarian items on his menu, permanently. He asked me to help him veganize some items, and wants me to come in to help him launch the menu, to table and to talk to students! That’s what I’m talking about!
—Karen James, 10/12/11
State, a girl took a booklet and
one of her friends said, “If you read that,
you’ll never, ever eat meat again,” while
the other nodded in agreement.
—Fred Tyler, 9/29/11
Compassionate Choices, 16 Guides,
and 12 AMLs
found new homes at Western Kentucky University.
Met many vegetarians and vegans and a number
who are now seriously interested in changing
their eating habits. Even Honest Abe was enlightened!
—Joe Espinosa, 12/6/11
at Tunxis Community College were
very eager for our information, so there was
lots of good feeling. I met two students who
wanted to go directly to vegan from meat eating.
—Aleta Markham, 10/11/11
at both Reedley College and College
of the Sequoias. The number of students interested
in this material at these schools is staggering.
A whole mess of conversations and many wanting
to try more veg food. Many actively came up
to me for a booklet.
—Brian Grupe, 10/12/11
over 2,000 students at the University
of Tennessee. I had a lot of great feedback,
including one student who said, “I was
dying for a hot dog all day, but after reading
your booklet, I bought the veggie burger.”
Another student said she was a vegetarian and
wanted to do more to help the animals, so I
handed her an AML and Guide.
I spoke to a student who worked in a hog factory.
She said, “I only lasted a month there
and I stopped eating meat for a while. All the
pigs sounded like children crying and I couldn’t
take it so I quit.” I guess the booklet
reminded her how awful factory farming is, because
she is going veg again!
—Rob Gilbride, 10/12/11
|Another new veg, thanks to the Phoenix crew!|
inspired by the advocacy highlighted
here. Vegan Outreach is one area of hope in
our country that I am so grateful to be a part
of. It is not only the content, but also the
tone and framing of the message that keeps me
engaged and interested in the work being done.
Congrats and thanks for all your work!
all day at George Mason University
until I could leaflet no more; reached 2,000
students. I met tons of veg’ns, had good conversations,
and met three students who were stoked to meet
another vegan and who now want to get active.
Outreach is obviously good in itself, but I
love that one of the side benefits of leafleting
is reinforcing the beliefs of people who are
already veg, as well as inspiring many to get
—Aaron Ross, 12/2/11
Outreach newsletter in the mail
was encouraging, so Julia and I hit Quinsigamond
Community College, distributing all 500 booklets
we brought. We met a couple of girls who were
so excited to meet us. They apparently were
just talking about both being vegetarian. Another
student said, “I’m going vegan” as
he walked by. I called back that he should totally
do it. He came back about 20 minutes later and
said he was serious about wanting to go vegan.
He asked my advice, so we talked for a few minutes.
Another woman was interested in handing out
—Drew Wilson, 12/2/11
holiday parade, Dana, Kristie,
Michelle, Brian, and I donned Santa hats. So
many people happily took literature! When I
said, “Info on how to help animals,” many said,
“OHH I wanna help animals!” I would
reply, “You can at every meal, so let’s start
now!” Great day, many read the leaflet as they
waited for the parade; even a child around 8
years old read it with his mom.
—Shani Campbell, 12/3/11
|Christy Anderson takes the animals’ case to the students at Georgia Southern U.|
was great at Texas Southern University,
a historically black school. I had a few individuals
mention that they were going to take the next
step with making their food choices more humane
(e.g., cutting out chicken, moving closer to
vegetarianism, etc.), had a group of guys stop
to say that they were inspired by my efforts;
a dude on a bike yelled out encouragement, etc.
Great interactions at Sam Houston State, including with ag students (e.g., I mention that I would not want to be reincarnated as a farm animal; no ag dude ever says he would). A sweet woman was moved to push her diet to much more vegetarian-based as a result of the booklet; we talked for a good 10 minutes and she told me that it was a meaningful, awesome discussion. Had a very similar conversation today at Lamar University. At both schools, people commented on how it was a good cause.
—Jon Camp, 10/5/11
Matt, and I reached 2,500 students
at the University of Buffalo! Watched dozens
reading the booklet cover to cover. One came
back and said the pamphlet was informative,
well made, and she is now going veg!
—Vic Sjodin, 10/11/11
conversations at Norwalk Community
College and Housatonic Community College, with
students talking about changing their diets,
including one pledge to go meat-free 3 days
a week, and two who said they were going to
cut their meat by at least 1/2. A number of
people asked for more booklets to give to friends / family.
—Karen James, 10/6/11
|John Oberg connects with a student at Arizona State.|
stop at the University of Wisconsin,
Superior. One girl said, “Actually, I got
one of those last year and decided to become
a vegetarian. I’m transitioning to veganism.”
She had not ordered a Guide,
but excitedly took one.
At Central Lakes College, one guy passing by after reading the booklet said, “I’m more compassionate than you might think. Though I’m glad you said reduce, cause I like pork.” Later he passed again and, without any prompting, said, “I’m a humanitarian. I can give up pork. I know I can.”
—Fred Tyler, 9/30/11
at Kent State were very receptive;
I reached over 1,600, including a number of
vegetarians and others who want to know what
they can do to help. One woman was interested
in going vegan; she got a Guide and
encouragement. Quote of the day from a girl
I leafleted: “I am vegan so I am all about
—Leslie Patterson, 10/20/11
State College of Florida, a group
of female students read the booklets and told
me, “We’re going vegan.”
—Drew Hensley, 10/4/11
day at Appalachian State! Giving
a booklet to Robert inspired him to jump in;
he handed out 50 booklets and wants to do more.
I also ran into a vegan named Jon (who has been
vegan for a month now). I handed him a Guide
and he wants to order leaflets to hand out on
campus. He said a friend received a leaflet
from me this morning and now she is going vegan!
—Rob Gilbride, 10/10/11
|John Oberg met Nikki & Nani at Gateway Community College; Nani exclaimed, “I’m never eating chicken again!” More from John’s day at GCC.|
have not stopped crying since
I saw all those pics of people who have stopped
eating meat because of you (left side here).
To me personally, there is no higher calling
than to help those who have no voice. I absolutely
adore what you are doing and am so inspired
by all you guys.
my host, joined me at the University
of Minnesota, Duluth, and we got loads of good
One girl said she didn’t eat mammals and was thinking about making the switch. A Guide was just what she needed to help her on her way.
An older guy said, “I know all about that. I left agriculture because of it.”
As a girl walked away she said to her friends, “This is gonna make me vegetarian.”
I talked with a guy who said, “You know what is wonderful? All I have to do is stop eating chicken to make the change.”
A girl said, “I read that, and I’m never eating meat again!” She happily took a Guide.
—Fred Tyler, 9/27/11
Community College was an extremely
receptive campus! Some students told me how
receiving a booklet previously had impacted
—Jeni Haines, 10/3/11
and Brittany (right) danced and
held signs while I leafleted at San Marino High
School. The yearbook committee came out equipped
with cameras and voice recorders, interviewing
and photographing the whole shebang. BOOM!
—Nikki Benoit, 11/22/11
15-minute bike ride followed
by two bus trips, but outreach at Florida International
University was sooo worth it. Great discussions
with curious meat eaters. Favorite comment:
“I changed my mind.” (Holding booklet
to show me) “Got a salad for lunch today
—Yuri Mitzkewich, 10/14/11
day of outreach with John at Glendale
Community College. I met a professor who is
in charge of the school newspaper and he wants
me to present to his class at the beginning
of next semester to see if any of the students
are interested in covering a story on factory
farming! I also ran into a guy I leafleted last
time at GCC and he told me that he has drastically
reduced the amount of meat he consumes, and thinks
about that leaflet often when he is making a
choice of what to eat.
—Kirby Mauro, 11/22/11
people who said “I like meat”
at Fayetteville State ended up taking a booklet
after I showed them the pictures of delicious
vegan food. One student told me the booklet
convinced her to go vegetarian right after Thanksgiving.
Her boyfriend was also interested in making
the change after I showed him the vegan food
pictures. Another student said she is going
to go vegan as soon as she graduates from FSU.
A faculty member who works for the student newspaper
came back and let me know he read the booklet
and it got him thinking about his diet. He gladly
took a Guide and thanked me for leafleting.
Heard many comments from those who told me how
the factory farm and slaughterhouse photos affected
them and I gave them Guides to help
translate this sadness / outrage into action.
Also had a few discussions about how to eat
vegan on a budget, where to find vegan food,
and how to stay healthy.
—Brandon Becker, 11/21/11
|More eyes opened at Georgia Tech, thanks to Eric Griffith.|
favorite chat at Bellevue College
was with a young African-American woman. She
had leafleted with her church group in Seattle
and and was very relieved when we talked about
starting with a day a week, or a meal a day.
I gave her the CVA
booklet, and she was extremely excited to learn
that there are Christians who abstain from meat
on religious and ethical grounds. I also spoke
with an African-American guy who pulled me aside,
and told me he’d seen our leaflets before and
wanted to know where he could start to fight
against the mistreatment we were exposing. I
asked him if he ever ate veg or vegan meals,
and he said he did from time to time and that
he would do this more frequently.
—Caleb Wheeldon, 10/7/11
her 7-year-old son, Vincent, and
I set a new record at Anne Arundel Community
College. As soon as leafleting was done, Vincent
told Amy, “When I grow up, I want to be
a leafleter.” The leafleter is to today’s
youth what the rock star was to generations
—Jon Camp, 9/27/11
crew for First Friday, with six
new leafleters! We reached 4,259 people; super
high appreciation rate, with so many great conversations!
One girl said, “Your pamphlets really work,
I haven’t eaten meat since!” One woman
said, “It is so cruel what they do to animals.
I’m gonna go vegetarian!”
—John Oberg, 10/7/11
leafleter Susan joined me at SUNY
Purchase. Dozens of vegetarians and vegans on
this small campus, which has a veg cafeteria!
A lot of students told me they became vegetarian
and one vegan since we leafleted here last semester.
One student said he had been vegan, but found
it to be too expensive; we discussed easy low-cost meals, and he said
he would try again. Another student said he received the leaflet
from me in the morning, and that he was going
vegetarian right away, and would work toward
going vegan! Another student said, “This
is terrible” as he looked at the Even
If You Like Meat. I said that I agreed,
and that this was the reason I was here. He
turned around and said, “God Bless.”
A professor stopped after Susan handed her a
leaflet, and said that she was just talking
about this in her class this morning, and would
use the photos from the booklet in her class.
Many other students thanked us for being there.
Got the emails of four students interested in
starting a veg group on campus. I will introduce
them to each other.
—Karen James, 10/4/11
|Three new readers in Pasadena, with a fourth looking on, thanks to Nikki Benoit.|
900 students in less than two
hours at the complex for MLK High School. Great
feedback and interest; even the fire department
employees at the corner asked for a couple copies.
A woman asked, “May I help you?” I
replied, “Grab some booklets!” Turns
out it was the principal.
—Casey Constable, 10/6/11
students at Ithaca College yesterday;
1,899 at Cornell today – a huge new record
at this Ivy. Walking around, I saw a train of
about 30 students, with around 25 of them reading
the booklet they had gotten from Mara! Also
talked extensively with our hosts, who have
committed to going vegan for a year.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/5/11
and I quickly reached over 250
students at Whitney Young High School. On my
way to work afterward, a livestock trailer pulled
up next to me at a stoplight. It stopped so
that I came face to face with one of the steers.
As I stared into his eye, I couldn’t answer
his questioning gaze. At a loss, the words of
Boxer from Orwell’s Animal Farm echoed
in my head: “I will work harder.”
And so I shall.
—Jon Bockman, 10/6/11
From a recent batch of Guide requests:
guy was passing out your little
magazines, and it brought me to tears! I need
I was given this booklet on
campus, and am now attempting to be vegan.
I was in Boston, people were handing
out booklets. Becoming a vegan has crossed my
mind more than a few times, so I decided I would
go through with it!
Lauren, Paulette, and I reached
1,580 students at the College of Charleston.
Tommy (right) got a booklet during our visit
to the school last year and has been veg since.
Also, a woman told Paulette that reading Even
If You Like Meat today led her to decide to
go vegan. Also, last night, a woman told me
me that a few years back, talking with me and
then hearing Rory Freedman’s talk got her to
go from veg to vegan.
—Jon Camp, 11/18/11
rate was phenomenal at Miami-Dade
College, despite the heavy rain. I probably
could have gotten even more leaflets out, but
I took time for several great conversations
with some very interested students. For example,
one religious student was seeing the links between
his religion and treating animals compassionately.
After talking and giving him several contacts
for local veg groups, he left telling me how
thankful he was we’d met. He even expressed
interest in helping leaflet in the future too!
—Yuri Mitzkewich, 11/18/11
|No brain freeze here! Another new vegetarian at Arizona State.|
leafleting Union Square, I handed
one to a guy who came back about five minutes
later. He told me that he really needed to let
me know that his son is a vegetarian, and for
the past few months his son has been trying
to get him to not eat meat. Since then, every
time he has eaten meat he doesn’t feel right
about it, but it wasn’t enough to make him stop
completely. He told me that getting the booklet
and just looking through the images that today
he is done for good. He said that today he was
meant to walk by me, and he knows for sure that
God connects us to the right people. He thanked
me for being there and told me that he needs
me to know it’s because of me this happened,
and that he’ll remember the reason.
—Lisa Drapkin, 11/18/11
vegan count at the University
of Victoria was too high to keep track of. It
is exciting to feel the increase in the proportion
of students who have become veg. I am so pleased
to have the opportunity to do this work and
am so inspired by all of you!
—John Bowers, 11/18/11
|Lisa Towell (left) and a student now inspired to try veg, at Foothill College; below, another inspired Foothill student.|
great day at South Mountain Community
College that largely consists of Hispanic and
African-American students. A record number of
professors are showing Food, Inc. and
other videos to their classes. Talked to four
different professors who are having students
write papers on factory farming, vegetarian / vegan
eating. One English 101 professor is using animal
rights as the theme for his courses this semester,
and a nutrition professor incorporates info
on vegetarianism into all of her classes. One
staff member told me that she and her daughter
and granddaughter are vegetarian and all are
working on going vegan; she was thrilled to
get a Guide. Another professor asked
me to stay longer, since her class was going
to the library and she wanted them to pass me
so those who were interested could pick up booklets.
One Hispanic student eagerly took literature
and said the way we treat animals is so
sad and that he and his sisters have been vegetarian
since birth. Too many other positive experiences
and I met 17 vegetarians / vegans at
the University of Iowa, and reached over 1,600
students. A guy told Sen, “I just read
through that. It was eye-opening.” Another
guy told me, “I got that and read it. I’m
a changed man.”
At the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, one guy said, “I got one. That s___ is crazy!” Another guy said, in reference to factory farming, “I just need to grow some balls, take a stand, and say NO.” He shouted the “no.”
—Fred Tyler, 10/19/11
we reached over 1,000 students at
Yale for World Farm Animals Day. I heard from
many vegetarians, and about eight vegans. One
guy thanked me, profusely, for opening his eyes.
He pledged to go vegan 3–4 times a week as a
start, and would continue reducing animal-product
consumption. Many others thanked us for doing
this work. Others signed up to join the student
One student told us that he went to the facilities of the meat supplier for Yale, after he heard how well the animals were treated. He was upset by what he saw, and so were others in his group.
—Karen James, 10/3/11
had some excellent conversations with
students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County; a student who went vegetarian just last
week helped me leaflet for a little while! A
student at Community College of Baltimore County
said she got a leaflet in the past and seriously
reduced her and her family’s meat consumption.
She also said she is using the leaflet as a
topic for her speech class and asked for a stack
to pass out to her classmates. Also met a ton
of veg students.
—Aaron Ross, 10/13/11
many great conversations at Lane
Community College! One student stopped to ask
questions, took a Guide, and said he’s
really thinking about going vegan. One woman
said she really thinks veg eating is the direction
her family is heading. A student who has been
vegetarian for 4 or 5 months said the Guide
will help because he’s not sure he’s getting
—Cobie deLespinasse, 9/27/11
|The wheels are turning for this City College of San Francisco student after getting a booklet from Danielle.|
over two dozen conversations at
Shasta College. For example, I had an incredibly
productive conversation with three students,
after which all three pledged to go veg at least
twice a week with the intent of moving towards
total vegdom! Many people told me they had read
the booklet all the way through and found it
very disturbing. Lots of people will be considering
their dinner tonight.
New record today at CSU East Bay – nearly 2,000 students. Katie, Leslie, and I were joined by Bronte, who has been veg since getting a booklet years ago!
Another new record at De Anza College, where Jessica, Diane, Lori, and I reached over 2,600 students! Good acceptance rate and amazing conversations! I met a fellow who has been veg since getting our booklet in 2006… in Canada! I chatted with a pescatarian gal who read our booklet and decided she’s going to try vegan a few days a week. I overheard her and her friend talking about it for quite a long time after we departed, since they were sitting nearby; lots of gears turning in their heads. Chatted with two really open-minded young guys who are definitely moving towards vegan (one has already been experimenting with vegetarian). A number of people thanked us for our work, told us that they had read the booklet, had gotten one in the past, agreed with us, etc.
—Brian Grupe, 10/3/11
|At Wayne State, another booklet creates another new vegetarian.|
day in Stockton, where I reached
1,300 students at San Joaquin Delta College,
University of the Pacific, and Stagg High School.
I must sound like a broken record but I’ll say it again: I can see measurable progress in the attitudes of the students and the number of vegetarians / vegans at the schools I’ve been coming to for nearly four years now.
—Brian Grupe, 11/7/11
thing I saw upon entering Arkansas
was a chicken transport truck hauling thousands
of birds to slaughter. While I have seen many
transport trucks before, never had I seen one
for birds. Bearing such witness was tragic and
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is a “poultry science” school with a special division named for Tyson. Reception was high, but so was antagonism. This, friends, is the belly of the beast. Similar to some of my experiences at other ag schools, many ag students were frustrated by my presence there. But as I have found at other ag schools, I also met a good number of vegetarians who were really opposed to factory farming. I met quite a few vegetarians and one vegan. On a side note, the local natural foods store was amazingly vegan friendly. Country-fried seitan with vegan gravy – whaaaaat?! You go, Arkansas!
—Jeni Haines, 10/20/11
|This University of Maryland student has been vegan since getting a booklet last year.|
at Durham’s super-huge Pride event. Gave out
Soy’s chicken along with Compassionate
Choices, and got great feedback, such as:
I’m a diehard carnivore, and I love meat only… but I love this!
This is just like chicken, except better. I can’t believe how much this
tastes like chicken. Where do you get this stuff? (Heard this all day.)
100 people pledged to go meatless on Mondays!
—Eleni Vlachos, 9/24/11
1,000 students at the University
of Minnesota – the crowd was very receptive.
Several hundred took CAA’s pledge to be veg!
—Unny Nambudiripad, 9/28/11
day of outreach at Prince George’s
Community College. I had a number of intrigued
students engaging me with questions. For example,
“Don’t chickens exist for us?” I mentioned that
their ancestor, the Red Junglefowl, came into
being like all of us, for its own sake, and
that its function was like ours, to continue
to survive and enjoy life. “Didn’t Jesus eat
fish?” I mentioned that he grew up in a radically
different era than our era and that we can agree
that he wouldn’t be thrilled about this (pointing
to the booklet). In addition, a number of
people said that this cause is a good one and
that the information was really sad.
—Jon Camp, 9/20/11
State was my favorite day of leafleting
yet. Multiple conversations with interested
people, and people who are interested in helping.
I got my first bicycle and skateboard handoffs
(and then my second of both as well).
—Caleb Wheeldon, 9/28/11
Johanna’s 9-year-old daughter (right),
jumped in with both feet at Cal Poly, and made
a huge splash! She set a goal of 100, but then
reached 102 and decided, “Why not 200?”
And then 300… If we hadn’t run out of leaflets,
she probably would have stayed the whole day!
As a matter of fact, at one point she said,
“Mom, can we do this every day?”
Good conversations – one with a student who had just read an article about veganism and decided he was going to ask the next vegan he met (me) about eggs and dairy. He listened intently as I answered his questions. He happily took a Guide before he left, thanking me for the conversation. I also heard one student say excitedly, “I just wrote a speech about this!” as she paged through the brochure. We saw many people reading the leaflets as they walked away. It was an awesome day of outreach!
—Barbara Bear, 11/10/11
people said they were already
vegetarian. One woman came up and asked for
recipes, as she wants to go vegan. She got a
Guide. In other news, Wednesdays are
now officially vegan pancakes day in the Yale
—Eitan Fischer, 9/28/11
|Willie Camacho talks with a student at Modesto Junior College.|
students in 53 minutes at Oregon
State. Great reception and supportive comments!
I saw one girl walking along and reading the
booklet aloud to the guy she was with. One person,
who has seen me before walked by quickly and
yelled out, “Yea vegans!”
—Nettie Schwager, 9/28/11
a new one-person record at Winona
State, where an Even If You Like Meat
spurred this dialogue:
Girl 1: This makes me want to be vegetarian.
Girl 2: I used to be for a year.
Girl 1: Should we?
They were excited to get the Guide I gave to help them on their way. Later, a journalism student asked to interview me.
At the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, one of the last people I gave a leaflet to said, “Actually, I got one of these last year. I’ve totally stopped eating meat since then.” She hadn’t ordered a Guide and was very happy to get one.
—Fred Tyler, 10/21/11
|Students at Stagg High School are engrossed in the truth.|
Kate, and I reached nearly 1,200
students at the University of Oregon. Kate talked
to a bunch of football players who said, “Girl,
we are black, we need our CHICKEN!” One
guy asked questions and seemed interested, so
Kate told him, “You know that boxer guy,
the crazy one… who is he?” and they were
like, “You mean Tyson?” “Yea,
Tyson, he’s vegan and black and an athlete better
than you!" and they were like, “No
way!” One guy paused and said, “He
ain’t vegan, he ate someone’s ear!” “But
he didn’t SWALLOW the ear!”
—Cobie deLespinasse, 9/26/11
Community College is a goldmine for
outreach. In a short time, we got into many
conversations and met many people interested
in vegetarian & vegan eating! Just a few
examples: I met one student who said he and
his wife were recently trying to be vegetarian.
An administrator came outside on behalf of everyone
in her office to get info on vegetarianism.
Another student came back twice to get more
information; she loved the info in the Guide.
Yet another student commented on wanting to
eat less meat while doing it in the healthiest
way possible, while yet another one pledged
to go vegetarian. Unbelievable response!
—Jeff Boghosian, 9/21/11
Jeff, Jeff, Bryce, Rachel, and
I reached 1,543 people at Occupy Phoenix. Met
many veg*ns and loads of interested folks. We
thought it would be a good demographic and it
definitely was. Extremely high take rate, interest
rate and extremely low throw-down rate.
—John Oberg, 10/15/11
|Nikki reports: “Our Occupiers for Animals affinity group submitted a proposal for ‘Eradicating Factory Farming of Animals’ to the Demands Committee. We finally got it through last night! My favorite line: ‘Wow. I had no idea this was going on. Wow. This is a change maker. Thank you all for bringing it to our attention.’”|
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|Ashley Rhinehart, Phil Letten, and John Oberg hide under a tree to protect the booklets from the rain in Phoenix.|
fantastic First Friday leafleting!
Even though it started pouring rain at 9:30,
we still reached almost 3,000 folks! Great feedback,
too; e.g., Kelsey spoke to a girl who got a
leaflet from us at FF last month and has been
vegetarian ever since! We were also joined by
David, a 16-year-old who went veg after getting
leafleted at First Friday a year ago. He loved
—John Oberg, 11/4/11
Incredible day at
Bronx Community College, where I reached over
800 students! I immediately schooled the security
guard on the horrors of factory farming and
eating meat and went from there. I saw SO many
students reading the booklet. I met numerous
people who were interested in finding out more
information, which I gave them! One girl said
she has been meaning to try to go vegan. I told
her all of the benefits, how great I feel, and
how easy it is. She, of course, got a Guide
and my email address. One student wanted more
booklets for a paper he was doing. He also took
my email in case he needed more information.
Another student wanted more booklets for a presentation
she was doing on this topic. It seems like at
almost every school I encounter students who
are not only learning about factory farming,
but are also presenting this information to
their classmates! Amazing.
—Katie Pryor, 11/3/11
and I reached 400 surprisingly
nice, primarily 14-to-25-year-olds at Chicago’s
House of Blues. Tons of “Thank You”s
and “Cool”s. I have a feeling many
people from last night will begin on their path
to helping farmed animals as a result of us
being there for a mere 30 minutes!
—Kenny Torrella, 11/6/11
|Macie Rivera and Jasmin Marie Valdez warm up for changing lives at Cabrillo College.|
tabling yesterday at Charleston’s
Walk for Farm Animals, where lots of people
took booklets to share with others.
Today, this email was forwarded to me: “I’ve been a vegetarian for about 30 years and I’m raising my daughter that way, but she honestly thought it was just us… everyone around us eats meat. She walked around the place a bit before saying anything to me and her first comment was something like, ‘All these people are like us?’ She couldn’t believe it and she even said how nice it was to be around other people ‘like us.’”
—Paulette Wendell, 10/17/11
and I reached lots of people and
got great feedback – e.g., one guy stopped
dead in his tracks reading the booklet, and
then said, “This stuff is disgusting.”
Met a number of vegetarians and vegans; one
girl told me, “I was a vegan, but now I’m
just a slacker. I’d love to get back into it.”
Of course she got a Guide.
—Fred Tyler, 11/3/11
woman was handing out booklets where
I go to school, Kent State. When I read it,
it renewed my inspiration for helping animals.
Since I’ve read the booklet, I have gone vegan.
Niagara Community College, I met
a professor who was interested in going veg.
Then, Matt, Mara, and Morgan joined me at the
University of Buffalo. Morgan goes to Canisius;
her friend Ashley texted her yesterday that
people were discussing the pamphlets in class,
and she saw several read cover to cover in her
class at Canisius. I love the buzz VO lit creates
on small campuses.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/14/11
|Another vegetarian-on-the-spot, this time at Hartnell College!|
today at SUNY Plattsburgh, where
I reached over 800 students, and got a hug!
A good level of interest, too. Two students
told me they are transitioning to a vegetarian
diet. After getting a leaflet, a different male
student exclaimed, “CAFOs suck!”
—Lana Smithson, 10/20/11
and I set a huge new record for Sonoma State –
almost 1,400 students reached! The high number of Guides is
due to the presentation I gave after leafleting. This was a “third-tier”
presentation at the school: a vegan professor
invited me to her class two years ago, was impressed and recommended me to another professor, whose class I then presented
in; the second professor then recommended me
to a third professor, who also
told me she loved the presentation and will
be recommending me. Score!
The real treat was meeting Murat. I gave him a brochure and he thanked me and then stopped in his tracks, inspected the cover and turned to me saying, “What is this, bro?” I gave him a 20-second rundown and he seemed satisfied and took the brochure with him. I saw him about 20 minutes later, and he told me he had read the whole thing cover to cover and was GOING VEG. 20 minutes… new vegetarian, just like that. I bro’d down with him for about 5 minutes, snapped his picture (top), and sent him on his merry way. So awesome.
—Brian Grupe, 10/17/11
|This UC San Diego student has been vegetarian since getting a booklet last fall.|
day at Oregon State! I was chatting
with a vegan and I asked what made him go vegan.
He said his friend got a booklet at OSU, read
the booklet and then went online. Then the friend
came to him and said, “Let’s go vegan together.”
Later, two guys walking together told me they got booklets before; now one of them is eating half as much meat, and the other is vegetarian.
—Nettie Schwager, 10/17/11
to have Katie join me again! We
had a fun day today at Skyline College and College
of San Mateo. Good interactions, too. At Skyline
I met a young man who received a brochure in
high school from us and started exploring the
issue, slowly changing his diet. He then received
one last semester and has been off and on veg.
He got a Guide
today and is going to try and go full veg!
—Brian Grupe, 10/19/11
of people wanted the info at the
University of Connecticut, West Hartford. Met
many vegetarians and vegans! Ran out of Guides.
One student read the booklet and came back to
tell me she was going to work on going
vegetarian. Met two women who read the booklet
and came back to ask how they can get involved
in leafleting. Gave them an AML
and directed them to VO. Also exchanged emails
for support. Met a woman who has four children
ages 3 months to 11 years old. She read the
booklet, then came over to ask for help in turning
her whole family vegan.
—Karen James, 10/18/11
met this man at Utah Valley U;
he went veg after getting a booklet from her
exactly one year before.
Alan, Mara, Phil and I set a new
record at Central Michigan University –
over 3,000 students reached. Wonderful, fruitful
day; e.g., met one girl late for class who said
she’s been veg since getting a VO leaflet
—Vic Sjodin, 10/18/11
at Occupy Philly said she didn’t
need a booklet, because she had gotten one before
(as a high school freshman), which caused her
to go veg.
—Brian Wink, 10/21/11
booklet has CHANGED MY LIFE. Out
of the blue, a sweetheart passed me Compassionate
Choices… which I nearly declined, but
changed my mind. I am so thankful I did… I had NO IDEA how appalling the situation still
is… I am a converted vegan… funny how
things turn out.
the first hour at El Camino College,
Kim had converted a young man on the spot
– and he jumped in to leaflet, too! I heard from a woman who’s
been veg one year because of getting a booklet here. Then
I bumped into Robert, whose picture I sent in
last semester – he’s still vegan
and lovin’ it!
—Nikki Benoit, 10/20/11
|This El Camino College student is stopped in her tracks by the truth.|
of questions today at the Community
College of Baltimore County. For example: Did
I think it was right to push my beliefs on others?
For this one, I drew on something Eugene had
mentioned before: when we confine animals, truck
them to slaughter, and kill them, we are imposing
our beliefs on them, and very violently so.
By comparison, offering another individual a
booklet is laughably mild. I’ve always liked
the Howard Zinn quote, “You can’t be neutral
on a moving train.” The status quo isn’t
neutral; it’s been established by people and
deliberate actions. There’s nothing wrong with
questioning and challenging this – it is the
only way we’ve ever made progress.
—Jon Camp, 9/19/11
and I reached nearly 4,000 students at
the University of Iowa and Iowa State. At both
schools we met vegans and veggies, and students
who are moving that way. Only a couple of students
challenged us; many others who were polite,
curious, or supportive. A professor of animal
science even thanked us for our work, and said
he thinks factory farming is terrible. A few
different students told me that receiving our
literature in the past had prompted them to
—Leslie Patterson, 9/15/11
the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,
a junior in animal sciences stopped and told
me she was increasingly disturbed by what she
was learning and seeing in modern animal agriculture.
I let her know that I, too, was in UIUC’s College
of Agriculture when I started at this school
way back in 1989, but being bothered by what
modern farming does to animals led me to the
animal protection work I do now. I mentioned
that most people do not work in the field of
their degrees, but that having that degree might
make her a real asset to animal protection due
to her understanding and expertise in the field.
She eagerly accepted a Guide
—Joe Espinosa, 9//16/11
|More students learn the animals’ plight at the University of Texas, thanks to Erin Gaines.|
at Fullerton College always deliver!
Yvonne had a guy come back with his leaflet,
thank her for informing people, and ask what
the best way to switch his family’s diets would
be. She Guided him and he thanked her.
I had conversations like that too; e.g., one
young man said he’d started to cry in class.
I handed him a hanky shaped like a Guide.
At Cal State, Dominguez Hills, Steve and I reached 2,600 students, nearly doubling the previous record! Had numerous interactions with folks who are appalled by factory farm abuse, and are eager to dive into their new Guides. A young lady came back asking a few questions, stating that something “clicked” while reading the booklet. As of this second, she’s going veg for a month! If that works, it’s Next Stop: Veganism, baby!
—Nikki Benoit, 9/20/11
able to reach way more students at
the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire with Sen’s
help! One woman refused a leaflet saying, “No
way! I can’t even eat chicken anymore because
of that thing. I’m serious.”
At the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, someone said to Sen, “This is gonna make me never eat meat again!” One guy said, “I read it. It’s terrible.” While having lunch in a campus cafe, we met a vegetarian guy who had received a flier from us earlier. He hopes to open a vegan food service on campus.
—Fred Tyler, 9/14/11
|This South Texas College student is engrossed in learning the previously hidden reality.|
by Miami Dade College briefly.
One student said being veg was expensive. I
gave her lots of tips on ways to make it economical:
fewer meat substitutes and packaged products;
more beans, rice, pasta, veggies, potatoes, and fruit
in season. I also suggested including the value
of just feeling better about making better choices
that affect other beings who are less fortunate.
She agreed and said she would try.
—Linda Bower, 9/19/11
(who got involved after being
leafleted previously), Mara, and I had great
interactions at Mercer Community College. Three
different dudes thanked us for being out there.
Burly manly men, so that was nice to see. On
the other end of campus, Mara gave a student
the booklet and boom, he stopped dead in his
tracks three feet behind her and read the entire
leaflet transfixed. She gave him a Guide.
Another student enthusiastically told us, that
was it, he was going vegan.
Today, Mara and I had a fantastic day at Middlesex County College and Kean University. Numerous conversations. One administrator came up to me looking stern, asked what I was doing. “Handing out info on factory farming. Most people love animals, just don’t know how terrible factory farming is for animals and the environment.” He said, “Good for you!” and took a pamphlet, which was pretty sweet. A girl started off telling me we need to do all sorts of theoretical things. I eased into telling her to take actions you can control first, and she was convinced to change her diet. You should have seen her beaming smile of pride when I saw her later and she told me she had not ordered meat for lunch.
—Vic Sjodin, 9/16/11
|At Occupy Charleston, Laquivia gives the Guide a thumbs up!|
at Plymouth was great because
of the super nice students. After I handed leaflets
to two guys, one of them stopped suddenly, pointed
at me, and then (I thought I might hear negative
words) slowly and enthusiastically said, “I… LOVE… YOU!” His
friend smiled widely, pointed at the leaflet and exclaimed,
“We were just talking about this stuff!”
They thanked me and walked away while looking
through their leaflets. A woman asked if I am
vegan. When I replied yes, she enthusiastically
said, “I LOVE you! Keep up the good work!”
Later in the day she walked by and said, “How’s
my favorite person doing?” Shortly before
I left, a woman who was wearing a sweatshirt
with the words “I am not a freak; I am
a vegan” stopped to show me the shirt and
give me a hug! I’m feeling the love today!!
—Lana Smithson, 9/22/11
Diane, Jessica, and I reached
over 1,600 students last week at Evergreen Valley
College. Lots of great conversations and meaningful
interactions; seemed like we met every student
on campus! Lori and I then went to Branham High
School, where we encountered super receptive
students. We met a very excited vegetarian who
had just decided a week ago to change.
Two club members helped me out today at Butte College, Indran and Sarah. Sarah found a booklet in the library a few weeks ago and went veg, turned her boyfriend veg, and her sister has pledged to go fully vegan with her by the end of the year. And now she’s out leafleting for animals! Tons of conversations. I met two people who read the booklet today and are renouncing meat.
—Brian Grupe, 9/14/11
|Mara Collopy makes the animals’ case at Rochester Institute of Technology.|
Young University was pure gold.
I talked to two separate students who are seriously
considering going vegetarian; gave them Guides. One of the guys had tried veganism but said
he couldn’t stay vegan, so I talked to him about
making a shift that he could sustain for the
long haul. Each conversation held some of those
beautiful “Ah-ha!” moments. Friends,
we have some new vegetarians in the making.
Utah Valley University is probably one of my favorite schools ever for doing outreach. I met around ten vegans and had countless awesome conversations with people. One guy who received a leaflet from me exactly a year ago swore off meat that day and hasn’t eaten it since. I also met a vegan Mormon philosophy professor who has started an organization called “Mormons for Animals” and works to show how eating animals, especially those raised in factory farms, is in opposition to Mormon ethics.
I set a new one-day record for myself, too – 3,014 students reached!
—Jeni Haines, 9/15/11
Sen and I reached over 750 students
at Anoka Ramsey Community College. Talked to
one girl very interested in being vegan. And
after giving another girl an Even If You
Like Meat booklet, she said “I’m gonna
be vegan. I just can’t bear the thought of eating
a dead animal.” Both she and a friend wanted
Today at the University of Minnesota, I met a vegan who gets our enewsletters. She said she always sees the photos of people leafleting and was excited to see me in person. This got her interested in getting active. One guy came back after reading through the whole leaflet nearby and told me he was thinking about going vegan. He said the Even If booklet would help; when I gave him a Guide, he said that would help even more. One woman said she read the booklet and didn’t eat chicken for lunch. She said she was working her way towards vegetarian but that it had been hard. She was happy to get a Guide.
—Fred Tyler, 9/8/11
|This South Texas College student has been stopped in his tracks by the truth.|
I got good feedback at Willamette
University and Linfield College. One student
said the pictures were sad. Nettie said to her,
“Yes, it’s sad, but it’s important information.”
Another student said, “I’ll read this,
but it will make me cry.” Nettie told her
that shows that she’s a caring person. The highlight
was when Nettie asked a student leaving the
cafeteria whether she had gotten a booklet.
The student said, “You gave me one earlier,
and I didn’t eat meat for dinner.”
—Cobie deLespinasse, 9/12/11
Katie, and I reached 4,275 students at
Montclair State. Saw so many reading, pointing
at pictures and showing friends. One student
and her fiancé wanted to get involved with
VO and leaflet in NJ. One girl teared and came
up to Mara saying she never knew about this,
and she wants to go vegetarian, and wanted to
know how to do it.
—Vic Sjodin, 9/15/11
(Who Killed the Electric Car?) and
friend joined me at Occidental College today.
Great conversation with members of the newly formed
student group. Then, at Blair High School, one
young lady stopped, asked about my eating habits,
and then said, “I want do it, I want to
—Nikki Benoit, 9/15/11
Ashley, Ben, Jacqueline, and I had
a great day at Arizona State’s downtown campus,
with a number of positive interactions. Ashley
met a young athletic guy who went vegetarian
after reading the booklet. John met a student
who ate organic chicken, but after reading the
brochure and talking to John, came back later
to say she was going vegetarian!
—Jeff Boghosian, 9/13/11
|Outreach 2 Occupy: Stewart reached 1,500 Los Angeles occupiers, including these two.|
2,150 students at North Carolina
State. I met a student who said she immediately
went vegetarian four years ago (at age 14) after
she picked up a booklet in the NCSU library
and read it while eating lunch. She was really
excited to see someone handing out booklets
and happily took a Guide. A vegan student
was surprised to see me handing out booklets
as well and was interested in getting involved
in the student AR group to connect with other
vegans. One student told me she had just been
in a discussion about the booklet in class.
I overheard another student who got a booklet
earlier in the day tell his friend, who had
just taken one, “That’s actually not bad
—Brandon Becker, 9/12/11
the University of Connecticut,
we met a number of vegetarians and vegans, some
who said they changed their eating habits as
a result of receiving leaflets from our previous
efforts. One guy said he got the booklet yesterday,
pledged to cut back eating animals, and asked
for a Guide.
Smashed the old record at Eastern Connecticut State today – 1,110! Soon after I started, a student stopped to tell me he read the booklet, and had not known anything about the terrible treatment of animals. His wife is pregnant with their first child, and they are both going vegetarian! Later, one guy stood right by me and read the booklet. After finishing, he told me he went to a slaughterhouse about three years ago, and it was the most horrendous thing he ever saw. He pledged to reduce his consumption of animals by at least half.
—Karen James, 9/15/11
great few days of leafleting –
hit Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion
U, Elizabeth City State, and UNC Wilmington.
ECSU, a mostly African-American school, had never
been leafleted before; a lady wearing a white
apron came running out of the cafe after me.
I thought I was going to get yelled at, but
it turned out that she wanted to pass out leaflets
to the students inside (she’s veg). I also had
some great interactions with athletes who thought
they needed meat for protein. After giving them
a Guide and relating examples of vegan
weightlifters, etc., they seemed really open
to the idea of a vegetarian diet. And at UNCW,
a student came up to me and said that the booklets
are really opening up a dialog and making them
think about their food choices. She stated that
she overheard some students who said they aren’t
going to eat meat anymore.
—Rob Gilbride, 9/15/11
|More South Texas students learn the hidden truth, and how to make a difference.|
Lori, and I set a huge new record
at West Valley College, reaching 1,676 students.
We all had fascinating conversations. One guy
came back to me to ask about the work; the gears
in this kid’s head were seriously turning.
He told me straight up he knows he needs to
go vegan. I kind of felt like I was talking
to a version of myself from six years ago.
We also shattered the old record at San Jose City College – 1,830. I had an amazing conversation with a young couple who were deeply disturbed by the brochure. I told them that being vegan really unifies the mind and body…factory farming is pure violence and putting that violence in ourselves is perpetuating an incredibly negative and destructive cycle. This deeply resonated with the dude, who I know is going to be making some serious changes.
—Brian Grupe, 9/8/11
|Carol Misseldine stops a biker in his tracks at the College of Marin.|
though I started the day feeling
blue, I was cheered almost immediately at Irvine
Valley College. As if scripted, a young couple
walking and reading their leaflets gave me a
thumbs up. The guy’s chin quivered as he thanked
me. Was thanked by numerous people, hugged four
times, inspired at least two former vegans to
come back, gave the finishing touches to a young
girl entertaining vegetarianism, and heard “Help
animals? Hell yes I will… I love animals”
more times than I can count. And smashed the
former record at this school.
—Nikki Benoit, 8/24/11
the University of Colorado’s Freshmen
Welcome, I went back to my bike for more leaflets
and saw six or so students taking a group picture
by the sign on the back of my bike, which reads,
“Be kind to animals…Please don’t eat
them.” As they were walking away I heard
them say something about everyone in their house
—Barbara Bear, 8/19/11
dedicated folks joined Jeff and me
to leaflet Phoenix’s First Friday Art Walk,
where we reached 3,387 interested people. We
met soooo many vegetarians – handed out 60
and seven AMLs.
One guy told us he’s been vegan since getting
a booklet at Arizona State three months ago.
—John Oberg, 9/3/11
|Kara Phalen is enthusiastic about helping the animals at Mt. San Antonio College.|
take rate at Oak Park River Forest
High School was excellent; nearly every student
replied with “Yes! I love to help animals”
to my “Info to help animals” line.
I was super pumped up after leafleting, and
can’t wait to go again.
—Darina Smith, 9/8/11
dinner, I leafleted Yale’s giant
Morality class as the students filed in. During
the class, the professor asked people to raise
their hands if they forgo eating things they
would otherwise, out of concern for the suffering
of nonhuman animals. Some 10% of the class of
600 raised their hands.
—Eitan Fischer, 9/6/11
tabled at Montgomery College’s student
activities fair, and leafleted next to the table.
The school’s main table was giving free hot
dogs to the students; this year, there was a
veggie dog option, and there were none left
by the end!
—Jon Camp, 9/9/11
1,480 students at North Carolina
Wesleyan College and East Carolina University.
One student said she was vegetarian for years,
but went back to eating meat because of gluten
allergies. I informed her of Jack’s
blog, gave her a Guide, and told
her I have vegan friends who are gluten free.
Returning during the next class, she thanked
me for being on campus and is now returning
—Rob Gilbride, 9/12/11
|Jeannie Trizzino changes another life at Chico State.|
and I blew out the old record
at Central Connecticut State, reaching 1,314
students, and giving out many dozens of Guides to vegetarians. Two students want to get involved
leafleting. Had some good conversations; e.g.,
after reading the literature, had at least six
people pledge to reduce their consumption of
animals/products by half.
—Karen James, 9/12/11
crowd at Richard Stockton College,
where Mara and I reached 1,000 progressive suburbanites.
Saw lots reading cover to cover. Had a nice
bro-down yesterday, a large football player
asked me, “What’s with this crazy vegan
thing, break it down.” I started, “The
word vegan, my brother, is just another word
for love, combined with intelligence.”
We parted friends after 10 minutes and he said
he would read the pamphlet and eat more plant-
—Vic Sjodin, 9/8/11
superstar leafleter Paulette joined
me for a quick leafleting at Millennium Park.
I had a nice conversation with a Christian and,
among other things, we discussed how Jesus would
feel if he saw how the animals were treated
in today’s modern factory farms. We both agreed
that he would be horrified. He seemed to think
deeply on this point.
—Mikael Nielsen, 9/4/11
|Michelle Brown makes the compassionate case at Denver’s Auraria campus.|
group of people gathered to watch
three seals being released back to the ocean,
so I decided to leaflet the crowd!
—Lana Smithson, 9/11/11
was amazing, as Jeni, Vic, Lori
and I reached 4,564 students at Mission College
and San Jose State – awesome take rate, awesome
conversations. We met a ton of interested folks
including one young lady, Julia, who has been
vegan for a year since getting a brochure. Vic
got the contact info of a young lady who wants
to get involved. One person said they were going
veg on the spot!
Friday, Seth, Jeni, and I set yet another record – 1,241 students reached at Las Positas College. Cool conversations with interested folks – the level of interest in the literature has skyrocketed over the last few years. So many people genuinely seem to care.
—Brian Grupe, 8/25/11
|Veg on the spot! Michelle had her life changed at Chico State.|
this can’t be real. All morning at Long
Beach Community College, I was stopped by students
wanting to get involved – some staff too. Collected
their details and am getting in touch with them.
More than ever, I had replies of: “Help
animals? Hell yeah, I love animals.” If
I could marry an institution, you’d be calling
me Mrs. LBCC.
Meaningful conversations, including a philosophy student looking for my “argument.” To sum it up, I quoted the head of the Department of Philosophy at Chaffey College, who said if person X disagrees with hurting and abusing animals, yet they eat animals and their secretions, they are morally schizophrenic. Period. This got his attention big time.
—Nikki Benoit, 8/18/11
A long and amazing day
at Colorado State! I was joined by the school’s
amazing animal rights group, as well as a local
volunteer, and together we reached over 2,100
students! I had many conversations with vegetarians
and inquisitive omnivores who were very intrigued,
shocked, and fascinated by the message. Such
a worthwhile day; I absolutely loved
connecting with the student AR group.
—Jeni Haines, 9/30/11
Our event at Michigan State was
very successful, mainly due to your literature.
We handed out all 200 copies within two hours!
Thanks for producing and sending these booklets,
and for all your work for the animals.
—Molly McBride, Students Promoting Animal Rights, 9/30/11
|Denise Hoffman helps enlighten the Orlando art festival crowd.|
Reached 550 students at
Lewis-Clark State and the University of Idaho.
Many of the students I reached today ignored
me initially, until they realized it was about
helping animals, and then they doubled back
for the leaflet. It is a huge highlight for
me when this happens.
—Caleb Wheeldon, 9/29/11
today: I had someone come back
to return a leaflet saying they love meat too
much. I told her she does not have to give up
meat overnight and can try going veg one day
a week and take it from there. She thought about
it and said, “You’re right. I’ll take the
leaflet back. Once a week. I can do that.”
This then happened again with another person!
—Sophie Feng, 10/2/11
day of outreach at Syracuse University.
Many people were interested, including a big
football player who wanted to know about vegan
protein, joining the AR club, etc.
—Vic Sjodin, 9/29/11
was my last leafleting at the
University of Colorado, and I was glad to share
the day with Lynn and Lisa. Thinking back to
when I began doing outreach at this campus 7
or 8 years ago, it seems like caring about animals
is much more accepted now than it was when I
—Barbara Bear, 8/22/11
|Diane Gandee Sorbi is happy to leaflet a disembodied hand at San Francisco State.|
more students reached at the University
of North Carolina, Greensboro. It felt great
being on campus again and leafleting. Most students
thanked me for being there. It never gets old
watching students read the information and hearing
how it has changed their eating habits. Looking
forward to more leafleting.
—Rob Gilbride, 8/29/11
and I totally rocked it at Kingsborough
Community College today. Everyone was so nice,
and we heard from lots of vegetarians. Two kids
were interested in getting involved, so I gave
them my contact information.
—Katie Pryor, 9/23/11
1,573 copies of Even If You
Like Meat to students at Indiana University
at Bloomington, along with 21 Guides
– heard from dozens of vegetarians! I overheard
a number of them tell their friends they had
become vegetarian from getting the booklet in
—Joe Espinosa, 8/30/11
volunteer Ava and I reached 700
people at Phoenix’s Rainbow Festival. We heard
from many people moving toward veg eating because
of our previous outreach. It’s great to see
so much movement!
—Jeff Boghosian, 10/2/11
|Bronte Cummings spreads sunshine and compassion at Cal State East Bay.|
Jeni, and I reached almost 2,000
students at Chabot College – a huge new record.
Previous times here, I didn’t meet a single
vegetarian; today, we each met several! Three
students pledged to me to move toward veg.
Today was epic, with Jack at the College of Alameda and Jeni, Vic, and me at UC Berkeley! I met a young lady who has been vegan for a year after getting one of our brochures at Warped Tour. A vegetarian and a former vegan committed on the spot to going vegan. Tons of people wanted to talk and many committed to eating more veg. In the last two weeks, we Bay Area activists have distributed 16,980 leaflets. I feel so fortunate to be doing this work with such amazing people every day.
—Brian Grupe, 8/25/11
|Deanne Thomsen leafleted Marquise at Denver’s Auraria campus; now he wants to get active for the animals.|
love Reed College! Many students
mentioned being veg. I was able to hit the lunch
rush near the cafeteria, and reached a significant
chunk of the total student population. I also
met a guy named Dylan who asked about getting
involved, mentioning that he wanted to leaflet
on his campus, and also that he had a car and
would like to help out in other parts of the
—Caleb Wheeldon, 9/16/11
receptive crowd at Mt. San Antonio
College’s summer session. One guy handed the
booklet back, saying he can’t look at the pictures,
“It’s horrible.” I thanked him for
caring, reminding him that the only hope these
animals have is us and our compassion. I told
him it’s not all or nothing and that he could
do what I did first: cut out chicken and eggs.
His face shifted, now I had his attention. He
took the booklet back and said he’d read it.
Heard from another guy who read a leaflet last week (someone else is handing them out here too, woohoo!) and he’s cut his meat back significantly because “the piece of chicken on my plate was once a live chicken, and they were hurt to get here. I don’t want to eat much meat anymore.” Guided? You know it!
Today at Chaffey College, my helper and I reached almost 1,900 new people. Tons of meaningful conversations! We heard from a girl who went vegan after I presented to her class last semester! Now she wants to help too, along with four other separate people I met, woohoo!
I LOVE how people are on autopilot and just say “NO” when you offer them a leaflet, but when it sinks in that you said “animals,” they come back and say, “Oh yes, please!”
—Nikki Benoit, 8/17/11
|Alexis Antonelli spreads the sunshine of compassion at Santa Monica College.|
a day! Jeni, Amman, and I made
a memorable first day of school for 1,281 students
at Los Medanos College. Then Lisa joined us
for Diablo Valley College’s first day, where
we reached an additional 1,725! Far too many
conversations to mention; we met dozens of vegetarians.
Great to see such progress at these schools
– people seem to really view the message as
Another huge day today with Kalie and Jeni at Solano College and Napa Valley College – we shattered both school’s records, reaching over 2,000 new students! At Solano, a woman walked by after getting a leaflet and said, “That’s it, I’m done.” We chatted and she said she couldn’t support this, she had to give up meat. She just had NO IDEA that animals were treated so bad. New veg, on the spot! Another young lady told me she had been veg since 7th grade after getting an Even If You Like Meat over 6 years ago – “That exact one, I still have it at home.”
—Brian Grupe, 8/17/11
College was busy today, and Peggy
and I got lots of great feedback, such as, “I
read the whole thing! That’s crazy! I am definitely
going to think twice about eating chicken!”
—Johanna Andris, 8/16/11
immensely positive day of outreach at
Northern Virginia Community College, where I
handed a VO booklet to over 1,000 students.
Lots of good questions, smiles, high fives,
etc. One young woman said that she has been
vegan since getting an Even If from
us last September.
—Jon Camp, 8/25/11
|Brian spies students at San José State (above) and College of Marin (below) fully engaged in learning the truth.|
I couldn’t join John, Sean, et al. in Tucson (where they reached nearly 5,000 students
at the University of Arizona and Pima Community
College), I was able to get to Arizona State’s
West campus over lunch. Glad I did – had a
great conversation with a young student who
was an editor for the school paper. She had
tried being veg several years ago but only lasted
a month. Now she’ll give it another shot.
—Jeff Boghosian, 9/7/11
record at the University of Southern
Maine – over 850! The acceptance rate was so
high that I felt shocked whenever someone declined.
—Lana Smithson, 9/8/11
Triangle was in full force at Jonathan
Safran Foer’s talk at the University of North Carolina.
His book Eating Animals was chosen
as the summer reading selection for both Duke
& UNC, so we hope to have many more veg
and veg-sympathizers here in NC! Javier, Leeanne,
Amanda, John, Brenda, Rob, and I reached 650
of these soon-to-be friends of the animals!
—Eleni Vlachos, 8/25/11
and I set a new record at Fountain
Square. One highlight: I approached a group
of three women, got shot down by the first,
the second took a leaflet and, when the third
saw what they were, she asked for two and said,
“They need to see this,” and proceeded
to chase down friend number one who had originally
turned me down!
—Kevin O’Connor, 8/27/11
really well at the University
of Toronto today, with good conversations. A
middle-aged university worker took a booklet
on her way outside to have her lunch; she came
back and talked to me on her way back in, said
she was no longer going to eat chickens as it
was awful what they do to them, and asked for
another booklet to give her friend.
—Alex Greenwood, 8/26/11
and I reached over 1,500 folks
at Northern Illinois University, and we noticed
a marked decrease in the number thrown down or
out. On girl turned down a booklet, saying she
is already vegetarian. After explaining what
was in the Guide, and that we had a
local group for support, community events, and
outreach opportunities, she completely changed
her tune and left in a very positive mood. She
also left with a few booklets to pass on to
—Jon Bockman, 8/24/11
of us had great outreach at Boulder’s
Pearl St. Mall this evening. Several former vegans
told us they were coming back!
—Barbara Bear, 8/17/11
was in action from 7:30am–4:00pm
at the University of Chicago, and heard from
a number of vegetarians. One said it was a booklet
she had received from us previously that led
her to stop eating meat.
—Joe Espinosa, 8/16/11
From a recent batch of Guide requests:
a Lady Gaga concert in Oakland,
CA, a girl was passing out the Even If You
Like Meat booklet. It has changed me and
my girlfriend’s eating habits forever!!!!
—JC, El Sobrante, CA, 9/17/11
A boy handed me a booklet at
Santa Rosa Jr. College – and it worked!
—SA, Occidental, CA, 9/7/11
Heard about you at Warped Tour. I am ready to make this change!
—TJ, Culpeper, VA, 9/13/11
Birds aren’t angry at him!
Vegetarian since getting a booklet at Pasadena City College last fall.
of Washington was incredible. I did not receive
a single negative comment and many people thanked
me for being there. When foot traffic slowed,
I was able to engage a few people in conversations
and had some great chats, including two vegetarians
who want to eat more vegan food. There were
three food trucks on-site, and all three have
vegan options. The best was the hot dog vendor,
who stocked delicious Field
I pointed this out constantly to the students,
and many told me they loved vegan food and ate
it all the time because it’s better than the
—Caleb Wheeldon, 9/8/11
Over 1,000 newly
at UC San Diego. Approaching my
last hour, it happened: “Excuse me, would
you mind speaking to my class?” Um…let’s
see if I can articulate this clearly: HELL YES
PLEASE! I chatted with his 50-person class about
our individual roles in society, hidden atrocities
in the fabric of our communities and our irrefutable
role in them. All the while, Prof. Evans leafleted
the class! Wrapping up, students kept requesting
until I was all out!
More great stuff at Oxnard College and Ventura Community College today. For example, Omar read his leaflet immediately, cover to cover, then thanked me profusely for handing it to him. Knowing it’s not cool to abuse and confine anyone for any reason, he knew going veg was a must…he just needed someone to point it out.
Side note: was in Yosemite recently, and in the little village mart, they carry five flavors of Primal Strips. And in the busiest aisle in the freezer section they have vegan shrimp and vegan fish! Got demand? Oh yeah baby, globe-trotters dig plants!
—Nikki Benoit, 7/11/11
|Scout Kilbourne and Kate St. John rock it for the animals at Warped Tour, Atlanta.|
Yesterday at the Stern Grove Festival,
I had an incredibly high take rate; many perked
up once they heard the material was about animals.
I met dozens of vegetarians, and was thanked
by quite a few people. One woman walked back
and forth a few times to get friends. She told
me she overheard some people saying things like,
“Wow, this is so bad” and “I’m
never eating meat again.”
—Brian Grupe, 7/18/11
Great outreach at
the Boulder Farmers’ Market. For example, one
woman didn’t want a Compassionate Choices
brochure when I offered, because she went vegan
a few years ago after receiving one!
—Barbara Bear, 7/23/11
at Herald Square today – Jim and I reached
900 people! Two young kids came up to me for
a booklet, which they brought back to read with
their mother. The three of them spent some time
reading the Compassionate Choices,
and then the mother and daughter came up
to me and asked questions. Before they left,
I thanked the mother for taking the time to
explain all of this to her kids. This was one
of the greatest interactions I’ve had while
—Danielle Amodeo, 7/28/11
|David Coman-Hidy and Rich Sheer reach out at the Warped Tour’s Cincinnati stop.|
Rich and I reached almost 500 people
at Fountain Square’s Saturday concert. A number
of vegetarians, and one person thanked me for
being there. The highlight of the evening was
a young man who said he got a leaflet at
the Warped Tour’s Cincinnati stop a couple of
weeks ago and had not eaten meat since!
—Kevin O’Connor, 8/13/11
Was great to be back in action
with college leafleting. Good
conversations at Northern Virginia Community
College, Alexandria. I broke my old record there
by a couple hundred, in spite of being stopped
by the earthquake!
—Jon Camp, 8/23/11
Sean, Ashley, Jason, Michael and
I reached over 400 people at the
Decemberists concert. One interesting thing
about that night was the high percentage of
women who declined and then had their male companion
—Jeff Boghosian, 8/11/11
|Jeni Haines helps a Santa Rosa Junior College student break through the lies; below, another SRJC student is engrossed in learning the truth.|
Yesterday at work,
a colleague began asking me about my diet. I
gave her a Compassionate Choices; she
started reading it and literally began weeping.
She said she had no idea animals were treated
that way. We talked about making veg choices
and she took a Guide. Just goes to
show how critical our work is – there are people
like her who would care if they knew!
—Leslie Patterson, 8/10/11
Deborah, Joe, Leslie, Laura, Madonna,
Wally, Darina and I reached 2,900
people with CVA’s
Would Jesus Eat Meat Today? booklet
at the Night of Hope Conference. Emphasizing
“vegetarian” when offering people
a booklet from the “Christian Vegetarian
Association,” many people actively sought
out the booklet. We frequently saw people closely
reading the booklets – a great success!
—Jon Bockman, 8/6/11
From a recent batch of Guide requests:
Someone at my college
was passing out booklets. They explained to
me the values and convinced me to give it a
—AG, Ontario, CA
Came across VeganOutreach.com,
read Why Vegan?, and was surely persuaded!
—RV, Wheaton, IL
I was at the Green Cruise in
Ferndale, Michigan and received some of your
literature. I was shocked by what I saw and
read. I am going to make a concerted effort
to rid my diet of animal products.
—CS, Hazel Park, MI
Manhattan, I was given your booklet.
Great Information! I’m going to share this information
with my high school students. I’m definitely
eliminating chicken and fish and becoming a
—YP, Queens Village, NY
You could make this up, but with it really happening, you don’t need to. While reaching over 1,700 students at Citrus College:
- By 7:56 am, a young lady (right) brought her leaflet back asking where to get the plant-based cheeses and things in her neighborhood, because she’s going vegan now!
- Was thanked by an administrator for being out there, Guided her twice (for her and a friend).
- By 8:37 am, a young woman (below) said she went vegetarian five months ago because of a leaflet we (Yvonne and I) gave her. Guided? You bet.
- Met ANOTHER woman whose diet also changed five months ago because of a leaflet we gave her…only she went vegan! Guided.
- Loads more amazing conversations. Lost track of how many times I was thanked and how many veggies I heard from. Perfect model for how powerful leafleting can be.
—Nikki Benoit, 9/8/11
my lunch break, I reached 150
more students at Arizona State’s West campus.
I had a great conversation with a young student
who was an editor for the school paper. She
had tried being veg several years ago but only
lasted a month, but now seemed interested in
giving it another shot.
—Jeff Boghosian, 9/7/11
520 students at CUNY Staten Island.
Everyone was very receptive and kind! Two vegetarians
are interested in helping in the future!
—Katie Pryor, 8/30/11
crowd at the concert tonite, but
one guy came back to tell us he had been on
his way to the restaurant on the corner to get
some chicken strips but, after getting our leaflet,
he got a vegan burger instead.
—Kevin O’Connor, 7/6/11
favorite moment from leafleting
the farmers’ market was when a mom said no
to a brochure, then pointed to her 12-year-old
son and said, “Give it to him, he’ll want
one for sure.” The boy immediately started
to read it as the whole family walked away.
It was a nice switch from the parents who try
to keep the info from their children.
—Barbara Bear, 7/9/11
|Engrossed in the truth at Glendale Community College (above and below).|
more students at the University
of Wisconsin. Heard from an amazing 16 vegetarians,
including 2 who stated that they dropped meat
after getting a booklet from us in the past.
—Joe Espinosa, 8/2/11
the concert tonite, plenty of
youngsters reacted very enthusiastically to
“Info to help animals.” One kid
asked immediately how he could donate to our
group. Also, I offered a leaflet to a young
girl who was walking with what I took to be
her grandfather. I thought the older guy would
reject the leaflet but he took one then came
back and said he was a vegetarian for 40 years
and trying to go vegan. I gave him a Guide
and some web resources.
—Darina Smith, 7/15/11
such great outreach at UC Berkeley
today! Reached 500+ in only two hours. Really
receptive students and future students aka touring
juniors and seniors. Lots of big smiles, thank
yous and quite a few turnarounds once they
realized what the material was. Awesome!
—Brian Grupe, 7/12/11
and I had many positive interactions
today in Times Square. It’s great when you see
people actually opening the booklets and having
the right kind of reaction! We were able to
distribute leaflets to many different tour groups,
reaching many children, which was fantastic!
—Danielle Amodeo, 7/20/11
Times Square today, an Australian
girl told me she had gotten one of the booklets
thee years ago down under and went veg.
—Casey Constable, 7/27/11
Great Hudson River Revival turned
out to be the most successful event we have
had in our outreach programs. Our booth was
the most popular in the activist area of over
30 booths, and we put Compassionate Choices
into the hands of 400 new people! People were
happy to see that we were there. We got the
sense that many people are ready for a lifestyle
change. We also were asked by two other event
organizers to join them at their events in the
—Shanti Urreta, 6/19/11
a great week leafleting the Warped
Tour, from Kansas City to Darien, NY! At almost
every stop, we heard from people who are vegetarian
because of getting a booklet at last year’s
—Jon Camp, 7/14/11
|Eric Griffith makes the animals’ case at the University of Georgia.|
actually just wanted to congratulate you on
this amazing website. Tomorrow, I am doing my
first leafleting. I was very nervous, but
your articles on vegan advocacy
really helped me to have a more clear vision
on what I have to do tomorrow, and also made
me realize that I don’t have to be angry on
meat eaters because I will not help the animals.
It really changes my whole perception on how
to do vegan campaigning and approach people.
And I will suggest to the animal rights group
for which I volunteer to adopt a college.
—CH, Belgium, 9/9/11
Santa Rosa Junior College this
morning, a guy (Brian) offered me your booklet. I was late for class
and went by without picking it up, but I saw
the cover, was intrigued, and after class went
to get one. I have to tell you that I cried
all the way home! Yes, I had read about these
slaughterhouses and bad conditions before, but
for some reason YOUR booklet hit home! I couldn’t
ignore it anymore. And you are right: don’t
make a total commitment to being a vegan and
then stop because it’s too hard. It’s better
to gradually eat less and less meat and keep
THAT commitment. I know now that my changes
will come – you are so right. I want to encourage
you to keep handing out booklets at schools
– it works!
|Rob Gilbride makes the animals’ case at Duke University.|
degrees at Purdue University,
where I used my day off to reach 1,500+ new
people. At one point, a group of athletic guys
stopped. One told me it was getting one of our
leaflets that caused his sister to go vegan,
then their whole family to go vegan, including
him, though he said he has been slipping now
that he is at college. He said, “I just
want to let you know you are making a difference.”
I asked him if he wanted a Guide about
how to stay healthy without animal products
and he said yes. Then, surprisingly, the other
boys he was with said they wanted them too.
—Leslie Patterson, 8/31/11
was good to be in the old stomping
grounds of Thomas Jefferson with new volunteer
Jesse Grimes; together, we reached over 2,000
UVA Cavaliers. Had positive conversations with
individuals who were moved as a result of receiving
a booklet today or in the past. I also chatted
with a professor who teaches animal ethics.
—Jon Camp, 8/31/11
was incredibly productive at Borough
of Manhattan Community College, where I reached
over 950 students. One vegetarian and one very
interested person stopped by, and another commented
in passing that he had just gone vegetarian.
—Katie Pryor, 9/2/11
|You don’t have to be able to hear to be moved to compassion, as Dalila Cunha shows at the College of Marin.|
back to school, and back in action.
Today was the undergraduate organizations bazaar,
where we gave out 125 VO booklets together with
leaflets for our first meeting. Got lots of
sign-ups, including three vegans and numerous
—Eitan Fischer, Yale Animal Welfare Alliance, 9/4/11
and I had a great day at Western
Connecticut State University, where we reached
nearly 800 students. Loads of people interested
in the materials, including different people
who wanted to get active. A local radio DJ approached
me and wants to interview me on their talk show!
—Karen James, 8/31/11
spectacular day of outreach at
the College of Marin, where Carol, Dalila, and
I set a new record for the school – 865 new
people reached. Tons of awesome conversations,
and we met dozens of vegetarians/vegans. I had
a nice chat with a police officer who grew up
on a farm in the South and is disgusted by how
we farm today. He accepted a Guide.
I leafleted another police officer who I saw
twice more, still holding on to his leaflet.
Was thanked for leafleting by a ton of people.
—Brian Grupe, 9/1/11
|Nikki came across this Pasadena City College student who’s greatly altered his diet after receiving a booklet last term.|
at the University of Southern California,
we reached over 2,500 students. Yvonne heard
from a woman who’s been holding on to her leaflet
for (get this…you ready? Wait for it……)
FIVE years. And FINALLY decided to read it YESTERDAY.
Bought some of that “seitan stuff”
and really liked it. Yvonne Guided
her. Talk about a long germination cycle!
—Nikki Benoit, 8/31/11
College was great leafleting! Lucy and Anandini were there most of the day,
and I joined in for one hour. Met some people
who have gone veg because of receiving the booklet
in the past; they also met someone who got a
booklet, went to class, read it in class, and
then came back to tell them they’re going veg
now because of it.
—Kenny Torrella, 9/1/11
|Representin’ compassion at the Marysville, CA Warped stop!|
Stewart and I were leafleting
inside the Carson, CA Warped Tour stop, I didn’t
notice two young girls sitting behind me reading
the booklets. During a quiet moment, I hear,
“I think it’s time to do something about
this.” I look over and Lauren says, “It’s
just not right to eat some animals and love
others.” We chatted about exercise / protein / alternatives, and she and Sarah both got Guided. Minutes later Lauren says, “Ya know, it’s
just not right to see how wrong this situation
is and walk away. Can I help you?” Yes,
she and her friend Sarah not only committed
to altering their eating habits but helped us
leaflet the crowd, too! And they’re both excited
to help me this fall.
—Nikki Benoit, 8/11/11
|Kate St. John met these two rockers who’ve been vegan since being leafleted at Warped 2009.|
From a recent batch of Guide requests:
I was at
Warped and someone happened to
be handing out brochures. It was pure luck that
I put it in my bag. When I got home, I read
it, and now I am really looking forward to this!
—CF, Sun City, AZ, 8/8/11
I was walking out of Warped and
I was handed a booklet. I always thought it
would be interesting to try being a vegan and
after doing some research, now’s the time.
—JT, Litchfield, IL, 8/4/11
Someone gave me a booklet outside
of a concert. Thank you for making me aware
about what’s going on.
—VM, Belton, TX, 7/25/11
I got your booklet at
the Warped Tour. It was truly inspiring.
—SG, Kingsport, TN, 7/29/11
Tour! I realized I can be cruelty
free. I’m ready!
—BP, Salt Lake City, 8/8/11
|At the Marysville Warped stop, Kitty, Lauren, Jeni, John, Crystal, Brian, Vic, and Anthony celebrate reaching over 7,500 new people.|
Bluffs, IA was my last day on
the Warped Tour for this year. These last 10
days had us reaching 76,750 kids. I can’t remember
having as much fun as I’ve had over this last
month. Damn! Traveling solo has its merits,
but traveling with some of your favorite people,
doing long days of outreach, and seeing some
of the best people in the world, city after
I’m continually floored by what an amazing network of Vegan Outreach activists exists. Thanks to everyone on this list who leafleted with us, who housed us, and who continues to donate towards this work. As evidenced by the people who mentioned being veg as a result of our past outreach, the tons and tons of starter guide requests that have been coming in this summer, and the online feedback (such as this Twitter post: “those pamphlets they hand out at warped make me wanna be vegan omg”), we’re making huge inroads.
VO’s work is such a team effort and we are definitely a team on the move. Let’s go into the fall semester strong!
—Jon Camp, 8/5/11
|Bodacious Brian leads two more Chaffey College students to the truth.|
I received your Compassionate
Choices, and would like to request a free
I was really turned on to the idea of “cruelty-free eating” by this line in the booklet:
“If you decide to eliminate animal-derived foods from your diet, please remember: the objective is to reduce suffering, not to achieve personal purity or perfection.”
I’m glad to read that, because now I’d like to follow a path towards reducing animal suffering through intelligent choices.
Thanks for your
Previously, I got one of your booklets, and
after reading it, I can’t eat meat ever again.
I think about some poor little creature.… I’m working to
convert my husband.
From a recent batch of Guide requests:
Heard about it at
Warped Tour 2010 and thought about going vegan.
I tried, failed…then after this year’s Warped
Tour, I got another pamphlet and I decided to
do whatever it takes to go vegan.
|Awesome Alexandra provides the animals a voice at Santa Monica College.|
A friend showed
of your brochures. I knew it was bad but wow.
I went to a concert in
Comerica Park in Detroit. Your brochure changed
the way I see animals.
While waiting in an office at
Lehigh University, I saw a pamphlet on the table
that a professor had distributed. I had tried
being vegetarian a few years ago, but it only
lasted for two weeks. I want to take another
try at it.
I got your booklet at
the Warped Tour. You opened my eyes.
Choices passed to me after
an Animal Collective concert in VA on July 11
really made me start to think about a vegan diet
in a completely different way.
|From the LA Warped Tour stop, Nikki reports: “Not only did Lauren commit to cutting animals out of her diet, but she also said, ‘It’s not enough to say it’s not cool – can I help?’ She and her friend took 100 booklets and hit the crowd!”|
|Anthony Policano spends his birthday helping San Diego Warped attendees make compassionate choices, while the great Kath Rogers (right) waits for her next encounter. Below, two SD rockers are deep in learning the truth.|
a day! Happy and appreciative
people at Grossmont College, with good constructive
conversations. One young lady came back with
her copy of Compassionate Choices saying,
“Thank you for this. I’m done, and going
vegan right now.” And another student came
back saying, “I want to go veg but don’t
know where to start. What should I do?”
More good interactions and comments at Cuyamaca College! Met a chef who doesn’t eat meat because “it’s insane” and said, “Every time you come here, you make me cry.” She was very excited to hear about alternatives to eggs in baking. She also said her daughter got a VO booklet somewhere and it made her vegan!
—Nikki Benoit, 6/29/11
Another great day at
Union Square (New York), where Danielle and
I reached 500 new people! Everyone was very
receptive. One woman was so excited that we
were taking action for the animals that she
felt inspired and took brochures for all of
her friends and coworkers. We met people who
were so motivated by the Compassionate Choices
literature that they decided to go vegan for
lunch that day. Promising first steps!
—Meredith Thompson, 6/28/11
Very nice students at
Malcolm X College. One woman stopped to tell
me she spends her time helping humans not animals,
and I pointed out it does not take extra time
to choose vegetarian meals and we can prevent
a huge amount of suffering by doing so.
—Leslie Patterson, 6/22/11
University of Illinois, Chicago,
I heard from an impressive 15 vegetarians –
including one who stated that getting the booklet
from us there in the past is what moved him
to become vegetarian – and 8 vegans. The
city that was once known as the slaughterhouse
capital of the world is changing to one of the
most veg-friendly cities in the world.
—Joe Espinosa, 6/21/11
|Three-year-old Nicholas makes sure the Boulder crowd knows how to make compassionate choices.|
is amazing that VO has distributed
15 million booklets! Also that it is translating
into the huge increase in numbers of vegetarians
and vegans is really encouraging.
And shows how the steady, patient, one-person-at-a-time
approach is really paying off.
love the message of your August
3 enewsletter, but you’re understating
the value of Jack’s
book. Your math is wrong. If you
could increase the number of permanent vegetarians
from 25% to 100% of initial converts, that would
be four times as many vegetarians, not three
—Steve P, 8/4/11
what a day! I hopped on my bike
with 200 leaflets for UC Berkeley; lo and behold,
I was out within an hour. Rode home for more!
Dave stopped by for a bit; between us, we reached
500 students. I had 10 different awesome
conversations with vegans, vegetarians, and
meat eaters. Never a dull moment!
—Brian Grupe, 6/20/11
great time leafleting Boulder’s
farmers’ market and the Pearl Street Mall. There
were so many positive comments throughout the
night: “Thanks for doing what you’re doing”
“I love animals!” “I’m
all over this!” Even a thumbs up with,
“I think you vegans are onto something.”
Yes we are!
—Barbara Bear, 7/6/11
three students turned me or Shannon
down today at Ben Franklin High School, and
only three leaflets were discarded! Also chatted
with a teacher’s helper who runs the environmental
club at school – took my card to have me speak
next year! They had an event this year and gave
out vegan samples.
Tuesday, Yvonne and I had one of our best reception-rate days at UCLA. The politeness of the students was almost Hitchcockianly creepy. Yvonne had a couple of moms from a tour group thank her profusely and ask for more lit and Guides! While offering them the Guides, a passerby behind her poked his head over saying, “You have recipe guides??” and he got one too!
—Nikki Benoit, 6/24/11
Kim, Kristine, Taylor, Jordan,
Grace, Lorraine, Shannon, Stewart, Tania, Christian,
Sally, Nikki and I just killed it at the Warped
Tour’s Pomona stop – we reached 11,350 new
people! This is the best group of leafleters
I’ve ever worked with and enough can’t be said
about their dedication. It’s an honor to leaflet
with such great activists and good-hearted people.
—John Oberg (right), 7/1/11
|Arathi Jayaram helps open eyes at the Chicago Warped Tour stop, with David Coman-Hidy in the background.|
reading Adopt a College
posts, I saw Jon’s recommendation
to leaflet shows by the Decemberists. I clicked
on the link he provided and, to my great surprise,
saw that they were playing at that very moment
just 10 miles away! I jumped in my car immediately.
The folks I found were friendly and I had good
conversations. Someone gave me a high five after
getting a leaflet. A few commented on how “messed
up” factory farming is. Several young men
wearing “Environment Maine” T-shirts
seemed very interested in the info.
Today at the Michael Franti concert, I heard from a family of vegetarians and a family of vegans. I also heard from a woman who said she had been a vegetarian but developed a severe B12 deficiency. She said she would prefer to be vegetarian and to raise her three children veg, but the deficiency really scared her, and her doctors (plural) told her she must eat meat (which she now does). I told her about Jack’s website and she seemed interested to check it out.
—Lana Smithson, 6/16/11
Golden West College, a buff athletic
man eagerly accepted a booklet when offered
“Info to help animals?” When he passed
by later, he was still buried nose-deep reading
it! I thanked him for doing so and he stopped
to say, “I was driving on the freeway yesterday
and saw a truck with chickens crammed in the
back…that pissed me off!! So THANK YOU for
being out here doing this. I WILL read this!”
—Nikki Benoit, 6/13/11
Hall in Brooklyn is a great spot!
The people who pass by are very friendly and
receptive to the cause. Meredith and I had loads
of people ask us questions on what to eat after
reading the pamphlet. We handed out 500 in only
an hour, and will definitely bring more next
—Danielle Amodeo, 7/1/11
|At Chicago’s Fiesta del Sol, ¿Por qué vegetariano? has captured another mind.|
day leafleting the Boulder Farmers’
Market / Yoga Festival. I had so many
conversations with people who were in transition
from flesh-eating to vegetarian and vegetarian
to vegan I can’t recount them all. I also met
loads of vegans today. One guy told me he’d
gotten a Compassionate Choices on campus
a year or two ago and since then had really
embraced the ideas in it. A woman told me that
since getting a Compassionate Choices
and our conversing then, she’s decided to go
vegan after being on the fence for years. She
asked me all kinds of questions about dairy
substitutes, etc. and read the Guide
from cover to cover.
—Barbara Bear, 6/18/11
summer school and prospective
students were receptive at the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas, even though it was very hot!
“I got that before.”
“What’d you think?”
“KFC is off the menu now!”
—Elaine Vigneault, 6/20/11
|Alexandra Paul takes the animals’ message to another student at Santa Monica College.|
– incredibly impressive! It really is helpful
to see how resources are being so effectively
used. Also, that’s really very interesting about
Appetit – I think that’s a very
powerful benchmark – a huge increase, and I
believe that your efforts can take the credit!
680 more at Cal State Long Beach
– feel the love! Heard many thanks and felt
some shift in real time.
Just gotta say how grateful I am to have the chance to speak for animals, opening eyes and hearts, carrying out the vision of you amazing humans with Vegan Outreach. I can’t thank you enough for all you do, donors and volunteers. I’m completely honored to have the ability to help.
—Nikki Benoit, 6/6/11
dang, the kids at Oakland Technical
High School were great! Jeni and I have done
this school before and we don’t remember
everyone being as receptive. Got some funny
comments, heartfelt ones, and a little bit of
healthy antagonism. Only a few booklets ended
up on the ground; we saw many more kids reading
—Brian Grupe, 6/8/11
crowd at The Decemberists concert
was so good it was surreal – we quickly reached
650 polite and responsive individuals. I also
ran into a lad who said, “Vegan Outreach,
right?” Me: “Yes!” Lad: “Awesome!”
And, as always, it was great to leaflet with
Kate and Aaron!
—Jon Camp, 6/13/11
communications class final was
a speech. I chose mine to be on eating a plant-based
diet, and gave everyone a booklet. It went fantastic.
I also brought in vegan cookies. I don’t think
I’ve been more pleased, until I saw my grade
on it: 280/280. My instructor’s note:
“Great delivery, pace, and eye contact.
I won’t lie, the cookies also helped your grade.”
—Taylor Waters, 6/9/11
|By any means possible: David Coman-Hidy goes to great lengths to reach more people at Warped Tour’s Minneapolis stop.|
tied up on weekdays lately, so
I was really happy to see a semi-full parking
lot when I passed by Miami-Dade College. Leafleting
went great – many students immediately looking
through the info. Sad to think of the moral
blindness so many go through their lives in,
but at the same time experiencing that makes
the fact that I stopped in today an even more
worthwhile time spent for me. That’s one of
the best things about leafleting in my book
– no one can ever accuse us of preaching to
the choir, now can they? I think not.
—Yuri Mitzkewich, 6/11/11
Atkinson and I went to the big
farmers’ market in San Francisco at the Ferry
Building on Saturday. We handed out 170 in 40
minutes and, as far as we could see, there were
I’ve been so happy to find Vegan Outreach so I could finally do something. It has helped relieve me of that terrible sick feeling I get in my stomach thinking about what is happening to millions of animals at that very moment.
—Leslie Goldberg, 7/10/11
|After receiving a booklet from Nikki, students at Palomar have their eyes opened and lives changed.|
Another fantastic leafleting
at First Friday Art Walk! We had 26 activists
out, including 21 leafleters (the other 5
helped out in numerous ways). Together, we reached
2,693 people, including giving out dozens and
dozens of Guides.
We met quite a few people who’ve been affected
by VO booklets in the past. Many conversations
went like this: “Would you like info to
help animals?” “Oh, I got those
before!” “So are you vegetarian?”
“Yeah!” “Excellent, here’s
—John Oberg, 6/3/11
Today was really successful
at Columbus State, where I reached 200 more
students. At least 8 stopped to talk with
me about animal rights; the general responses
were ones of disgust at the literature’s contents,
as well as concern, and interest. An older student
told me that she had gone vegan after reading
our literature and talking with me previously.
Needless to say, that was really exciting.
—Jenny Nelson, 5/25/11
When leafleting the Denver Pride
Fest, someone told me that they
got a Compassionate Choices last year
in Hollywood and went vegan because of it.
—Lisa Shapiro, 6/27/11
Good reception at Wright State,
along with a general tone of curiosity on the
issue from many students. Heard from three vegans
and nine vegetarians; one stated that getting
the booklet in the past is what moved her to
—Joe Espinosa, 5/24/11
Someone handed me
your Even If You Like Meat booklet
on the street, and I think it might change my
I first heard about
this when I was younger – people were passing
out booklets – but I was just 10 years old
and knew I would have little support. I’ve luckily
found you again by surfing the internet.
Today I was interviewed by
an ESL (English as a Second Language) student
at Oregon State for a speaking project. The
idea of organizations and a movement dedicated
to promoting not eating animals was new to her.
We looked at the VO booklets and some other
things. She was shocked. I gave her 20 Even
Ifs, 20 Guides, and 2 Compassionate
Choices to share with her classmates and
instructor. We also looked at several websites,
including VO. (It’s great that there are Chinese
translations there, as this student is from
—Nettie Schwager, 5/24/11
|Even more Riley! This time, young Ms. Law helps Warped Tour attendees learn the truth.|
Lori, Jeni, and I reached over
1,500 people at the Live 105 concert
– what a great experience! There were fewer
than 10 booklets that ended up on the ground, no one
was drunk, and most were cordial if not downright
friendly. We leafleted the lines waiting and
had 90% take rate. We watched many people taking
the time to give the brochure a good read through.
It was exciting to see!
—Brian Grupe, 6/5/11
Good conversations at
North Carolina State. One student told me he
went vegetarian last October but was interested
in going vegan because he knew vegetarian wasn’t
enough; I gave him a Guide and my contact
info to help him make the vegan transition.
An older guy told me he got a VO booklet a year
ago and was cleaning the clutter in his house
last night and came across it. He gave it to
his wife and she read it and was horrified by
the treatment of animals used for food. He got
a Guide as well.
—Brandon Becker, 6/6/11
Handed out 499 Compassionate
Choices and 5 Guides at the
Boulder Creek Festival. Some people thanked
me for being there, and a mom and ~9-year-old
daughter came back to tell me that they got
a booklet a couple of years ago and have been
vegetarian ever since.
—Barbara Bear, 5/29/11
|July 4 – Olivia Gros promotes freedom for all; full story here.|
to a 7th grade class at a magnet
school in Philadelphia, and gave them all a
copy of Compassionate Choices. The
presentation was about factory farming and veg
eating. At the end I asked if they’d ever eaten
anything vegetarian. I expected maybe one or
two to raise their hands. Instead almost everyone
in the class did, and many named these things
they’d eaten: vegetarian riblets, Tofurky, veggie
deli slices, veggie chicken patties, tofu, vegan
ice cream sandwiches, and more. And these are
(smart, future leaders) 7th graders from the
city of Philadelphia!!
Afterwards, as a service project, the teacher decided that she’d have the class do a Meatless Mondays program where they try to get their families to go meatless on Mondays for the rest of the school year. We’re getting them lots of info and resources to help.
How cool is it that in 2011, virtually all of a 7th grade class in a city like Philly has already been eating (and liking) some vegetarian and vegan meals! Just think where we will be in 10 years if we all keep working as hard and as smart as we can.
—Nick Cooney, 5/5/11
|At the Ventura Warped Tour stop, the truth is more compelling than the music.|
but productive class change at
Lonestar College, Kingwood. Met an African-American
teacher who was thankful I was out there, and
wanted to cut out the birds from her diet and
go vegetarian; she got a Guide.
One student gave me a hug and a few mentioned
seeing the booklet in the past. Others were
overhead saying “it’s sad.”
—Casey Constable, 5/5/11
saw the Chick-fil-A cow mascot
with an “Eat Mor Chicken” sign being
guided by two young women. So I walked up to
the ladies and said, “Surely, you love
animals, right?” They said yes, so I gave
them both a copy of Compassionate Choices.
—Jennifer Mennuti, 4/19/11
and I set a new record at Oakland
High School, reaching over 460 students! I met
a young lady who said she had read the leaflet
and was going to go veg, right there on the
spot! We heard other students saying “vegan”
and “vegetarian” in passing. They
may not be veg yet, but this is on their radar!
—Brian Grupe, 5/18/11
|Is that skateboard comfy? At Oxnard College, another student has his life changed by a VO booklet.|
leafleting at the University of Toronto,
I met a former vegetarian who got a Guide
as well as a Compassionate Choices.
She had been vegetarian for six years until
poor health made her stop; she had low iron
(proved in blood tests) and her hair was falling
out. She has been eating some chicken and fish,
but wants to get back into vegetarianism. I
told her about Jack and VeganHealth.org.
She seemed inspired to find out I have been
a vegan for over two decades, so I’m glad I had
the chance to talk to her.
—Alex Greenwood, 5/24/11
of great conversations at Montgomery
College, Takoma Park. For example: I had a great
discussion with a guy who was moved by the booklet,
but found the idea of eating veg to be daunting.
In addition to stressing that “it doesn’t
have to be all or nothing” and emphasizing
the simplicity of using mock meats, I mentioned
that challenging ourselves to try new things
and go beyond our current situation is what
life is all about. By the time he left the table,
he seemed committed to eating more veg meals.
—Jon Camp, 5/4/11
|School’s out, leafleting’s in! Teacher and Super Dad Stewart Solomon gets the Warped Tour rolling.|
help and good conversations lately.
At Concordia College, one woman said, “I
got one of those booklets in October, and now
I’m a vegetarian.” She was excited to get
At North Dakota State University, one man said,
“I had a summer job in a turkey plant.
It was so sickening, I just walked off the job.
I didn’t even collect my paycheck.”
—Fred Tyler, 4/28/11
& Kate (aka The Humane League)
and I reached 3,600 students at George Mason
today – a huge new record! Combining last night’s
outreach with today’s, we reached over 5,000
folks in the last 24 hours.
—Jon Camp, 5/2/11
vegan bake sale at Towson University;
reached 500 students with booklets. One student
said, “I went vegan from reading this last
—Kate St. John, 5/3/11
at Boulder’s Puttin’ on the Leash
Humane Society gala was great! We doled out
vegan sesame chickun from a local restaurant,
along with various flavors of Purely Decadent
nice cream. People were wowed by both, but they
really couldn’t believe how good the vegan chickun
was. Some people had trouble believing it wasn’t
chickens’ flesh. Confirmed animal eaters started
talking about veganism! Three people told us
they’d gone veg or vegan because of our outreach
at past Humane Society events, and many vegetarians
came to the table to thank us for being there.
Many great conversations; e.g., a man who rescues
animals as a volunteer with United Animal Nations
said we got him questioning why he rescues some
animals and eats others. Hopefully being in
the presence of vegan literature, posters, and
smiling vegans all night helped him further
along the path.
—Barbara Bear, 4/23/11
had a lot of positive reactions,
and only one or two negative, while leafleting Taste
of Chicago. One young lady said she went vegetarian
after getting a booklet last year.
—Kenny Torrella, 7/3/11
|Bryan Wilson promotes animal freedom on the 4th of July; photo by Carla Wilson.|
College was great! I met quite
a few ex-vegetarians who seemed open to going
back. I met a vegan getting something to drink
from their snack bar and we exchanged high fives.
The cashier wanted to check out a leaflet after
all our vegan shenanigans had passed.
I approached three young ladies standing on an area of grass and they happily accepted leaflets. I strolled around another building where I was able to see them again. They had totally stopped talking and were each standing quietly reading their leaflets. It was a sight to behold!
—Brian Grupe, 5/3/11
|Team Vegan member Yvonne LeGrice takes the animals’ message to Saddleback College.|
had a great spot near the finish
line of the Peoria Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure,
but many people coming our way already had Compassionate
Choices in their hands! We soon found the
leafleters who were two ladies from a local
group, Peoria Voices for Animals. They were
just about out of their flyers, so we took over,
and reached over 1,000 people. It was great
leafleting; most attendees were young women.
—Team Vegan member Darina Smith, 5/7/11
conversations at the University
of Northern Iowa. One girl saw her friend take
a leaflet and said, “Oh my gosh! When I
read that it made me cry.” Another girl
said, “I got one of those. It’s so sad.”
Today, I had very high acceptance rate at Iowa Western Community College. Moving on to Omaha, a Creighton University student told me, “Someone was just talking about this for speech class. It scared the crap out of me.” Then, a girl said, “I do like meat, but I don’t like this cruelty. What can we do as poor college students?” I told her how the vegetarian option is sometimes the cheaper one, and gave the example of Chipotle. She said she was planning to go there later and would get the veggie burrito instead. When I told her it comes with free guac, she shouted a very enthusiastic “Yes!”
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 4/18/11
|Nikki opens eyes at Fullerton College (above) and UCLA (below).|
Team Vegan member Yvonne
and I gambled that night classes at Pasadena
Community College would be worth it, and we
won! Nearly 2,000 students were reached, and
we were profusely thanked by this young crowd!
Dialogue of the night:
Me: “Info to help animals?”
Him: “I don’t speak English.”
Me: “That’s ok, I don’t either. And these aren’t written in English.”
Him: “OK, I’ll read it.”
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 5/16/11
took a personal day from work
so we could leaflet the University of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee. Despite the cold temps and rain,
the students were quite receptive. Heard from
tons of vegan and veg students; this is a very
veg-friendly campus, lots of food offerings
and an active student group. Other people expressed
interest in the animals and going veg. A man
told me his son went vegetarian due to receiving
our booklet previously.
—Team Vegan members Leslie Patterson and Joe Espinosa, 4/28/11
an outstanding four days with
Wink and fellow Team Vegan member Scout!
We reached just shy of 7,000 students across
Georgia! So many great stories; e.g., I had
a hugely productive conversation today with
a guy who was moved by the booklet and was asking
about what to eat.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/28/11
I got a request from our local 10-year-old
activist & animal hero, Spencer. He wanted
to leaflet, so of course I was up for that.
Not many at the University of South Florida
could resist his request to help animals!
—Team Vegan member Lana Smithson, 4/29/11
acceptance at Cabrillo College
and Monterey High School; tons of people were
already veg! I opened with, “I bet you
have a big heart. Yeah, you look like you care
about animals.” And to my surprise, lots
of people would say, “Yes I do! I’m
vegetarian!” Loads of people stopped to
talk from anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
I had quite a few productive conversations with
people who weren’t veg (yet) but didn’t
like what they saw. Many Guides
went to people who had read the booklet
in class and came back wanting more info. It
was great to have so many conversations.
I handed one leaflet to Macie, and she told me she was vegan. I then gave her a Guide and she said she already had it, and that she knew Vegan Outreach! I asked her if she had some time to help out and she did. She said she’s been wanting to leaflet so I’m glad I was able to leaflet with her and provide some guidance for her first time. Not like she needed it though; she took right to it, walking up to people and saying, “Do you want to help animals?” I was glad to have her help!
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 5/2/11
|Team Vegan member Vic Sjodin sends this picture of Annie, who got a booklet at Penn in 2005 and has been vegan ever since!|
reception at the University of
the Pacific, where I met one very interested
woman who wanted all the resources I could give
Students were also receptive at San Joaquin Delta College. There was an event going on for the LGBTQQIA Day of Silence, so I took leaflets over to the table and talked to some people about the interconnections between societal oppressions. I also had good conversations with aspiring vegans / vegetarians!
—Team Vegan member Jeni Haines, 4/14/11
leafleting at the Coheed and Cambria
concert. A staff member started joking about
veganism and talking about human teeth, evolution,
etc. Instead of getting into those debates,
I just simply said, “This booklet isn’t
about our teeth or whether humans can or cannot
digest meat, it’s about the fact that every
time we eat, we can make a choice to reduce
suffering in the world – it’s that simple.”
He agreed. For the rest of my leafleting, we’d
chat when I’d finished a part of the line and
he agreed with me about a lot of things.
—Team Vegan member Kenny Torrella, 4/30/11
Vegan member Yvonne,
Armaiti, Doug, Kim, Marc, and I (right) were
all dressed up and ready to leaflet the audience
at Ellen D’s show, but when it was canceled,
we just moved to the streets, leafleting walkers
and vehicles at red lights (below). So many
honks and aerial high fives!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 4/27/11
great day with Brian and fellow
Team Vegan member Scout.
We reached nearly 2,000 students at Clayton
State and Kennesaw State! I saw Brian engaged
in a number of productive conversations; he
is the type of dude that others feel comfortable
talking with. And Scout was her super-effusive,
sweet self, with almost everyone taking a booklet
due to her immensely warm personality.
Tonight, I gave an interview on Second Opinion Radio in Atlanta. It’s heard throughout a huge chunk of GA and even stretches to the AL border. It was 30 minutes and I was very happy with my performance, most of which was taking calls (which kept coming).
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/27/11
the first day of our leafleting
vacation, we reached 1,325 students at the University
of Akron. Very good reception. The highlight
of the day came in the last hour when a student
stopped to state that getting the booklet from
us last year had inspired her to become vegan.
Both she and her friend got a Guide.
For the week, we reached over 4,500 students at U Akron, Bowling Green State, Youngstown State, Kent State, and Case Western.
—Team Vegan members Leslie Patterson and Joe Espinosa, 4/18/11
Such great kids at Rio
Americano High School! I met two girls who are
veg and really want to go vegan, so I gave them Guides and some tips on making the
transition (and of course recommended Daiya to ease the cheese relationship into a more
compassionate one). A great school, hardly any
leaflets ended up on the ground, and plenty
of receptive kids were reached.
—Team Vegan member Jeni Haines, 4/25/11
from the Ethics of Food Production class
at the University of South Florida joined me
today (right, and below). In addition to getting
VO booklets to their fellow students, they were
promoting Meatless Mondays and handing out a
brochure from Dining Services about veg options
on campus. Their vegan professor totally rocks!
—Team Vegan member Lana Smithson, 4/25/11
and sweet at Howard University;
met a number of vegetarians in my short time
there. One student stopped in her tracks after
flipping through the booklet, and came back
to me asking, “Is this what they do to
animals before they die?” I said, yeah,
these are their living conditions. She then
said, “I kind of knew they were treated
bad, but I had no idea it was to this extent.
I’ve never seen pictures before.” She said
she would order a Guide.
—Aaron Ross, The Humane League, 4/26/11
Very high acceptance
rate at Berkeley City College.
At UC Berkeley…not so much, so Lori and
I stepped it up. We started singling people
out saying, “You’re a compassionate
person. You’ve got a big heart, I can
tell!” or, “You love animals, you
totally do, I can tell. I know you’ve
got a big heart.” This really got a lot
of people to smile, and I would then comment,
saying, “See, you’re smiling, I
knew it!” and if they took one, I would
then say, “I knew it, you do care!”
reaffirming their awesomeness one more time.
So many people opened up, saying they were already
veg, loved animals, would check out the info,
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 4/26/11
(my host and leafleting superstar)
and I reached over 3,000 students today at Suffolk
County Community College and Stony Brook University.
Over 3,000! Great responses on both campuses,
a ton of conversations with countless interested
individuals as well as vegans and vegetarians.
An amazing day!
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 4/26/11
Lots of veggies all day long at
the University of Nebraska, and lots of people
interested in more info. I almost ran out of
Guides. I don’t think my smile could
have gotten any bigger. One guy said, “I
just recently switched to almond milk. That
stuff is delicious. I don’t think I’ll ever
drink regular milk again.”
One guy said he got a booklet quite some time ago and remembered it being pretty gruesome. He glanced through it again and said, “This stuff is gut-wrenching.” After my explanation of why we focus on this type of activism, he took a Guide.
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 4/25/11
|Even a Stormtrooper (not a Team Vegan member… yet) can make Compassionate Choices; intergalactic photo by Team Vegan member Kelsey Mosher.|
Monday, Yvonne, Rory, and I reached
3,600 students at Pasadena Community College.
Whoa! And tons of great conversations!
Today, Yvonne and I enlightened 1,645 at Cal State San Bernardino. Saw lots of light bulbs go off with these leaflets, along with the “Yeah…what the?” response.
Have I bragged on Yvonne lately? Well today, for instance, I look over and see an eruption of students swarming her. With no time for me to run to her aid, I stood firm to leaflet the ones heading my way that she couldn’t get. As they approached me, I noticed they all had leaflets! All of them!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 4/13/11
Foothill College was awesome.
Lots of inquisitive students and plenty of veggie-minded
folk. It was great to get help from Jaclyn,
a new vegan. Also had really high acceptance
rate at Stanford.
Today, I was lucky to be joined by Lori and Daniel at De Anza College and West Valley College; we reached 1,669 students. Far too many conversations to recount, as usual. Lots of gears turning and lots of people genuinely interested in the material.
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 4/6/11
|Eitan Fischer helps expand the circle at the Capital Pride Parade.|
by Oregon State on my way home
from class. A middle-aged woman accepted a booklet
and continued walking. A couple of minutes later
she came back. Here is a shortened version of
“I want to thank you for doing this. This is terrible.”
“Yes, it’s hideous,” I agreed.
“Yes it is hideous. Thank you so much for spreading the word about this.”
—Team Vegan member Nettie Schwager, 4/12/11
Reached 436 students at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.
One guy said, “I already read it, and I
agree with it all.” One girl turned down
a leaflet saying she couldn’t look at the pictures.
I said I knew it wasn’t easy to look at, but
that it was an important issue. She said, “I
know. Most people don’t take into consideration
how those animals are treated.” She happily
accepted a Guide.
Another girl walked by reading a leaflet and
said, “This is the saddest thing ever.
It’s horrible.” She said, “I’ll probably
stop eating food in general.” I gave her
so she would have some food options that would
prevent her from starving.
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 4/4/11
the whole time I was at Utah State,
but luckily students were still pretty receptive
and I was even told that I was doing a good
job with putting up with the weather. A number
of good conversations, including someone who
told me that his T.A. brought one of the booklets
to his bioethics class and they had a class
discussion about it.
—Amanda Schemkes, 4/18/11
|Not so worried about traffic now: Team Vegan member Brian Grupe sends this pic of an employee at Shoreline Amphitheater.|
We had a
spectacular leafleting trip, reaching
8,289 students at James Madison University,
Virginia Tech, and Radford University. Every
semester we are meeting more and more students
who say they have gone veg because of Vegan
Outreach’s literature, and we met more on this
trip. Too many great experiences and conversations
to write, but here are a couple:
One student at JMU read a Compassionate Choices and came back to us and said she has received pamphlets on vegetarianism from other groups in the past, but it was the non-offensive way that VO’s literature is written that she responded to. She said it was well written and she did not feel like she was being attacked. She said she now wanted to go vegetarian! Another JMU student told us that she went vegetarian last semester from reading a leaflet!
A Virginia Tech student said she is going to stop eating eggs after reading an Even If You Like Meat booklet. Another student was ecstatic to see us being active for animals and said he wanted to get more active himself and asked for a stack to pass out on his own.
At Radford University, one student was flipping through a CC immediately after I handed it to her and said, “I should really just be vegetarian, I don’t think about this stuff.” She said she would order a Guide!
—Kate and Aaron, The Humane League, 4/21/11
760 students at Emerson College
and 250 at Suffolk University. I was a resident
assistant at Emerson last year and I saw two
of my former residents that have gone vegetarian,
and another is trying vegan; I will be sending
recipes. Keep up the good work! This really
—David Coman-Hidy, The Humane League, 4/12/11
|Emily Weisiger helps promote Boulder justice.|
day at UC Boulder! Emily, A.J.,
Kristin and I met a receptive crowd at the Food
and Environmental Justice Fair. We, along with
Matt, had many, many conversations with people
who were trying to become vegetarian or were
transitioning from vegetarian to vegan. This
was just an awesome and uplifting day of outreach.
—Barbara Bear, 4/13/11
week, Chip, Cassie, and I reached
1,350 students at Missouri State. I had just
met Cassie the previous night, and this was
her first leafleting. She has already sent me
a message saying this was the launching of her
I reached 900 students at Western Kentucky University today, where I met a surprising number of individuals coming up to say that they were veg, vegan, and that they really appreciated me being out there. It was super-heartening!
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/18/11
was great to be joined by Lindsay,
Casey, Dana, and Matt at Marywood University
today! This is my alma mater and where I became
an activist, so this was a very special leafleting
As far as the veg-friendly factor goes, Scranton has done a 180 since I attended college there in 2001–2005! There is essentially a vegan mini-mall downtown: an amazing vegan cafe; a vegan, fair-trade, cruelty-free shop; another shop with environmentally-friendly and recycled products – all right next to each other. And the new group that has formed at Marywood had at least 14 members in attendance for my talk at their final club meeting of the semester! Way bigger than our group back in the day – totally amazing.
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 4/19/11
|Vic sends along this picture of Lindsey, who went vegan after getting a VO booklet in New Orleans.|
into my day at San Diego Mesa College,
a young man told me, “I just got one of
those – I won’t be eating meat anymore.”
Boom! Later: another new veg; two high fives;
a thumbs up; three thank yous; a “Can
I please have one?”; three-or-so vegans;
four vegetarians; and a “Yay! I love these
things!” I reached 2,000 students,
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 4/5/11
smokes, what a day! (Team Vegan
members) Nora, Jeni,
and I made quite a trio at UC Davis, where we
reached 2,644 students! Just tons of
conversations with students, so many gears turning.
Between the three of us, we probably talked to at least 20 people who are going to significantly
change their diets! I met an Animal Behavior
professor who let me give a spiel to her class
and then offer them leaflets as they left.
There were probably 200 students in attendance,
and 100 took them!
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 3/31/11
and I encountered very receptive students
at Western Oregon University – loads of vegetarians
and great conversations. It was the kind of
experience that leaves you feeling hopeful and
excited about change in the air! Met several
people who told us that getting a booklet previously
had changed their eating habits. Soon after
I started leafleting, I gave a booklet to a
man who told me he was a professor, so I gave
him a Guide
too. When he asked if this was about eating
free-range, I said that it’s about reducing
suffering – he replied that he’s all for that.
Later, I handed a booklet to a student, and
he said, “My professor was talking about
this in class.”
—Team Vegan member Nettie Schwager, 4/11/11
|This University of Oregon student loses her illusions after getting a booklet from Nettie.|
never-before-leafleted schools today:
University of Dubuque, Loras College, Clarke
University, and Dubuque Senior High School.
At UD, a faculty member claimed I wasn’t allowed
to leaflet on the public sidewalk and she would
have security come talk to me. Turns out that
is the best thing she could have done. When
the guard walked up, she started looking at
a booklet and said, “This is horrible.
I don’t understand how anyone could do that
and call it a job.” When she passed by
a little later she asked if I was vegan and
said her son was and her husband was most of
the way there. She said she pretty much was
too since he did most of the cooking. When I
gave her a Guide, she said, “Big
score for me!”
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 4/4/11
Michelle and I reached over 950 students
at Modesto Junior College, Modesto High School
was the highlight of the day! Kids were super
receptive, and we reached 200 in a very short
period of time. One girl told me she was going
vegetarian on the spot!
—Team Vegan member Jeni Haines, 4/12/11
some lively but productive conversations
at Oklahoma State, where I reached 1,200 students
in four hours. The highlight was a super-earnest
and sweet young woman:
Me: “Hello! Info to help animals?”
Young woman: “Are you vegan?”
Me: “I am.”
YW: “Wow, so am I. I’ve never met another vegan.”
Me: “It’s great that you’re vegan! High five?” (YW and I high-five.)
YW: “Can I give you a hug?” (YW and I hug.)
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/12/11
of Team Vegan) took a vacation day to join me at Indiana
University at Bloomington (right). I had good conversations with
veg-curious students, including one who said
he liked the idea that every time he chooses
veg, he can spare animals. Later, he said he
wants to try going vegetarian. A couple of students
mentioned the Help
Stop Violence Guy (Joe’s Facebook student
fan club). A couple of big young guys said they
“don’t eat meat,” which was great
—Team Vegan member Leslie Patterson, 4/13/11
rate at Hofstra University was
quite high. I heard many students conversing
about leaflets as they were passing by, and
many more remarking to their friends things
like, “I’m a vegan!” One student who
had been vegetarian for a while said this is
the healthiest he’s ever felt in his life; and several
other students came up to me to ask about going
It’s nice to see this increase in awareness happen semester after semester. When I think back to the first time I visited this campus a few years ago, it is clear people are more open to the message right now than ever before.
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 3/31/11
|Johanna Andris spreads the word at Allan Hancock College.|
Lomas High has really come along! This
is my third time here in 2.5 years and the kids
were a lot more apathetic and some even a little
snooty about the issue the previous two times.
But today, so many of the kids were really excited
to get the leaflets once they heard it was about
animals. Lots of, “Yeah definitely,”
“Oh cool!” and “Thank you!”
I met one vegetarian and one ex-vegetarian who
really wants to go back. I gave her strategies
for dealing with family members in a welcoming
and productive way. An awesome use of 1.5 hours!
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 5/27/11
1,200 students at the University
of Florida. After reading a booklet, one student
said he plans to start a blog about the information.
Another student gave positive feedback about
the leaflet and VO’s approach. He said that
other groups have turned him off, but he thanked
me for the information and shook my hand. The
best part of the day was when a student came
back to me and exclaimed, “It’s official!
I’m going vegetarian because of you.” She
said the photos really got to her, especially
the photo of the dying piglets in the gas cart.
Today at the University of North Florida, I reached 1,500 students. One person was antagonistic, but he seemed to prompt others to read their booklets! I did get more positive feedback about VO’s approach. A girl said she thought VO was more practical and effective than another group. One guy who told me he read the entire leaflet said, “I WILL be making some changes in my diet – and I’m not lying – I really will!”
—Team Vegan member Lana Smithson, 4/6/11
had an all-time high of 30
activists come out to First Friday’s outreach;
together, we reached 4,631 people! We met an
absurd number of veg*ns, including numerous
who said they went veg after reading the booklet!
Even met a Navajo who wants to set up some outreach
with his people on the reservation.
—John Oberg, 4/1/11
|Brian Wink does the necessary work for the animals at Clayton State.|
really great conversations at
Howard County Community College. Had the opportunity
to introduce both my wife and a close friend
to activism. Everyone was really positive and
enthusiastic – we had four or five people thank
us for being there and for what we were doing.
—Jay Kristensen, 4/2/11
800 students at Fresno State,
and had plenty of good conversations. After
getting a booklet, one girl squealed and said,
“I’m never eating meat again!!!”
The people I am couchsurfing with here are absolutely awesome and happen to be vegan for Lent! We’ve made some delicious vegan recipes and they’re talking about veganism to all their friends and raving about the delicious things we’ve made together. Since I arrived here, everyone who has come in the house has received a leaflet upon my hosts’ insistence.
—Team Vegan member Jeni Haines, 4/6/11
Amanda, and I set a one-day record
for any school in New Mexico – 1,550 at UNM.
The highlight of the day came at the very end
when Jasmine, a thoughtful and cheerful young
woman, let me know that it was getting a booklet
on campus a year ago (kudos to Casey Constable
for his work that day) that led her to go veg.
She said the booklet was “fair,”
and that it made a compelling case without resorting
to outrageous claims or self-righteousness.
She has since shown the booklet to multiple
friends and they have said the same thing.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/7/11
|After getting a booklet from Nikki, this San Bernardino student is engrossed in learning the previously hidden truth.|
and I reached 600 students at
Queens College. Almost everyone was very receptive,
and we heard many supportive comments. One student
in particular called back, “I’ve been vegetarian
since the last time you were here, from reading
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 3/31/11
joined me at the University of
Wisconsin, Stout. We got great feedback, including:
“I got one last year. It was very informative”;
“I gave up meat for Lent. Now (holding
up the booklet), I’m pretty sure I’m giving
it up for life”; “I got one of those.
They’re awesome”; “I got one of those
in the fall. That stuff’s awful.”
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 4/4/11
a day at Southwestern College!
One of my first leaflet recipients ran back
to me saying she and another girl are giving
presentations on animal cruelty and they need
resources. I told her a bunch of links to visit
and gave her 15 leaflets for her classmates.
A security officer was going to write me a citation,
until he called in and found out there was nothing
to charge me with. We talked for a while, and
he left with a Guide!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 4/5/11
Michelle Mamane spreads the good word
at the University of Maryland.
Chaffey College, Professor Dan
Mages asked me to bring vegan literature to
his “Is Eating Meat Ethical?” debate.
His main argument was that our society has compassion
schizophrenia in that most people who don’t
support the suffering of animals are fueling
it anyway. He worded it beautifully. When the
debate ended, I shouted to the crowd that if
they wanted info on a vegetarian diet, come
see me, I have Guides. Within seconds, there were lines of people coming
at me from everywhere. Whoa!
I then spoke at his Critical Thinking class, where fresh faces awaited the compassion message. After 50 minutes of my PowerPoint and spiel, all thirty requested Guides. Not only that, I held up a whole stack of 50 Why Vegan?s and asked if anyone wanted one to read and / or take to others they knew. I passed the stack out and only got back two!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 4/1/11
in the rain and fog, it was a
great day at Appalachian State, where I reached
over 2,400 students. Good interactions, including
a student who came up to me and said, “This
is a great booklet (Even If You Like Meat).
Not everyone can be vegan, but they sure can
reduce suffering by eating less.”
—Rob of Team Triangle, 3/30/11
day of outreach with lots
of help from (Team Vegan members) Jeni
At Skyline College, a math professor informed
us that they spent their period talking about
animal cruelty because of the booklets. I had
a nice chat with one guy who said he wanted
to go vegan and I gave him lots of tips and
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 3/29/11
|Team Vegan member Nettie Schwager poses with a newly interested student at Chemeketa Community College.|
was having one of those days when
I thought, “Why do I have to go out to
leaflet when others just get to stay home?”
I had to remind myself that it’s not about what
others are doing, but that the animals are suffering,
so I forced myself to go. And I’m SO GLAD I
did! A half hour or so into leafleting, I was
thinking, “I have to get out here more often!”
The receptive crowd really lifted my spirits!
I had good seed-planting conversations and saw
lots of people reading their Compassionate
Choices. Definitely time well spent!
—Barbara Bear, 5/21/11
and I reached almost 1,500 students at
Northern Illinois University. Many students
remembered receiving the booklet last semester;
between the two of us, we had seven people come
up to us and say that they got the booklet last
semester, read it, and decided to either go
vegetarian or drastically reduce the amount
of meat that they eat! We also met a surprisingly
large number of vegetarians, handing out over
—Team Vegan member Jon Bockman, 3/31/11
A drop into the 20s again on Friday meant breaking out the
heavy-duty layers, but I reached 750 students
at Berklee College of Music. One woman ran up
to me to let me know that a VO leaflet from
an earlier semester had turned her vegan! Then
today, I beat the rain at Boston College and reached 1,088 students; one told me it was
a VO booklet from an earlier semester that made
her go veg! Keep it up everyone!
—David Coman-Hidy, 3/31/11
|Seiji Wallis reaches another student at Columbus State, while the previous leafletee studies his booklet.|
and I had a good take rate at Wesleyan University.
One student said he received a pamphlet from
me last semester, and he and his fiancée have
almost eliminated meat from their diets, and
are going to become organic farmers! After reading
the Even If You Like Meat pamphlet,
a student told Teresa that it made her cry,
and she will never eat meat again! That’s what
I’m talking about!
—Karen James, 3/31/11
While leafleting the My Chemical
Romance concert, one person told
me that his best friend has now been a vegan
for four years after receiving
a booklet. I also overheard another person telling
her friend about how a person that they know
in common became vegetarian as the result of
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 5/21/11
|At the University of New Mexico, Team Vegan member Tamara Hubbard discusses the joys of veganism.|
at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. For
example: one woman said she had tried to go
vegetarian several times before, but she would
slip up and then just give up. I said not to
worry if she made a mistake, that it wouldn’t
have to affect the rest of her diet. I suggested
she take it one step at a time and that she
would get to the same place. She seemed committed
to trying again and was happy to have a Guide.
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 3/28/11
About 90% acceptance rate
at the mostly Latino University of Texas, El
Paso, where I reached 1,000 students. A number
of people came back to ask questions or mention
how they were moved by the booklet.
At New Mexico State, the first student I offered a booklet to told me that she and her sister were vegan. The third to last fellow that I leafleted told me that he was vegetarian for ethical reasons and was super-grateful that I was there. Both of these folks asked about Vegan Outreach. A number of people told me that the booklet was sad; I saw others stopping to read it, and heard others talking about it.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 3/31/11
take rate at Rutgers; the booklets
are widely recognized now. Several folks reported
going vegetarian / eating less meat because
of a booklet!
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 3/30/11
|Macie Rivera uses the truth to enlighten a student at Cabrillo College.|
record at Sonoma State, where
I reached over 800 students! Dozens of productive
conversations, including a vegan who wants to
get involved. I met a professor who told me
he has an Even If You Like Meat tacked
up on a board in his office, as it’s the
reason he’s vegetarian! He happily accepted
Later, I met a young lady who told me that because a couple classmates had received booklets, the class ended up talking about factory farming for quite a while. I asked her what the consensus was, and she said everyone thought it was really bad and a few people mentioned that they didn’t eat animals anymore because of “stuff like that.”
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 5/9/11
were very receptive at Truckee
Meadows Community College, and I had several
wonderful conversations. When I was leaving
campus, I cut through the student center and
I saw students reading leaflets.
At Lake Tahoe Community College, I also had many amazing conversations and met several vegetarians. People here were almost eerily enthusiastic about taking leaflets! In all my days of leafleting, never have I been so cheerily received with so many responses along the lines of, “Marvelous!” “Fantastic!” “Yes please!” “Oh great! Can I have another one of these?” and other equally awesome remarks.
—Team Vegan member Jeni Haines, 5/3/11
|Team Vegan member Scout Kilbourne-Jervais reaches out for the animals at Columbus State.|
students joined me at John Jay,
two of whom weren’t vegetarian when they started.
They read the leaflets during breaks and now
wanted to go veg!
At NYU, a security guard called me over…to ask questions about going vegetarian! Heard from many vegans and vegetarians throughout the day, and one comment stood out: “I went vegan for a week last time I got this, give me another one, I want to give it a shot again for real this time.”
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 3/9/11
is the toughest school in CT,
but we rocked it today – 777 students reached!
Met dozens of vegetarians / vegans. Great interactions
and feedback. A student told Aleta: “I
got my booklet in Pittsburgh. You guys are all
over the place!”
—Karen James, 3/22/11
brother and I reached over 2,000
students at the University of Houston. Reception
was through the roof! It was great to have help
because person after person was coming up to
ask questions – wanting to go veg or vegan,
getting active, bulking up on a vegan diet,
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 3/24/11
|Team Vegan member Eric Griffith spreads compassion at Clemson U.|
1,100 at Boston’s GLBT Youth Pride
Parade. There were probably about 1,000 folks there
(with maybe 500 spectators along the pathways
of the common), so the take rate was absolutely
phenomenal – probably 90% without a single
rude comment and many, many veg folks and supportive
—David Coman-Hidy, 5/14/11
Vegan member) Darina
and I had an exhausting day at
Iowa State, but it was well worth it!
I was involved in conversations with angry farmers
for much of the time. I always came back to
our goal of reducing suffering. When it comes
back to that, it’s hard to argue, unless the
person is convinced that these animals don’t
suffer in the least (in which case you probably
need to move on).
I had one exchange with a person who was seething mad. After a few minutes, another student (who had accepted a booklet while I was talking to the first guy) came by and listened to the conversation. He was originally siding with the agitator, but he came to understand my viewpoint, and even started doing some of the arguing for me at the end!
—Team Vegan member Jon Bockman, 3/29/11
good reception at the Great Human
Walk. Many folks appreciated our efforts. Highlight
was getting a picture taken with Ronald McDonald,
who then ran away when he saw the Compassionate
Choices booklet. Also met an entire family
who are going vegan!
—Team Triangle, 3/26/11
|A Palomar College student stops dead in his tracks to study the truth.|
Vegan member) Nettie
and I met many vegetarians and
vegans at Oregon State, and had a lot of good
conversations. One student said we need regulations,
because “You’re not going to get me to
stop eating meat.” I replied, “You
could eat vegetarian one or two nights a week.”
This got him thinking, and he took a booklet.
Good to get a foot in the door!
—Cobie deLespinasse, 3/28/11
reached nearly 3,000 students
and saw many wheels kick into gear at Cerritos
College, along with great conversations.
I met a young lady who wanted to do this topic
for her class presentation; I gave her 20 leaflets
for her classmates. (Team Vegan member) Yvonne
heard from a woman who – after getting a leaflet
from me – committed to vegginess right there!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 3/16/11
|After receiving a booklet from Jane Smiley, students at the University of Toronto learn the truth.|
and I reached 2,612 students at
the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Despite the new record for this campus, we had
the lowest rate of leaflets getting thrown on
the ground and in the trash since I began leafleting
this campus. Take rate was huge, and we heard
just tons of great responses. Lots of students
requested extras for presentations and projects.
Things are looking up and attitudes are most
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 5/5/11
met 5 vegans and 12 vegetarians
at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. One woman
said she had been vegan for a while but stopped
because her partner started eating meat again.
She liked our approach and was excited to get
so she could move back towards a veg diet. One
guy took a booklet, and I heard his friend tell
him: “It’s terrible reading, but it’s good
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 5/5/11
Brian, and I had a day of fantastic
outreach at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.
Two different women said they were now going
—Team Vegan member Vic Sjodin, 3/3/11
|At Missouri State, Chip Ballew chats with a younger version of himself.|
the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,
the first person I offered the booklet to stated
that she was a vegetarian, and the second person
I offered the booklet to stated that he was
vegan. Heard from a bunch more. Just before
I left, a student let me know that getting the
booklet from me in the past had moved him to
decrease his meat consumption.
—Team Vegan member Joe Espinosa, 3/3/11
and I reached 1,600 students at
the University of Maryland, College Park. One
student said, “I’ve never seen so many
people reading a handout before. This is insane!”
—Aaron Ross, The Humane League, 3/3/11
cloudy day at Western Connecticut State,
but Aleta and I had great interactions. A guy
Aleta leafleted came to talk to me, saying he
had been vegan but stopped because of B12 deficiency.
I told him about supplements, and discussed
how easy it would be for him to return to eating
vegan. He said he would try again! Aleta had
a student say, “I was just thinking about
this this morning because I got one of these
leaflets last semester.” He took another
one. Another student received a booklet last semester
and spoke with Aleta about how it affected him,
and how the animal cruelty is awful. One guy
took a booklet and then came back for a dozen
more to give to friends! Two students walked
by Aleta, one took a pamphlet and one said no.
The student who accepted said, “Yes he does,
and I will carry his!”
—Karen James, 3/15/11
of us saturated Phoenix’s First Friday Art Walk
in what may be the biggest VO
leafleting ever! Reached almost 4,000 people,
got great feedback and had many productive conversations.
Two separate women told us they went vegetarian
after getting the booklet last year, one said
it was “life changing.” One guy was
happy to get all our booklets, saying he’d been
looking for information like it for the longest
—John Oberg, 5/6/11
|Nora Kramer provides the animals a voice at UC Davis.|
Florida A&M, Darina and I
had students approach us and ask for a booklet,
saying that their professor had brought up the
booklet in class. I had a nice encounter with
a woman, who, upon taking a booklet, asked
if this was going to make her go vegetarian
or vegan. I explained it wasn’t an all-or-nothing
proposition. She said that she didn’t want to
look at those pictures because they made her
sad, and handed it back to me. I replied that
it was certainly her choice to read it or not,
but I felt it was very important as consumers
to know what we are supporting when we spend
our hard-earned dollars. She ended up taking
the booklet back, saying that she would read
—Jon Bockman, 3/1/11
had great conversations today,
with many saying how much our literature has
influenced their food choices. One person even
went into the deli, read through our literature,
and decided not to order anything in the deli!
—Plaga and Tyler, 3/7/11
leafleting the volleyball tournament,
one of the girls told me that she has now been
a vegetarian for two years as a result of having
received a pamphlet. When I gave her a Guide,
all her teammates requested a Guide,
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 3/12/11
conversations at Richland College.
One young woman said that she was now seriously
considering changing her diet as a result of
the booklet. A former vegetarian member of the faculty
was very interested in the materials and liked
VO’s approach. And a number of people asked
about getting active!
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/20/11
heard from more vegetarians / vegans than
ever before at the University of Arizona –
lost count of how many said, “I already
have it (the booklet) and I’m veg / don’t eat
While they walked away, I heard one woman say to her friend, “I have that (booklet) pinned up on my wall.” Another woman came back to talk, having been deeply affected by the booklet and now wanting to get involved. Later, two women came back, and one said, “I already read it – it is so sad!” The other said, “Well, I want one!” and took it; the first woman quickly chimed in, “You won’t want to read it!” But I watched the second woman study the booklet as they walked away.
—One-third of Team Green-Ball, 3/9/11
|Lisa Shapiro reaches out for the animals at the Auraria Higher Education Center.|
El Camino College, Yvonne, Jennifer,
and I reached 2,700+ students. Too many amazing
stories to report; a sampling:
Met a mom whose 9th grader was touring Santa Monica College earlier this year, got a leaflet and went veg on the spot! Gave her a Guide and she was stoked.
Met Robert, who got a leaflet last semester and went veg.
Yvonne heard a guy among his buddies say that THIS is why he wants to go veg!…but his mom won’t let him. She gave him a Guide.
And of course, our fellow leafleter Jennifer, was a meat eater until she got her booklet. Since then, she’s been on the front lines and helped kick off the student group here!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 3/2/11
day at Solano Community College
and Napa Valley College. I told the first two people
I saw how compassionate they looked
and that they probably loved animals. It turned
into a five-minute conversation with one woman saying,
“I think I’m going to try and give
More and more, I’m encountering young people who count animals in their moral sphere. They may not be vegetarian or vegan yet, but the gears are turning. It’s amazing to see how much progress has been made at these two schools in the past few years. Stick with it everybody! We’re making a difference!
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 5/5/11
|Danielle Williams of VIVA (Vanderbilt Initiative for Vegetarian Awareness) brings the change!|
am someone’s Vegan Outreach success story! I
was walking on campus at UCD, and someone from
VO handed me a pamphlet. One look at those pictures,
and I was done with meat. I talked to my boyfriend
about it, and we decided to give being vegetarian
a try – we haven’t looked back since!
—Kayla Knopp, from “Veg Life in the Mile High City”
Cinco de Mayo Parade was great
leafleting with ¿Por
qué vegetariano? I was delighted
to be joined by Yolibeth, a terrific budding
activist although still in high school! Yolibeth
and I spent two hours at the parade, walking
down the sidewalks to reach more people. We
focused on high school and college age, and
this audience is largely in the dark about the
whys and hows of veganism. It’s important
to plant seeds especially with the youth –
this is a fast-growing population whose low
average income and large families tend to fuel
demand for cheap, factory-farmed animal products.
Unless they get educated, that is, which is
why we continue to work this demographic.
—Darina Smith, 5/2/11
a great day of outreach –
Camilla and I reached over 1,000 students at
Sacramento City College! I met three vegans
and quite a few vegetarians. Camilla and I both
had awesome conversations with plenty of inquisitive
people. One woman started to cry while flipping
through the booklet. We talked for a while and
I gave her some resources, including a Guide.
—Team Vegan member Jeni Haines, 4/28/11
|David Coman-Hidy & Sally Andersen reached 3,362 students at Wayne State.|
Brown Suga Youth Festival was
an amazing day of outreach – one of the
best I have ever been part of. My three youngster
friends – Reece, Ali, and Sydney –
blew my socks off with how well they interacted
with the crowd; I was able to speak to four
candidates for mayor. We made sure every member
of the largely African-American audience that
came by was offered a booklet and vegan samples.
—Team Vegan member Lisa Shapiro, 5/2/11
students at Harper College were
very receptive, and it felt truly wonderful to
get back into outreach! I had a lot of great
conversations with students. Many signed up
to receive further info and also noted that
they would like to get involved with volunteering.
A student involved with the school’s newspaper
asked me a few questions about factory farming
and said they were considering doing an article.
—Chris Capozziello, 3/3/11
Vegan members Sean
& Queenie joined me, and
we had great reception at the Hillsong United
Concert, one of the best Christian
events we’ve ever done. Very high acceptance,
with most responding sincerely that they’d read
the brochure; some people even came back to
get one. We also overheard people starting to
—Jeff Boghosian, 3/2/11
|Victoria Randall makes the animals’ case at Middle Tennessee State.|
day at Fordham University! A number
of teachers took a booklet, and many students
stopped to say, “I’m with you on this.”
A student from an environmental group invited
me to participate in a forum on campus, so we
exchanged contact info – I’m looking forward
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 3/2/11
woman I met at Vanderbilt let
me know that at parties she hosts, she puts
out VO lit. She had them in her bathroom for
one such party. One of her friends went in,
did what needed to be done, read a booklet,
and came out a vegetarian.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/20/11
notable conversation I had was
with a woman who at first was reluctant
to take a leaflet and asked where are the organizations
for helping humans. I told her there are many
of them, but that our focus was on farmed animals,
because unlike people, they cannot speak up
for themselves. After we talked a bit more,
she seemed to change her mind and took two leaflets,
one to show her friend, and said she will read
more about the issue.
—Stoyan Zaimov, 3/4/11
1,374 students at Grossmont and
Cuyamaca colleges, with great conversations.
One couple came back to me, reading their booklets,
and the woman said she didn’t want to eat meat
anymore. I congratulated her enthusiastically
and gave them both Guides. They listened
intensely as I answered their questions.
Another leaflet recipient said she and her daughter are two months into vegetarianism, and veganism’s on its way. Gave her two Guides, and she loudly stated how wonderful being veg is and wonders what took her so long! Many surrounding her stopped to listen, and naturally were receptive to their new booklets too.
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 3/2/11
From the latest batch of Guide requests:
I heard about Vegan
Earth Day in San Diego! I can’t believe what
I saw… I’m disgusted and totally angry and
sad! I can’t believe what we are doing to animals
for our own benefit! I will not support these
institutions any longer!
|Another life changed at California Polytechnic State, San Luis Obispo.|
I got a Compassionate
at my community college. Reading about the atrocities
that innocent animals must endure in order for
humans to consume them is repulsive. In high
school I was a vegetarian for two years, however
I didn’t make health-conscious choices. Now
I am more informed and ready to make a life-long
commitment to a meat/dairy-free diet.
I heard about Vegan Outreach
several years ago and receive your newsletter
online; however until just recently I am ashamed
to say that I just ignored it. But that is all
about to change. I am outraged at the treatment
of animals. Thank you for making this information
A friend showed me a
Compassionate Choices. I read it and
was shocked at what I had been contributing
to. But no more! Once you know the truth, it
shall set you free.
in college and I was walking to
one of my classes where I saw someone handing
out the booklets. I love animals, but always
thought it was impossible not to eat meat. I
never knew there were so many options such as
bacon, veggie burgers, and even sausage that
they make for vegans. I really want to start
eating those foods because it is horrible and
heartbreaking what they are doing to animals.
Victoria, Kyle, Jon, and I had
amazing positive encounters at Middle Tennessee
State! I overheard one young woman tell her
friend, “I’m never eating meat again.”
I managed to get a Guide
into her hands. Some students, who initially
rejected lit, returned later and took lit after
hearing about it from other students. One man
walked past but spun on his heels and said,
“Wait… did you say animals? I’ll take
one.” Others took copies for their classes.
Even a number of faculty members took booklets and/or
stopped to talk.
—Josh James (right), 4/21/11
what an inspiring day of outreach
at Towson University! We met two students today
who said they went vegan from receiving a Vegan
Outreach booklet in the past, had many informative
discussions with students one-on-one, saw students
reading booklets throughout campus, had one
student want to get involved in activism, and
met many vegans and vegetarians. Plus, we reached
over 1,400 students today! Beautiful!
—Aaron & Kate, The Humane League, 3/3/11
a handful of students declined
booklets at the College of the Sequoias, and
I had a very nice discussion with a group of
nursing students. None of them had ever considered
going vegan but they loved their vegetables
and seemed very moved by the plight of farmed
animals. They asked for recipes and ways to
get involved so I gladly obliged. Another student
showed a level of empathy for animals that I
never would have guessed. He talked to me about
the frustration and sadness animals must feel
when they’re locked in cages and denied their
freedom. One young woman was especially excited
to receive a leaflet because it would help her
with a writing assignment. It seems that the
teacher of English 101 and 251 has her students
researching animal welfare.
—Jonathan Hussain, 2/28/11
|Another Emory student is enlightened by Lorena Mucke.|
joined me at the University of
Nebraska, Omaha and leafleted as long as she
could in the cold and wind. One student said
he had been vegetarian before, but wanted to
try again. He got a Guide. There were
several groups of seventh graders touring campus.
As one passed by a second time, a girl said,
“Thanks for that. I really liked that pamphlet.”
Another group’s teacher thanked me on their
second time past.
—Fred Tyler, 4/19/11
you for the updates. It was one
of your pamphlets that led me to go vegan. I
consider my contributions to Vegan Outreach
the most meaningful donation that I make.
interactions at MiraCosta College!
For example: one man pledged to go veg for at
least a week, and three ladies stopped with
questions, leaving with Guides. One
woman nearly yelled, “Thank you so much
for doing this!” Then I met a young man
who went vegan last semester after receiving
—Nikki Benoit, 2/28/11
a vacation day, and, despite the
snowy and icy roads, got to Eastern Illinois
University by 8:10. Reached 726 students, and
handed out eight Guides and seven AMLs.
One Guide went to a student who let
me know that getting the booklet from us in
the past had moved her to eat meat free three
days a week. Always great to hear people starting
—Joe Espinosa, 2/25/11
|Becky Sekeres provides the animals a voice at Middle Tennessee State.|
reception at Hillsborough Community
College. One student who received a leaflet
said, “Good message!” Another student
looked over the leaflet, came back with her
companion to ask some questions, and then she
exclaimed, “That’s it; I’m not going to
eat meat anymore!” She gave me a hug!
—Lana Smithson, 3/3/11
and I had a tremendous day leafleting
Florida State, reaching over 3,500 students with booklets
(including 35 Guides). Students
were very receptive, and we continually sparked
great discussions. Many students were excited
to get the booklet, and thanked us profusely
for doing what we were doing. Darina had conversations
with multiple faculty members who acknowledged
that there was a problem with modern animal
agriculture, and said that they would discuss
the issue in their class.
—Jon Bockman, 2/28/11
Despite the very cold temperatures, Team Awesome (Cassandra, Marguerite, and I) descended on Baruch College, where a number of people recognized us/ the booklets; e.g., “I don’t eat chicken anymore because of you guys!”
|Vegans are weak? At Vanderbilt University, Jon Camp (left) and Robert Cheeke beg to differ!|
St. John’s University, one student came running
up to me, saying to the crowd, “Hey, oh
my god! Here everyone take these! You have to
know about this!” and then turned to me
saying, “You made me vegetarian when you
handed this to me during my freshman year! I’m
working on cutting out dairy and eggs. Thank
you so much!”
Within two minutes of that, another student stopped by and said, “This is really, really great. I just read the whole thing in class. I was thinking of cutting back anyway because of health, but this is a better reason.” She seemed like she needed more information, so when I offered her a Guide and a NYC vegan restaurant guide, she exclaimed, “Thank you! You are my savior! I’ve been wanting to do this and it will help!”
—Eileen Botti, 2/28/11
|A University of Georgia student is engrossed in seeing what modern agribusiness hides.|
pride festival, the gang and I
reached over 3,000 folks. We met numerous vegetarians
and vegans and many people who wanted to cut
down their meat consumption. One girl said she
had received a leaflet at First Friday a year
ago and it changed her life: she went vegetarian
and is now making efforts to go vegan. She’s
moving north to Flagstaff soon and she said,
“Maybe I can start this kind of stuff (leafleting)
up there.” Also met another couple very
eager to help out; they got Guides
—Jeff Boghosian, 4/17/11
over 830 students at the University
of Miami. A girl came out of a building, held
up a leaflet and said, “There’s a lot of
talk going on about this right now in the lab.”
She then gave thumbs up and thanked me for being
—Lana Smithson, 2/16/11
vegetarians at Georgia Tech. The
students were very friendly, and I had great
reception. One said he got the leaflet before
and it influenced him to move toward a much
more veg-friendly lifestyle; he shared it with
friends who went veg after reading it!
—Brian Wink, 4/14/11
and I had an amazingly positive day at
Bronx Community College, with tons of people
stopping to ask questions, including professors
asking for extra lit and getting our contact
info for class presentations. Take rate was
awesome and many students said they are learning
about this in class.
—Eileen Botti, 4/14/11
|Loren Hart shines a light on truth and compassion at Guilford College.|
uncannily good news came from three fraternity
brothers who stated that they were vegetarian
and had sent the Vegan Outreach website link
to their frat brothers. Back when I was in school
’89–’93 at UIUC, fraternity people were really
the last ones one might expect to care about
this issue. All that has changed.
—Joe Espinosa, 4/14/11
was easy and pleasant at Western
Illinois University. I met a number of vegetarians,
and saw even more people intently reading the
—Darina Smith, 2/21/11
of 8° at Cornell, but Brian,
John, and I set a new record there, reaching
1,740 students. Went inside to warm up and immediately
saw two students sitting in the hallway, reading
their booklets. We win again!
—Vic Sjodin, 2/21/11
I was so
nervous about leafleting by myself,
and I don’t know any other vegans, but I finally
decided that I sat on these pamphlets for long
enough! I started leafleting today, hitting
Westmoreland County Community College. It was
a very positive experience, and I got some great
feedback. More will be following soon!
—Michelle L, 2/23/11
|Andrea Cimino focuses on helping the animals at the University of Mary Washington.|
and I had a terrific day at UMass
Lowell yesterday, despite the freezing weather.
Students were generally very polite and receptive
and I heard several positive comments such as,
“Yeah! I DO want to help animals.”
and “Hey, we were just talking about this!”
Also met three vegans and had a long chat at
lunch with a student who is anxious to continue
VO leafleting on campus.
—Jo Tyler, 2/24/11
The -5° windchill at
Washington State made it too cold to leaflet outside. I decided to
try inside the entrance to the student union
building – and everything changed. Students
were super receptive and the take rate became
really high, there were a lot of positive comments.
It seemed that whenever there were a few people
who didn’t take one, there would be someone
who’d say, “I’ll take one,”
and restart the take pattern. Best moment of
the day: when I was checking trash cans , there
was a table of guys looking through one of the
pamphlets; they were pointing out pictures to
each other and talking about them.
—Amanda Schemkes, 2/25/11
I was extremely grateful to Dan for joining me yesterday at Montgomery College; he is a dear friend to me and the animals. Two separate individuals came up to tell me how interesting the booklet was. One young lady came up to show me her falafel sandwich, mentioning that she had previously experimented with veg eating, but slipped more and more, mentioning how easy eating meat can be. She said the booklet reminded her that it is likewise easy to opt for veggie meals, which is what she did today, completely as a result of being leafleted. I gave her a Guide; it sounds like she’ll be opting from more veg meals in the future.
Tonight, while giving
my advocacy talk, I debuted my new slide (right) in which I mentioned that the evolutionary
adaptation that we have been striving towards
since crawling out of the swamp of life has
been the opposable thumb for the sake of leafleting.
—Jon Camp, 2/18/11
about 6,000 students on my week-long
tour. Life on the road can be hard, but it was
well worth it. I know many were influenced and
will make some changes. Lots reading, sharing,
talking to each other, expressed concern, and
a handful said that they would change and even
go veg – many more will without ever telling
—Casey Constable, 2/25/11
|Jon sends along these four pictures from April 4, when he, Jeff Boghosian, John Oberg, and others from the incomparable Phoenix crew reached over 3,000 students at Arizona State. Above: Ashley Young.|
at the University of Oklahoma
was stellar. A number of people asked good questions,
asked for an extra booklet or two, etc. The
highlight was when a young woman on a bike stopped
by and said, “Dude, you changed my life.
I was crying by page three. I’m totally going
vegan.” I gave her a high five and a Guide.
She stopped by later in the day to ask questions
about local groups. Again, she stated, “You
totally changed my life.”
—Jon Camp, 4/11/11
take rate at Skagit Valley College,
where I reached 200 students. On my drive home,
I passed by a transport truck on the highway
– a reminder of why we’re all doing
this and how much I hope that we all affect
a lot of people every day.
—Amanda Schemkes, 2/16/11
crowd at Truman College – one
woman said that she had already received the
literature before and has since cut down how
often she eats meat. Several students expressed
interest in going vegan.
—Irish Phillips, 4/11/11
students at DePaul were interested
in receiving a booklet. I had one girl stop
to tell me that she and her sister both became
vegan because of someone previously leafleting
on the campus.
amazing help from Sen at Anoka
Ramsey Community College. One woman said, “You
convinced me last time, dude. I’m done!”
She was excited to get a Guide to help
with her new eating habits.
—Fred Tyler, 4/6/11
outreach today. John Sakars joined
me at Georgian University, where we saw dozens
reading their booklets. Brian reached over 1,000
more at York University, and said he spoke to
about 25 people in depth. He noted that about
15 people came up to him after reading it yesterday.
He ran out of Guides.
—Vic Sjodin, 2/17/11
Florida A&M, a young man seemed
concerned about the information but stated that
he doesn’t really care about the animals. I
talked about farmed animals being individuals
who feel pain and fear death. He looked a little
surprised but he nodded. I asked him what he
would do if he saw someone being cruel to a
dog right here in front of us. He said he would
help the dog because he wouldn’t want to see
the animal hurt. I explained that farmed animals
don’t have the anti-cruelty protections that
dogs and cats have, and the suffering goes on
behind the scenes. He accepted a Guide,
thanked me, shook my hand, and said he hopes
others listen to the outreach.
—Lana Smithson, 4/8/11
From recent online requests for the Guide:
was walking down the street (in
Phoenix) and was handed a booklet. I will never
eat meat again.
was passing out booklets as I
was coming out of class (at UC Davis). I read
through the whole thing, and I’m pretty convinced
I don’t ever want to eat meat again! What they
do to those animals is just sick!
got a booklet at my college campus
today (in Escondido, CA). I’ve been contemplating
going vegetarian for a while now, but hadn’t
quite taken the plunge. It was one thing to
know in a general sort of sense that animals
suffered due to me eating meat, it was another
to be confronted with it in that way. I read
the booklet with tears streaming down my face,
and I’m going to start removing meat from my
diet. I don’t want any creature to suffer so
that I can eat meat.
read my sister’s booklet (that
she got from a friend here in Wichita) and have
recently become full-blown vegetarian!! I started
three weeks ago and feel great!! We are moving
towards being vegan so we can save the animals!!!
left a booklet in my school library
(in Boone, NC). This booklet was so well put
together and offered such incredible help in
finding ways to cut out meat from one’s diet
that it inspired me. As a college student with
very little money, I hope the Guide
will help me be vegan even on a budget.
lady handed me a booklet (at La Salle
University). Ever since I saw the horrors inside
of it, I decided to become a vegetarian!
connections at Golden West College
and Saddleback College. Favorite overheard
response (group of five guys, only one with
a leaflet): The leafleted guy was completely
engrossed in the brochure (speechless for over
five minutes), not listening to the conversation
of his buddies, his upper lip curling in disgust.
Then was able to form words: “Oh my god…did
you see this? Ugh this is terrible! That one’s
ALIVE!” So his buddies peeked over his
shoulder: “Holy crap man…that’s disgusting!”
“Can you imagine living your whole life
that way? UGH…man this is terrible!”
—Nikki Benoit, 2/22/11
|Eleni Vlachos turns heads at UNC Chapel Hill.|
I was a sophomore in high school
in San Diego, I was walking around a mall with
some friends and someone gave me a pamphlet
called Why Vegan? I continued to walk
with my friends and started looking through
the pamphlet. I was three pages in when I decided
to become vegan. That day I gave up all animal
products and the next day donated my leather
shoes to charity. That pamphlet changed my dietary
life and I ended up going to a vegan cooking
school right after high school. I am now 27
and a marine biologist finishing my school at
UCSC and I am still creating new vegan dishes.
at the University of Wisconsin, Eau
Claire, a girl said, “I looked at (the
booklet) during biology. It made me cry.”
Another girl said, “Every time I read that
it makes me puke.” Today at UW Stevens Point, one woman liked
that we didn’t present it as an all-or-nothing
issue. She said she would be able to make incremental
changes. One guy said factory farming was the
moral issue of our age. He said we definitely
need to do more to get rid of it, so I gave
him an AML.
Met a bunch of vegetarians/ vegans at both
—Fred Tyler, 3/30/11
|Jon Camp and the Phoenix crew (including John, Jeff, Karen, Ashley, Hut, Jacqueline, Zubair, Brandon, Kelsey, and Marisol) reached 3,042 students at Arizona State, forming “The Wall” at the end.|
into Rachel at the University of North
Carolina, Wilmington, and she helped between
her classes. Together, we reached 1,275 students.
Watched students reading, and could tell they
were really being influenced. A student came
up to me and said, “I don’t know if you
know this, but this booklet is awesome.”
He is going vegetarian, so I handed him a Guide.
—Rob Gilbride, 2/11/11
and I were thanked multiple times
at Western Oregon University, where we met a
number of vegetarians and vegans. One guy took
an Even If You Like Meat and a Guide to use to write
a paper on vegetarianism for a writing class. Later
Cobie and I met another student who said she
used a booklet she had gotten previously
for a presentation. Cobie met a student who
took 10 booklets to give to friends.
—Nettie Schwager, 2/14/11
at Evergreen Valley College were
super receptive! A number of people mentioned
recognizing the booklet. I overheard a young
lady say to her friends, “This is why
I became a vegetarian,” so I snapped a
picture of her (right). Her name is Crystal
and she’s been veg for over a year after
receiving a VO booklet at EVC.
—Brian Grupe, 2/15/11
day leafleting Broward College’s
different campuses. Two Marines got pamphlets
and they both sat on a bench to read them. A
man pointed to the pictures of the pigs and
said (in a very sad tone) that he eats a lot
of pork. We talked for a bit and he said, “Thank
you for informing me about these things. I didn’t
know about it.” A woman said her family
is currently transitioning to being veg. She
appreciated receiving a Guide. I talked with
another woman for a while, and she told me that
I have a pleasant demeanor and she thought I
would probably influence/ inspire a lot of people.
—Lana Smithson, 2/15/11
John, and I reached 2,675 students
at York University, and had many productive conversations.
A human rights major tried getting into a debate,
asking if my shoes were leather, etc. I told
her that even if my shoes were leather, the
point is not absolute purity or a fundamentalist
veganism but to reduce as much unnecessary suffering
as possible. After 10 minutes, she came to
see being veg as a big part of making the world
a better place and that all issues are connected.
—Vic Sjodin, 2/16/11
From recent online requests for the Guide:
|Mikael Nielsen helps someone fill her big shoes at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.|
your booklet at San Jose State
University. Two students did a great job of
NOT forcing the flyer, so I took one to be polite.
Hated the pictures, loved the solution.
A person on campus (Bloomington,
IN) was handing out booklets. I used to be a
vegetarian and this inspired me and reminded
me why I want to send more positive light into
the universe by avoiding cruelty.
I received a booklet about
factory farming (in Grand Rapids, MN), and have
been doing a lot of research. I’ve now been
vegetarian for about five months and am seriously
considering going vegan. Thank you!
University, some students were
handing out booklets. I already cut down my
meat consumption for a year now, I'd like to
see how far I can push myself to completely
reduce my meat intake.
better way to celebrate my one-year Cali-VO-versary than
to leaflet with Yvonne? We reached 2,220 students at Citrus College
today, where there is at least one confirmed
convert every time I’m here! In addition to
today’s (right), there were at least two others
in the making. Also, while politely countering
a “why not help humans?” person, I
drew an appreciative crowd – score six more
for the animals!
Every day, reading the Adopt a College posts charges my soul. Dread and hopelessness are needless and a waste of energy… all the leafleters re-prove that daily! People care. They’re learning. They’re changing. And to all of you, I send thanks.
—Nikki Benoit, 3/15/11
and I had a special day at Bergen
County Community College. One wrestler sitting
next to us kept saying, “Read it!”
when we gave someone a booklet. Another macho
man said he gave his leaflet to three girls
eating meat and asked them to consider the suffering
of the animals. Two construction workers proudly
showed us their veggie sandwiches from Subway,
holding them up and saying “no meat”
with pride and a smile. A girl showed us the
salad she got for lunch. Saw lots reading as
they walked, and many folks came back to talk
after reading the pamphlet in class. Dozens
and dozens of conversations over the course
of this very powerful day; three students specifically
stated they would no longer eat meat. Thanks
as always to the donors for making days like
this possible – we woke up many people and saved
a lot of animals today.
—Vic Sjodin, 3/17/11
Sarah, and I reached 2,235 hipsters at
San Francisco State – an epic day of mega ultra
awesome fun! We met upwards of 100 vegetarians/
—Brian Grupe, 3/17/11
|Nikki also met this woman who went veg immediately after receiving a booklet nine years ago.|
rate was great at Borough of Manhattan
Community College, where, with some help from
Sean, I reached over 1,000 students. Heard from
more vegans and vegetarians than ever before
at this school. Countless positive conversations,
with a lot saying they had been thinking of
going vegetarian/ vegan, and now they’ll try
it. One girl was particularly excited about
going vegan, because just from giving up meat
as a vegetarian, she lost 50 lbs and got her
family and friends to start considering the
plight of animals. Also heard from several people
who were thinking about veganism since watching
the Oprah show a few days ago, so I think it’s
really great that we’re already seeing some
positive effects of that. A former music therapy
supervisor of mine, who refused to even
try any of my vegan baked goods six years
ago (let alone entertain the notion of a plant-based
diet), is now going vegan for a week to try
it out. We’re making progress!
—Eileen Botti, 2/4/11
part of today was at Southeast
Louisiana State, where a nice student told me
she got the booklet from me two years ago and
immediately went veg. She has since done class
projects and speeches on the issues, as well
as other activism.
—Casey Constable, 2/10/11
|A mother shows her children the CVA’s booklet at the Christian concert.|
reached over 5,300 people at the
Christian concert and evangelical event. We
used the booklets from the Christian
Vegetarian Association until we ran out,
then we used VO booklets. The crowd was incredibly
receptive, much more receptive than anticipated.
Several people said they would go vegetarian
on the spot. We met many part-time and former
vegetarians, and encouraged them to continue
or get back on the path. We also met many vegetarians
and vegans who thanked us for being out there.
—Jeff Boghosian, 3/20/11
and I had great reception at Cerritos
College! Heard from a former veg who will now
go back to being veg. Other positive comments
from the very friendly students.
—Taylor R, 2/10/11
this being the coldest day I have
leafleted this year, the students at Ball State
were very receptive – reached over 700. During
the last hour, a student reporter from the paper
took photos and interviewed me, and another
took video footage for the student television
—Joe Espinosa, 2/8/11
I left the apartment the thermometer
said -6 and when I got back it said 3 degrees,
so I think it is officially the coldest day
I have leafleted! Despite this, the students
at Harold Washington were friendly and incredibly
receptive. Heard from a few vegetarians, had
a few thumbs ups, and saw some students who
got excited when they saw that the literature
was about animals.
—Leslie Patterson, 2/10/11
|Priscilla Temores pushes the peanut forward at Mt. San Antonio College.|
was a good day leafleting at Vassar.
Since Wednesdays are always “chili days”
at one of the cafeterias, one faculty member
who took a leaflet, glanced at it, and said
to me with a smile, “I guess I’ll get the
vegetarian chili today!” It was great to
get such an immediate response and know that
I was definitely making a difference.
—Alan Darer, 2/9/11
of good feedback at Cape Fear
Community College, where I reached over 500
students. I leafleted a student as he sat down
on the bench. Staring at the Even If You
Like Meat booklet, he said to me, “See,
the trick here is to stop eating meat.”
It was amazing to see the lights go on in his
head. One person came up to me and said, “You
are a great man! Thanks for coming here. I was
a vegetarian for years and now I’m going to
return to it.” Another student came up
to me stating that she is writing a paper on
factory farming and is now going vegan.
—Rob Gilbride, 2/9/11
|Thumbs up for another new veg – at Citrus College.|
didn’t want to leaflet this morning,
but ended up having an epic day at Binghamton
University. Nicole came back in the middle of
a class change, and she ended up reaching 600
students – pretty great. She had fun and wants
to leaflet again; she’s only a freshman, excellent.
More people came back and said they were affected by the lit today than I can remember in a long time. I also watched students reading the booklet cover to cover. I can’t remember all the conversations – just so glad the day came together after a slow start.
—Vic Sjodin, 3/14/11
at Central Connecticut State, but Aleta, Kim,
and I reached 938 new students. Met one student
who went vegetarian after being leafleted previously,
and two who reduced meat consumption because
of a booklet. Met two students who want to leaflet
on campus. Then I received an email from a student
we met last semester, who said he reduced his
meat consumption tremendously after receiving
a booklet and talking with Aleta and me. Also
met another vegan who just joined our group
—Karen James, 3/14/11
and I had a blast today! We reached
2,131 at Mission College and San Jose State.
I overheard at least ten people say to their
friends things like, “I already don’t eat
meat,” “I’m vegetarian,” etc.
We also met people whose gears were turning,
and answered their questions. An excellent day!
—Brian Grupe, 3/14/11
|A student at Riverside Community College studies the truth.|
Diane, and I had a great day tabling
at the Polk State health fair. One man said
the timing was amazing because he had decided
just yesterday to try going vegan for a week.
One of the vendors came over to tell us that
he opted for a veggie sandwich today because
of us! The vendor next to us asked me some thoughtful
questions and we had a good discussion. I gave
him an Even If You Like Meat and he
read through it intently. A doctor (who was
there as a representative for a local hospital)
came over to get literature. We had so many great conversations!
The health fair provided free screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. All my numbers were ideal. When the guy gave me my cholesterol result, he seemed amazed and exclaimed, “That’s really great!” I said, “I’m vegan.” He said, “Well that explains it.”
—Lana Smithson, 2/2/11
a girl at Florida International University
who went veg from getting a booklet
previously. A couple of students saw the Even
If You Like Meat cover and said, “No, I can’t look
at that.” I replied, “This pamphlet
is not asking you to go vegan, educate yourself
and at least cut way down on the meat.”
They then agreed to take it.
—Linda Bower, 1/27/11
had some wonderful interactions today.
One of the first people I met was vegan and
very excited to get a Guide.
Another young lady informed me she received
the booklet on a previous day and now doesn’t
eat cows or pigs. I told her that was great
and asked her about chickens. She said only
free-range. I told her there was information
about “free-range” in our booklets,
and she happily accepted a Guide as
well. I also talked with several farmers, and
although they may not be willing to become vegetarians,
I convinced them I’m not against farmers or
farms. I am only against cruelty. After explaining
it to these gentlemen they actually thanked
me and shook my hand. We’re making progress,
slowly but surely!
—Josh James, 2/4/11
|This Louisville Cardinal has been veg since being handed a VO booklet three years ago.|
and I had good conversations at
Oregon State. People took extra booklets to
distribute on their own, and a number mentioned
still having booklets from previous times. It's
good to hear that many students are hanging
on to the booklets we give them.
—Cobie deLespinasse, 2/8/11
conversations at the University of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For example, one
student asked me: “How can I help? You
can be honest with me.” I told him, “You
can help animals by avoiding animal products
and choosing plant foods.” He told me how
he liked the taste of meat and wasn’t
sure he could make the change. I told him I
used to think the same way and then showed him
pictures of the vegan foods I now eat that look
and taste like the animal products I used to
eat. He was intrigued and thanked me for the
advice. When he walked by later in the day,
he thanked me again for helping him.
—Brandon Becker, 2/7/11
Highline Community College and
Green River Community College, different people
told me, “Good job” or “Thank
you” the class change after getting a booklet.
A number of students came up to request a copy.
After looking at a booklet, a professor asked
for another to pass around to his students.
—Amanda Schemkes, 2/8/11
|Abby (4) and Taryn (2) Jarvis reach out for the animals at Southern Connecticut State.|
was my best day yet in Charlotte,
when I reached over 2,100 students at UNC Charlotte
and Central Piedmont Community College. I spoke
to three students who are going vegan. Another
said, “I’m going to try to eat less meat,
that picture of the pig in its throw-up is terrible.”
Twice today some students came up to me and
asked for more leaflets, stating they were trying
to convince their friends to stop eating meat.
I had a nice conversation with a student who had
been veg all her life but now eats meat; after
looking at an Even If You Like Meat
today, she is going to stop eating meat again.
I also received a ton of high fives from people
who were vegan; one said, “Word! This is
why I have been vegan for two years!”
—Rob Gilbride, 2/2/11
cold at New York City College
of Technology CUNY that students were hesitant
to take their hands out of their pockets. Overall,
though, it was a good day – I got through the
entire day with only one warmup break. Tons
of students recognized the leaflet immediately
and urged their friends to take a copy, which
was great. I’m continuously noticing a positive
shift in the general reactions people are having
now compared to even three years ago. Keep it
—Eileen Botti, 1/31/11
|This El Camino College student told Nikki Benoit he went vegetarian after getting a booklet last semester. Below, other El Camino students study booklets.|
John, and I reached 760 students
at Durham College, Oshawa, a never-before-leafleted
school. One lady mentioned she will go veg,
another took a stack of booklets to distribute,
many had questions and we saw lots reading the
booklets. Was a great end to a monster week
– over 9,000 students reached!
—Vic Sjodin, 3/4/11
quality of interactions at the
Junior Statesmen of America’s Activism Convention
was amazing. The kids were very interested in
the issue, listened and asked sharp questions.
Quite a few were already trying to eat veg,
and really appreciated the resources. One girl
said she had been vegetarian since receiving
the Compassionate Choices booklet in
front of her high school two years ago. Also
had a great conversation with a young teacher
who was not 100% veg but trying to get there,
experimenting with veg foods, and was extremely
sympathetic. He profusely thanked us for being
there and bringing this important message to
—Darina Smith, 3/5/11
Laney College, I gave a Guide
to a vegetarian professor, as well as to two
guys who had received an Even If You Like
Meat last semester. All I had to do was
ask them, “So, what did you think about
it?” to engage them. Naturally they thought
it was bad/wrong/gross/etc., and were happy
to get a Guide.
—Brian Grupe, 2/2/11
the cold weather, some good conversations
today while leafleting Columbus Circle. One
boy told me about how his health class in high
school is going over animal cruelty on factory
farms this month, and how he has learned a lot
about why he should not eat meat. Another man
turned to his girlfriend and mentioned how he
just read about how piglets get their teeth
clipped; she took a couple brochures with
her. It was nice to see people already informed
about the cruelty of factory farming.
—Jordan Hamilton, 1/29/11
blizzard-ish conditions today,
so I used my leafleting wheelie cart as a snowplow
to make my way to the subway. Lee, Marguerite,
and I reached hundreds of NYU students, and
I had the most positive interactions I’ve ever
had here. We also had 22 new students sign up
for Marguerite’s group, which is pretty unprecedented.
Many of them were very excited to see other
vegans on campus. One student came back to tell
us that she got a wrap with beans and tofu today
instead of eating meat, as a result of reading
an Even If You Like Meat. I love those
—Eileen Botti, 1/26/11
the blizzard rolled in, I heard
from 13 vegetarians and 4 vegans at the University
of Illinois, Chicago. One of the vegetarians
let me know that getting the booklet from me
at UIC two years ago is what inspired her change
in diet. Also had another noteworthy interaction
with a student who at first laughed at my invitation
to help stop violence upon seeing that the booklet
was about farmed animals. I pointed out that
animals have the same capacity to feel pain
as he does. His face got quite serious and he
stated, “You are right about that, let
me check this out,” and he turned the page
to enter the harsh world of today’s broiler
—Joe Espinosa, 1/31/11
Wake Technical Community College,
I helped a soy-allergic vegetarian student with
tips on going vegan and doing so on a budget.
I met a vegetarian since birth who wanted to
become vegan. I also talked with a non-vegetarian
student who was interested in eating vegan foods.
The more I leaflet, the more I believe that it’s the most efficient form of outreach and cannot think of any other way to effectively reach the masses at the current time with the information needed for behavioral change other than this route.
—Brandon Becker, 2/1/11
over 1,000 students at the University
of North Carolina, Greensboro. One came back
to me and said, “I really feel for the
chickens. After reading your booklet, I’m going
to go vegan.” We talked about ways to cook
vegan meals and I handed her a Guide.
I spoke to a vegan student today – he was
really happy I was there, and I handed him A
Meaningful Life in hopes he will leaflet
with me some time.
—Rob Gilbride, 1/27/11
University was the best leafleting experience
for the semester so far – I reached
over 1,000 students. A number of people thanked
me for being on campus – even got an “I
love Vegan Outreach!” One guy told me that
he just did a report on eggs, was appalled,
and is now considering going vegan.
—Jon Camp, 3/1/11
|A student at Ithaca College studies an Even If You Like Meat she received from Brian Wink.|
Marc, Kevin, and I reached 2,942 students
at USC today. This private school houses a lot
– a lot – of herbivorous
humans… holy wow they were everywhere! Chatted
with a campus chef who advised that an ALL VEGAN
eatery is being planned for this campus!
Can I just say how AMAZING AND INSPIRING IT IS to work among some of THE most dedicated animal heroes EVER!!! Add on all you amazing leafleters across the globe, roughing some fierce conditions to get the word out. I bow to you all… some of the Earth’s most amazing unsung heroes, you are. <3
—Nikki Benoit, 1/17/11
Ohlone College ranks among one
of the best leafleting experiences I’ve ever
had – reached nearly 1,000 students. It was
one of those days when you walk away a little
bit exhausted but totally high on life. The
campus was filled with wonderfully open-minded
students. I cannot even count how many inspiring
conversations I had. One guy told me that he
received a leaflet a semester or year ago, and
when I asked him what he thought about it, he
said, “Oh, it’s horrible what they do to
the animals. I don’t eat meat anymore.”
Another guy, a self-professed staunch meat eater,
thanked me for being out there, as did many
I’m filled with so much love and appreciation for Vegan Outreach, all the people who support it, all the recipients of leaflets, and the evolution of vegan consciousness.
—Jeni Haines, 2/3/11
|Anne Marie Vastano doesn’t let the cold rain get between her and students at Virginia Commonwealth University.|
I had a productive evening at
Harold Washington College. One man stopped to
tell me it was receiving a booklet from us three
years ago that caused him to become vegetarian
– it completely changed his life. Several students
mentioned that they are moving towards vegetarianism.
One student stopped to say she read the leaflet
and thought it was terrible what is happening
to the animals. She wanted to know what she
could do to help and we talked about how we
can prevent the cruelty just by making vegetarian
—Leslie Patterson, 2/28/11
was a long but good day at Florida
International University and Broward College,
where I reached over 1,500 students. Two different
people mentioned getting a booklet in the past
and thanked me for doing this work. One man
said he’s been thinking about it for a long
time but today was the push he needed. He seemed
thankful. We chatted for a while and he accepted
Yesterday and today, I reached even more students at Florida Atlantic University, with help from Jessie. More great comments and conversations; e.g., after looking at a leaflet, a young man exclaimed, “Wow, I will be changing my diet now!”
—Lana Smithson, 11/19/10
to meet more receptive people
at the art walk. Heard from two who are almost
vegetarian as a result of receiving a booklet
before. Another guy said he didn’t eat meat
for two months after he got one. Also had many
short conversations – many people want to change
but have setbacks or are taking it slow. It’s
good we’re out there to remind them and support
—Jeff Boghosian, 12/3/10
|Nikki finds another new vegan because of a booklet – this one at MiraCosta College.|
Adrianna, and I reached over 3,200
students at Cal State, Los Angeles. Heard from
many veggies. One student – Crystal – was
in tears after receiving a booklet; I watched
her morph into a vegetarian right before my
The next day, Yvonne, Shannon, Marc, and I reached 2,800+ students at Pasadena City College. Within the first hour we made (at least) two ladies cry. We helped wipe their tears with Guides.
Today at Santa Monica Community College, made a young lady cry again…she’s oh-so on her way! Also heard from a young lady who, with her received leaflet, said, “You guys made me quit eating meat.”
Meat industry folk: here’s hopin’ your mama taught you to pick a plan B!
—Nikki Benoit, 1/12/11
the University of Colorado, a
woman told me it was timely that I gave her
a Compassionate Choices today, as she
was thinking of going “more vegan.”
A number of students thanked me for leafleting.
One of them currently eats animals, but said
he read the brochure and wants to try being
veg one day per week.
—Barbara Bear, 1/25/11
state of Indiana had not salted
I-65 yet Monday morning, so my trip to Purdue
was at a snail’s pace. I arrived without spinning
off the expressway like 12 cars I saw along
the way, and was in action from 9:40am to 5:45pm.
A student who had grown up in a pig farming
family at first dismissed the offer of the booklet,
but later came back and apologized for his attitude.
He talked briefly with me about my history with
animal agriculture and the change to my present
work in animal protection. He took a booklet
with seemingly genuine interest in learning
more about the transformation of animal agriculture
that he himself had seen, which had inspired
him to turn away from a future in farming.
—Joe Espinosa, 1/24/11
|Chip Ballew spreads compassion at Cal State, Northridge.|
419 students at Seattle Central
Community College, Cornish College of the Arts,
and Antioch University. A man who was waiting
for his son to get out of class came over to
see what I was doing. He told me that his son
has been vegetarian since he was four because he
made the connection of not wanting to hurt animals.
He was excited to talk to me and asked for a
booklet to give to his son – and I saw him looking
through it. After taking a booklet during one
class change, a girl came back to talk to me
during the next – she’s working on becoming
vegan and had some questions.
—Amanda Schemkes, 1/25/11
one of my tour: Olivia and I reached
1,100 students at West Virginia University.
One young man told me the booklet made a profound
impact on him and that he was going to take
his first step towards the goals of the booklet.
I also had a productive conversation with a young man whose family raises grass-fed cattle. He wasn’t necessarily a fan of the booklet, but I mentioned that my dad grew up on a farm; some of my family is still involved in animal agriculture; if people were to eat only one animal product, I would prefer them eating grass-fed beef and cutting out chickens and fishes first; if I were to pick one animal NOT to be reincarnated as, it would be an egg-laying hen, etc. Much of this caught him off guard and he found himself agreeing with a lot of what I said. When he left, we shook hands and he said that my points were reasonable.
—Jon Camp, 3/1/11
|A student at Santa Monica College is engrossed in learning the truth.|
and I reached nearly 2,000 students
today at the North and Kendall campuses of Miami
Dade College. We each had a number of great
conversations. A very nice young woman talked
with me for quite a while about how terribly
upsetting the information is, giving her a sense
of urgency to change the world. She seemed close
to tears. I gave her a copy of A
Meaningful Life and she sat down and
read it right away. She came back to thank me,
saying the AML was very helpful to
deal with her sudden emotional upheaval and
that it will help her think about what to do.
She gave me a hug and said she was so glad we
met. I could sense that her life will never
be the same.
—Lana Smithson, 2/17/11
week, while Queenie and I were
leafleting at a fundraising run, we met a local
MMA fighter, Aaron
Simpson. The guy is in great shape, and
said he and his family are vegetarian! He thanked
us for being out there. That evening, I found
one quote of his: “I have a really tough
time with killing animals, that’s my worst thing.”
Today, I ran into him again, and he said it
was the images of what happens to animals that
got him and his wife to stop eating them.
—Jeff Boghosian, 2/18/11
I was joined by Jill at Cornell
College. Jill got a flier from me last time
I was at this school and started an animal rights
club on campus. She got in touch with me to
help leaflet and was excited to help spread
the word at her school. We found several new
people for the group while we were leafleting.
The group is also making a vegan guide to the
—Fred Tyler, 11/17/10
|Jovan Jimenez helps spread compassion at Northeastern Illinois University.|
cold last week at the University
of North Carolina that most students were scared
to take their hands out of their pockets. Still,
I reached 700 new people. I also spoke with
students who received a leaflet last year and
are now vegan, and picked up an email of a
student who wants to leaflet.
Today at Shaw University, one student said it cost too much to be vegan. After talking to him, I gave more information (Guide) about being vegan and he decided to go vegan!
—Rob Gilbride, 1/12/11
was a great day of outreach at
the University of North Texas, despite it being
very cold and windy. Rachel and I reached 1,350
students, despite the fact they were reluctant
to expose their hands to the cold. We heard
from vegetarians and vegans, got a high five,
and were thanked for being out there spreading
awareness. A few students asked us how they
can volunteer to leaflet.
—Julie Rothman, 1/20/11
East Tennessee State, we reached
1,908 students, and a woman got a stack of 50
booklets from Brian to hand out on her own.
Met seven vegetarians this time, as opposed
to two last time.
—Vic Sjodin, 11/17/10
the cold weather, Alan, Melanie,
Rochelle, and I found people very receptive
at Herald Square on Tuesday. One woman
took a Compassionate Choices brochure
and then came back about a half hour later to
tell me she was definitely going to go vegan
after reading it. Another person was so moved
by the brochure that she came back for more
to hand out to her friends.
Today in Brooklyn, booklets were practically flying out of our hands! One woman told me about how much she loves her dogs and that she had recently started thinking about how pigs and other animals are a lot like dogs; this thought has made her increasingly uncomfortable with eating meat. I gave her tips and recipes and she was extremely happy. Another guy stopped and talked to me for a few minutes and we had a very positive conversation. About a half hour later he came back and showed me all of the Tofurky deli meats he had just purchased at Trader Joe’s. He was very eager to try them out.
—Matt Rice, 1/6/11
|Shannon Maraghy takes the animals’ message to the students of UCLA.|
Colette, and I reached 1,758 students
at St John’s University, with almost a 99% take
rate and many positive comments! A family taking
a tour stopped to talk. The mother appeared
upset, but she told me her nieces recently organized
protests in Ohio about factory farming and that
she was thinking of going vegetarian herself.
She took a Guide. Also ran into two
students at the same time who had never met
before, but wanted to start an animal rights
club, so I gave them some advice and everyone
exchanged email addresses. Heard from several
people who were thinking of going vegetarian, including
one who said that after reading the leaflet in
her class that morning, she was going to definitely
go vegetarian and possibly vegan.
—Eileen Botti, 11/22/10
today at the University of Houston.
I had one person who, at the start of the conversation,
told me that he doesn’t care because we can
always make more cows, along with “For
every animal you don’t kill, I’ll kill three.”
However, after I answered all his many questions,
and he heard all my points, he took a Guide
to Cruelty-Free Eating and said that he
will eventually go vegan.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 11/22/10
and so cold at Illinois State
that my drink froze before I could get to it,
but I met dozens of vegetarians and vegans during
my time there. Towards the end of the day, several
students commented about me having been there
all day in the cold. I pointed out that so
much preventable suffering and death hangs in
the balance, trying to stop it is the least
I can do.
—Joe Espinosa, 1/11/11
was awesome to have Scout’s help
again today and it was so cool of Eric (Griffith,
right) to drive down to Atlanta to meet us for
leafleting. We reached a total of 2,450 students
at Georgia Tech and Georgia State. Question
of the day at Tech:
Student: “What is the likelihood that cutting my meat consumption will give me psychic powers?”
Me: “Two percent chance.”
Student: “Well, that’s better than what I’m currently dealing with.”
That night, I did a 30-minute radio interview on Second Opinion Radio, which broadcasts all the way to the Alabama border. The calls kept coming from listeners asking practical questions about transitioning to vegan eating. It was good to know so many people were listening.
—Jon Camp, 11/17/10
day at Cal State Long Beach, where
I was joined by new vegan Julie Dais and CEASE
(the student group). Together, we reached over
2,200 students! Within the first 20 minutes
of leafleting, I noticed a young man sitting
reading his leaflet. Moments later he approached
me saying he’s now going veg. Seriously? YES!
On the spot. Then a young lady brought her leaflet
back to ask questions. She claimed she wasn’t
veg, but is not only gonna be by day’s end,
but took info to help the locals. BOOYAH!
—Nikki Benoit, 11/17/10
|Yvonne LeGrice makes the animals’ case at Glendale Community College.|
and I had a good acceptance rate
at SUNY Purchase. One young lady said she had
received one of the booklets before and that
is why she is now vegetarian. Hooray!
—Jane Shakman, 2/11/11
an hour leafleting outside the
Interpol concert, I was about to pack it in
when a guy came up to me and told me that he
had gotten a booklet last year and has since
gone vegan. So I decided to stay a while longer,
so some more people got the info they otherwise
—Dustin Gross, 2/13/11
and then ice at Winona State,
but still reached over 300 students. Before
I even left the campus, I got a Facebook message
from someone I had leafleted earlier who asked
how to get involved with VO! Then, at the University
of Wisconsin, Platteville, I met one guy who
said he and a friend were trying out being vegetarian
for six weeks. He was excited to get a Guide.
Finally, at Scott Community College, I met one
very happy vegetarian. When I offered her a
Guide, she exclaimed, “Oh my God,
you’re a lifesaver!”
—Fred Tyler, 11/16/10
but good stop at Robert Morris
University. One student told me she tried to
go veg before but got sick. She remarked how
sad the literature made her and we talked about
how we can prevent that suffering by choosing
veg options, and ways to stay
healthy. Another student yelled excitedly,
“Woohoo! I’m going vegan tomorrow!”
—Leslie Patterson, 11/17/10
|This Florida International University student is deeply engrossed in learning the truth.|
and I reached 256 students at
the University of Miami and then met Linda Bower
at Florida International University, where
we reached 1,775+ students. We got questions
about dairy, eggs, free-range, etc. Also had
positive conversations about easing into changes,
what to eat, and so on. A student said he’s
currently writing an “argument paper”
about factory farming, and he was glad to get
the booklet. One woman told me she received
one last year and has gone vegetarian because
Linda reported a number of great conversations, too, including a comment from one student who initially refused a booklet, but after talking with Linda, said, “Okay, give me one, I can see that I’m going to be doing this too.”
—Lana Smithson, 11/16/10
was a solid day at East Tennessee
State – met more vegetarians than last time.
One lady asked for more booklets, as she and
her teacher were just discussing this. Another
girl got a stack of 50 from Brian to hand out.
David, Jessica, and Michael joined us today at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Liz stopped by to learn about VO and help leaflet! Together, we reached over 2,750 students. Met way more vegetarians this time than on previous visits.
—Vic Sjodin, 11/18/10
and I were joined by Speak Out
for Species, and we reached over 2,750 students
at the University of Georgia. After receiving
a booklet earlier, a young man came back to
Scout saying Even If You Like Meat
was the best animal advocacy booklet he had
ever read, that it was welcoming and non-strident.
He kept pointing to the Vegan Outreach logo
on the back, saying we are a group that knows
what we are doing.
—Jon Camp, 11/16/10
|Kevin Olliff provides the animals a voice, and a good vegan example, at UCLA.|
of good discussions at Fayetteville
State, a historically black school. One student
said she had been cutting back her meat consumption
and wanted to go vegan. I also overheard another
student tell her friends it was a VO booklet
that led her to go vegetarian. A staff/ faculty
member originally turned down the booklet and
told me about a woman who had told him
about all the great-tasting alternatives to
animal products. After he walked far across
the campus, he suddenly turned around and walked
all the way back to get a booklet and thanked
me for being there.
—Brandon Becker, 11/22/10
day with Jim and Dawn at the University
of Arizona – we reached over 2,100 students.
One woman said she had already gotten one, then
turned to her friend and said, “It made
me cry.” One skateboard handoff, and a
number of people came back for a booklet or
waited for me to turn around to hand them one.
After the guy in front of him turned me down,
one guy took an Even If You Like Meat booklet, saying,
“I gotcha, bro.”
Highlight of the day: An African-American student, about 6' 6" and maybe 260–280 lbs., told me, “I don’t eat meat.” Pulling out a Guide, I said, “Well, then you need this!” He reached in his bag and pulled out a Guide: “I already got one. Thanks.” (He had already met Dawn.) We shook hands with much warmth.
—Matt Ball, 11/15/10
|Another new vegetarian, courtesy of Nikki – this one at Cal State San Bernardino.|
awesome day of outreach at Morgan
State! There was a lot of interest from students
and we had great conversations. One
student said she went vegetarian for a while
last time she received a booklet, and we talked
about ways to stick with it. Another student
said the booklet made her sad; she concluded
by saying she should try vegetarianism. Also,
two separate students asked about how they could
get involved in activism. The quote of the day
goes to a girl who, referring to when she received
a booklet last semester, yelled, “You have
ruined my fast-food life!”
—Kate and Aaron, 11/16/10
many enthusiastic folk at Fullerton
College! A professor told me he’s going veg
now, and asked me to come and speak. A couple
other students also made a commitment to going
veg shortly after; they each got a Guide.
—Nikki Benoit, 11/15/10
|Photo from Carla & Bryan Wilson.|
the University of Miami, I saw
evidence that VO’s regular visits are really
doing something here: the week prior, a petition
for vegan cafeteria options gathered over 1,000
—Yuri Mitzkewich, 2/4/11
Sean, Jeff, Yin and I reached over 1,000 people
at Phoenix’s First Friday Art Walk. Extremely
encouraging number of vegetarians, vegans, and
people telling us that our work is awesome –
I think we’re really starting to see an impact!
—John Oberg, 2/4/11
|Scout Kilbourne provides the animals a voice at Georgia Tech.|
reached 350 people at the art
walk today. A couple girls stopped to say they
don’t think they can ever eat meat again. Another
girl took a leaflet and then went to her friends
and said she is going vegetarian, hopefully
going vegan will soon follow.
—Camilla Kendall, 11/13/10
at Saint Augustine’s College and
Shaw University, two historically black institutions.
One student said she had been vegetarian until
she came to Saint Augustine’s but was interested
in going back, so she got a Guide.
After getting a booklet, a faculty member asked
about vegan sources of protein; she also got
a Guide. For the highlight of the day,
a student happily told me she was vegan and
received a Guide; as she was walking
away, I overheard her tell her friends, referring
to me: “Those are my kind of people.”
—Brandon Becker, 11/10/10
morning at SUNY Albany. Taking
the opportunity to leaflet today made my day.
My favorite parts of the day: five very polite
professors throughout the day expressing enthusiasm
(I had been avoiding profs from previous experience,
but I am thinking that was a mistake); a vegetarian
student trying to be vegan and standing up to
his teasing roommates; a vegetarian who enthusiastically
took a Guide plus other materials for
his administrative assistants, who are also
vegetarians; and many students who enthusiastically
took pamphlets. I also had the chance to patch
together students in search of a veg group that
hasn’t quite gotten off the ground yet.
—Laura Hart, 11/10/10
|A student at Occidental College waits out a fire drill by intently studying the Even If You Like Meat booklet.|
the last two days, I reached over
4,800 students at the University of Texas, Austin.
The students were extraordinarily accepting.
Lots and lots and lots (and lots) of students
told me they were already vegan.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 11/10/10
City College of New York, many
students quickly recognized the booklet. Lots
of students turned around as they were walking
away and said, “I’m vegetarian, keep up
the good work!” giving me thumbs-up signs.
Also met students who are interested in getting
involved. Even leafleted groups of high school
students. It was very positive.
—Eileen Botti, 11/10/10
from dozens of vegetarians and
five vegans at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
This is quite a climate change from the unreceptive
student body I encountered when I started leafleting
here ten years ago. Repeated appearances pay
—Joe Espinosa, 11/11/10
Reached 1,000 students at
Northeastern University this morning. I had
a really good conversation with a professor
who came back after reading the pamphlet in
order to get more for the people on his staff.
He was very upset by what he read.
—David Coman-Hidy, 11/12/10
|“Greetings from Vegetarian Society, Bangladesh! My sincere thanks for sending me these booklets. This will be really helpful for my work.”|
Good outreach at
the ACLU’s Daniel Ellsberg event, where I met
lots of folks who are veg. A number of people
were excited by my Vegan Outreach shirt!
—Denise Snyder, 11/13/10
Theo and I had a great day of
outreach at West Valley and Mission Colleges.
I had an especially nice chat with a guy who
had recently read some Michael Pollan and, although
concerned, he felt like he couldn’t make
much of a difference. I told him that in the
scope of human history we’ve abolished
slavery, child labor, and established women’s
voting rights in the developed world only within
the last 200 years. This really got the gears
turning in his head and it was amazing to see
him go from concerned but slightly apathetic
to totally empowered and hopeful. I sent him
off with a Guide and a few book recommendations.
—Brian Grupe, 11/11/10
Lots of good feedback at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse:
- A girl said, “I got one of those before. It was very scary and impactful.” She happily took a Guide.
- One girl came up to ask a few questions. Her boyfriend had just gotten an Even If You Like Meat booklet and they read it together. She took a Guide and said, “It makes me really happy that you are here.”
- A German woman was very excited to get the booklet. She said, “I love that you are doing this. This is really great.”
- One girl said she was going into the environmental sciences because she wanted to study the impacts of our food system on the environment. She said it was because of the Even If that she started on that path.
- A member of the faculty said, “I see you here every year. I just wanted to thank you. I think what you are doing is really great. I’m glad you keep coming back trying to keep these kids from becoming complacent.”
- One guy said he talked to a neighbor of his in Savage, MN that was a farmer. He said, “The way they were treating those animals was an absolute injustice.” He shook my hand and thanked me for being there.
—Fred Tyler, 11/11/10
|After getting a booklet from Yvonne LeGrice at Cal State Los Angeles, this student went veg on the spot!|
in Montgomery, Alabama is a civil
rights attorney and a great guy. Last night,
while we were walking around Montgomery, we
bumped into a friend of his, a CEO for a major, multimillion-dollar
civil rights nonprofit. The group has published some criticism about
animal rights activists, but this man asked me a bunch
of questions about animal issues and earnestly
listened to my responses. We covered lots of
stuff: why I didn’t think it seemed reasonable
that a merciful God would create animals as
mere resources while at the same time equipping
them with the capacity to suffer and a brain
that formed deep emotional bonds with others;
how MLK, while not ever being overtly pro-animal,
did have a vegetarian wife and a vegan son and
was a great adherent of Gandhi, who was very
pro-animal; and why it didn’t matter why we
have historically exploited animals – we’ve
done a lot of other things in the past that
were considered useful at the time and have
since been thrown overboard. What matters is
recognizing the world as it is now and figuring
out how we can make it a better place with less
—Jon Camp, 11/11/10
|Andrea Cimino doesn’t let snow and cold stop her efforts at the University of Mary Washington.|
leafleting outside the University
of Colorado’s engineering building, I had a
great conversation with a young student who
decided to go vegan as her new year’s resolution.
She was concerned about health issues and thought
that being vegan was hard. She was considering
trying to find a local “humane” dairy
and egg farm, so I filled her in on the realities
of profit-driven farms (all the males are killed,
etc.), told her about various websites to make
the transition easier, invited her to join our campus group and to come
to the Boulder Vegan Meetup. Of course I gave her a Guide.
She seemed relieved and grateful and told me
the information would help a lot. She said her
roommate, a vegetarian, told her recently that
she wants to stop eating eggs and dairy too.
—Barbara Bear, 1/27/11
and I reached over 1,400 students at
Mississippi State University – reception was
awesome. One young woman said, “I got this
last year. It changed me!” Later, another
person mentioned going veg after receiving a
booklet in the past. Another woman mentioned
that the Even If You Like Meat booklet
got her grandparents to reduce their meat consumption.
—Jon Camp, 11/3/10
|Marguerite Campbell provides the animals a voice at NYU.|
and I had an exceptional take
rate at York College. We heard from several
students who had been thinking of making transitions,
but had never met any other vegans or vegetarians,
so didn’t even know where to begin. They were
excited to meet us.
—Eileen Botti, 11/5/10
a number of very interested students
at Menlo College. While flipping through the
Even If You Like Meat, one exclaimed, “Wow,
I should go back to being vegan!”
—Brian Grupe, 11/9/10
day at Northern Kentucky University,
where Brian and I reached over 1,600 students,
shattering the old record there. One guy told
me, “You got me to get a salad for lunch,
man, for real.” But that wasn’t as good
as yesterday at the University of Cincinnati, where
a woman told us, “I got one of those two
years ago and have been vegan ever since.”
So many great interactions of late!
—Vic Sjodin, 11/10/10
high reception at Indiana University-Purdue
University, where I reached almost 1,000
students. Heard from 14 vegetarians and 3
vegans. Talked to a student from Africa
who has stopped eating birds and mammals after
getting a Compassionate Choices booklet
last semester, is preparing a presentation on
vegetarianism for class, and is planning to
make the move to vegetarian when his current
supply of fish is gone.
—Joe Espinosa, 11/4/10
|A USC student is engrossed in the booklet she received from Nikki.|
Duke University, Rob, Gloria, and I met Janie.
After talking with her briefly, she said she’d like to start leafleting
with us. This is the second time this semester that someone
at Duke told us they want to begin leafleting
with us immediately after receiving a booklet.
Good, good times!
—Loren Hart, 11/9/10
800+ at Saint Cloud State University.
One girl said, “I have been wanting to
be in an animal rights group my entire life.
I will definitely join you.” One girl passed
by again after getting a leaflet and said, “I
feel so bad for the animals.” When I told
her what she could do, she said, “I know.
I’m gonna help!”
—Fred Tyler, 11/4/10
Total of 1,424
today at New Mexico State, Albuquerque
and NMS, Gallup. Heard “OMG” and “Ooooooh”
a lot. Explained the issues to a student who
loves chicken. I left him with the thought that
the most basic of their interests – to live
a life for themselves and not suffer – is denied
them because of the most trivial of ours. He
nodded, and hopefully our chicken friends can
add another to their list of fans!
—Nikki Benoit, 11/10/10
|Matt Gonzalez provides the animals a voice at Northern Virginia Community College.|
I met this beautiful soul after
we had packed up to leave Santa Monica Community
College. We made eye contact and I ran over
to her with a leaflet to “help animals.”
Within minutes she was crying, and later wrote
“I’m happy I met you – total Providence! Lately, I was thinking I was eating too much meat and if I should eat meat at all, but was in a mindless loop. After our talk and viewing the pamphlets, I became disgusted by meat due to animal cruelty. Ironically, my mom prepared beef that night; upon seeing and smelling it, I wanted to vomit. Funny thing is I ruined her dinner after recalling our discussion – she’s on board too!
“It’s shopping day tomorrow and we’re excited to go vegan!
“Coworkers asked what was I reading and I told them, then lightly asked their opinions on animal cruelty. They all agreed that commercial farms are wrong and even expressed shame or guilt in their attitudes. Their general response was, ‘Being vegetarian is hard,’ but I was able to refute that.”
—Nikki Benoit, 1/14/11
Santa Fe College, the students
were so very receptive and thoughtful. Hardly
anyone refused a booklet! Some students came
back after reading the leaflet and the conversations
went very well. I could tell that changes will
be taking place in their lives! I was thanked
multiple times for being there. A teacher said
he’d share the information with his students
—Lana Smithson, 11/3/10
|California Polytechnic State gets a dose of compassion from Roshanne Bakhtiary.|
North Carolina A&T State,
the woman who approved our booklets told us
she eats mostly vegetarian (sometimes fishes
and chickens), and took booklets for herself.
A lot of students (and even staff) stopped to
ask for booklets; some wanted them to give to
—Brandon Becker and Loren Hart, 11/1/10
got a booklet from the Warped
Tour this year and I finally read it. It made
me feel sick how they actually treat the animals.
I wish I could save them all.
great day for the soul – Brian
and I reached nearly 3,000 students at Sinclair
Community College, the University of Dayton,
and Wright State. Through-the-roof interactions.
One student told us her professor asked
in class, “What’s the difference between
cock-fighting and the way we are raising our
chickens?” as they discussed the literature.
We were in our element and definitely got to
a load of people today. Thanks as always to
the donors for making effective days like this
—Vic Sjodin, 11/4/10
day at Rutgers University, where
Cassandra, Amanda, and I reached over 1,000
students. We met tons of vegetarians and had
some really positive interactions, with students
saying they had been thinking of going vegetarian.
—Eileen Botti, 11/3/10
|Gloria Lloyd helps Duke University students learn the truth about modern agribusiness.|
day at University of Arizona! I
had more people stop / come back / wait to get
a booklet than ever before. Also got the most
verbal reactions ever – some squeals of delight
at the sight of Compassionate Choices,
but even more yelps of disgust as people opened
the booklet while walking away: “Oh God!”
“Ewwww!” etc. One woman came back
and took ten more for a presentation she’s giving.
—Matt Ball, 11/4/10
on this last tour, I stayed with
two kids for a few nights. A few hours before
I was going to leave, one of the kids sat down
and asked me why I was vegan (like he was ready
to debate me). I gave him a leaflet and talked
all about the extreme confinement of farm animals
and slaughter practices. After the discussion,
he and his roommate watched Meet Your Meat.
At the end, one of them said, “I can’t see
how I can call myself a good person if I keep
eating meat.” We then put some veggie burgers
on the grill and ate a vegan meal. They both
got a Guide.
—Phil Letten, 11/2/10
|At Santa Monica Community College, this student told Nikki, “You guys made me quit eating meat.…”|
berated by an angry student at
Tennessee Technological University. Another
young lady who had been watching this exchange
approached me and commented on how well I’d
maintained my composure. I told her that to
help end the animals’ suffering, I can endure
a little myself. She happily took a brochure.
—Josh James, 1/16/11
Shannon, Kevin, and I reached
3,450 students at UCLA. It was an amazing day;
even at moments when reception went down, everyone
kept their poise and smile, winning hearts and
—Nikki Benoit, 1/13/11
leafleting at the Obama Rally,
where I was able to offer booklets to thousands
of mostly young people lined up. Met so many
vegetarians I ran out of Guides.
It was great to be joined by Vic and Brian,
—Darina Smith, 10/30/10
to last time, Brian and I had
much better reception at uber-liberal Oberlin
University. Lots of talks, and ran out of Guides.
The last person we offered a leaflet said she
went vegan after getting a Vegan Outreach booklet
when she was 14. We win!
—Vic Sjodin, 11/1/10
of interest at Texas State, San
Marcos, where I reached over 1,800 students.
One student told me she was going to make the
switch; later, two friends told me the same
thing. Should have brought more Guides!
—Casey Constable, 11/1/10
and I had a wintery day at the
Pratt Institute. One of the first students stopped
and immediately asked, “Are you vegan?”
After I said yes, he then told me he saw Food,
Inc. the day before. He stood near us for about
15 minutes, reading through nearly every page
of the Why Vegan? and Guide,
and then left thanking us and saying he’d really
try going vegan now.
—Eileen Botti, 11/1/10
|Jeff Boghosian takes advantage of the sunshine to help the animals at Arizona State.|
I met a number of vegans and vegetarians
at Southern Connecticut State. Two different
guys passed me multiple times before they agreed
(separately) to take a booklet; each promised
to read it. Met a few students who received
pamphlets from us in the past few months and
greatly reduced their animal consumption as
a result. One student came out to see me because
she is vegan and wanted to know who was handing
out all the literature. She said everyone was
talking about it.
—Karen James, 11/2/10
at Ohlone College has changed
so much over the last two years. In my two hours,
people mentioned Food, Inc., being veg,
class projects, vegan friends, and meatless
Thanksgivings. I used to come here and meet
almost no interested people. Gotta love the
—Brian Grupe, 11/2/10
|Lourdes Rodriguez promotes compassionate living at Cal State Northridge.|
over 1,300 students at Louisiana
State University, despite the rain. I saw many,
many individuals reading the booklet and I had
good conversations. One guy said that he respectfully
disagreed with the booklet. I asked him what
he disagreed with. He said that he thought meat
was good. I jokingly let him know that nowhere
in the booklet did we say that he didn’t think
that meat was good. In fact, I used to think
that meat was good as well, but came to realize
that I didn’t want to contribute to the unnecessary
suffering that it entailed.
—Jon Camp, 11/1/10
nice outreach at Spokane Community
College, Spokane Falls Community College (where
I was joined by Brigette), and Gonzaga University.
At SCC, a girl walked up to me, holding back
tears. She said, “Thank you,” as she
gave me a hug. You could hear the sadness in
Also had a guy take a leaflet and antagonistically comment as he was walking away, “Tasty critters aren’t they?” To which I responded, “Yes. Taste isn’t why I stopped eating them.” Caught him off guard. He then came back after his class and said he loved the approach I was using with the Even If You Like Meat booklet, that it wasn’t all or nothing. He said he was going to try to eat vegetarian more often.
This interaction is something that happens pretty frequently.
—Phil Letten, 11/2/10
|Nikki Benoit passes along this photo of another person who went veg because of a VO booklet (right) and her enthusiastic vegan friend at Pasadena City College.|
more vegetarians from leafleting
the First Friday Art Walk. For example, we met
someone who said they went veg after reading
the booklet. Also met a 15-year-old who went
veg three months ago after talking with us at
a demo – he has been loving being vegetarian
—John Oberg, 1/7/11
Camp’s talk inspired a bunch of
new people to come out leafleting today, setting
a new record at UNC-Chapel Hill. It is really
wonderful to see so much new interest in leafleting
in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area!
—Loren Hart, 10/28/10
am a freshman at Rutgers University.
When I was walking out of class, I was handed
one of your booklets. I had stopped eating red
meat a couple of months ago. However, I continued
to eat chicken until I saw the booklet’s information
on how harshly chickens are treated as well.
I am very grateful that I read this; now I have
more than enough inspiration and motivation
on becoming a full vegan. I want to help you
raise awareness about how animals are treated.
|Hope Spring helps the animals at UC Irvine.|
At the University
of Idaho, I had two people tell
me they wanted to go vegan. One of them said
his vegan niece has talked to him about it before,
but the booklet pushed him over the edge.
I also talked to a girl whose parents own a dairy farm. Although I don’t think she will ever change her mind, I think it is good that she now sees animal rights activists in a positive light. She said she is against abusing animals but thought a lot of the stuff was taken out of context. But when I pointed to the gestation crates, battery cages, etc., she agreed those would be found on every farm.
At Washington State, I heard one person say to her friend, “I got one of these here three years ago, and that’s why I stopped eating meat.” Talked to a few kids about what they could do to help. I overheard a group of kids discussing the leaflet as I walked by them. I think the leaflets spark a lot of conversations on the campuses we go to – numerous times, I have had kids come back to me later in the day saying their professor just discussed the booklet with them in class. Very cool!
—Phil Letten, 10/29/10
great to leaflet with Aleta and
Kathryn at Wesleyan. One student was very angry
and said that I should warn people about the
pictures. I let her talk, then gently commented
that unfortunately these animals endure this
horror, and the only way to have people understand
is to shock them with reality. I said that most
people do not realize they are paying someone
to do this when they consume animals. We talked
more, and when she left, she said she agreed
this work needed to be done, thanked
me for being there, and encouraged me to continue!
—Karen James, 10/29/10
lunchtime leafleting at Arizona
State. We overheard one student say, “Now
I have to think about what I eat.” Another
said her 14-year-old sister happened to see
the booklet in her room and went vegetarian
as a result.
—Jeff Boghosian, 10/28/10
|Lana Smithson makes the animals’ case at Florida International University.|
leafleting at Schenectady Community
College was very rewarding. I had a wonderful
discussion with two students from Guyana who
were really interested. One veg student came
back asking about how to become an activist.
A former vegan and activist bemoaned the treatment
he got from his family and the expense of veganism.
He got a Guide
and was really excited at the prospect of cutting
animal products back out of his life.
—Laura Hart, 10/29/10
at Columbia University. A number
of students returned to get extras for their
friends and to request more info/ Guides.
Also, a brand-new vegetarian food truck called
VEGENATION pulled up and parked right in front
of me – they serve falafel and dosas, modeled
after a popular vegan food cart that is always
parked at NYU. This created some good traffic
and a receptive audience, as there was a great
example of vegan food to point to right in front
of me. Also met two vegans from Sweden who were
astounded by the vegan restaurants in NYC, and
told me that the Columbia cafeteria even has
soy ice cream.
—Eileen Botti, 10/29/10
handed your booklet at my school
and I have been vegetarian since that day (Sept.
15). I am working my way to being vegan. It
is my New Year’s resolution! I even got my family
to eat less meat!
Yuri, and I (right) had really
good conversations at Florida International
University. A nutrition student was really intrigued
by the information and said the booklet really
made an impact on her: “I didn’t know how
bad it was.” Later, two young students
came up; one took a leaflet and said he was
already vegetarian. The other student refused
to look at the leaflet but they both stayed
and talked a long time. The vegetarian said
he really wants to go vegan but the dairy was
so hard to get rid of. I gave him seven alternative
milks to choose from and told him about Daiya
and Follow Your Heart cheeses. He was really
excited. They told me that veganism was definitely
becoming a big part of the pop culture. After
a long while the non-vegetarian student said,
“Okay, give me the leaflet, I can see that
I’m going to be doing this too.” It was
—Linda Bower, 11/17/10
Reached 1,500 students at
Texas A&M, where I met a large number of
vegetarians and vegans. On two separate occasions,
students with animal agriculture backgrounds
told me the industry treats the majority of
farm animals humanely. Later, after I answered
all their specific questions about animal agriculture
practices, Bible quotations, etc., they shook
my hand and told me that I know my stuff.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 12/8/10
|In warmer days, Jamie Rivet reaches out for the animals at a festival in Toronto.|
Here in Queensland,
we are still re-homing former battery hens.
Each family has received the Aussie version
of Why Vegan? We have had several families
go veg and at least one go vegan. Thank you
for such an inspirational booklet!
—Monique Wilson, 12/23/10
Aleta and I reached
almost 600 Yalies today and met dozens of vegetarians.
Aleta met a student who became vegan after receiving
a VO leaflet this past spring, and I met a guy
who greatly reduced his animal consumption and
said he would work on going vegan. Aleta also
met a student from the Yale law school who said
that ending animal abuse was the most important
issue today. She is planning to have an animal
rights reading group at the law school next
—Karen James, 10/29/10
students at Walla Walla University,
Whitman College, and Walla Walla Community College.
Saw many of them intently reading the booklet,
and had a good conversation with two who had
various questions about veganism.
Every once in a while, someone hands back a booklet saying, “I don’t want to look at those pictures. It makes me sad.” When possible, I’ve started engaging these people by offering them a Guide and saying, “The thing with those pictures is that when we eat meat we are paying people to do those types of things to the animals.” This seems to have a positive effect. For example, I started a conversation like this with a girl yesterday, and by the end of our short conversation, she wanted to go veg.
—Phil Letten, 10/27/10
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