|Enewsletter • March 25, 2001|
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Welcome to the inaugural edition of Vegan Spam! We don't know what form this project will take over time, so if you hate it, don't unsubscribe yet – it might get even worse!
This may not be too organized, but I thought I would crack open the first can to test the system and give you a little taste of Vegan Spam!
I'm reading "Lives of Moral Leadership" by Dr. Robert Coles. In it, he discusses his dealings with Robert Kennedy concerning the malnutrition of children in the U.S. The main point I'm taking away so far is that moral outrage isn't enough. In his context, it was understanding how the political process worked: how the D.C. games were played, how people react to moral issues. I think the same can be said of veganism: Moral outrage is not enough. We, as advocates – moral leaders – need to understand how people react to moral issues, especially those that directly and deeply affect them. It seems to me that it would be easier to get someone to vote for funding for nutritional programs for others than it is to question the implication of their eating choices, let alone "give up" their habits and "favorite foods."
Of course, we'd love to take the best of everyone's comments and news stories and pass them along, as well as personally reply to everyone who writes back about something. But until we get that huge grant from Paul McCartney and actually hire a staff, it aint gonna happen!
So here is this issue's question: What do you *not* want this newsletter to be? (We'll worry about what it *will* be if we can get through a few issues w/o offending everyone!)
Also, please send along any pictures you have of your use of Vegan Outreach materials – leafletting, tabling, displays, etc.
It might be tempting to feel smug about Mad Cow (sheep) and Foot-and-Mouth disease, but none of the animals – especially the chickens – are too terribly happy. While a relatively few people might go veg, if most people simply move to eating poultry instead of beef, the number of animals killed will continue to increase.
The news stories do offer an excellent opportunity to provide people with information about the treatment of *all* animals raised and slaughtered for food, as well as describe the health benefits of a well-planned vegetarian diet. What is important is to go beyond the specifics of a particular news story, and use the occasion to offer literature and/or tell a story about your transition to a veg diet.
Message from lauren regarding a successful Meatout event:
One day about two years ago I stumbled upon a Vegan Outreach flyer in the
University of Oregon's Erb Memorial Union Hall, the main cafeteria on campus.
I'll never forget the moment. I had just ordered a meatball sandwich at Subway,
with cheese, and was about to sit down and begin eating it when I noticed
your flyer on the table. It definately had an effect on me. I've since completely
changed my diet and my regard for animal life. I'm not Vegan yet, but I don't
eat meat anymore and have cut my dairy/egg consumption significantly. I mention
this just as reminder to you that your efforts do have an impact. Before I
came across your literature, I would have to say that meat and other animal
products made up 50% of my diet, and was blithely unconcerned about the source
of my food.
Thank you so much for the Vegan Advocacy booklet.
Vegan Outreach has been incredibly helpful to our group in many different
ways. You have continually impressed me in your approach towards advocacy
and inspired me to continue working for public outreach campaigns.
Vegan Outreach has changed my life! I hope to provide others with inspiration
Why Vegan? helped me go vegan 3 1/2 years ago. It's so simple, yet so powerful.
Quick facts, moving pictures, it's great.
Vegan Outreach is doing great things! You have changed my life and the lives
of those around me.