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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 15, 2001


Some Days Are Better Than Others

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope. Crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance....

Robert F. Kennedy
1966 speech in South Africa
Quoted in
His Life, by Evan Thomas, p. 322



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We received the packet of vegan / vegetarian information booklets from you in the mail today. I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you so much!!!!  You have no idea how helpful this is and how much we appreciate it! The literature is wonderful and will be a great help for us in educating our community about the benefits of vegetarianism and veganism. Your organization is doing a great service, and we appreciate your help.
AB, Warren, PA, 3/22/01

We wanted to let you know we had a terrific Great American Meatout celebration this year. We passed out ~200 copies of Why Vegan and Vegetarian Living at our events. We also include a copy of Why Vegan in every information packet we sent out, and a copy of Vegetarian Living in every membership kit. We love being able to count on professional, accurate, and moving literature from your organization! Thank you for helping us reach more people than ever before!
MR, Dayton, OH, 4/14/01

Thank you for sending me the booklets so quickly, and for being sane in an insane world!
MD, Torrance, CA, 4/14/01


Editor's notes and Featured Links

I have been CC:ed on a lot of very angry email messages in the past few weeks, with the vitriol focused not on the industries causing suffering, but rather on other animal activists. I understand that some of this can be explained by our own human foibles. However, I think it is quite likely that much of it is simply frustration born of well-justified anger. When one knows that this goes on and yet relatively no one cares; when it seems as though there is a huge conspiracy by everyone to hide and perpetuate these cruelties, it is easy to turn one's rage towards those closest at hand.

I don't have an answer to this. It is easy to say "Focus on the actual problem in a constructive manner, remaining rational and civilized." It is much harder to carry this out. For those who haven't seen it, we've written Anger, Humor and Advocacy.

Meat continues to be in the news a lot of late. An interesting take on Foot and Mouth disease was passed along by lauren from Viva!

Of course, many people believe that the U.S. is somehow immune to these problems. But meat recalls (larger list) highlight the continuing problems with contamination.

Other recent mainstream investigations have supported what has been revealed in the past by people like Gail Eisnitz (author of "Slaughterhouse").

Another popular media outlet is starting to catch on to a possible link between cow's milk and Crohn's disease that has been explored at great depth by Dr. Michael Greger. (Given that I have Crohn's, there is great irony in the above links.)

In my opinion, the core of these and the other tragedies that come from animal agriculture is our attitudes towards and subsequent treatment of other animals. This remains the most compelling reason to become vegan and to dedicate one's self to promoting veganism.

For those who haven't seen this on our site or in Farm Sanctuary's newsletter: "Act of God" Exposes Egg Industry's Body and Soul: Another reason to boycott the egg industry

And now, for some good news:


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