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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  September 9, 2001

 

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Announcements & Requests

  • Most people submitting orders online have chosen the "do not share info" option. Because of this, Vegan Outreach has recently adopted a stricter privacy policy, whereby we will no longer share or trade our mailing list with companies or other organizations.

  • Anne, Ellen, and I are going to be in Arizona (Tucson, Phoenix, Prescott, and Flagstaff) from December 29 to January 5. If anyone has restaurant or sightseeing suggestions, please pass them along – thanks! -m

  • The vegan list team is looking for Portuguese speakers:

  • PETA has introduced a new set of newsletters:

      PETA e-News lists deliver the animal rights information that you're interested in straight to your inbox. We've organized PETA e-News lists into four different categories so that you can choose what you'd like to receive.

      • PETA News (weekly): Info on new PETA online features, campaign news, special PETA Mall offers, and tips from the experts.
      • PETA Action Alerts (weekly or as needed): Urgent notices for you. Take action!
      • PETA TV (weekly): Investigational videos, protest coverage, live broadcasts, special events, and more.
      • PETA Life (monthly): Tasty vegan recipes, activist profiles, health information, PETA Mall specials, advice from "Ask Carla," and more.

 

Feedback

I’ve been a vegan for many years, but every time I read Vegan Advocacy, I'm inspired! You’re so right about not exaggerating our cause. I’m glad I’m able to help.
KS, Port Charlotte, FL, 9/7/01

Many, many thanks for the things you sent. I will wear my t-shirt with pride, and the brochures will go to those people who ask me why I am vegan, and those who tell me I'm going to go blind or die young. My son is also going to take some to his college for friends there.
PB, Fullerton, MO, 9/1/01

I had only just told my mate that I could never be vegan "blahblahblah lovecheese blahblahblah". She then showed me your site, and I started reading about the reality of the situation, the fact that the animals' lives are truncated so drastically and facts of their treatment – I went vegan on the spot. She came with me (she'd been there before). Our little daughter has been vegan since birth (even when her mom wasn't) – she's two now, and healthy like anything, of course.

Thank you for your efforts. They work! I am continuing the chain of outreach at work and where I can. I have two maybes going right now. I am trying to clinch. I dedicate any success I have to you all.
GB, 8/29/01

Your organization has influenced the world in many beneficial ways, making it a better and more peaceful place for both animals and people. Along the way, you have inspired such high school groups as our own. We have reached all types of people all over the world. We must help one another in our efforts. Although we are a small high school group, we would are sending you this donation for $100, because we truly believe in what you stand for and we support your on-going efforts!
JD, Mira Costa, 8/23/01

 

News

 

Why Vegetarian Living?

For the past eight years, Vegan Outreach has focused on reaching "convertible" people with Why Vegan? Compared to when we started in 1993, the concept of "vegan" has become more widespread in our society. For example, when I was recently in the local grocery store wearing my Vegan Outreach shirt, I went to look at the ingredient list for a new burger. The woman next to me immediately said, "Egg whites." Turns out her son is vegan, and she was looking to get something for him; we had a nice conversation. Leaving the store, people coming in said, "Is there anything vegan in there?" Anne and I just pointed to our full cart.

The increased awareness of veganism reflects the increased numbers of vegans and vegan products, and certainly makes it easier for people to go and remain vegan. However, while promoting veganism to certain audiences is effective, I believe that waiting for everyone to be receptive to veganism is not the most efficient way of reducing factory farming.

At this time, the reality is that most people will not become vegan, and these are the people whose buying choices lead to the slaughter of billions of animals each year. These people may not be willing to accept the idea of animal liberation and they might not be willing to make radical changes in their diet. But many are willing to take some significant steps in reducing their consumption of animal products. Given these realities, we may do more good for animals if we work to convince two people to become ethical vegetarians who buy free-range eggs, than if we work to convince one person to become vegan. I say may be preferable because a vegan's influence on others is often a more powerful force against factory farming than one's own, isolated buying choices.

This is why we produce Vegetarian Living – to be able to reach out to people who won't consider veganism at this time. At the local libraries and natural food stores, we keep the display areas stacked with both Why Vegan and Vegetarian Living. Both are taken. Some stores, festivals, restaurants, and other venues that won't allow Why Vegan to be displayed do allow Vegetarian Living. Some activists have reported better success at getting friends and family to read Vegetarian Living than Why Vegan. Although we may be able to print more copies of Why Vegan if that were our only publication, we believe that, ultimately, we are more effective at working towards our ultimate goal by producing both. Likewise, we hope you will consider using both booklets in your outreach efforts.

 

Every Donation Prevents Suffering

Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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