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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 3, 2002


For the month of June:
Shop Pangea, Support Vegan Outreach!


About a year ago, I was obese. It was fast foods morning, noon, and night. I loved meat and didn't like vegetables. My triglycerides were two times the normal rate. A stroke or heart attack was around the corner. The only thing that could break my meat-eating habit was reading about and seeing pictures of the awful factory farms and slaughter process. I was shocked to learn these poor animals suffered so much. I cried and cried. Thank you for sending me the box of Why Vegan booklets.
JD, Phenix City, AL, 5/21/02



Record Pace of Distribution

In 2001, the members of Vegan Outreach set a record for distribution of Why Vegan? and Vegetarian Living – 330,856, which topped the previous record of 327,723 in 1999.

By May 31 of this year, Why Vegan? and Vegetarian Living distribution has passed 213,000. This vast increase over any previous period in Vegan Outreach's history puts us on pace for more than a half million over the course of the year – not including the distribution via the tours that start in autumn!

Putting a half million copies of Why Vegan? and Vegetarian Living into a population of 287 million people may seem insignificant; however, given our resources, we believe this is the most efficient course of action to help end the exploitation and suffering of animals in our society. On a budget of less than $150,000 – a tiny fraction of the budget of many animal advocacy groups – Vegan Outreach is providing compelling information to an ever-expanding pool of new, interested people, many of whom will in turn become effective activists (see commentary below).

We will need to print more copies to be able to continue to fill orders for the rest of the year. The more copies we can print at a time, the lower the per-piece cost will be. Vegan Outreach is dependent on donations from you, our members, to be able to print and ship these booklets. We hope you agree that this is the most efficient use of our resources. Please consider making an online donation (or sending a check to Vegan Outreach, 211 Indian Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15238-1222) to help us print more!


(A Portion of) A View of the Future

by Matt Ball

The one thing I think would most aid the promotion of compassionate living is to cultivate good activists. An example:

Tabling once at the University of Illinois about ten years ago, I was debating a dairy farmer and drawing a crowd. One of the people passing – Joe Espinosa – overheard, took some literature, joined the student group, went vegetarian and then vegan, and "converted" a number of friends and his girlfriend, Marsha Forsman.

Joe and Marsha are now literature-distributing machines in the Chicago area. They keep a number of stores, libraries, shops, and restaurants stocked with Why Vegans; it is safe to assume that nearly every booklet picked up from these locations is read at least once. Marsha and Joe leaflet somewhere nearly every weekend. They have also done a considerable amount of outreach to minority groups.

This has gone on for years.

Marsha and Joe go out of their way to meet activists who "need Why Vegans for an event tomorrow!" For example, they recently delivered a box of Why Vegans to a band who was to perform in Chicago on the very day they asked us for literature. They send us generous donations on a regular basis to help print more copies of Why Vegan, and have applied for funding to aid their educational efforts. So far, they have not found anyone interested in supporting them, despite their huge success in reaching thousands of people a month. Still, they plug away!

If you look at our database, you'll see their impact. We have significantly more members in Chicago than any other city, including New York, Atlanta (where Vegan Outreach co-founder Jack Norris was active for years), and the vegan hotbed of the country, Pittsburgh.

Joe and Marsha know that, as long as we have some available, they can order as many Why Vegans as they can use. We know that everything we send them will be used well.

In my personal opinion, Joe and Marsha are worth several FaunaVision tours, or any number of advertisements and media stories. We hope more people will follow their lead.



Still a B12 Skeptic?

A new complete and updated version of Jack Norris' review of B12 research and literature is now available on our website as a downloadable PDF file (1MB). If you do not think vegans need to bother making sure they have a consistent intake of vitamin B12, or have questions about some of the claims you have read, please download and read this version. You can read the online summary of the recommendations, too.

It is vital that we remain abreast of current research, so as not to harm the health of vegans, and subsequently, the spread of veganism. For example, as we were putting this issue of Vegan Spam together, we received a request to advertise a new spirulina cookbook. Spirulina was presented as a source of B12, when in fact, the best current understanding is that spirulina can actually harm one's B12 status.


UEP Opposes 'Outdoor Access'

"A USDA proposed regulation requiring poultry to have access to the outdoors could result in serious problems for the egg industry, according to United Egg Producer comments on draft recommendations of the organic rule."


Featherless chicken creates a flap

"Featherless chickens could be the future of mass poultry farming in warmer countries, says an Israeli geneticist who has created a bare-skinned 'prototype.'" See slide show.


"Animal Waste Management: What's the Problem?" from the EPA

"By definition, AFOs produce large amounts of waste in small areas. For example, a single dairy cow produces approximately 120 pounds of wet manure per day (Nitrate Working Group, CDFA 1989:27). Estimates equate the waste produced per day by one dairy cow to that of 20-40 humans per day."


Is the meat, poultry, and fish you buy as fresh as you think?

"A ‘Dateline’ investigation finds some of the nation’s largest grocery chains extended sell-by dates.

"It’s something most Americans take for granted — that the food in our local supermarket is safe. But we recently heard something that made us question that so we went to investigate and we took our hidden cameras with us. What we found may leave you wondering whether the meat, poultry and fish you buy is as fresh as you think. Are some of America’s biggest supermarket chains being less than honest about the freshness of the food you buy."


Fighting for Moe, from ABC News

"Moe's owners think they know what's best for him. So does the city of West Covina, Calif., so does the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and so does the director of a local sanctuary."


Book Review: A Vegan Taste of the Caribbean by Linda Majzlik

by Maya Kearn, The Londonderry Inn

This book is an exciting collection of exotic and flavorful vegan recipes which, once you obtain the unusual ingredients, are easy to prepare. In general, the book is written for people already familiar with exotic, lesser-known foods such as paw paw, plantain, aubergine, eddo, christophenes, jingy, courgette, sulanans, demerara sugar, and starfruit.

A glossary and source guide, including a brief description and history of the lesser-known ingredients would remove the intimidation factor for American readers. But for those very disciplined and motivated vegans, this is a good book to discover new things and have fun at the same time.


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