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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  February 21, 2003


Don't be petrified! Get out there today!

Updates and News

New Event! Distribute Your Old Why Vegans!

We are pleased to announce that the first ever Distribute Your Old Why Vegans Day will be held March 20, 2003. Oddly enough, this corresponds with The Great American Meatout. :-)

If you still have copies of the purple Why Vegan, take the time on March 20th to stock displays at libraries, health food stores, restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, etc. You can also leaflet at colleges and high schools!

Meatout | Leaflet Your Local School Day | Brochure Holders


I just got the new edition of Why Vegan in the mail; I was so moved and impressed by it I want to have plenty to give to everyone who asks me why I'm vegan, and to all my friends (I plan on doing a mass mailing in honor of the Great American Meatout). Also wanted to let you know that your last newsletter especially inspired me to want to reach out more to people I know and encourage them to consider reducing their eating of animals.
CS, Atlanta, GA, 1/12/03


Vegan Health News – Jack's Blog

Jack Norris, RD, is compiling a "real-time" list of health news and commentaries related to veganism. This, along with his frequently updated Staying a Healthy Vegan, will help you stay up-to-date with the news and make sense of the various pieces of news and propaganda.


Another Report from the Field

from Paul Shapiro of Compassion over Killing

"I did an experiment with the new Why Vegan and Vegetarian Living: I had a table of literature at a talk I gave yesterday. About 50 people came, and nearly all took some literature. I brought 50 of each piece of literature, and I put WV and VL right next to each other. Bottom line is that 21 Vegetarian Livings and five Why Vegans were taken."

Don't miss an opportunity to reach more people by only having Why Vegan at your table or in your display!


Luring Preteens with Red Meat and Cattlement Saddle Up

"A Web site produced for girls by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association solves self-esteem problems with heaps of ground round.

"'Cool to be real!' – it's the chirpy slogan, and name, of a new Web site for preteen girls that's chock-full of self-esteem-boosting messages and helpful tips on leading a healthy lifestyle. What could be wrong with that?

"Well, maybe the fact that the site is actually a thinly cloaked advertorial for the joys of eating beef, brought to budding carnivores everywhere by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. This is an I-got-a-cow-to-sell-ya sales job that insults the intelligence of the average 12-year-old."

Also: Pork4Kids


Green Trend Sweeps Teens and Vegetarianism Catches On

"According to a nationwide study, 'Things That Are In,' conducted in October 2002 by Teenage Research Unlimited, 20 percent of the 2,000 teenagers surveyed thought vegetarianism was 'in.'

"On the scale of things that are cool, vegetarianism ranked higher than cigarettes (18 percent), the drug Ecstasy (17 percent), and cigars (13 percent). According to the survey, 28 percent of the girls who were polled thought vegetarianism was 'in' while 13 percent of the boys agreed."


Matthew Scully on NPR's Talk of the Nation (scroll down)

"How important is the quality of life of animals destined for the dinner table? For Matthew Scully, it's a moral imperative. The author of Dominion joins guest host Melinda Penkava to talk about industrial farms, animal welfare and vegetarianism."


Rights From Wrongs

Does a pig packed in a tiny factory cage waiting to be killed have any rights in America? Should it have?

And what about the chimpanzee, which shares 99 percent of its active DNA with humans? Should anyone be allowed to "own" an animal with so many of our own attributes, including the ability to reason, use tools and respond to language? Isn't that like slavery?



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Just wanted to let you know that my natural foods co-op sponsored a booth at a community health fair today here in Yuma, AZ. Besides co-op literature, we gave out 50 copies each of Why Vegan and Vegetarian Living (could have given out more if we had had them!). People were very receptive and eager to get info on vegetarianism. Thanks for your publications - I feel great supporting your organization and helping others to become healthy while decreasing the suffering of animals. The health fair was an easy way to reach a receptive audience. I hope to do it again soon.
JM, Yuma, AZ, 2/2/03

Things are going well here at Brock University. Over 300 pamphlets were picked up from the Veggie Club’s tables over the first week of the new semester. Now we’re out of Why Vegans and Vegetarian Livings. I wish I could send more $$; but in 3-4 years, I’ll hopefully be employed as a math/science teacher, so I’ll be rich!
ML, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, 1/27/03

I am 13-years-old, and I became vegan after reading one of your booklets. I’ve been ordering booklets from you ever since so that I could get other people interested too. I have gotten permission to display them at three different places. Thanks for all your time and help. I want to be a part of what you are doing to stop animals from suffering.
MLS, Coral Springs, FL, 1/21/03

I see a lot of people picking up the Why Vegans that I put at the store. I see these big burly guys stand there reading the whole thing and just shake their heads in sadness and disbelief. One guy had tears going down his face and said from that point on he's vegetarian and he might eventually go vegan, too.
c/o NN, Batavia, NY, 1/21/03

You've helped me stop eating any meat. Thank you so much. You've made my life a thousand times less guilty and more productive.
KR, New York, NY, 1/11/03


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