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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 4, 2003


The Why Vegan? brochure is the most effective animal rights literature that I've found. Every week my colleagues and I distribute over 1,000 brochures at our Outdoor Video Education Displays (OVEDs). Why Vegan? creates vegans – I get emails attesting to this every week. I am so thankful to Vegan Outreach and all of your financial supporters for enabling us to continue this vital and rewarding work.
Adam Wilson, co-founder, Toronto Animal Rights Society, 3/24/03

I would like to request you send me a Vegan Starter Pack. Reading Why Vegan brought the horrible life these animals live to my view. I appreciate what you folks are doing for the animals – you are a real inspiration! This thing has really opened my eyes and my mind. I'd like to support this cause in any way I can!
ML, Toronto, ON, 3/23/03


Problems Galore!

In addition to the office being closed until yesterday (delaying orders, requests for Vegan Starter Packs, etc.), Vegan Outreach has experienced numerous other problems recently.

Having grown more rapidly than anticipated, Vegan Outreach vastly exceeded our bandwidth allocation for March, requiring us to delay this edition of Vegan Spam. Also, in our move to a new host, email problems have continued.

Also, the shipping departments at Gopher Printing (Why Vegan) and Winslow Printing (Vegetarian Living and Por Que Vegano) have been experiencing problems. Orders for boxes of booklets have been delayed or lost. However, we have no way of knowing which orders have disappeared. If you haven't received an order you placed more than 10 days ago, please contact us.

Finally, after being told for weeks to expect the next batch of booklet holders "any day now," we've finally given up on our supplier and are requesting samples from other merchants. We will fill backorders for booklet display holders as soon as possible.

We apologize for these problems (a downside of using the lowest bidder for everything!) and appreciate your understanding and patience.


National Leaflet Your Local School Day

The scheduled events taking place for National Leaflet Your Local School Day, sponsored by Vegan Outreach and Viva!, are listed here. We sent out a total of 137 packets to 133 schools.

Thank you for everyone who is taking part! Please let us know how it goes and send any pictures you take of your event. Good luck.


International Vegetarian Meetup Day, April 9


Previous Thoughts on Conflict

Reply to Stephen Davis'...

...suggestion that vegetarians would do better consuming large herbivores:
"Least harm: a defense of vegetarianism from Steven Davis' omnivorous proposal.


Talks by Michael Greger, MD

Online Survey for Vegetarians


"But Animals Must Be Treated Well!"

As you certainly know, the animal-abuse industry often argues that meat eaters don't need to be concerned about animal welfare in factory farming, as it would not be possible to obtain good quality meat/dairy products if animals are stressed, maimed, etc. But the book Animal Welfare and Meat Science (Full text) contradicts this notion:

"It would be inaccurate to say that poor welfare always leads to poor meat quality. There are many instances where there is no effect at all.... In some situations stress can even improve some quality features; for example, physical exhaustion before slaughter can make the meat more tender."


Meatout Experience

Today was the Great American Meatout. I tabled at school with the video and food samples and literature. I had veggie jerky, tofu quiche and vegan chicken nuggets and buffalo wings. I had to stop the video because someone complained to the higher-ups. But it was on for a good 45 minutes before that happened; a lot of people had been watching it. Some girl was yelling at me, that it was totally disrespectful that I show that video next to the cafeteria (it was down the hall). She made sure to say she didn't eat meat before she berated me though (which was interesting). I told her nobody has to stand there and watch it. Then I got yelled at by somebody in charge. Telling me that everyone on campus was talking about the "horrible woman with the video" and that it "really hurt my cause because I was appealing to the gross factor." I wanted to say "Great! That is EXACTLY what I was aiming for."

TR, D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY


Further Update from Lori Peterson, Minneapolis

Just FYI: We're still leafleting at least two churches every week in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, as well as any Christian conferences that come to town (there will be one March 29 called Integrity's Worship Tour in St. Paul). We also handed out 600 Why Vegans last Saturday night in the high-traffic uptown area of Minneapolis and will do a veal demo in front of an Italian restaurant in Minneapolis on March 28 that advertises by making fun of animal rights and veal.

I'm going to take literature to the Mayo Clinic today, as I've found hospital and clinic waiting rooms and bathrooms are a great place to casually drop a few brochures. I've done that in Fargo, ND too and sat there watching to see if they'd be picked up. I saw people pick up the brochures while they were waiting for appointments and take them with them. I'll also be delivering brochures up and down the Interstate 94 corridor from Minneapolis to Fargo and back this weekend, including St. Cloud.


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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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