|Enewsletter • June 2, 2004|
For the next few weeks, we'll be running recent feedback from members (see below). If Why Vegan (or any other publication by Vegan Outreach) has changed your life, please tell us your story! Essays up to 500 words might be used in a future issue. Thanks!
Animal Story of the Year: Hefty Fines Give Teeth to Austria's Animal-Rights Law
"VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Hens will be free to run around barnyards, lions and tigers will vanish from circus acts, and Dobermans will sport what nature intended -- floppy ears and longer tails -- under a tough animal-rights law adopted Thursday in Austria.
"The anti-cruelty law, one of Europe's harshest, will ban pet owners from cropping their dogs' ears or tails, force farmers to uncage their chickens, and ensure that puppies and kittens no longer swelter in pet-shop windows.
"Violators will be subject to fines of $2,420, and in cases of extreme cruelty could be fined up to $18,160 and see their animals seized by the authorities."
"Film documentary Super Size Me, a critical look at the health impact of a fast-food only diet, has been downsized at cable network MTV which has refused to air advertisements for the film, its distributors said on Wednesday.
"Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films said in a statement the cable TV channel targeted to young audiences has told them the ads are 'disparaging to fast food restaurants.'
"The distributors said MTV sister network VH1 was planning to use clips from the movie in a program called 'Best Week Ever,' but the clips were pulled before the show aired."
Tonight I made my debut with the new Why
Vegans at a show for a band called Braid.
I personally do not listen to this band but
I figured it would be an ideal audience. I was
able to give out a little over 100 brochures
in about 15 minutes. The crowd was open-minded
individuals in their teens to middle twenties,
male and female. Quite a few mentioned that
they were veg or vegan. If this band is playing
in your town, I think it is a very
good use of time.
Microsoft Access Knowledge Needed
We are transferring the data for Adopt a College into Microsoft Access, and are looking for someone with a thorough knowledge of it to give us a quick bit of advice. If you know Access, please email Jack.
Two years ago, I traveled to India to stay a month in Amma's Ashram. The reason I went is because I felt I had lost direction. While I was there I spent many hours doing Seva.
Coming home was difficult in many ways. Although I had lived surrounded by poverty in India I felt enriched in a way that had been difficult for me to maintain here. For over two years, I looked for a person or a group of people that would share my thoughts and feelings. I had experienced the importance of volunteer work, and so I prayed each day for and told my friends that I was ready for a volunteer job. I have been helping in my Grandchildren's school and also volunteered two springs for our local Music Festival.
On Mother's Day our family drove to Victoria and we had lunch together at my favorite restaurant: a Vegan, Buddhist restaurant that serves an incredibly delightful buffet at noon. On the way out I stopped to pick up a brochure called Why Vegan. I glanced through it quickly on the way to the car and felt anger. I looked at it once again in the car and decided to put it away for another day.
Shortly after we arrived home, I sat with that brochure and looked intently at each picture and read every word. I felt the inner growth minute by minute, as I finally allowed myself to be what I believe. I went on to the Internet and found Vegan Outreach. I signed on for the e-mail newsletter, and the first week it arrived I read an article written by Bruce Friedrich that inspired me so much I printed it, and read parts of it to friends and family. From Vegan Outreach’s “Contacts” page, I found another Vegan Outreach member nearby.
Within a couple of weeks, I got 300 brochures to distribute here at home (quite a challenge, as I live in a city with burger stands everywhere). The local Community Farm Store where we shop has agreed to let me put the brochures in the store. I have purchased a holder for them, and I am putting my name, e-mail address and phone number on the back. My goal is to one day hand out pamphlets outside our high school. I am ready for anything that comes my way.
Has this brochure changed my life? I feel settled
in a way I have never known. This is my work
now and it gives me great pleasure and a certainty
about Self that had been lost. I am so happy
to have found others like me and look forward
to the changes that will mean for me. Although
we are scattered and miles apart, I feel you
out there. When our Granddaughter asked me,
“Are there others like you and Papa?”
I was excited to be able to say to her, “Yes,
Sweetheart there are thousands of us.”