|Enewsletter • January 12, 2005|
News from Vegan Outreach
New Year's Resolutions
A number of people have written to us to say that they have made a resolution to work harder for the animals and for a better world in 2005. There is much each of us can do to save innumerable animals from horrible lives of tremendous cruelty and suffering. This can involve taking part in the Adopt a College program or supporting the efforts of other activists via automatic recurring donations (which can be set up here; option for monthly or quarterly on second page).
After a record 2004 -- which saw well over 600,000 copies of Why Vegan and Try Vegetarian distributed, the Adopt a College program take off (with new employee Jon Camp distributing over 26,000 copies during the fall semester), and the introduction of the new booklet Even if You Like Meat -- we are excited about 2005. Vegan Outreach has big plans, and will continue to work as hard as possible to maximize the impact we are each able to have.
Thanks for your continued efforts and support!
Marko Vide is in the process of redesigning the entire website. Unfortunately, Marko didn't know what he was getting into; VO has been on-line for more than 10 years (before Amazon.com was launched), and has become a huge, sprawling conglomeration of hundreds of images, essays, newsletters, booklets, etc. (not to mention the VeganHealth and AAC sites), and has gone through many different incarnations. Thus, it will be quite a while before the dust settles.
Because of the problems inherent in such a massive undertaking, the original site will exist in parallel (available from here) until the new site is more complete and better established. Please provide Marko with your feedback (and provide us with feedback about the e-newsletter), but understand it may be a while before all changes are made -- thanks!
Notes from All Over
Silk Enhanced Soymilk -- with Omega-3s, Vitamin D, and B12
It was recently brought to my attention that White Wave is now adding omega-3 fats to its Enhanced Silk.
I wrote the company to find out how much, and they told me it's 500 mg per Cup (8 oz). That means you can now get the following amounts of nutrients in each serving of Enhanced Silk:
- Jack Norris, RD
From Our Members
Christmas, I took
Nick out to meet the cows on my
parents' ranch in Oklahoma (here,
he's feeding a calf a sugar cube).
Nick had never interacted with a
cow as an individual, having seen
them only while driving by in a
car. So he enjoyed actually meeting
them as unique creatures. But there's,
of course, a sadness there too,
because we know the fate of these
animals once my dad decides to sell
them. (It's painful to look at these
beautiful creatures and think, "Gee,
I hope you're dead before your skin
is ripped off.") But I cooked
a vegan Christmas dinner for my
family and impressed my mom with
Gimme Lean sausage and Follow Your
Heart vegan mozzarella. That was
I just got back from leafleting at the Miss Teen Jacksonville pageant. (As at all events, I waited outside the theater and then handed Why Vegans to people as they were leaving.)
While I was waiting for the pageant to end, I got into a conversation with two male teenagers whose sisters were in the show. It turns out that the two of them are from an agricultural community, and they have visited slaughterhouses. However, they weren't very familiar with factory farming. While they were looking through the Why Vegan, they asked good questions about the specific practices described in the pamphlet.
They agreed that the way animals are treated is horrible, but they said that they didn't think they could become vegetarians. I told them about the Even if You Like Meat pamphlets, and that people can reduce the amount of suffering caused even without going completely vegetarian.
One of them commented
that it must take a very strong
belief system to give up meat altogether.
I replied that a lot of people who
once thought that they could never
give up meat had no problem becoming
vegetarians after I showed them
videos of how the animals are treated.
I also mentioned that my favorite
food used to be veal, and that if
someone like me can go vegan, then
anyone can. They said that the information
in the pamphlet was certainly something
to think about.