|Enewsletter • April 27, 2005|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
In early April, Vegan Outreach passed a quarter-million booklets sent to activists so far in 2005. Also earlier this month, the Adopt a College program passed 250,000 booklets handed to students!
At right, Melissa Gates leaflets at the University of Vermont; photo by Jon Camp.
Attention: Germany and Michigan
Matt Ball and Anne Green will be in Germany (Frankfurt, Berlin, Freiburg, Goettingen, Heidelberg, Prien, and Munich) the second half of June, and in Michigan (passing through Northern Ohio) at several points this summer. If you would like to try to have one or both of them speak in these areas, send an email.
Product of the Week: Big Franks
Jean Bettanny writes: "I just discovered Loma Linda Big Franks (they are canned). Tasted a sample at Vegfest in Seattle and found them to be delicious! Can't find them locally so searched the web and now mail order them from Andysmarket.com."
Send your nominees for Product of the Week to firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes from All Over
From Protecting Animals, USA.
For those who don't trust vegan "propaganda."
Peter Singer in Time's "100 Most Influential People"
excerpts from article by Arthur Caplan
"I remember the first time I met Peter Singer. It was in 1974.... His seminal book, Animal Liberation, appeared a year later. It laid out a careful argument for giving moral standing to animals on the basis of their capacity to suffer. It galvanized movements around the world to restrict animal research and abolish factory farming.
"It is easy to demonize Singer, 58, since his theory points toward conclusions that some find morally repugnant.... Those who scorn his views can rarely produce an argument about why he is wrong-they simply don't like his conclusions. But ethics is all about arguments, not moral pronouncements. I don't always agree with Peter. But he is a man whose reasoning merits consideration by everyone. There are few philosophers, living or dead, about whom that can be said."
Notes from Our Members
I found a Why Vegan
that had been left
outside of one of my classes. Our
lives were instantly and forever
changed, for the better. My husband,
mother, and I -- all now former
meat-eaters -- could never thank
you enough -- or the anonymous person
who left the Why Vegan.
For any brochures that are tossed
aside, we are examples that some
make life-changing impacts.
am writing to thank Jack
Norris and let him know how much
and his articles on there have helped
me and my girlfriend stay
healthy vegans. After coming
across your site in search of vegan
information based on science, I
have made many changes in my diet
for the better, especially concerning
I was fed misinformation about B12
and veganism by many books I read
on the subject, telling me my body's
stockpiles would last for years
and years. After following the recommendations
in your articles, I now feel more
confident in my vegan health. I
am so grateful someone out there
is dedicated to educating vegans
on how to properly stay healthy
to the best of the scientific community's
knowledge. I want you to know that
I greatly appreciate your efforts
and hold you in the highest regard.
Your efforts in this area are noble,
affecting people such as myself
in the most positive way, and people
like me do appreciate what you do.
I spoke to two economic
classes at Bowie State this week.
I started both of them off by showing
Meet Your Meat, and then
focused on how our personal actions
are supporting these cruelties,
environmental degradation, etc.
I also talked about the economic
trends in the industry and how they
are exacerbating the problems. Many
people were overwhelmed by the issues.
When I explained to them it is not
a purity test and each time we incorporate
veg meals in our diet it is a positive
step, they were almost relieved.
I think by breaking it down into
simple steps, it helped them envision
that they can be part of the solution.
Many people told me they are going
to try to reduce their animal consumption.
I got a lot of good feedback and
everyone was glad that I came.
recently went with
a friend to OohMahNee, a nearby
farm sanctuary, and he told me soon
afterwards that he would make a
compromise: he was going to stop
eating meat except for dinner. He
thought I'd think the idea was horrible,
but I told him it was a great step
in the right direction and gave
him a copy of Even If You Like
Meat. This week he came to
me and said he's giving up meat
completely except for Philly cheesesteaks
when he's in Philadelphia. He's
very rarely in Philly and I bet
he won't even go near those by the
time he gets there. EIYLM
works wonders as a tactic for luring
people in and getting them to realize
just how easy it is to integrate
veg foods into their diets.