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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 27, 2005


This issue sponsored by Vegan Essentials.

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Notes from Vegan Outreach

Records Continue

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"

Send your nominees for Product of the Week to


Notes from All Over

Activist Profile: Taxi Driver Michael Bahu

From Protecting Animals, USA.


New Government Recommendations on Vegetarianism

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.
-CS, 4/19/05

I 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 B12 (1, 2). 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.
-AM, Sebastopol, CA, 4/22/05

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.
-Aashish Bhimani, Burke, VA, 4/21/05

I 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.
-MC, Pittsburgh, PA, 4/20/05


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