|Enewsletter • September 21, 2005|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Where Does the Money Go?
Vegan Outreach members have donated $1,085.50 of the $19,000 needed for the next printing of Even If You Like Meat. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!
Adopt a College activists continue on their record distribution pace, having handed out 65,382 -- over 12,000 in the past week alone! This is is over half the total handed out last Spring!
Because of this, we will *run out of booklets* sooner than originally expected.
We need your support if we are to continue reaching new people with the animals' plight.
Simply put: Your money will put more booklets into the hands of college students!
You can donate securely on-line (please state that your donation is for the EIYLM printing -- we'll continue to post running totals), or send a check or money order to:
Vegan Outreach | P.O. Box 38492 | Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Vegan Outreach is dependent on donations from you, our members, to be able to print and distribute these booklets. We can't print more until we have raised the money. Please don't let us run out.
Where Did the Money Go?
The new Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating has gone to the printer (see a full pdf here). We'll announce as soon as you can order copies -- hopefully, it will be ready by early October.
Vegan Outreach is also going to press with the next batch of Why Vegan. We wouldn't be able to print Why Vegan or the new Guide if it hadn't been for your donations. Thanks!
Your Group's Logo on Why Vegan
In the past, some groups have printed a batch with their logo printed in the "Distributed courtesy of" box on the back cover. This time, there are two options, starting at around $125 plus shipping for 1,000. If you are interested, let Jack know at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Notes from Our Members
was initially hesitant to
hand out Why Vegan, because
I didn't think I was "that
kind of AR activist." I avoided
leafleting for over a year until
one day I was driving on Highway
99 in California's Central Valley
and I passed a chicken truck. I
had seen chicken trucks plenty of
times, living in the Valley, but
this was the first time I saw live
chickens in the cages. Many of them
were not moving, eyes closed, most
likely dying or dead. Many that
were alive looked in pitiful shape,
feathers missing and emaciated.
Then just a few moments later, we
passed a single chicken lying in
the middle of the road. Its body
was mangled and bloody. It had been
run over by vehicles on the highway,
probably after falling off one of
the trucks. These disturbing close-up
images were all I needed to motivate
me to leaflet. [Picture here of
an "Animal Care Certified"
layer hen courtesy of Mercy
for Animals] Once I did, I found
it to be an empowering, positive
experience and not one person reacted
negatively. I realize I may someday
get a negative reaction but that's
okay because I now have the confidence
to stand up for farm animals.
At Princeton today,
a nice amount of professors took
the Even If You Like Meat booklet
from me, and I could see a good
many of them reading it as they
continued walking. I also noticed
quite a few students pausing to
read it -- many of whom will have
some clout one day in life, and
will now be more keenly aware of
the plight of farmed animals.
was really impressed
by the new Even If pamphlets;
they were very well received. I
had some nice conversations and
I tried to stress to everyone that
I talked to that even if they didn't
want to go totally vegan, they could
still make a difference by just
reducing the animal products that
they use. I had a great time and
there are several more events coming
up in my area that I plan on leafleting.
At Sonoma State,
I handed out just over 600 EIs,
several to a professor who wanted
to use them in her class. While
there, I met one woman who told
me she was a vegetarian, and that
her daughter is now vegan after
reading a copy of Even If You
I read your brochure,
and found it all cruel and shocking.
It turned a lot of people against
eating meat. Please send me more
I am an RN
in the recovery room at a County
Trauma Hospital. I saw you booklet
Why Vegan 10 weeks ago
and have been unable to eat any
animal product since then. I recycle
a lot of magazines by bringing them
to the waiting room and I place
a booklet in each one. I am just
getting started and trying to find
my rhythm. I would like to eventually
adopt a college.
4 members of Compassionate Action
for Animals handed out 1200 Even
Ifs at the Green Day (a punk
rock band) concert in Minneapolis.
The crowd was the perfect age group,
and very receptive for the most
part. I received several high fives
and even one hug from people when
they saw what I was handing out.
One of the high fives was from a
mother waiting for her children
outside of the concert! If Green
Day is coming to anyone else's town
out there, I highly recommend leafleting!
I went vegan in 1992.
At first I was active, but soon
shied away from all discussion because
it seemed people only wanted to
pick a fight. Three years ago, a
close friend sent me your web link.
In the time since, I've been invigorated
by your writing and pragmatism and
feel emboldened to discuss the subject
more. So I've been sending people
to your site. Many thanks for doing
what you do.