|Enewsletter • October 13, 2005|
This issue sponsored by DownBound:
I would like to share
an example of what keeps me motivated.
Notes from Vegan Outreach
The Animals Need You
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Another New Record
On October 10, Vegan Outreach sent out the 622,500th booklet for 2005, passing our record total of 620,542 for all of 2004. The Adopt a College program has passed 90,000 flyers for the semester so far -- closing in on 100,000! (Last year at this time, the total was 38,517 for the Fall 2004 semester.)
Thanks so much to everyone who made this possible! Because of you, innumerable lives have been changed, with millions of animals saved from the horrors of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses.
At right, Maria Lobikin leaflets at the University of Pennsylvania; photo by Jon Camp.
Link for "How Vegan?"
A number of people have asked for a direct link to last week's "How Vegan" article. It is now here. Thanks to everyone who offered feedback!
Product of the Week
Michelle Gmaz writes: "The maker of the hair care line Jonathan Product is proud enough to put 100% vegan on the very front of the product. So of course, I had to try it. It is being sold through QVC and Sephora. It is so popular that it is sold out almost everywhere, but I managed to get the shampoo, conditioner and leave-in glossing creme. This stuff is great, like high-end salon products."
Notes from All Over
The Future So Bright: Find Great Mock Meats
excerpt: "There is wizardry afoot in a large number of Washington area restaurants, where the skill for counterfeiting meat has become rather sophisticated. Even without a blindfold, it is often impossible to tell. Get up close and inspect the grain. Breathe deep its waft. Feel it yield to the fork, and to the tooth. Test for 'bounce.' Mutton isn't dressing up as lamb, soy is."
Notes from Our Members
I always carry booklets
with me and give them to people
in places like school, work, and
the mall. Basically, whenever someone
asks why I'm a vegetarian I explain
to them, encourage them, and give
them a flyer. Although it is not
going fast, it is going very well.
There was a girl who started working
with me, and we had known each other
for a day, and I gave her one and
she said "Seriously, I am going
to do this." It's a really
I recently had the
best leafleting experience of my
life at a local community
festival, where the reception rate
was almost 100%. A few people told
me they had read it that day and
wanted to "do something"
about it. I even noticed lots of
people who didn't have pockets or
places to put the leaflets, but
nevertheless were still carrying
them even an hour after I had given
it to them. I offered one to a biker-type
couple and the woman immediately
said "No," but as they
were walking away the guy shouted
"Vegan?" and ran back
to grab a leaflet. To top all this
off the vendors at this festival
were selling AMAZING vegan hot dogs
and hamburgers for only $2 each.
One of the staff guys who had read
the leaflet wanted to learn more
about eating veg and I referred
him over to the vendor to get a
hot dog--which he actually ended
up doing! My favorite encounters
were when a young girl (probably
10 years old) said she was vegetarian
and drinks soy milk in a totally
matter-a-fact way, and an 80+ year
old man who said he had already
gotten a pamphlet before and looked
through it. I even gave one to the
mayor of Minneapolis, RT Rybak,
as well as another politician. I
spoke with the mayor for a moment
and he said that he was against
animal cruelty and not in favor
of factory farming.
We recently leafleted
three events. The
first was a festival for new college
students in our hometown of Philadelphia,
and the response was tremendous.
Many expressed that they had wanted
to find out more information about
going vegetarian. I saw students
sitting on curbs reading each page
of the books with their friends,
visibly disturbed with what they
saw; one person even nearly walked
into a telephone pole because he
was reading his new Even If
You Like Meat, rather than
watching where he was walking!