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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 13, 2005

 

This issue sponsored by DownBound:

I would like to share an example of what keeps me motivated.
     Right before I moved away from Jacksonville, I had the opportunity to talk to a woman who had gotten a pamphlet from me. She told me how the day she got it was a major event in her life. She remembered the exact date and location.
      To me, this was just another afternoon, and I could have just as easily decided that I didn't feel like leafleting that day. However, if I had done this, then her life would have followed a completely different path. She represents thousands of others who are affected in the same way, but from whom who we never get feedback.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, Houston, TX, 10/9/05

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

The Animals Need You

Vegan Outreach members have donated $10,047.50 of the $19,000 needed for the next booklet printing. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!

Your donation provides the animals a voice, and helps more and more people make informed, compassionate choices.

We need your help to help the animals!

You can donate securely on-line (please state that your donation is for the 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

 

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 good feeling.
-AF, Rochester, NY, 10/7/05

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.
      Despite the fact that I live in one of the most progressive neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, I was truly impressed at the reactions people had to the info, and saw a glimpse of hope.
-Gil Schwartz, 10/5/05

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!
      The second place we leafleted was at a large anti-war march in Washington, D.C., and the response was very positive.
      The third event we leafleted was at a speaking event by the Dalai Lama at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The response was one of the best I've ever gotten as a leafleter. Almost everyone was curious and extremely interested in learning more about going veg. The booklets also generated a lot of conversation between current and hopefully future vegetarians who weren't opposed to the idea but simply hadn't tried it yet. Several people thanked us for being out there.
-Nick Cooney, 9/28/05

 

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All donations are tax-deductible.

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