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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 19, 2006

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Updates / Note from Jon Camp

Well over 600,000 booklets have now been distributed through the Adopt a College Program, and it continues to grow; e.g., college students personally handed a veg booklet:

  • January 1 - April 18, 2005: 89,890
  • January 1 - April 18, 2006: 147,350

Overall for 2006, Vegan Outreach has sent out over 320,000 booklets already -- on track for a million this year!

At right, Lana Smithson of VegTampaBay leaflets at the University of South Florida; photo by Michelle LaFleur.

Jon Camp writes the following about his latest tour:

Thanks to the generous support of Vegan Outreach donors and with the help of volunteers, the first 12 days of my current college leafleting tour have been very successful. A total of 6,177 Even If You Like Meat booklets have been individually handed to students of Frostburg U of MD, Penn State, Indiana U of PA, West Virginia U, Clarion U of PA, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon U, U of Pittsburgh, Kent State, and U of Akron. Like previous leafleting, this outreach has resulted in scores of constructive conversations and numerous individuals contacting Vegan Outreach for more information on vegetarianism.

Next week, I will be leafleting U of Michigan, Eastern Michigan U, Michigan State, U of Toledo, and U of IN South Bend. If you would like to leaflet with me or if you would like for me to give a talk to your local or student group, please email jon at veganoutreach.org. I'd love for you to witness firsthand the positive results that come from reaching out to college students with the animals' plight. Thanks so much!

 

Products of the Week

Lauren Porsch offers: "I'd like to nominate a new vegan product from Morningstar Farms -- the chick'n and steak style Meal Starters."

Laura Brown has discovered: "Clif bars! I tried these for the first time recently. I was skeptical because bars usually leave a lot to be desired. Not this time -- vegan and delicious!"

Send your nominees for Product of the Week to info (at) veganoutreach.org; previous products can be found here.

 

Notes from All Over

Children May Be Planting Seeds...

excerpt: "'Survey results suggest that in youths ranging from 6 to 17 years old, about 2 percent are bona fide vegetarians, avoiding all red meat, fish and poultry. This is admittedly a pretty low number and doesn't suggest the beginnings of a groundswell of support for a plant-based diet. However, another finding is quite encouraging, and that is 20 percent of teenagers report that vegetarianism is not only acceptable, it's 'in.' This suggests that while they may not have adopted the vegetarian lifestyle, they are not opposed to it and would not be likely to condemn those who do not eat meat."

 

Notes from Our Members

I am sure you get e-mails like this all the time, but today I was walking back from class (at UC Irvine) and I received one of your animal cruelty pamphlets. After reading it, I stopped eating meat. I will graduate to vegan in time.
-LM, 4/11/06

At UC San Diego today, I handed out 2,150 booklets. One female student sort of automatically uttered those words, "No thanks, I like meat." Then she caught herself and appeared extremely embarrassed. This wasn't an attempt to be obnoxious, as it often is. It was more like free association, as if this is what she was truly thinking. We go to these campuses armed to the teeth for a debate, but there can be no debate. Because the other side has absolutely nothing to offer except that they like meat and they're in the habit of eating it. We are such interesting creatures, selfish to near comical proportions, yet capable of true compassion. This is why this seemingly untouchable mega-apparatus we are fighting must eventually collapse like a tower of cards. And it becomes our job to put selfishness to sleep and awaken compassion.
-Stewart Solomon, 4/12/06

I handed out 256 EIYLM brochures yesterday at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The EIYLM is particularly effective in that its title is disarming to would-be naysayers. One guy put up his hand to wave away the leaflet I was offering saying "No thanks, I like meat." I said, "But the title is 'Even If You Like Meat.'" He came back and decided to take one after all. Another guy passed by and pulled an egg carton out of his back pack and shook his head as if to say he didn't want a brochure. I told him I used to eat eggs too, so he came back and got an EIYLM from me. One woman gave me a thumbs up and thanked me for handing out leaflets. I also enjoyed hearing many comments of "I'm already veg" and "I'm already vegan" -- it gives me hope... Vegan Outreach makes me hopeful too!
-Barbara Bear, 4/14/06

I want to tell you about something I saw this week when I leafleted. First I gave a leaflet to an older, white woman -- someone my mom's age. Then I gave a leaflet to a younger black man. Neither of them were really folks I thought would take too much interest in the literature. Traffic was slow, so I had a chance to watch them as they stood shoulder to shoulder at the light waiting to cross the street. Both were reading the booklet, then one would lean over and say something to the other, who would point at a picture and make a shocked face. Soon, the light changed and they crossed together, still shoulder to shoulder, and walked down the whole sidewalk together, still reading the booklets and pointing to pictures within them. They walked slower than everyone else. Then they stopped in front of an entrance to a building where they talked for sometime, booklets still open. Finally, they shook hands and parted. These two individuals -- of different age and background -- shared a few moments of their day looking at the booklets -- both in shock and horror at how today's farmed animals are treated.
-Kit King (above; photo by Jon Camp), Birmingham, AL, 4/8/06

I am a freshman in high school, and have been a vegetarian for 2 years now. I'm slowly getting used to a vegan lifestyle. I had to do a report in my writing class, and I chose factory farming. I had a bunch of your Why Vegan? pamphlets, so I decided to pass them out to my class. They were all taken aback by it all, and a few people showed their families. The response has been great! My one friend told me that he showed his cousin and now his cousin is a vegetarian! I also gave one to my aunt's friend because he used to always bug me about why I was veg. I showed him the pamphlet, and now he goes out of his way to buy cage-free eggs.
-RS, 4/6/06

On a flight today, the gentleman across the aisle struck up a conversation. After he asked what I did, he pointed to his high-school daughter and said she had just gone vegetarian. I gave her a Try Vegetarian and a GCFE, which she, her sister, and mom read the rest of the flight.
-Matt Ball, 4/16/06

 

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