|Enewsletter • June 7, 2006|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Several Weeks to Go...
And, at over 185,000 booklets, activists continue to expand this semester's record of distibution!
At right, Melinda Bilecki leaflets at Columbia College; photo by Jon Camp.
conclusion: "Given their thorough, honest, and non-dogmatic approach (unlike, for example, Michael Pollan's convoluted rationalizations of meat-eating in The Omnivore's Dilemma), Singer and Mason have crafted a guide for all thoughtful, ethical individuals. Everyone already concerned with the impact of their purchases should read this book. Its non-strident tone and its lack of photos make it a perfect gift for a relative or friend who won't read Why Vegan or watch Meet Your Meat."
An Inconvenient Truth
Veda Stram suggests that people leaflet at screenings of An Inconvenient Truth, as the crowd is probably more on the progressive side. The Try Vegetarian booklet (pdf) is probably best for this situation. You can order copies here; a screening list is here.
German Vegan Leaflet Uploaded
All languages available can be found here.
Product & Link of the Week
Holly: "I'd like to nominate Wildwood yogurt as product of the week. It's the only yogurt on the market I've found to be similar to the real thing. Plus, it has all the same live culture benefits of traditional yogurt."
Bonus link: The Vegan Pantry.
Notes from All Over
PCRM is taking nominations for school food services that provide healthy vegetarian lunches. Nominate here.
excerpt: "Where were you when Barbaro broke his leg? I was at a steakhouse, watching the race on a big screen. I saw a horse pulling up, a jockey clutching him, a woman weeping. In the restaurant, people watched and wondered. Then we went back to eating our steaks. Shrinks call this 'cognitive dissonance.'"
excerpt: "Extreme action by animal rights activists has backfired, according to a new poll that suggests British voters are now more supportive than before of medical tests on animals. Some 70% of those questioned by YouGov for the Daily Telegraph said that it was acceptable to test new medical treatments on animals before they are tested on humans. Earlier polls have produced splits much closer to 50-50 on the issue."
Notes from Our Members
I had lost interest
in animal rights before
somebody handed me a pamphlet a
few years ago in Seattle. I thought
it was all about movie stars and
cliques and I didn't fit in, though
I was vegetarian and had been very
active at one time. I think you
are the BEST organization out there
for helping people go veg (and saving
animals), and probably the best
Thanks for calling
off the Vegan Police!
I am happy to be vegan, and an example
for my family. I work hard not to
promote isolation, to bemoan the
limitations or lay claim to the
vegan lifestyle being hard or challenging
in any way. Believe me (you already
know this), it is challenging --
anything worthwhile is -- but most
people aren't into anything that
is really that hard or takes a lot
of commitment. I have just scratched
the surface in finding out how many
items/products have animal products
in them and am really, quite frankly,
blown away. I was beginning to shy
away from calling myself vegan for
fear that I'd be out in the grocery
store and someone would "call
me out" for something that
I've un-knowingly placed in my cart!
If we attack each other or come
off as the superior species and
not level-headed people looking
to live in harmony -- as far as
it is up to us, we will eternally
just be "those people"
and the cause will be lost.
I received the box
of pamphlets from you; my husband
and I both pass them out to everyone.
Hubby works at Trader Joe's and
has converted several people to
being vegan and many more are interested
in becoming vegan!