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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  July 5, 2006


Notes from Vegan Outreach

2006 Interim Report

Spring 2006 set yet another record for the Adopt a College Program, with 191,021 booklets handed out directly to college students at 263 different schools.

As of June 30, overall distribution stood at 519,655 for the year to date. Thanks to everyone who has made this possible!


History of Vegan Outreach

Ever wonder who the people are behind this e-newsletter? Now is your chance to find out.

A few months ago, Jack Norris gave a talk at UC Berkeley about the history of Vegan Outreach and the animal rights movement. We decided to put the talk down on paper so people, especially those new to vegetarian advocacy, would know where we've come from, what we've tried, and what has worked.

You can read it here.

We hope you will enjoy the article!


Matching Donation Update

Vegan Outreach has received $13,553 towards the $20,000 matching donation challenge. Thanks to everyone who has donated. If you haven't yet, please help us meet this challenge and put the money to work for the animals. You can donate securely on-line here, or send a check or money order to:

Vegan Outreach
P.O. Box 38492
Pittsburgh, PA 15238-8492


At right, Riley Law leaflets at the Chicago Gay Pride parade, 6/25/06; photo by her father, Mikael Nielsen.


Product of the Week

Danielle Marino: "McCain's came out with 'Smilies,' a French fry outside and mashed potato inside in the shape of a smiley face. With no trans fats and only vegan ingredients, these are sure to put a smile on your face. You should be able to find these in about any mainstream grocery store - I purchase mine at Dominick's."

Bonus link: Almost Vegan.

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


Notes from All Over

Animal Rights 2006

The long-running conference returns to the East Coast, from August 10-14, just outside of Washington, DC. Matt Ball and Jon Camp of Vegan Outreach will be there, along with many other speakers, video presentations, and tables.


'Free-Speech Zone' Is Halted by Court Ruling

excerpt: "Animal-rights activists won the right to spread their message during the final two days of Taylorsville's annual city celebration. During an emergency hearing Friday, the same day the Utah Animal Rights Coalition filed a complaint against the city, Judge Bruce Jenkins ruled in favor of UARC, allowing a temporary restraining order halting the city's use of a 'free-speech zone' at the Taylorsville Dayzz festival in Valley Regional Park.... At this year's Taylorsville Dayzz celebration, UARC activists greeted passers-by and offered a Why Vegan? pamphlet, two members testified. Aaron Lee and Krista Stoker said they engaged those who were responsive and said, 'Have a nice day' to those who weren't."


Another View of Charity

From The Daily Show.


Notes from Our Members

I wanted to say what a huge success our Australian Why Vegans are!! We distributed the first 12,000 within 12 weeks, then had a second print run of 25,000 done, and they all went in 8 months. Now we have had another 15,000 delivered. They have gone to every State and territory in Australia and to two groups in New Zealand. Our President and a small band of 8 or 10 people go leafleting in different parts of the City and talk to people and hand out about 150 every half hour. They also have a couple of enlarged abattoir photos from our website which they have on display. This usually gets the attention of the passers-by and they are then really interested in taking the booklets.
-Maureen, Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Queensland, 7/2/06

I appreciate the literature! It really helps to explain to Boy Scouts why their troop friend is a vegan.
-JK, Willard, UT, 7/3/06

At Central Washington University, I distributed 200 EIs over the course of this weekend. One of the girls I gave a pamphlet to was a vegan student from Uruguay, and she requested a handful to take home with her to distribute at her university there!
-Jenna Calabrese, 7/3/06

After using your resources, my life has been a lot easier and my husband has actually started eating many of the alternative meat products such as Boca Burgers and the Gimme Lean Sausage. If it wasn't for your pamphlets I would not have been able to get him to to take this step. Now we are much happier in our marriage and don't fight about meals anymore. Thank you for pushing me to finally give up almost all of it and helping my husband see what he was supporting.
-KMC, 6/29/06

Thanks for all the hard work you are doing. I have been impacted by the materials. I stopped eating meat on a bet, someone said I couldn't do it for a week, and I told them I could do it for a month. I have increased energy and have been going to the gym and riding my bike. I realize I have a ways to go, but knowing that I am having a small impact towards the way animals are being treated is very exciting. I'm now working on getting rid of dairy and exploring all the substitutes.
-JR, 6/29/06

This August will be our 7th year having our Vegan Outreach booth at the Jefferson County fair. It's generally not the most receptive audience, although improving a little each year, especially among younger people. Still, we ask ourselves whether it is worth tabling again the following year for such a small audience. Two things happened recently that convinced me we are making a difference. First, a new acquaintance (who did not recognize me from the booth) talked about it like it was a well-known fixture in this town. Secondly, a friend distributing Why Vegan brochures and Meet Your Meat CDs at our local theater after a showing of Al Gore's film reported to me that many people said they were already well aware of the animal issue, thanks to our booth.
-Jean Bettanny, Pt. Townsend, WA, 7/2/06

After reading the Why Vegan I was given after a concert, my mind was changed completely. I thought I knew how bad factory-farmed animals had it, but I was way off. It is so much worse than I imagined. I've decided to go vegan -- please send me the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating.
-NM, Pasadena, TX, 6/26/06


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