|Enewsletter • August 16, 2006|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Notes from AR2006
While tabling for VO at the AR2006 conference in the DC region this last weekend, it was extremely heartening to come across numerous individuals who mentioned receiving a Vegan Outreach booklet as the catalyst that got them to go vegan and get active for the animals.
budget is but a tiny fraction of
a percentage point of the overall
animal advocacy budget, yet I continue
to see firsthand that we are making
big, tangible inroads. Thank you
so much to all of you who invest
your money and time in our outreach
efforts. We'll continue to give
our most thoughtful best to ensure
that it goes as far for the animals
Jon (at right, tabling at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival) will also be at Taking Action for Animals next month.
Product of the Week
Matt Ball jumps to the front of the line of products to plug Vegan Sweets Chocolate Spread. "Pass this along to anyone who thinks vegan sweets aren't great!"
Speaking of sweets, Meredith MacCracken adds: "I love the new organic frozen rice cream desserts by Good Karma. Try the Carrot Cake -- yum! Available at Trader Joe's."
Notes from All Over
Veggie Awards Open for Voting
VegNews Magazine is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2006 Veggie Awards, the world's largest survey of veg people, products and places. Last year, more than 10,000 readers cast their vote, and this year they expect that number to reach 15,000. You can vote here.
Ramsay Reduced to Tears as Pigs Go under Knife
Via DawnWatch: "Looking pale and shaken, the Glaswegian chef sees the 24-month-old pigs stunned by an electric shock to the brain, before being shackled by the hind legs and hoisted to the ceiling. Their throats are then unceremoniously slit. Ramsay's grisly ordeal does not end there. During the sequence -- which will go out after the 9pm watershed -- the dead pigs begin 'gurgling' as blood pours out of their bodies, and kicking due to an apparent nervous reaction."
Notes from Our Members
I received one of your
pamphlets at the Warped
Tour. It really opened my eyes to
the horrible things these poor creatures
endure, simply because they cannot
defend themselves against the cruelty
of man. I fully support your cause.
I handed out about
1,600 Why Vegans at
the Galleria mall yesterday and
today. Yesterday I met a man who
knew people who had worked at slaughterhouses.
He told me about an accident when
a worker cut his arm off, and his
blood sprayed all over the meat.
According to the rules, this meat
is contaminated and must be thrown
away. But, they let it continue
down the assembly line without stopping
it. He also told me stories about
how sometimes the cows slip off
their chains, and get loose and
run around the slaughterhouse. His
only complaint about the Why
Vegan pamphlet is that it was
not thorough enough. I told him
that there is only so much information
you can squeeze into a short pamphlet,
but I showed him a GCFE,
which he eagerly took. He also asked
for an extra Why Vegan to
show to his brother-in-law who works
I used to be against
this kind of advocacy,
but you present it in a fashion
that is neither degrading nor pushy
on non-vegans. I find that deserving
of respect and I thank you for the
proper flyers to share with people.
I've been distributing
Why Vegan for years
in the Portland, OR area, and received
amazing feedback when I left a contact
number on the back. Recently, my
neighbor Roy, who is 80 years old
and vegan now, has been leaving
Why Vegan pamphlets on
our Max trains too; last week someone
actually came into the In Defense
of Animals office and said it changed
his life, and another fellow called
the IDA office to say that it changed
HIS life! Think how many people
have read these pamphlets over the
years, and who didn't say anything
but became vegan anyway? Could that
be the reason Portland, OR is the
Most Vegan-Friendly City in the
Why Vegan convinced
me to go vegan six
years ago! Thanks so much and keep
up the great work.