|Enewsletter • September 27, 2006|
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Notes from Vegan Outreach
In just the past week, activists have distributed more than 22,000 more booklets at colleges around the country (see below), bringing the semester total to over 94,000 booklets. Every day, many new people are learning of the hidden horrors of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses, as well as what they can do to help bring this cruel system to an end.
At right, Jason Ketola leaflets at Boston College; photo by Jenna Calabrese.
Thanks so much to everyone whose hard work and donations have made this possible!
Products of the Week
Susan K writes: "I just discovered the best vegan chocolate ice cream ever made by a company called Temptations. They also had Cookie Dough that my friend had and said it was equally as yummy."
And for around the kitchen, Tawnya R endorses "the 'Magic Bullet' blender. I use my Bullet for fruit or soy based, stevia sweetened, frozen desserts. I prefreeze ice cubes of Silk Soy Beverage in a variety of flavors and place them in a freezer Zip bag. When I want a treat I fill the small canister with cubes and add Stevia and just enough fluid Silk to cover."
Notes from All Over
Help Make Veg Easier
The open-source VegGuide.org gives everyone a chance to help create a guide to veg eating around the world. The more complete and well-known this site becomes, the easier it will be for people interested in eating veg to explore their areas, as well as eat veg on the road.
Egg Industry to Drop Logo, from SFGate.com; excerpt:
"The egg industry has agreed to permanently drop 'Animal Care Certified' logos on egg cartons, after state officials and animal rights groups said consumers were being misled.
"The industry has already replaced the logos, which now read, 'United Egg Producers Certified.' The industry also agreed to pay $100,000 to states for attorney fees, consumer education and other costs."
New PETA investigation.
Notes from Our Members
Third time was a charm
at TX Southern (an African-American
College). I had several group conversations
during breaks, and gave out lots
and information on the local vegetarian
restaurants. I am confident that
a few people are going to go vegetarian.
It seems that it was new to many
and now after a few trips and some
time to think about it, it is sinking
At Cal Poly Pomona
today, several students
said they were deeply moved by our
literature in the past and said
that it profoundly changed their
U of Idaho is a great
place to leaflet:
large class changes, big ag school
from what I could tell. One student
came up to me and told me that sometimes,
when they remove layer hens from
the cages to be slaughtered, their
feet have become glued to the cage
and the legs detach from the body.
One woman, a Dane, said, "I
can't take this, I'm a farmer."
I pointed out that eating less meat
is a means, not an end, and she
took an EI and promised
to read it. She said she would never
work on a farm like those pictured
in EI and that the USA
is way behind Europe in animal welfare.
At the Shakira Concert
that Casey and I leafleted, I met
a teacher who took a whole bunch
of pamphlets from me to give to
her students. She also wanted to
know how to volunteer to help leaflet.
I overheard one girl say to her
friends, "I love these. Everyone
should read them." I gave her
and a pack of pamphlets to distribute
at her school. I encountered one
woman who exclaimed, "I love
you! Give me a hug!" Unfortunately,
I dropped my pamphlets while she
was hugging me.
At Sacramento City
College, a guy came
up to me saying, "How much
do these cost to make? This is very
effective. Have you ever thought
about doing something like this
for the Iraq war. I'm against animal
cruelty but don't you think it's
idealistic to think everyone will
be vegetarian some day." I
gave him my spiel of how 300 years
ago someone would have argued that
we'd never get rid of slavery and
he said "That's a good comparison."
I didn't have a chance to point
out that every animal who doesn't
have to suffer through factory farming
is a victory in itself.
At SUNY Cortland today,
Amber Coon came across a man wearing
a camouflage hat with a fish hook
through the brim. He asked her what
Ted Nugent would think of the booklet.
Amber told him that Nugent was not
a fan of factory farming. That got
the man's attention and he read
it quite intently as he walked off,
almost running into a bus.