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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  December 13, 2006


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Notes from Vegan Outreach

Vegetarian Meats of the Month

Paul Shapiro claims that these Meal Starters, especially the Steak Style, are the best mock meat product available at regular natural foods chains (and some grocery stores, such as Giant Eagle). Business Week gave the Tofurky dinner a good review. Vegan Outreach co-founder Matt Ball will be serving his non-vegan extended family these drumsticks and other products from VegieWorld for Christmas dinner.

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


Notes from All Over

Animal Advocacy Website for Teens

SAGA (Student's Animal Guardian Alliance) is a website that assists high school students and clubs in their efforts to promote a more animal-friendly society. On you can do things likeā€¦

  • Chat to other teens around the U.S. through a forum
  • Get links to tons of resources on everything from factory farming to wildlife to humane eating choices
  • Animal Rights Clubs can apply for grants for special projects
  • Enter into contests

Visit for more information!


Vegan Buddies!

Lauren Porsch passes this great service along: "The Vegan Buddies Project is an exciting venture that has been created to provide all the support people need to go vegan. Those of us who already are vegan know that one of the most valuable resources is a friend -- someone to tip us off as to which is the best soy ice cream, where to find stylish non-leather shoes, and most importantly, how the heck to make tofu taste good. We need participants all over the globe, especially in places where vegans are few and far between, so join up today!"


Pig Farm Exposed in Rolling Stone

The article tells us that according to the EPA, Smithfield dumps more toxic waste into the nation's water each year than all but three other industrial facilities in America. But, "The industry has long made generous campaign contributions to politicians responsible for regulating hog farms. ... In 1998 corporate hog farms in North Carolina spent $1 million to help defeat state legislators who wanted to clean up open-pit lagoons." Full summary at:


'Zombie Chickens' Show One Horror of Egg Industry

excerpt: "In this rich agricultural region of Northern California, ranchers have been turning chickens too old to lay eggs into compost at a rate of a half-million hens a year. But some chickens not properly euthanized have been seen crawling out of the compost piles, earning them the name 'zombie chickens.'"


Notes from Our Members

A friend of mine was standing outside of his office building when he overheard two women. One woman asked, "How is your daughter liking college?" The other responded, "She's only been there a few weeks, and she's a vegetarian now. She got some sort of pamphlet on campus and now refuses to eat meat."
-Lauren Porsch, 12/6/06

At right, Tom Moss talks with a student at Vanderbilt; photo by Jon Camp.

I have been stocking the magazine rack at my gym with Why Vegans since I joined, and tonight a woman stopped to ask if I was the one responsible for leaving the brochures (it must have been my pro-veg t-shirt that tipped her off). She thanked me and said I had changed her life. She picked up a brochure a week ago and, upon reading it, hadn't eaten meat since. Since I am stuck behind a desk all day, I try to find little things like this to do for the animals ... and sometimes it is the little things that can make a big difference!
-Eric Weiss, 12/5/06

At right, Jenna Calabrese leaflets at SUNY Brockport; photo by Hoss Firooznia.

We took a second round in Indianapolis today. I talked again with the ex-Marine I met last time I was there. He let me know that he had stopped eating chickens because of my harm reduction suggestion. Also heard from about 12 vegetarians.
-Joe Espinosa, 12/7/06

The students at Mt. Hood Community College were incredibly receptive today. One woman I approached said, "You already gave it to me, and it made me cry. It's effective." Another said she had already received one earlier in the semester. When I asked if she had read it, she said, "It was sick. I have reduced my meat consumption. Thank you for being here."
-Jessica Dadds, 12/7/06

While leafleting today, someone told me "You gave me one already, and I showed my whole English class!" When I was about to leave, someone exclaimed: "Wow! You have good timing! We just talked about [animal rights] in my [moral philosophy] class!" So, I got another few batches and ran back to to leaflet the class letting out. The professor came out and was impressed and said she supported us!
-VM, 12/5/06


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Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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