|Enewsletter • February 7, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Your Group's Logo on Why Vegan?
We will soon need to do another printing of Why Vegan? If you are interested in sponsoring a batch with your group's logo and contact information printed on the back, please e-mail jack(at)veganoutreach(dot)org by Monday, Feb 12 for pricing and details.
Products & Talk of the Week
Beth Cox: I’d like to nominate Terra Nostra’s Ricemilk Choco Bar. Once I became a vegan I accepted the end of milk chocolate and have now developed a real appreciation of dark chocolate. Still, it is great to be able to have vegan milk chocolate and the taste is amazing.
K Welsh: If anyone in the Bay Area hasn't tasted Maggie Mudd's Freestyle ice creams, you're missing out!
Also for the Bay Area, Jack Norris will be speaking on Sunday, February 11. After the Bay Area Vegetarians' famous Vegan Food Party at 3pm, Jack will be sharing his experiences and plans for saving animals and changing the world. Don't miss this opportunity -- details here.
Notes from All Over
Last week's eN mentioned Smithfield Farm's decision to eventually phase out gestation crates. Jeff Tietz, an investigative reporter, has published a behind-the-scenes look at Smithfield's operations. Excerpt:
"Smithfield Foods, the largest and most profitable pork processor in the world, killed 27 million hogs last year. That's a number worth considering. A slaughter-weight hog is fifty percent heavier than a person. The logistical challenge of processing that many pigs each year is roughly equivalent to butchering and boxing the entire human populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Columbus, Austin, Memphis, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Charlotte, El Paso, Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Louisville, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Las Vegas, Portland, Oklahoma City and Tucson."
Excerpt: "The report
released today by the world's leading
climate scientists made no bones
about it: global warming is happening
in a big way and it is very likely
man-made. So, if we are indeed the
bulk of the problem, we ought to
step up and start doing things differently.
Support Vegan Businesses!
"The Vegan Chamber of Commerce is a new organization dedicated to the commerce of vegan businesses, professionals, and service providers. Our goal is to create a worldwide central directory of vegan commerce, a support network for vegan entrepreneurs, and provide education about the vegan lifestyle."
Feedback from Our Members
road trip to Austin
and Texas A&M was great, and
we reached over 10,000 people. Got
some good help on this fun vacation
and leafleting trip from 3 others.
Angelo was a riot, passing off the
booklets with the behind the back
pass (at right), over the
shoulder, and all sorts of funny
leafleting at the mall
again today, I overheard a young
woman telling her friends, "I
can't look at those pictures again.
I now can't eat meat anymore."
leafleting at St. Joseph's today,
Tracy, my host who works at Saint
Joseph, told me that many of her
students were discussing the brochures.
One girl even said, "I should
go vegetarian!" Hooray!
University of Illinois (U-C), I
handed out 550 WV. I really
thought the wind chill temperature
of -10 would hurt my numbers. My
proper dressing (6 layers on the
top half of my body, 2 layers on
the bottom half) allowed me to stay
out for 7 hours. Heard from no less
than 20 vegetarians and 4 vegans.
Talked with one student who stated
he really liked my line, "Brochure
on nonviolent eating?" and
he related that his wife had become
vegetarian as a result of getting
the booklet with those magical words
from me in the past.
by far the coldest weather
I have ever leafleted in. The wind
chill was -20 F! We were dressed
in many layers. I had 7 other people
scheduled to leaflet with me, but
6 of them canceled (understandable!).
I was able to scrape together a
few other volunteers and we passed
out about 1,000 leaflets! If people
were hesitant, I just said "These
MUST be important if I am willing
to be out here in this cold passing
these out for free!" Almost
no one turned down the leaflets
when I said that!