|Enewsletter • June 6, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Preliminary Spring Report
At right, Chris Roberts leaflets at CUNY, Baruch; photo by Jenna Calabrese.
Jon Camp reached his goal of 50,000 flyers for the semester; Victor Tsou handed out 46,489 flyers; Jenna Calabrese hit 107 different schools. At 30,601, full-time teacher (and husband and father) Stewart Solomon has broken his previous semester record of 29,410!
Congratulations to everyone who took part, and thanks to all those who contributed to make this happen!
Vegan Dan's Race Approaches!
Dan Kuzma is finishing up preparations for the Mohican Trail 100 Mile Race, June 16-17. He says: "For this occasion, I will dedicate each mile that I run to ending animal suffering. I need sponsors to help me achieve this goal! You can help by donating a quarter, fifty cents, or dollar per mile that I run to print more Vegan Outreach booklets."
You can learn more, help promote his run, and/or make a sponsorship pledge here.
Products of the Week
Notes from All Over
From the Telegraph (UK); excerpt: "It would help tackle the problem of climate change if people ate less meat, according to a Government agency. Adopting a vegan diet dramatically reduces one person's impact on the environment."
The Daily Mail has a different take: "The secret plans to turn us all vegetarian."
From Arkangel; excerpt: "Fewer chickens, turkeys and pigs are being killed for meat in the UK and the drop is significant according to the government’s latest agricultural figures produced by Defra. ... According to Mintel (2006), 5-6 per cent of the population is now vegetarian and the number is rising. The number of vegans has increased ten fold in the last 10 years, up to a million."
Via DawnWatch.com, "Over Memorial Day Weekend, the Chicago Tribune ran a wonderful story on the cover of its magazine section, Sunday May 27, headed, 'Ruffling Feathers; Once Viewed as Crazies, Animal Rights Activists Say Their Message is Starting to Get Through.'"
"New York Newsday's Monday, May 29 article by Joseph Dionisio is headed, 'GO FAUX for low-cal, low-fat eating; Meatless 'meats' are increasingly going mainstream.'"
Why All This Matters
A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation takes you behind the closed doors of one of the country's largest poultry slaughterhouses -- House of Raeford Farms, Inc. in Raeford, North Carolina. In January and February of 2007, an MFA investigator worked in the "live-hang" area of the plant (where live birds are snapped into shackles on the slaughter line), secretly filming egregious acts of animal cruelty with a hidden camera. Shocking abuses he witnessed include:
You can learn more and see the truly appalling video at this website.
Also via DawnWatch, Gourmet is running "Investigative Report: A Chicken's Life" in their June edition. Excerpt: "[C]chickens balloon in weight so fast that their baby skeletons can't support it well: among other problems their tendons slip and their leg bones twist, making a large proportion of commercial broilers partially or completely lame."
"Worst of all, researchers have found that some birds don't get zapped enough by the electric bath to be rendered unconscious, so they are awake as the blade cuts their throat. Others twist and wriggle so much that they miss the blade altogether, and they get poached alive instead. The chicken council allows a rate of up to 2 percent for such incidents -- which means that up to 180 million chickens each year suffer through a botched death in the slaughterhouse."
Feedback from Our Members
I recently gave a
to ~32 students at the Alexander
Montessori School. I gave 32 Try
Vegetarian leaflets and showed
the video My Friends on the
Farm. But the real news is
that I was joined by Mr. Clucky
and his friend Mark Buckley. Mark
rescued Mr. Clucky, who is believed
to be a discarded male chick. He
is very attached to Mark but he
LOVES people, especially children.
Leafleting at the "Last Thursday" event in the Alberta Arts district, we heard a lot of great feedback, including:
-Jessica Dadds, Portland, OR, 6/1/07