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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  September 26, 2007

 

This issues is sponsored by Vegetarian Shoes and Bags

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Can't Slow Down!

Last week, Adopt a College activists reported handing more than 27,000 booklets directly to students on campuses across North America. Even though schools on quarters are just getting started, AAC's total for the term is now over 155,000 -- more than the total from any of the first four semesters of Adopt a College!!

Casey Constable talks to students
at Texas Southern University.

Already, more than a dozen people are already over 1,000 for the term. After his first swing through Texas, Casey Constable is over 20,000 booklets handed directly to students. In his spare time, full-time teacher, father, and husband Stewart Solomon has handed out over 14,000 booklets, including a new one-day single-person record on 9/20, hitting the first day of classes for Cal Poly Pomona (2,700) and Cal State Los Angeles (2,050), for an incredible total of 4,750!

Congratulations to Casey, Stewart, and everyone who has made this program such a fast-growing success!

Next week brings World Vegetarian Day (Oct. 1) and World Farm Animals' Day (Oct. 2). Be sure to take these opportunities to reach more people with the animals' plight and spread the word about the compassionate alternative.

 

Jon Camp Is Coming to Town!

Next week, Jon Camp will embark on a 6-week leafleting tour throughout NJ, upstate NY, PA (Kutztown), WV (Morgantown), OH (Athens, Columbus, and Dayton), WI, IA, western and southern IL, and KY. He'd love for you to join him and take part in this important work. If you'd like to leaflet with Jon or if you'd like for him to give a talk to your local group, please email jon (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks so much!

 

Resource of the Week

Bob points out this great vegan cooking show: DeliciousTV! You can see the recipes, get the video podcasts, and/or watch the episodes!

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

 

Notes from All Over

Poultry Industry Urged to Use Orwellian Double-Speak

"Stop talking about 'debeaking' a chicken. Instead, let’s call it 'beak conditioning.' The “backup killer” in a poultry plant -- the worker who kills birds missed by the automatic killer -- should be called 'knife operator.' Rather than saying a bird has been 'bled' to death, call it 'exsanguinated.'" Read more.

 

Notes from Our Members

Tons of great conversations at Cal State Los Angeles today. One example: I offered booklets to three students; one replied, "I love meat," another added "especially turkeys." I asked, "Did you know they chop off their toes? While they're wide awake?" "No!" "And they cut off their beaks too; it's like cutting off part of your chin." "No, why?" I explained and they vowed never to eat turkeys again.
    I also got the comment: "That's human cruelty! Making us see what we are eating!"
-Stewart Solomon, 9/24/07

Today was great at Evergreen Valley College. One man hassled me quite a bit, but then came back later and thanked me for being there. Also received two hugs today. It's great when you get validation from someone already veg, but the second hug came from a person who said, "I would have never known this was happening if you hadn't given me this today." Two others said something similar, but without the hug. The Student Life Director told me they were giving away free pizza. She said students were asking for meat-free pizza.
-Susan Rattenbury, 9/24/07

Yesterday at Gavilan College and Gilroy High School was a great day of outreach. One woman, upon receiving an Even If, stopped walking and read the booklet for a minute, visibly disturbed. She then walked back in the opposite direction, seemingly stunned by what she had read. Later she met up with a friend. As they walked together, she showed him the booklet, telling him about the horrible conditions in which chickens are born, live, and die. Other examples:

Me (offering booklet): Help end cruelty!
She (receiving booklet, looking at it for a moment): My friend showed this to me and told me I had to read it. I felt so bad for the chickens; I'm not going to eat chicken nuggets ever again.

Me (offering booklet): Help end cruelty!
She (receiving booklet, looking at it for a moment): I can't look at this!
Me: I think everybody should read this at least once in their lives.
She (keeping booklet): Okay.

-Victor Tsou, 9/21/07

Above: after being offered a leaflet at U Texas by Casey, Ben stopped and helped leaflet.
Below: a woman reads a booklet from Eugene Khutoryansky at the Houston Pride Parade.

Jeff, Debra, Eric, and I had a great day at U. South Carolina, where we distributed 3,425 copies of Even If. It was a great crowd, with countless sincere thank-you's and dozens of people reading the info as they walked around. We each had great encounters; e.g., one soldier in uniform stopped and talked to Debra about how he was trying to be manly and tough and not be affected by what he had read earlier in the day, but that it had impacted him greatly. He then thanked her for being out their leafleting.
-Dawn, 9/19/07

I had many great encounters at Portland State today, including:

  • A girl took a pamphlet, looked down at it and slowly said (in a sad voice), "Oh man." She looked back up at me and said (in a sincere voice), "Okay, I'll take a look at it."
  • "It's awesome that you're out here." (Heard a number of people say something similar to me)
  • A girl passed and as I started to say "Information against...", she shook her head no; but when she heard "...animal suffering," she instantly expressed an interest and took an EI.

-Jessica Dadds, 9/23/07

Tabling at the Warped Tour and a few other concerts, we distributed about 40,000 copies of Why Vegan, among other items. It was a pretty successful summer!
-Dave Bemel, Action for Animals, 9/23/07

 

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