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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 3, 2007


Notes from Vegan Outreach

Program Attempts to End Animal Cruelty

"'Even if you like can help end this cruelty,' stated a leaflet that was handed to students Wednesday outside Sacramento State's University Union.... The pamphlet included information about factory farming and reducing one's meat consumption to help end animal cruelty. The pamphlet described some of the horrible conditions animals experience before they are killed for consumption, as well as ways people can incorporate non-animal products into their diets." Read more.

At right, Brian Grupe leaflets at Sacramento State; photo by Bridget Jones.


Resource of the Week

Last week's mention of DeliciousTV prompted several people to point out Compassionate Cooks, where you can get podcasts, view recipes, etc. You can order the DVD from Vegan Outreach's catalog.

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


Notes from All Over

72-Year-Old Former Mr. America Still Going Strong

Via "But how does he keep the physique? He still works out for an hour a day, six days a week. And his diet is made up of nuts, beans, fruits, and vegetables. That means no meat, no chicken, no fish, and according to Jim, cheese is the worst." Read more, with video.


Antibiotic Runoff

Via DawnWatch, the New York Times: "One of the persistent problems of industrial agriculture is the inappropriate use of antibiotics. It’s one thing to give antibiotics to individual animals, case by case, the way we treat humans. But it’s a common practice in the confinement hog industry to give antibiotics to the whole herd, to enhance growth and to fight off the risk of disease, which is increased by keeping so many animals in such close quarters. This is an ideal way to create organisms resistant to the drugs. That poses a risk to us all." Read more.


Can Vegetarianism Prevent Bird Flu?

“It is curious...that changing the way humans treat animals--most basically, ceasing to eat them or, at the very least, radically limiting the quantity of them that are eaten--is largely off the radar as a significant preventive measure. Such a change, if sufficiently adopted or imposed, could still reduce the chances of the much-feared influenza epidemic.” Read more.


Notes from Our Members

Like many people, I regularly ate meat and never thought about the conditions that animals endured before becoming meals. But after receiving one of your booklets [at Penn State], I literally felt sick to my stomach. This is not at all what I envisioned farming to be! How could I be so naive and never once think to question where meat came from? When I learned I was supporting such an industry, I made a vow to consume drastically less meat. I am excited to make such a change, and have already begun spreading the word to family and friends.
-SB, 9/21/07

Josh Balk distributes Even If; photo by Loren Hart.

On my mini-tour of San Antonio, two U TX-San Antonio students noticed my vegan shirt at a restaurant. They ended up leafleting with me the next day at UTSA [Kelsey Hutchins at right], and we got so much great feedback! About ten students came back to say it was really eye-opening and were planning to change; we saw about ten others intensely reading the booklets nearby.
-Casey Constable, 9/26/07

I had many great interactions leafleting last week. At the University of the Arts, it seemed like 1/3 of the people were already veg or vegan. A maintenance worker for the school came over to say he had seen one left on a table, read through it, and was definitely going to cut back on the amount of meat he ate because it was so wrong how the animals were treated. A professor at the school read the book a few feet away from me for about 5 minutes, then came back and gave it back and said "I don't eat much anyway. But now I'm not going to eat any."
-NC, 9/26/07

At the Walk for Farm Animals, I had a stack of Even Ifs, and a walker from Corvalis asked if she could help distribute them. She then decided to order more booklets to leaflet Oregon State. I handed an Even If to one guy, and I heard him say, "Oh no!" as he looked down at the pamphlet. He came back later and said, "I want to go vegan."
-Jessica Dadds, 9/29/07

Yesterday at Morgan State U, the acceptance rate was near 100% and the students were very friendly. One young woman showed me a salad she had just purchased, saying that she was going to get a chicken sandwich until she read the booklet. I told her about the many alternatives other than salad, gave her a GCFE, etc.

At right, Jon Camp leaflets outside the White House; photo by Loren Hart.

Today at George Mason U, I was approached by a gentleman concerned about eating vegetarian while being physically active. I told him that I run, play soccer and football, lift weights, etc. He said that he approached me about these questions because I looked healthy. It's important for vegan advocates to take the time to stay in shape, to be healthy, etc. Just as it is important to counter the angry vegan stereotype, we must also counter the weak vegan stereotype.
-Jon Camp, 9/26/07


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