|Enewsletter • October 31, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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Product of the Week
Office: Although not as widely-available as some other bars, Probar is a high-energy, nutrient-dense whole foods meal replacement. Comes in seven different flavors, and can be ordered on-line.
Notes from All Over
Why Does a Salad Cost More Than a Big Mac?
Breakdown of federal subsidies, with meat and dairy receiving 73.8%; from PCRM.
California: Get Animals on the Ballot!
A ballot initiative campaign is underway in California to ban the cruelest confinement systems in the veal, egg, and pork industries. HumaneCalifornia.org has all the details.
Via COK, in USA Today: "Many nutrition experts say they've seen changes in the food landscape over the past five to 10 years that suggest a growing popularity of vegetarianism among young people.... Predovich's choice at age 13 was influenced by her mother's best friend, a vegan who abstains from animal products, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs. 'She opened my eyes to the treatment of animals in slaughterhouses, and I didn't want to be a part of that,' says Predovich." Read more; also see this page of Vegan Kids.
Notes from Our Members
often hear activists
talk about how they'd die for the
animals. I'd much rather they live
for the animals. Ultimately, as
activists in this day and age, what
is needed from us is nothing terribly
heroic, just our showing up and
consistently doing the work that
needs to be done.
Leafleting at the University
of Michigan today, one
girl stopped to tell us that she
went vegan after she got a booklet
last year, and that it completely
changed her life!
At City College San
Francisco, the first
person we offered a leaflet to said,
"That's what turned me vegan."
A doctor came out, thanked us, and
said, "Give these (EIs)
to everyone! Everyone needs to see
In only 2 hours,
Giuliano and I were able to distribute
600 Why Vegan flyers to
students at Bologna U [Italy]. As
this was a first time leafleting
for the both of us, neither of us
knew what to expect. I was surprised
to find how easy it was to hand
out flyers. Many people who walked
past were very interested in what
I was handing out and a few even
stopped to ask questions or to tell
me that they were vegan or vegetarian
themselves. Overall it was a very
At right, Jodi Chemes staffs the Vegan Outreach table at the entrance to the Central Florida Veg Fest in Orlando; photo by Linda Bower (click for larger version).
day I received a Why Vegan
brochure, and have made the gradual
transition to veganism over the
past year or so. My husband became
vegetarian just about a year ago.
I am so grateful to Vegan Outreach
for having caused this wonderful
change in our lives, and I am going
to start leafleting to become more
involved in the organization.
Leafleting at Purdue
today, I had one interaction
that began with three students smugly
eating their hot dogs as they questioned
the meaning of my "Help stop
violence" line. I explained
that most of us do not grow up to
be serial killers, yet the average
person in the US eats over 30 farm
animals a year, thousands over the
course of their lifetimes, and that
simple dietary choices could spare
many animals from the misery described
in the booklet. Their tone changed
from poking fun at the issue to
asking more serious questions about
protein, dairy cows, and weight
lifting -- topics I know something
about! They did take the booklets,
and I urged them to look at the
amount and type of suffering involved
and to weigh that against their
liking of meat.