|Enewsletter • February 20, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Product of the Week
Similar to Morningstar's Meal Starters, Trader Joe's has introduced Chicken-less and Beef-less Strips; in the refrigerated (not frozen) section.
Notes from All Over
Recent reports on the industry:
Notes from Our Members
Today I met a man who
was really upset that he hadn't
received his Even If You Like
Meat 20 minutes before, because
he had just eaten chicken. He said
that he wouldn't have had it if
he'd seen the EI. I told
him he had many more meals ahead
of him to make a different choice.
He seemed happier thinking about
A student contemplates the truth at Truman College; photo by Leslie Patterson.
At the University of
Arkansas, three separate
individuals came up to me mentioning
that they read the entire booklet.
One guy walked by and said, "I
already got a booklet from you.
It's convincing." I spoke with
a man who lives next to a Tyson
operation and he said it's the most
inhumane thing he's seen in his
life. He said the ammonia stench
from the outside is horrific and
can only imagine what the inside
It was great to be
back in action after
a month-long hiatus. One person
said (when they saw the EI),
"Oh, I already have one...
it's on my fridge." Another
said he remembered getting a booklet
last year: "I was on the Atkins
diet at the time, but look at me
now." He then pointed to his
backpack, and that's when I saw
that many of the buttons had pro-vegetarian
rocks my world," he said.
Marley Daviduk leaflets at the University of British Columbia; photo by John Bowers.
During the last five
minutes leafleting at
San Joaquin Delta College, two girls
approached me and asked about getting
involved. They told me that after
reading the booklet that they are
definitely going vegetarian.
Eileen [Botti] and
I both had great acceptance
rates from students at the Borough
of Manhattan Community College,
many of whom went on to read the
materials as they walked to and
from class. Lots of groups were
discussing the brochures and expressing
their revulsion at the pictures
and the horrible reality of farmed
Last month, the
waitress at a local vegetarian restaurant
told me that a lot of new customers
come in telling her that they became
vegetarian because of a pamphlet
they received. Today, I had a long
conversation with a cattle rancher.
He also told me how upset he is
about how horribly chickens are
treated by the poultry industry,
and how everyone is afraid to speak
out against it because the lobby
for the poultry industry is so powerful
and backed up by such big money.
Thanks for configuring
a pdf of the French
version of Why Vegan for
our printing [translations
here]. I printed 200 copies
in early January, which are slowly
making their way around Quebec.
They're getting a positive reception.