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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  August 6, 2008


Notes from Vegan Outreach

Special Shout-Out

The Humane League of Philadelphia leafleted 13 stops of the Warped Tour, handing out 102,400 booklets! We now call them the Heroic Leafleters of Philly -- way to go!

Nick Cooney, far right, speaks with concertgoers reading VO booklets.

See more summer totals here.


Link of the Week

Products of the Week

  • Tina: "I would like to nominate Meltzer's Puremints for product of the week. Not only are they vegan, but they are made with real oils, not artificial flavors, so they taste wonderful."
  • Ashley: "Primal Sticks Jerky is good to eat, good for you, and available from several different online vegan stores, including Downbound, Inc., The Vegetarian Site, and Food Fight Grocery."


Notes from All Over

Lightning Round


Notes from Our Members

When I picked up your booklets at the Spiral Diner, including the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating, I was amazed at your practical, well-reasoned tone. You express many of the thoughts I have had about why people avoid vegetarianism (the militant, holier-than-thou tone; the impression that it's an ascetic, restrictive lifestyle) and how to overcome those preconceived notions. Most of the pamphlets I have read espouse an all-or-nothing attitude: if you don't avoid every single animal product, including all non-food items, you can't call yourself a vegan. Your pamphlets, on the other hand, point out that this can be an impractical, expensive, and obsessive approach -- what a refreshing point of view. The advice for vegans/vegetarians to remain respectful and positive, even in the face of derision, is welcome; not all of us are comfortable with the in-your-face attitude that some other vegetarian lit advocates.
     I will admit, when among veggie friends, it's easy to get caught up in debating who the "better" vegetarian is. But your booklet reminded me that it's not about competition or nitpicking, it's about reducing suffering in the world! Thanks for these thoughtful, well-written pamphlets.
-MM, Crandall, TX, 7/28/08

At the Maroon 5 Concert, we reached a lot of people. One woman insisted her friend take an Even If You Like Meat, saying, "That's why I stopped eating meat!" Others thanked us for being out there.
-Eleni & Rob (at right), 7/30/08

At the concert, a group of six teenage girls were talking in a circle about 10 feet from the table, so I stepped over with a handful of Even If You Like Meat booklets. Many of them made remarks like, “This is disgusting!” “Look at page six! Ew!” Two of the girls kept reading it for about twenty minutes. Seeing that, for me, really clarified the power of the booklets and the overall VO approach (showing people the cruelty, focusing on animals, etc.). Six booklets did so much! Imagine what those millions of booklets have done so far, collectively!
-Steve Roggenbuck, 7/28/08

At Northwestern University, I heard from an amazing number of veg*ns, at least 25. One student got very excited to see me there and told me she is a vegan. I heard her saying to her friends, "I love vegans!" as she walked away. Another man thanked me very sincerely for the booklet and said, "I am glad someone is thinking about this, it's very important."
-Leslie Patterson, 7/21/08

Emily Pepe leaflets Oregon's Camas Days Festival.

Wearing my "Vegan Outreach" t-shirt, I sat in the front row for Senator Barack Obama's St. Petersburg town hall meeting. I was the sixth person he called on, and he read my shirt out loud, pronouncing "vegan" right! I asked a long "question" about modern agribusiness, and there were a lot of claps and hoots during my question from the crowd, a Secret Service agent even gave me a wink and a thumbs up! [Read full post here, and more here -- search on "vegan."]
-Nikki Benoit, 8/1/08

Kellie and I decided to have a bake sale to raise funds for Vegan Outreach. Having the baked goods table next to the outreach table attracted a larger crowd than usual. The sweets were a good outreach tool in themselves as we heard many comments such as, "This is vegan? Wow, it's really good!"
-Barbara Bear, 8/1/08

Mollie discovers a use for Jessica Dadds' empty booklet boxes.

I keep Compassionate Choices and Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating on display in our reception room. Today, two Xerox reps came in; the woman asked if she could have a booklet, and I encouraged her to take both. The fellow then asked the same. They then asked questions about factory farming and being a vegan, and asked if they could return after they completely read both brochures. I told them, absolutely, and promised them both veg starter kits. They both were very eager to learn more and incorporate cruelty-free eating choices into their diets.
-Elissa Katz, 7/29/08


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