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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  December 3, 2008

 


Notes from Vegan Outreach

Be Part of the Helping Half!

So far, generous members of Vegan Outreach have donated $13,359 towards the $54,500 end-of-year matching opportunity.

Every day, we hear from more and more people making compassionate changes after receiving one of our booklets. The unprecedented increase in Vegan Outreach's distribution indicates even more potential. However, this fall's rapid growth has left VO financially depleted and has already forced cutbacks. Please help us make this fundraising effort a success so that Vegan Outreach can avoid even greater reductions in effort and distribution during the spring semester.

We know the economic situation has made things tough for everyone. But with modest contributions from just half of the people receiving this e-newsletter, Vegan Outreach will be able to put the entire $109,000 directly to work for the animals and give Adopt a College's spring term a good start.

Please be part of the helping half by making a secure, tax-deductible donation here, or send a check or money order to:

Vegan Outreach
P.O. Box 30865
Tucson, AZ 85751-0865

We'll continue to do our best to make your contribution go as far as possible for the animals!

 

More Interviews

Last week, we linked to a new interview with Matt Ball at Vegan.com (see also this 2003 interview); readers might have missed this interview with Vegan Outreach's President Jack Norris, and these two pieces (1, 2) focusing on Director of Outreach Jon Camp.

 

Links of the Week

 

Notes from All Over

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

At Citrus College [CA], a woman walked by saying, "Thank you. This kind of information enabled me to change and keeps me changing." Yesterday at Antelope Valley, one student said, "I want to be vegetarian!" so I gave her the info, noting the recipes in the Guide. As she walked away with her boyfriend, he said, "You're not going to start cooking like that now are you?"
Her: "I am going to cook for you tonight!"
Him: "Not out of this," grabbing the leaflet.
Her: "Yes, out of that!" trying to grab the Guide back.
Him: "No way...hey, this looks good...."
-Brianne Donaldson, 11/19/08

Above, Gerardo Tristan enlightens another Georgia Tech student about the reasons for choosing vegetarian; right, a Montana State student considers Compassionate Choices; below, Vic Sjodin reaches one of the 1,300+ students handed a booklet at Wayne State in Michigan last month.

I simply adore your balanced approach to veganism. Your "non-vegan-police" stance has me nodding in agreement every time I read your pages. I have pointed so many people over here in the UK to your articles. Only today I had an email conversation with a work colleague who was asking me the usual questions. I pointed him in your direction and he saw the light!
-AB, 11/26/08

At Arkansas State, I asked one girl, "Did you get one of these?" She nodded and said, "It was a life changing experience." Others said they were going veg; I had many short conversations. I felt we had an impact today and I think that's the best feeling you can have.
-Vic Sjodin, 11/18/08

On my tenth meat-free Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for Vegan Outreach. My philosophy and advocacy would not be what it is today (and not nearly as effective) if it weren't for VO's literature and helpful advice. I can see the change happening -- e.g., with my parents. When I became vegan, my mom started cooking and baking vegan food for me. Then it turned into my parents eating veg food a few days a week. Now, my mom is a vegetarian and my dad rarely eats meat -- and they have impacted some of their friends and co-workers! Being a good example goes a long way!
-Dan Kuzma, 11/26/08

At the University of Oklahoma, several people were enthused to get the leaflet. One girl came back, put her hand on my shoulder and said, "Thank you for being here!" Another guy asked, "What goes on in factory farms?" I told him and he seemed quite interested, keeping the leaflet.
-Leah Wagner, 11/18/08

Matt [McEwen] and I took vacation days and went up to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When leafleting in cold weather, I often think about farmed animals who, having lived through the brutality of modern farming, take their last ride to the slaughterhouse, exposed to the ridiculous coldness that hits them, crammed in metal trailers traveling at speeds of over 55mph, wet from urine, feces, saliva, and blood. It makes layering up with clothing and doing this work in any weather the most reasonable thing I can do.
-Joe Espinosa, 11/22/08

At Iowa State, it was another cold, windy day, but if anything, the acceptance rate was higher today. I met several vegans and vegetarians. I even spoke to an animal science major who said she thought the Even If was really good.
-Fred Tyler, 11/18/08

At Harvard today, I was thanked a few times for spreading the word. Met a young lady who went veg after receiving a booklet from me earlier in the semester -- she told me to keep up the great work because itís effective!
-Brian Grupe, 11/21/08

The students at Emory University [in Atlanta] were hugely receptive. After conversing with one student, she said she was going to give vegetarianism a try; others implied that they would be doing the same. In the last two days, four individuals have told me that they were going to try going veg or vegan, with the booklet being the impetus that led to each conversation.
-Jon Camp, 11/21/08

At Montana State, I asked four people, "Sir, excuse me. Just a quick question -- I'm wondering why you did not want this information?" It came down to hunting and farming. One man was a hunter -- when I spoke with him about factory farming he agreed it was cruel and visibly softened as we spoke. He even said, "I'm so tired of people buying meat in supermarkets then complaining about hunters!" Many other students were polite, receptive, and read the brochures. We met vegan twins who were happy to take two vegan buttons, and another student who is starting an AR group on campus. She took down the VO info to get in contact.
-Eleni Vlachos, with Rob Gilbride [who leafleted this University of Kansas student], 11/18/08

The sign said 32 degrees after leafleting Harold Washington College [Chicago]. I had a good conversation with someone who asked why I was out there. I told him that I wished someone would have handed me a booklet when I was in high school. The more we talked, the more agreeable he was, and at the end he thanked me for being out there in the cold and we shook hands.
-Mikael Nielsen, 11/19/08

 

Every Donation Prevents Suffering

Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

All donations are tax-deductible.

Vegan Outreach

POB 30865, Tucson, AZ 85751-0865