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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 3, 2009

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Office Closure

The Vegan Outreach office will be closed June 5–14. Any orders placed after Thursday, June 4 will be filled the week of June 15. There will be no E-Newsletter next week.

And if you are in the Midwest, be sure to note that Anne Green and Matt Ball will be speaking in Chicago on June 7, while Jack Norris (right) will be at Their Lives, Our Voices in Minneapolis, June 12–14.


Vote for the Most Effective Campaign!

In conjunction with AR2009 (where Jack Norris and Jon Camp will be speaking and tabling), FARM is running a poll of the most effective animal advocacy campaign. No registration is needed, and the winning campaign will receive very useful exposure. Please vote today!


Product of the Week

SoyRizoLeila: SoyRizo is spicy, flavorful, and the texture’s perfect. When we have pasta, we like to fry the SoyRizo up, then mix it in with the sauce—your carnivorous friends will never know the difference!

Send your product of the week to info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org; previous entries here.


Notes from All Over

Lightning Round


Notes from Our Members

Written to Eileen Botti:

While leafleting at a concert tonight, I met a young woman who goes to Bridgewater State College. She excitedly told me that she already got an Even If You Like Meat at school and that she doesn’t eat meat anymore. Good work!
-JB, 5/30/09Joe

Written by an Australian leafleter to an interested activist:

I believe very much that Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College is the most effective form of animal rights activity in terms of numbers of animals saved and in terms of creating lasting changes to society. Leafleting has taken off at Melbourne University, and is done on a weekly basis by the Cage-Free Campus Society. So friends and I have moved on to Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. This is the most effective animal rights advocacy that can be done, and I am happy to work with you. (I must have given out many 1000s of leaflets by now, but I’m no Joe Espinosa!)
-Roy E. Taylor, 5/31/09

On Tuesday, I left Steger at 2am and was in action at Ohio State by 9:20am Ohio time. I heard from 14 vegetarians and three vegans. There was good reception the next day at Ohio University, where I heard from 13 vegetarians and two vegans. Finally, I spent my last vacation day until next semester at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where I heard from 16 vegetarians and five vegans. For these three days, I reached just under 3,000 students with the information they need to reduce animal suffering.
-Joe Espinosa (above), 5/8/09

At Dartmouth, a student on a bike took an Even If You Like Meat, pulled over, and proceeded to read it for the next five minutes. It was good to see so many students consider the plight of these animals.
-Eleni Vlachos, 5/14/09

Within the first five minutes at Contra Costa College, a security guard asked, “Is that about animal cruelty?” I replied that yes it was and asked if he would like one. He said he still had his from my last visit a few months ago. I then met a woman whose husband is a butcher and two daughters are vegetarians. We had a chuckle at how things work out in life. She came back later in the day to tell me how affected she was by the leaflet and we talked about animals and our culture’s relationship with them. Another woman from the culinary department took a few extra leaflets for her colleagues as well as a Guide for herself. She thanked me for distributing this information to others.
-Brian Grupe, 5/14/09

  Jenny Lawson promotes vegetarianism to another DePaul University student.

Your argument on getting through to meat eaters finally got through to me! I have always focused more on not offending people than on stopping animals from suffering. But you’re right [to focus on the animals]. It makes sense because everyone I know who is vegan or even vegetarian, including myself, did so because they saw something that shocked them about the way animals were treated. All the other reasoning came later. When I first went vegetarian, health was the excuse I gave my mom to reassure her it wasn’t a terrible idea. But when it all comes down to it, unless you’re a total critically thinking health nut or environmentalist (and, really, who is these days?), the only compelling reason to go vegan is the immense suffering involved in not doing so. I never would have figured this out without someone spelling it out for me like you did. I just wanted to say thank you because, obviously, I need to dedicate my life to this. Someone’s gotta step up to the plate.
-AR, 5/28/09

Since Cal Poly Pomona has been so heavily leafleted in past semesters, I decided to give out Compassionate Choices today—something they haven’t seen before. It went very well, meeting lots of veggies and interested people as always. When someone took it and said, “Save the chickens!” I looked at the birds on the front cover and thought about Prop 2 here in California and how chickens actually matter now. A few years back, I remember protesting a KFC and so many people thought we were nuts, standing up for chickens of all things, barely a step up from the cockroach in their minds. Now chickens matter.
-Stewart Solomon, 5/13/09


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