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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  September 9, 2009
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Notes from Vegan Outreach

Question of the Week: Good for World, Good for Self

As part of your Principles of Advocacy, Vegan Outreach says to set aside personal biases. Why should a person look at the world as a whole rather than doing something for the good of themselves?

Of course, many people are egotistical and selfish. In my experience, though, few people are so self-centered that they don’t care at all about anyone else. We are moral beings, and most of us want to live an ethical life.

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Taking an objective look at human history, however, we see that humans have been capable of great rationalizations, of going along with prejudices and supporting practices that, from our current perspective, are horrifyingly immoral. If we want to do what is right, to live consistently true to our stated values, we need to challenge assumptions, ask questions, and work from first principles.

Interestingly, “doing good” for the world is, ultimately, good for us, too. There is little to no evidence that pursuing only our selfish, short-term ends leads to happiness; indeed, the opposite is true. Evolution has left us with a nature that always wants “more,” regardless of what we have. By being a part of something larger than ourselves, we can lead a meaningful life and find real, sustainable joy.

—Matt Ball


Product of the Week

Kathryn: “The Merry Hempsters lip balm is great!”

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

Emily and Jimmy Alexander
Jimmy Alexander informs another Warped Tour patron in Portland, OR, while Emily Alexander waits for the next opportunity; below, other Portlanders learn the truth of modern agribusiness.

Today, this guy outside the Galleria Mall in Houston (Eugene Khutoryansky) handed me the booklet that has changed my life forever! Thank you.
—GK, 9/5/09

Leafleting a concert, I overheard one person telling her friends: “This is the pamphlet that made me go vegetarian.”
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 8/29/09

At the University of Colorado, Boulder, three people told us they had gone veg after receiving VO literature in the past. One guy had gotten a brochure five years ago and has been veg ever since. He told me, “Your strategy is really working.” One of the others said she has been veg since getting VO literature over a year ago and is now transitioning to veganism.
—Barbara Bear, 8/28/09

While leafleting Duke University, a guy said, “I love to eat animals.” I asked, “Factory farmed animals?” He stopped in his tracks, turned casually to me and said, “Well, I think what they do to animals is horrible.” He spoke for about a minute more and concluded by saying, “So, yeah, factory farming’s not cool.” He took a booklet, thanked me for the conversation, and offered his hand for a shake. As he started walking again, he told me with sincerity to “keep up the good fight.”
—Loren Hart, 8/26/09

Women read Warped Tour Why Vegan?s

Good morning of outreach at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. A young guy came back by to ask me more questions about the literature. He said he wasn’t aware of what goes on at factory farms. He said it had definitely given him something to think about.
—Eva Helsel, 8/31/09

A good day of outreach at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Some said that they had received a booklet last semester and I followed up with, “What did you think of it?”; many responded that they were cutting back their meat intake. One student refused a booklet saying that he is a hunter; I replied that this is about factory farming, the other end of the spectrum; he then took the booklet. I also heard from one student who said she became vegetarian after receiving a VO booklet two years ago.
—Rick Hershey, 8/27/09

At the University of Illinois, Urbana, I heard from 18 vegetarians and five vegans. One of the vegetarians let me know that she had become vegetarian as a result of getting a booklet from me last semester.
—Joe Espinosa, 8/28/09

Another concertgoer reads booklet

Great outreach at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, with over 1,000 booklets handed out. There were many good questions, and lots of individuals reading the booklets.
     At Colorado State, one young woman told me she cried after reading the booklet. She has been involved in puppy mill activism and came to the conclusion that the treatment of farmed animals was just as bad; she is now interested in farmed animal advocacy and took my contact info. Another young woman told me she went vegetarian two weeks ago after watching Food, Inc. We had a very productive conversation. One nice thing about our leafleting is that many such individuals simply need to know there are others out there who feel strongly about this issue and have done well on a vegan diet.
     Continued thanks and congratulations to everyone who gets out to do this work. We do make ourselves vulnerable to rejection and apathy and sometimes antagonism. But the alternative – hardening ourselves from worrying about the suffering of others or scaring ourselves from dealing with the general public – is not really living; it’s a perpetual state of hiding. We put ourselves on the line and the world is much better because of this!
—Jon Camp, 8/31/09


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