|Enewsletter • October 7, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Adopt a College Storms into October
Over 100 activists and groups have now reached 208,844 students this term, at 313 different schools. This includes a very large number of never-before-leafleted campuses!
Already, 38 volunteers have surpassed 500, with thousands of new people learning the truth every single day. Thanks so much to everyone who makes all this work possible!
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Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
years ago when I was still eating
meat I got one of your booklets, and I could
not stop looking at it. The pictures alone were
moving, and it had so many facts and horror
stories from factory farms and slaughterhouses
that every former justification I had given
myself for eating meat became meaningless! I
showed it to all of my friends and my parents
and brother; even though many of them just found
it disturbing, it really made a couple of them
think about their food. Now I’m interested in
passing out your booklets at school.
proved, once again, it pays to
leaflet the first day of classes, as Camilla,
Linda, and I distributed over 2,100 booklets.
Met a ton of vegetarians and vegans. Had quite
a few discussions with curious students; I definitely
think that some of the interactions will result
in some students trying veg.
great comments at CUNY Hunter
today, including, “I wanted to let you
know that this pamphlet is the reason I went
vegetarian.” “Thanks for this –
I used to be vegetarian, and now I am going
back. I’m so glad I took this leaflet from you
– the second I saw it I realized I need
to go back!”
day at Cerritos College, including
at least a half dozen leaflets to skateboarders.
I overheard one student say to another, “You
see – that is why I don’t eat meat.”
the United Nations International
Day of Peace, the Vancouver Island Vegetarian
Association held a “Peace Begins on Your
Plate” leafleting session. Two male students
approached, one calling out, “I love meat
way too much to take what you’re handing out,
so don’t even try.” I turned and pointing
to the top line of the booklet – “In
that case, this booklet is perfect for you:
Even If You Like Meat.” He accepted a
booklet and a few steps later said to his buddy,
“He got me there.”
surprised by the number of interested
people I met at the University of Wisconsin,
Oshkosh. One woman turned down my offer for
a booklet and then came back seconds later saying,
“I will take one. Those chickens look
depressed.” Another woman was smiling
and shaking her head no as she turned down the
leaflet. When she fully saw Even If You
Like Meat’s cover, a look of horror passed
over her face. She then took the leaflet and
walked slowly down the path, immersed in the
truth. Yet another woman took a flier and said,
“Thanks. This will make me think twice
about eating meat.” One guy was happy
to get the booklet. He said he wasn’t vegan
or vegetarian, but knew he would eventually
end up that way. I gave him a Guide
to help him along that path.
University, two different students
told me they had changed after getting a booklet
from me in the past – both took Guides.
Washington University, a student
insisted that “aggressively pushing shock-value
imagery in the faces of others” was counterproductive.
I told her that I viewed my work as simply asking
people to consider the suffering of animals,
and doing so in a humble, polite manner with
a smile on my face. In other words, I was passing
information into their hands, not shoving anything
in their faces. I discussed VO’s tactics further,
gave her an AML, etc.
I also mentioned that if she were to look at social wrongs that we’ve
rejected throughout history, they have been coupled with sober,
honest information detailing these wrongs. The
Vietnam War’s unprecedented opposition was coupled
with media airing the grisly realities of the
war and that for future wars, such coverage
wouldn’t exist. It’s not always pleasant showing
such imagery, but that’s not the fault of those
who are working to eradicate the suffering of
others. From starting off confrontational, she
ended up amicably asking for my contact info
so that we could further discuss this through
From a new Vegan
Meetup profile, c/o Eugene Khutoryansky: