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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 7, 2009

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Students study booklets
Shasta College students study booklets handed to them by Allison Lee.

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!

Not familiar with AAC? You can learn more at Adopt a College.org.

 

Link of the Week: Investigation Videos

Want to show a friend more about the cruelties of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses? Check out our video links page, updated with recent investigations.

 

Request of the Week: Orphaned Booklets?

Do you have booklets you won’t be able to distribute? Please contact us – and we’ll get those booklets into the hands of new people. Thanks!

 

Notes from All Over

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

Camilla Kendall
Camilla Kendall takes the animals’ case to students at UC Davis.

A few 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.
—BR, 9/30/09

UC Davis 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.
—Brian Grupe, 9/24/09

Some 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!”
—Eileen Botti, 9/17/09

Great 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.”
—Brianne Donaldson, 9/22/09

John Bowers

To commemorate 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.”
—John Bowers (at right; photo by Yuri Cabrera), 9/21/09

I was 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.
—Fred Tyler, 9/17/09

At Washington University, two different students told me they had changed after getting a booklet from me in the past – both took Guides.
—Rick Hershey, 9/23/09

Tawnya Roeder
Tawnya Roeder reaches students at Whitworth University in Washington, another never-before-leafleted school.

At Central 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 email.
—Jon Camp, 9/24/09

From a new Vegan Meetup profile, c/o Eugene Khutoryansky:
I have been a huge animal lover my entire life, but sadly was not aware of the sadistic treatment of commercially raised animals. A pamphlet was handed to me recently, and now I want to make a difference.

 

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