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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 21, 2009

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

“Not So Bad”

Modern pig farm

Sometimes people say Vegan Outreach literature is outdated or focuses only on extremely rare cases of cruelty, and the current reality is not so bad.

For example, a defender of modern agribusiness, having received a booklet at the University of Illinois, wrote to say that recent developments, such as the FAST II system, have improved conditions for today’s farmed pigs.

Here are pictures (1, 2) from EatPork.com showing how FAST II works (pictures not reproduced for copyright reasons; similar picture from Viva! USA shown at right). This is what the industry promotes to show good care.

As always, thanks to everyone who is taking this truth to the public. In the past week alone, Adopt a College activists exposed agribusiness to 29,848 new students. With your help, we will continue to expose what the industry hides.

 

Link of the Week: Relative Numbers Killed

Chickens raised for meat
All natural” chickens.

AnimalVisuals has an insightful new analysis of the relative number of animals killed for food, showing graphically the vast difference between small and large animals.

We also note birds raised for meat and layer hens are the most intensively confined of all land animals, and are not covered by the Humane Slaughter Act.

See this page and subsequent links for more information.

 

Products of the Week

Tracy: “I love Vegan Macaroni & Cheese by Leahey Gardens as well as Road’s End Organics Shells & Chreese. I have a soft spot in my heart for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, and Leahey’s Macaroni & Cheese captures that flavor so well that when I take a bite I feel like a kid again. If you want to go the Road’s End Organics way, I recommend the Shells & Chreese Cheddar Style.”

Robin: “I recently discovered So Delicious coconut milk yogurt, and I’m hooked on the stuff!”

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

 

Notes from All Over

Number of Vegetarians Growing

From Dr. Greger: VRG’s 2009 poll estimates 3.4% of the U.S.’s adult population are real vegetarians. This is up from 2.3% in 2006. If you extrapolate to the population as a whole, this would indicate more than 3.5 million new vegetarians between polls.

 

Ten Tips for Animal Activists Based on the Life of Henry Spira

Joanne Chang
Joanne Chang pursues major victories for the animals at Simon Fraser University.

Excerpts: 1. Try to understand the public’s current thinking and where it could be encouraged to go tomorrow. Above all, keep in touch with reality. 2. Select a target on the basis of vulnerabilities to public opinion, the intensity of suffering, and the opportunities for change. 3. Set goals that are achievable.

And from the comments:
People often think that the lesson of Henry’s life is that you have to “defeat” a company or industry. But every single person whom we help change from eating animals is a major victory, saving thousands of animals over the course of a lifetime. It is like closing down an entire lab or fur farm every time we convince someone to no longer eat animals (and that person then goes on to influence others).

Full article.

 

Notes from Our Members

Leeanne Kavanagh and Jon Camp
Leeanne Kavanagh and Jon Camp cover traffic at the University of British Columbia.

Great reception at City University of New York, CUNY Technical College, and Barnard College today. Feedback included: “I’m gonna go vegetarian when I turn 21.” “Thanks for that, I read it and it almost made me cry” (from big, tough-looking guy). “I was just thinking of going vegetarian!” “Thanks, and keep up the good work!” I also ran into someone with whom I had a conversation before. She was happy to see I was still doing this work. She also said she did some research since last speaking to me and was surprised to learn that birds are the most abused animals.
—Eileen Botti & Katie Pryor, 9/24/09

The first person I offered a leaflet to yesterday was a professor at Berkeley City College (CA) who said she still had last semester’s Even If You Like Meat in her office, and that they had discussed it extensively in her sociology class. She took another and thanked me for being out there.
     Today at Foothill College, a man came up to me while I was leafleting and let me know that after getting a leaflet a few semesters ago, he and his wife have reduced their meat consumption to almost zero. He told me to keep spreading the word because it does change people.
—Brian Grupe, 9/28/09

Many different reactions and good conversations at Loyola University (IL). One man had been handed a leaflet last week and was so moved by it he had not eaten any meat since!
—Alexis Scherba, with Sam C. and Sam K., 9/30/09

At Phoenix College (AZ), I talked to one young man who was very interested in going vegan. I gave a nice positive explanation of how he could “veganize” virtually anything. Another student I talked with was a football player and had once tried vegetarianism for a month, but I suspect he wasn’t eating enough calories because he said he felt weak. I gave him a Guide, talked up some great veggie foods high in protein, and mentioned several vegan athletes. A short but very productive day!
—Jeff Boghosian, with Veronica Soto, 9/29/09

Johanna Andris
Johanna Andris provides actionable information to another Cal Poly student.

I was recently handed a pamphlet and immediately wanted to restart my eating lifestyle.
—IS, 10/4/09

We met a lot of vegetarians and vegans at Grand Valley State (MI) today. We also had a lot of people come back throughout the day and say they liked what we were doing. One guy said he’s cutting down on eating chicken. Several people expressed an interest in going veg – the entire day was really rewarding.
—Phil Letten & Vic Sjodin, 10/1/09

Lots of new curious people at Northwest Vista College (TX), another never-before-leafleted school. As leafleting went on, I asked for feedback from people who told me they had gotten one earlier; a number replied it was sad and they want to go veg.
—Casey Constable, 10/1/09

 

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