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Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3)
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reducing the suffering of farmed animals
by promoting informed, ethical eating.

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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  November 11, 2009


VO’s approach, simultaneously pragmatic and forward-thinking, focuses on engaging those who are deemed most open to lifestyle changes: namely, the young, and, in particular, college students. Perhaps more importantly, its philosophy extends well beyond mere “vegan” outreach as a practical recognition of how vital it is to meet people where they are, not where animal advocates want them to be.
“The Road to Vegetopia,” VegNews, Mar/Apr 2009


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Brian Grupe
Brian Grupe enlightens another of the 70,000+ individuals he’s reached already in 2009.

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Activist Profile: Barbara Bear

Barbara Bear

Your donations have such as tremendous payoff because they provide booklets to amazing volunteers, like Boulder-based Barbara Bear. By the time you read this, The Bear will probably have reached her 40,000th new person with a VO booklet. Excerpts:

Who has been / is a major influence in your life and why?

Farmed animals and animals in general are the major influence in my life. The choices I make on a daily basis are driven by whether or not it will cause harm to them. I feel like my purpose on the planet is to help eliminate as much suffering as possible, and since animals being raised for food suffer immensely and in the greatest numbers, alleviating their suffering is my main focus in life.

What made you decide to start leafleting?

While there were some successes in getting people to consider the animals’ plight during protests, they were few and far between. I started thinking about the number of animals who suffer to become food (which far exceeds the number of animals suffering and dying for all other reasons combined) and decided to make promoting veganism my main focus. I wanted to do what I could to alleviate the most suffering. I began tabling for farmed animals and showing Meet Your Meat on campus with a couple of local activists on a regular basis and that spun off into leafleting on campus. It makes so much sense now to leaflet a more receptive crowd. I only wish I’d come to that conclusion earlier in my activism.

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It was great leafleting after a campus talk, “It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dog, or a Chicken: Why You Shouldn’t Eat Meat.” The highlight of my night was looking over to see a guy reading a Compassionate Choices with his jaw fully dropped open and his eyes bugging out in shock. Really, his expression resembled something you would see on Looney Tunes when a cartoon character is surprised. I’m so grateful to Vegan Outreach and to the people who took the photos for making this information available to the public. We really are opening eyes – and hearts!
—Barbara Bear, 10/20/09

Joe Espinosa

At the University of Wisconsin, Madison today, Joe Espinosa (right) and I were joined by Melissa Tedrowe, who, after getting a VO booklet 2.5 years ago, went vegan and has been active for the animals ever since. Highlights included two separate individuals who stopped and read their respective booklets, totally engrossed in them, oblivious to the cold drizzle. One young woman stopped by to say that she received a booklet a year ago and has been vegetarian since. Less than an hour later, a man, who had the appearance of a dean, stopped by to tell me the exact same thing.
—Jon Camp, 10/20/09

Lots of interactions at Medgar Evers College, including one student who proudly held up a bagel instead of the burger he had been planning on eating. Two female students stopped to talk – one had tried veganism previously, and the other had tried vegetarianism. They were very sympathetic and said they would give it another try – one of them even said, “I can’t believe we ran into you! I think you must have been sent from God or something to get me to go veg again!”
—Eileen Botti, 10/20/09

Elaine Vigneault
Elaine Vigneault provides a smiling vegan example – and compelling information – in the Vegas wind.

At the University of Wisconsin, Superior, an administrator walked by and asked for a leaflet. I thought she was going to tell me I wasn’t allowed to leaflet. It turns out she has tried to go vegan a few times and was glad to get a Guide.
—Fred Tyler, 10/16/09

Excellent day at North Carolina State. One student told us the booklet he received last time caused him to go vegetarian and, just a month ago, he decided to be vegan. Brandon gave him a Guide to help him stay healthy and happy. He thanked us for leafleting and sincerely appreciated the effort. Another vegetarian student wanted to go vegan but needed recipes, so he gratefully received a Guide. One of the best parts of the experience was walking around campus and witnessing several groups of people looking at the booklets they had just received and talking about the issues. This was a powerful reminder of how our efforts with Vegan Outreach are leading directly to people becoming knowledgeable about the realities of animal farming and of plant-based diets. And we are succeeding in helping people to have informed conversations with others about these issues!
—Brandon Becker and Loren Hart, 10/19/09

Dan Miller
Dan Miller brings the truth to another student at San Francisco State.

Seamless day at Stony Brook for us (Martin Benevides, Drew Winter, Jennifer Greene) – many interactions, great outreach, several people stopped dead in their tracks to read a pamphlet, many walked and read. One student said he went veg after previously getting a leaflet, and was considering veganism. The highlight was when a professor invited us to talk to her class.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/22/09

Many years ago, both Matt (Ball) and Jack (Norris) emphasized to me how important it is for Vegan Outreach to stay focused on the bottom line, and know what to do, as well as what not to do. I have shared that wisdom with a lot of people and I follow it myself – it has served me well. Thank you for that, and for all that you do for the animals!
—Barbara McDonald, 11/8/09


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Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

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