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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  March 17, 2010

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Leah Wagner
Leah Wagner helps expose and end cruelty at the University of Missouri.

AAC for the Animals, Far and Wide

In spite of one of the worst winters in recent memory, Adopt a College activists have been exposing modern agribusiness’ hidden horrors to thousands and thousands of new people every week.

Already this term, these dedicated individuals have handed VO’s detailed, documented booklets directly to 208,798 students at 317 schools!

These efforts are changing lives daily, leading to more vegetarians and demand for ethical products (see below).

Day by day, booklet by booklet, person by person, we are changing society!

Now that the weather is getting better, you too can be a part of this progress! If you’d like to leaflet, but would prefer to be joined by someone when you start out, please email us at info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org and we’ll do our best to put you in touch with a local VO representative.


Link of the Week


VO’s Frequently Asked Questions.


Product of the Week

Marshmallow Treats

Jessica: “I just purchased a Marshmallow Treat from Whole Foods that is organic, vegan, gluten free and delicious! It’s so yummy and a quick bite to eat while you’re in the office or heading off somewhere.”

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


Notes from All Over

Ethical Food Report

New survey finds that 69% of people are willing to pay more for “ethical” food, and that 91% of those include animal welfare in their criteria for considering food “ethical.” Also, 21% said “vegetarian” is important or very important to them, and 14% said “vegan” is important or very important to them. Full report (PDF).


Lightning Round


Notes from Our Members

UNF student
A University of North Florida student studies the truth she received from Rob Gilbride.

I received your Compassionate Choices at Texas Tech. After reading it, I made the decision to eat less meat and more vegan food.
     I note in your booklet that the objective is “to reduce suffering, not to achieve personal purity or perfection.” Very good! May we all do our best towards that goal.
—LM, 3/6/10

Lots of interest, questions, and grossed-out faces as my classmates read the VO booklets after my presentation in Speech class. The teacher said he was going to try to go vegetarian!
Ellen Green, 3/9/10

I passed a semi trailer full of pigs on my way to leaflet at Purdue today. I promised them I would brave the cold until I got every leaflet out. It was nothing compared to how cold they must have been riding down the highway at 60+ mph. I reached 370 students, gave 30 booklets to an animal and ethics professor who will be handing them out to her class, and 50 more were then dropped off at the local vegan restaurant because they had run out. I got an email address from one vegan who was interested in doing more, and one guy told me he appreciated what I was doing. Another lady said she was starting to think a lot more about where her food was coming from and was glad to get a leaflet. One guy asked if I was against Michael Vick. I told him that what Vick did was no worse than what factory farmers and slaughterhouse workers do to animals every single day.
—Heather Leughmyer, 2/24/10

Brian Grupe

There was rain, slush, and snow at the University of Idaho. Even after two pairs of socks, under armor, gloves, jackets, sweaters, etc., I was still cold! Props to my east coast homies who rock the crazy weather so often.
     I met one gal who proudly showed me her “VEGAN” sweatshirt she was wearing, and met another vegetarian of six years who thanked me for spreading the good word. Right before I left I had a really productive chat with an Ag Science student. I told him that I personally couldn’t kill an animal, so it didn’t matter how “humanely” it was raised, if I couldn’t kill it myself I wasn’t about to pay anybody else to do it. I also said that simply because we CAN do something doesn’t make it right. Interestingly enough, he had never thought of it this way. I was glad I was able to challenge his current moral outlook, and we left the conversation with a hearty handshake.
—Brian Grupe (right, in warmer days), 2/24/10

I broke my old leafleting record today, as Leah (Wagner) and I reached over 2,000 students at the University of Kansas. We also encountered a lot of vegetarians, and found well-labeled vegan options at the cafeteria!
—Eva Helsel, 3/1/10

Ashley (Delk) and I had great conversations at Trevecca Nazarene University. Met a number of vegetarians, including one who changed because of a booklet. Met a young lady in an environmental class and she said they’re talking about this topic right now (just watched Food, Inc.). She was excited to get a Guide and we had a great conversation. Met some of her classmates, all great convos as well. Also met a fellow who was excited to get a booklet – he, too, talked to me about Food, Inc. Met another girl who wants to start working to get more veg options at the dining hall – I got her contact info and will be sending her something tonight.
—Kenny Torrella, 2/24/10

Kathryn Farnsworth

Leafleting the University of Colorado later in the day allowed me to reach a new crowd, including a number who were already veg. One guy said he was a vegetarian for three years at one point, but then he “got poor” and is no longer veg. I offered him a Guide and showed him the back page where it says, “Isn’t it expensive to be vegan?” as well as the recipe section. He happily accepted it.
—Barbara Bear, 3/2/10

Kathryn Farnsworth (right), Karen James, Aleta Markham, and I, along with the Yale College Student Animal Welfare Alliance, reached 2,349 students at Southern Connecticut State University and Yale today. And check this out: four separate individuals mentioned being veg or vegan because of receiving a VO booklet in the past. This stuff works!
—Jon Camp, 3/2/10


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