|Enewsletter • March 24, 2010|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Phil Letten
Here is an excerpt from his profile:
How long have you been involved in animal rights and how did you get interested?
I first learned about factory farming from receiving Vegan Outreach’s Why Vegan? leaflet at a concert around five and a half years ago. After reading the booklet from cover to cover I decided to look up more information online. I came across PETA’s Meet Your Meat documentary and decided I needed to make some changes in my diet. I ordered a Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating from Vegan Outreach and went vegetarian soon after.…
In the winter of 2007/2008 I handed out my first leaflet. At first I just did it because it was easy. After learning more I began to realize that leafleting is the absolute most effective thing a person can do for animals.
Vegan Outreach is my favorite animal advocacy organization and the one I feel is most effective at reducing suffering: “Vegan Outreach works for maximum change – the greatest reduction in suffering per dollar donated and hour worked” (from A Meaningful Life).
Read the full interview!
Product of the Week
Phil: “Hormel Vegetarian Chili is fast and good. I eat it all the time.”
Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
Thursday was Royal Melbourne Institute
of Technology’s induction day for new students
– all student clubs had information stalls
and there were bands playing. We distributed
550 Aussie Why Vegans. The following
day I returned to the university during my lunchtime
from work. While leafleting, I had three long
conversations with people who had received leaflets
the day before, and had questions about iron,
calcium, factory farming, dairy, etc. I also
met someone who wanted to start leafleting at
another university – so although relatively
few leaflets were given out, it was a good day.
Good audience at
the art gallery street fair in Kansas City.
My husband said he saw everybody looking at
their booklet right away! One of our last booklets
went to a woman who was very happy to get the
info: “Oh, thank you! I have been wanting
to learn about this!”
were very receptive at Morgan
State Wednesday. One student came back and said,
“I couldn’t eat my damn sandwich ’cause
good small schools today –
Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College. The
second person I leafleted at Cuesta was vegan
and eagerly took more info. A gal came back
asking for another pamphlet. I asked her if
she was interested in a guide or if she was
veg (trying to figure out why she wanted it).
She said she didn’t eat pork or beef but
had no idea chickens had it so bad and was ready
to go veg. She was excited to receive a Guide.
day at Santa Ana College. One
girl said to me in the presence of her group
of friends, “Hey, you guys made me go vegetarian!”
All her friends took a leaflet. Another fella
who worked for the school paper said, “Animal
Liberation? Yes! I support this totally!”
Eva, Mark, and I had a good night
by DePaul University. One woman stopped and
said she loved meat. I told her I did too, but
that when I examined my morals and values they
did not match up with my actions and therefore
I stopped. I also suggested that she give up
meat on Mon/Wed/Fri and see how that went. She
seemed like she would totally give it a try.
I had another person stop to tell me that eight
months ago it was one of our leaflets that helped
her go veg.
been corresponding these last
few days with a student from Quinnipiac U who
wrote to Vegan Outreach about getting active
for animals. I mentioned that I had recently
leafleted Quinnipiac and the student responded
by thanking me, as it was receiving a booklet
last week that made her decide to go vegetarian
and want to get active. In short, this stuff