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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  March 24, 2010

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Activist Profile: Phil Letten

Phil Letten

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet Phil Letten. Mostly within the past year, Phil has reached over 38,000 individuals with Vegan Outreach booklets!

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.”

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


Notes from All Over

Lightning Round


Notes from Our Members

Michele McCowan
Michele McCowan helps a Montana State student see the light in Bozeman; below, another MSU student studies a booklet received from Bonnie Goodman.

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.
     The Melbourne University group did a stall on the same day, and someone reported they had received a Why Vegan the previous year, and they had since gone vegetarian.
—Roy Taylor, 2/26/10

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!”
—Leah Wagner, 3/6/10

MSU student

Students were very receptive at Morgan State Wednesday. One student came back and said, “I couldn’t eat my damn sandwich ’cause of you!”
     Today was a brief but awesome day at Coppin State. At least 90% of students walking by took a leaflet. One student who read an Even If You Like Meat said he gave it to his teacher and the teacher discussed it with the whole class today!
—Aaron Ross, 3/5/10

Two 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.
—Brian Grupe, 3/9/10

Good 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!”
—Brianne Donaldson, 3/8/10

Vic Sjodin
Vic Sjodin connects with a student at Florida International University.

Jovan, 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.
—Mikael Nielsen, 3/3/10

I’ve 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 works!
—Jon Camp, 3/8/10


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