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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  January 18, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

  New veg Rochelle
  Rochelle – yet another veg-on-the-spot: “Why do something you know isn’t right? It just doesn’t make any sense.”

1.1 Billion, and Counting…

In 2008, the number of land animals raised and slaughtered for food in the U.S. rose to 9.5 billion. Since then, the number of animals slaughtered has declined.

Compared to a continuation of the 2008 rate, a cumulative 1.1 billion fewer animals were killed during 2009–2011, even with a growing population.

Further decline is predicted in 2012!

This is incredible in terms of reducing suffering, but also for showing that the world can change. For example, Stewart relates this exchange in one of his classes:

Male student asks: “What difference does it make? They’re going to kill all those animals anyway.”

Me: “Actually, because so many people are going vegetarian and eating less meat, the number of animals bred and killed has dropped by millions and millions in just the past five years.”

Female student: “Really? All right!! That’s so cool.”

Stewart continues:

I was thinking about the significance of the exchange last night. We are, in a way, the first generation of modern vegans, and we tend to see things differently than most people. Many people just don’t see the connection, which is so ridiculously obvious to us. “Why not buy a turkey on Thanksgiving? The turkeys are already dead!” The majority of people don’t even bother to vote, because they feel their vote doesn’t matter. And similarly, in the face of what they think would be a major sacrifice, they feel going vegan wouldn’t make any difference either. So the gains we are making can now be used as an example that demonstrates that the less we buy, the less they die.

See also Mark Bittman’s non-vegetarian take.

 

Notes from Our Members

Leslie Goldberg and friend
Leslie Goldberg with new friend at CSU East Bay.

Tonight, I went out with a few HSUS employees and interns. I told one intern what I did (college leafleting) and she let me know that she was handed a VO booklet back in 2006 at the Auraria campus in Denver. She not only went vegan as a result of it, but is now heavily involved in activism and is looking to do it full-time. Viva VO!
—Jon Camp, 12/30/11

Better acceptance than I expected at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where I reached over 800 students. Heard from 15 vegetarians and six vegans. I was pleased to see a wide range of students were receptive to my request to help stop violence, including many very large athletic guys. Also heard from a student who let me know that getting the booklet from me two years ago inspired her to drop meat.
—Joe Espinosa, 1/10/12

While reaching 400 students at the University of British Columbia, I met one student who said it was a VO booklet that got her to go vegan!
—John Sakars, 1/12/12

Awesome at Bellevue College. I chatted with a young African-American woman who I’d met on my last visit. She immediately ran up to me, talked about the Christian Vegetarian Association booklet I had given her, and how she was working on going veg. Then today, after leafleting Seattle U, I was in the Starbucks across the street and heard two students discussing their booklet. I chimed in and encouraged them to look up even more information online.
—Caleb Wheeldon, 1/11/12

Yvonne LeGrice
Yvonne LeGrice makes the animals’ case at Pasadena City College.

Spectacular day with Theo at Sacramento State! We were joined by Emma, a new vegan we had met Tuesday at Sacramento City College. She took to leafleting like a pro, and had many positive conversations with interested folks. Two members of Sacramento Animal Rights also joined us. I had one of the most positive, intense conversations of the semester with a young lady I saw reading the booklet three different times. I finally stopped her to ask her what she thought, and we spent the next 15 minutes talking about everything.
     Today, I can’t even describe the feeling I had while walking to my car after reaching over 900 students at Sierra College! Progress by tremendous leaps and bounds at this school in the past four years! Great conversations with interested and aware people; got a massive hug from a young lady who loudly proclaimed that she was vegan and loved me.
—Brian Grupe, 10/31/11

Thanks to Jeff for getting us permission to leaflet Phoenix College, where Kirby and I met with 80–90% acceptance and reached almost 1,500 students. I spoke with a woman who expressed her love for animals. She was given a Guide and was quite moved. I also reiterated that utopian farms don’t exist and going veg isn’t as extreme as it seems – it’s simply applying values she already has to her eating habits.
—John Oberg, 10/31/11

Matt Zavortink
Matt Zavortink reaches out for the animals at UC Davis.

811 students at the University of Nebraska, Omaha got Even If You Like Meat booklets; also handed out 12 Guides, including some to vegetarians interested in veganism. One guy came back and asked, “Do the pigs have it the worst? Cause I can stop eating pork.” When I told him that chickens and pigs had to endure the worst cruelties, he said, “OK, that’s something I can work with.” We talked about how he could start transitioning to a more plant-based diet. I gave him a Guide – he was excited to try some new meal ideas.
—Fred Tyler, 11/1/11

Mike and I had some good reactions yesterday at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. One of our friends from the Green Club said she heard a girl in the cafeteria discussing the booklet with her friend, proclaiming, “Well, I’m going vegetarian now.” Talked to two older men who initially made jokes about chicken fingers when they received a Compassionate Choices, but then opened up more as I kept a friendly tone while talking to them. One of these guys then said, “Well, keep up the good work and I’ll remain sympathetic to your cause.” A step forward for them! Another guy held up the booklet and smiled at us as he walked away, “I totally agree with this!” We also met a student who wants to help us hand out booklets.
—Jenni Moody, 11/2/11

Spoke to a bunch of vegans, vegetarians, and loads of interested people. Great conversations with cat / dog people. One of the vegetarians I met told me she went vegetarian because of getting a Compassionate Choices leaflet!
—Chris Parrucci, 11/3/11

Lisa Towell
Lisa Towell helps a Stanford student learn how to lead a meaningful life.

Good talks at the University of Delaware, where we reached 3,400 students. One student that we leafleted came back to us later in the day and said she is going to try vegetarian. Another student said he went vegan after reading a Compassionate Choices last semester!
—Aaron and Kate, 11/3/11

After we reached 1,625 students at the University of Texas, Arlington, we took an amazing field trip to the unbelievable vegan cafeteria at the University of North Texas in Denton. The food was absolutely amazing, and there are beautiful and inspiring pro-veg messages decorating the walls. I seriously could not believe it. (Huge variety of delicious cooked foods meant I didn’t even look at the salad bar; two types of vegan pizza, one with pesto and one with Daiya; vegan rice krispie treats and soft-serve ice cream…incredible.) The UTA students hooked up a dinner tour and meeting with their dining services folks, who are incredibly helpful and kind and willing to work with students and other school cafeterias to help them get more vegan options. I asked him how it happened that UNT now has an all-vegan cafeteria, and he said it was really because students were requesting it. When you meet supportive students in your outreach, I encourage you to mention to them the importance of filling out comment cards, meeting with the dining services and organizing with other students to get more vegan options. If they can do this in Texas, they can do it wherever you’re leafleting.
—Nora Kramer, 11/3/11

 

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