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reducing the suffering of farmed animals
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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  May 30, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

PSU vegetarian
100,000+ booklet and Team Vegan member Lana Smithson met this Plymouth State student who’s been veg since getting a booklet previously.

Go, Vegan, Go!

Team Vegan members have now raised over half of the $85,000 matching challenge! Thanks to everyone for your efforts to help the animals!

This week, we’d like to highlight more of the leafleters on the Team:

Laura, Joel Badeaux, Cathy Berlot, Ava Bivens, Audrey Caplan, Kellie Cupcake, Erin Gaines, Laura Hart, Melody Hodges, Zubair Hussaini, Dan Kuzma, Todd Lee, Heather Leughmyer, Lesley Parker-Rollins, Darren Roth, Lisa Shapiro, Queenie Tsui.

These dedicated volunteers are working hard to make sure that, during next semester, they and other VO activists reach as many new people as possible!

You can make a tax-deductible contribution to any of these members (or the people in the feedback section below, or via the Team Vegan general donations page).

And your donation will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

So please, click over to, support a team member, and help take the animals’ message to more people!

Thanks so much!

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From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs


Soy feta

Product of the Week

Team Vegan member Katie Pryor: “I just used soy feta ‘cheese’ by Sunergia Soyfoods to make vegan lasagna. Amazing! I got it at Whole Foods, but it’s also available online.”

Please submit your nominees for product of the week via this page; previous entries here.


Notes from Our Members

Lisa Hines
Team Vegan member Lisa Hines spreads sunshine!

What a day at Southern Maine Community College! A hunter came over to thank me for the information. He said he doesn’t buy any store-bought meat because he doesn’t agree with factory farming. He was very nice and wished me luck with my outreach. Later, another hunter (who called himself a “big-time” hunter) said that the information in the leaflet looked interesting. He politely asked for a 2nd leaflet to show to a friend. A man who looked like a faculty member walked by and said, “People ARE reading that!” A different man who also looked like a faculty member smiled and said, “Ah yes.” A girl said the leaflet was being discussed in her class. A different girl said, “This is great! I’m writing a paper about this topic.” Two people in cars stopped, rolled down their windows and asked for a leaflet. A cheerful vegan girl thanked me for being there and said, “Don’t ever get discouraged if people are mean. You’re doing a good thing. I know the cruelty information is difficult and can ‘smother the soul,’ but keep up the good work.” A man (who earlier stopped to talk about the discouraging disconnection people have from food production) gave thumbs up and said, “Persevere!”
—Team Vegan member Lana Smithson, 4/12/12

Sparks always fly at Citrus College. A new vegan was excited to get a Guide and get connected to the local vegan community. In the midst of other conversations, a young woman comes back with her booklet asking for four more for her coworkers. She works at [a fast-food restaurant], where she and her colleagues are getting sick. They’re realizing now why their own managers won’t eat that crap. So thank you, golden arches, for churning out future vegetarians.
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 3/22/12

Jon Camp
Team Vegan member Jon Camp makes the animals’ case at Syracuse University.

Long and productive day at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where Victoria and I reached 2,478 students. At one point, I saw about three dozen waiting to cross a street, all reading their booklets.
     Victoria said today at Nicholls State was her favorite day of outreach so far; again, we had a lot of conversations. Some students hung out between class changes. Loads of positive comments; I’m sure many went veg today.
—Team Vegan member Vic Sjodin, 3/16/12

Lisa and I reached over 950 students during this beautiful day at Rutgers! Many people reading and discussing the booklet, including two I watched read it cover to cover! Several good conversations, and students interested in helping out in the future.
—Team Vegan member Katie Pryor, 3/16/12

Great chats with students at Idaho State. For example, I spoke with a girl who lived at home and whose dad pulled the “for every animal you don’t eat, I’ll eat two” nonsense on her. She has been trying to be vegetarian for as long as she can remember, and gets so much criticism for it, but she told me she’s not giving up; and even though it’s taking her a while, she hopes to cut out all animal products from her diet in the next year. I told her how awesome she was, and that she is making a huge difference for animals, no matter what her dad says or does. We laughed, we cried, we shared my Clif Bar.
—Team Vegan member Caleb Wheeldon, 3/15/12

Switching to “Help end modern-day slavery” upped the take rate to about 60–70% today at the University of Connecticut. Good, wide-ranging conversations, and many students reading. One student came back after reading her Even If You Like Meat, and talked about wanting to be a vegetarian. I gave her a Guide; later, she came back again to get copies of Even If to distribute in her dorm!
—Team Vegan member Karen James, 3/20/12

John Oberg sends this picture of Ricky at SUNY Brockport:
“I was reading it and was just like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe it.’”

Great day at Lock Haven University and Mansfield University – schools that have been hardly touched in the past. One young woman came up to say she’s been needing a push, and that she’s read the booklet and is now going to attempt to go veg. We have also received an email from a student who received a booklet and now wants to get involved in outreach.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 3/21/12

Within an hour at Moraine Valley Community College, two separate people came up who were interested in going vegetarian. Another student asked about going veg and getting active for animals. Later on, a student told me she had seen the booklet in class and was considering making changes. Another instructor told me he was using the booklet as an example in his persuasive writing class. Then a very muscular student told me he was vegetarian.
—Team Vegan member Leslie Patterson, 3/21/12

Southern Polytechnic State was only my third time leafleting and my first solo venture. I must admit I was pretty nervous pulling into the parking lot. But one student, after looking over the booklet, sent me to a better leafleting spot, and I was quickly able to set a record for the school. The take rate was really high and students were pleasant; I only wish I had brought more! I can’t wait to get out there on my own again!
—Team Vegan member Laura Adkins, 3/21/12


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