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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  December 5, 2012


VO’s approach, simultaneously pragmatic and forward-thinking, focuses on engaging those who are deemed most open to lifestyle changes: namely, the young, and, in particular, college students. Perhaps more importantly, its philosophy extends well beyond mere “vegan” outreach as a practical recognition of how vital it is to meet people where they are, not where animal advocates want them to be.
—VegNews, “The Road to Vegetopia”

Notes from Vegan Outreach

  Viktorya and Andriy
  John Oberg reports: “[Above] is a photo of Viktorya and Andriy, a Ukrainian couple that were handed a Compassionate Choices by a VO activist at Oregon State in Corvallis in 2007. Andriy brought it back home, they read through it, and went vegan within a week. Total coincidence that I stumbled across them [at the University of Colorado Boulder]!”

Students, Leaflets, the Animals, and You!

Wow! Adopt a College activists have been on an amazing roll!

Just look at these results – this semester alone, dedicated activists have already handed VO’s detailed, documented booklets directly to 901,910 students at 911 schools!

This is a new record, even topping the amazing 899,489 students reached last spring!

Adopt a College activists have now reached more than 12,600,000 individuals!

Every single day, activists are letting more students know the truth about the hidden, vicious cruelty inherent in modern agribusiness, as well as offering concrete, understandable steps to sustainable change.

Every single booklet, every single student reached, every single new vegetarian – all because generous, thoughtful donors have contributed to Vegan Outreach.

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Notes from Our Members

Accompanying a recent donation:

I don’t have the time to leaflet, but I know you do quality work and I feel comfortable giving you money with the knowledge that you would use it more effectively than I possibly could. Thanks.

There aren’t any words to describe how awesome you guys are. You are my inspiration. I love every living animal on this earth and haven’t eaten them ever since I was 6, I’m 13 now. I appreciate everything you do and all of your hard work, it takes really good people to do what you do. You will always have my support.
—PS, 11/27/12

Macie Rivera, Brian Grupe, and Jasmin Marie Valdez at Cabrillo College
Above are Macie Rivera, Brian Grupe, and Jasmin Marie Valdez at Cabrillo College, where they set a new one-day record for the campus this fall! Also this semester, Brian handed out his 400,000th VO booklet!!


I can’t believe how many vegetarians I met at Shasta College – so cool! I met a solidly built athlete who said he’s tired of explaining to everyone that he gets plenty of protein and can still be fit eating veg. I encouraged him to stay strong and remember that we gotta “kill ’em with kindness,” for lack of a better of expression. Encouraged / Guided a gal who wants to go from veg to vegan, as well as a number of other people who had either tried veg or wanted to do more veg. Also got amazing feedback at Shasta High School, including: “Wow dude, this is crazy.” “Yeah man, this is messed up, thanks.”
     Southern Oregon U is one of my fav schools of all time. Not only are there TONS of vegetarians / vegans, there are just so many open-minded people willing to rethink their current choices. I could write extensively on all the great talks I had with people but let’s just say that today was great.`` Many people let me know they had read the booklet and a record number of people (∼20) told me to keep up the good work / thanks for being out here / I’m glad you’re doing this, or some variation of a statement like that. A warm and fuzzy day.
—Brian Grupe, 10/1/12

SCC student  
One of the 1,000 students reached by John Oberg at Spokane Community College on 9/25/12.  

Solid day of outreach at Washington State – handed Even If You Like Meat to 2,534 students, and gave out 37 Guides and 4 AMLs. Met a ton of vegetarians and vegans; great feedback, and several students wanted to get involved, so I’ll be putting them in touch with each other. One guy said, “After reading that, I’m never eating chicken again. Maybe that’s just a gradual step, but I can’t eat chicken any longer.” Just knocked his suffering footprint down to about 1% of what it was, whoop whoop! Later, a woman told me, “Oh my god! I read that earlier and it’s like the saddest thing I’ve ever read!” At the end of the day, I got a text from my CouchSurfing host, also a student at WSU: “In class, we were writing about things we were passionate about. The girl I exchanged lists with had written down ‘animal rights’ because of the booklet you gave her.”
     Today, reached over 1,300 students at Columbia Basin College, Whitman College, and Walla Walla U. Great conversations and feedback, including:
     “I had no idea the meat I ate was like that.” (I Guided him, and as he walked away, he held it over his head as if in solidarity.)
     “Yes, I got one and it made my stomach turn.”
     “This is terrible. It ruined my day.”
     Also gave a Guide to a former vegetarian – hope she’ll come back!
—John Oberg, 9/27/12

Robb Curtis at USC

Receptivity was way up at USC, even though it was 100 degrees. Robb [Curtis, right] and Jessica joined me and Kassy, and we reached 2,000 students.
     Today, while Kassy held the fort at UC Riverside, I headed over to University of Redlands, perhaps the most ready campus I’ve ever been to: Daiya cheese and Tofutti sour cream – I am not kidding you! The third person I leafleted was the student AR group prez – he’s planning to host events and have me speak soon.
—Nikki Benoit, 10/3/12

While leafleting Washington Park, I ran into an acquaintance who works at the University of Cincinnati. She mentioned that UC’s “Free Speech Zone” has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge. And a recent campus poll found that 10% of the students considered themselves veg or veg-friendly, and 30% would like more veg options on campus. The student group is using this to improve the choices available.
—Kevin O’Connor, 9/29/12

Was joined by Angelica and Devon at the University of Florida, and we reached 700 students, despite the rain and much competition. Devon said that in her dorm, 6% are vegan and another 6% are vegetarian.
—Jeff Boghosian, 10/3/12

At Linn-Benton Community College, one student pointed to the booklet and said, “That’s why I went vegetarian.” Other people stopped who wanted to help animals. One guy yelled out that he was using the booklet for a report in class.
—Nettie Schwager, 10/1/12

At Chemeketa Community College, I met a young man who said his wife had gone vegetarian because of the booklet; a man who asked how one goes about eating properly as a vegan, after reading the booklet he had received today; two people who have tried vegetarianism in the past and wanted nutrition information to help them try again; and a young man who asked many good questions before saying he’s likely to change his eating habits.
—Cobie deLespinasse, 10/2/12

Pauline Lombardo at DePaul University Livia Moy at DePaul University
Above: Mikael Nielsen sends along these pics of Pauline Lombardo (left) and Livia Moy (right) providing a voice for the animals at DePaul University.


Pauline and I reached nearly 600 students at the University of Chicago. One girl said, “You got me already, I am a convert!” A man from China said he received the leaflet and was planning to reduce his meat consumption as a result and to share the information with others. Also, the construction workers were quite receptive – a couple of them told me they were interested in going veg!
—Leslie Patterson, 10/3/12

Shanti Aiyer at University Center

Livia, Pauline, Diana, Shanti [Aiyer, right], and I had a great day at University Center. One student stated, “No more chicken!” I told him he picked the best place to start and that cutting out eggs and chicken meat would have a huge impact on reducing the suffering of these animals. I also had a nice discussion with a woman and her boyfriend. Seems she had been a vegetarian and her boyfriend made her stop. Apparently, the boyfriend did not have a clue how badly the animals are treated. I think the woman is on her way to becoming a vegetarian again, and he is going to reduce his meat consumption.
—Mikael Nielsen, 10/3/12

At Austin Peay State, I chatted with an ag student who lives on a beef farm. We were very cordial with each other. She told me she has an uncle who’s vegan, and she’s had tofu in dishes (and likes it). Moreover, she agrees that today’s chickens don’t lead good lives, and that even on the small farms, there are things that go on that aren’t always ideal for the animals. This conversation was a sign to me that as more people (even ag students!) get to know likable vegans, and try good vegan food, they’ll be more open, and less hostile, to our ideas.
—Jon Camp, 10/4/12

Rebecca at Vanderbilt University  
Jon Camp met Rebecca (above) at Vanderbilt University: “She got a booklet from us when we were on campus two years ago, and has been veg since. It’s another reminder to those of you doing or financially supporting this work that your efforts are changing hearts and minds.”  

Anne and I had a very memorable day at Northern Arizona University, where we handed out all the booklets we had left in only about an hour. Lots of good feedback, plenty of “Awesomes” and “Right ons.” One woman skateboarded up and said, “Are you with Vegan Outreach?” Turns out she had wanted to get involved, so I gave her some booklets, and we had a great chat.
—Matt Ball, 10/3/12

One guy at SUNY Plattsburgh immediately asked, “Vegan Outreach, right?” I said yes. He shook my hand and said, “Good to see you! I’ve been vegan 4 years now!”
—Lana Smithson, 10/1/12

At Dowling College, the first person who I handed a Compassionate Choices to turned around and said, “This is from Vegan Outreach? Are you with Vegan Outreach?” When I said I was, she explained: “It is because of them that I turned vegetarian 15 years ago!” We talked, I gave her a Guide, and she signed up to be the advisor to any student AR / veg group on campus! Oh YEAH! Over the course of the day, six students exchanged emails to start a group.
     For World Farm Animals Day, Wendy, Eitan, members of the Yale Animal Welfare Alliance, and I reached over 1,200 students at Yale. Met more vegans than vegetarians. One woman was horrified by the booklet, and said she would stop eating animals and products 5–6 days a week as a start!
     Good day at Gateway Community College and Quinnipiac University. One guy said he just bought a deli! We talked, I gave him an Even If and a Guide. He read them, came back out, and said that he would like to try to have more veg options at his deli, and in the cafeteria at school! Two other students stopped to chat and vowed to reduce their consumption of animals.
     Today, Susan and I reached over 1,100 students at the University of Hartford. First guy we met said he went vegan 6 years ago, in 7th grade! We met dozens of vegetarians, and about a dozen vegans…one who said she went vegan after getting a Compassionate Choices from me last semester, and two who said they went vegan after we leafleted them at the Warped Tour in Hartford in July! One guy said he was vegan when he lived in Portland, but now he is not, because it is not so easy here. Gave him a Guide, and he said he was going to try again! We got 24 emails of students who want to start a campus group!
—Karen James, 10/3/12

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