|Enewsletter • May 8, 2013|
Note from Vegan Outreach
Act Now for Team Vegan Special Double-Doubling Bonus!
In addition to the doubling pool set up by VO donors, another VO donor has stepped forward to offer anyone who signs up for Team Vegan a special bonus to help kick-start their fundraising.
Every Team Vegan member who raises $150 by Sunday, May 19 midnight will have $150 added by this anonymous donor. By just raising $150, you can secure $300 for Vegan Outreach’s work!
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at 3:30 am to get down to Indiana
University, Bloomington, where it was 6 degrees
with subzero windchill. On my way there I saw
transport trucks driving predawn, can’t imagine
how much the poor pigs were suffering.
was so bad at the University of
Northern Iowa that classes before 10 were cancelled.
That didn’t stop Patti [Rogers-Engelby, right] and me, though – and
good thing! Such amazing reception – one of
my top five universities in the country. One
professor said he has his students read the VO
booklet in class. He loves how open the message
is, how it isn’t, “Hey, you’re a bad guy
for eating meat.” Loads of other great
interactions, including one guy who said his
sister has been veg ever since getting a VO
Ran into Alex,
who got a VO booklet last year and hasn’t eaten
chicken since. Met Sam who has been vegan for
two years and has never met another vegan before!
Kelly [left] said she’s now going vegetarian because
the booklet reminded her about how they treat
the animals. She asked, “What can I do?
Is it really as simple as cutting out meat?”
She told me that she tried and failed before,
so I Guided her. Right at that moment, Emilie
walked up and said, “Hey, my friend said
you were over here! I’ve been vegan for a while
and I’m happy you’re out here!” I told
Emilie about Kelly wanting to go veg, and Emilie
sold the ease of being veg better than I ever
could’ve. I’ll be putting all three of these
lovely people in touch with each other – which
is crucial in this aggiest of ag schools in
the middle of Iowa!
interactions at CUNY Hostos Community
College and CUNY Baruch. Met one student [right] who
has been veg since getting our booklet in high
school! One person mentioned the horse meat
scandal; I said it was no different than cow
meat. He took a booklet and agreed we should
all be vegetarian. One woman stopped to talk,
mentioning her fur coat. I commented that even
though I wouldn’t buy a fur coat, I focus my
advocacy on food animals because ~99% of animals
suffering are killed for food. So, instead of
me criticizing her coat and her possibly being
turned off, she left with a really good impression
and knowledge to spread to others.
day with Joan at Wesley College
and Delaware State. Marissa was the highlight
– she was thrilled we were there, said this
was a passion of hers and she wanted to give
me a big hug. It’s always heartening to come
across those so enthused about helping animals.
Students showed so much interest at Stephen F. Austin State. Rachel, Ethan, and I had so many great interactions, and received / overheard so much positive feedback (such as “I think we should go vegetarian”). I love how many conversations are started by the VO booklets!
We met Chase [above, right], who went vegan after getting a booklet at the Dallas Warped Tour! Third Dallas WT veggie we’ve met in two days!!! Also ran into Dylan [above, left] – we spoke last year and now he’s mostly veg. Olivia [above, center] came back to say she was horrified at the treatment of farm animals and now wants to go veg and talk to her fiancé to try to get him on board. Gotta love the ripple effects of outreach! Ethan gave a booklet
to a student who said, “Animals taste delicious.”
He came back after class, apologized, said he
could see we’re “fueled by goodness,”
and that he disapproved of factory farm conditions.
Ethan spoke with him for a long time. Lastly we met Kat [Garcia, left], who was stoked to see us; she encouraged her friend to go veg, took extras to show other friends, and briefly leafleted with us. This school was definitely veganized!
every student at Middlesex Community
College took a booklet – and I got good feedback,
including people who want to form a group on
campus. One student looked at the booklet, said
he had just written a paper about factory farming
and wished he had this booklet then! A professor
said he was going to use the booklet in his
Valley College was Judy’s second
outing, and she’s really psyched on leafleting!
Once again, Diane met a student who went vegetarian
the day she got a booklet from us last semester
and vegan a month later and is slowly convincing
her best friend to be vegan too. Woo!!
of interested students at Florida
State College, including one who exclaimed,
“Oh, my god” when he saw what I was
handing out. He even ran back to get extra booklets.
At College of Coastal Georgia, my most productive
conversation was with a legally blind student.
He was excited to hear about vegan chicken and
other products since he likes the taste of meat
but also loves animals.
Brittany, and I had great conversations
with the students at Butte College. One student
has been vegan since getting a VO booklet last
year! Another student surprised Brittany with
his enthusiasm. Charlotte had handed him a booklet,
and he was muttering profanities as he approached
Brittany. She was expecting some of those profanities
to be directed her way, but she found out that
his ire was all directed toward the animal abusers!