|Enewsletter • August 7, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Reaching Millions and Millions!
The Adopt a College program has hit another big number: 14,000,000+ people personally handed a booklet!
Leafleters have reached 9.5 million+ students at schools of all sorts, and another 4.5 million+ individuals at concerts, festivals, etc.
Take a second to consider fourteen million! Laying those booklets end to end would reach 1,878 miles – more than the trip from Chicago to Tucson!
That’s impressive, of course. But even more impressive is the vital role each one of you has played in changing lives and saving animals.
Together, all of us – thousands of donors and thousands of leafleters – have accomplished so much!
And together, we will accomplish much, much more!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
A Shirt a Week
Our friends at the Passionate Vegan are creating a new shirt every Tuesday, with 10% of the sales going to Vegan Outreach to reach more people with VO booklets!
Notes from Our Members
was @ Warped yesterday in Hartford
and my friends and I were approached by someone
handing out your booklets. I talked with her
for a while and was horrified when I looked
through the booklets. I decided to go full vegetarian
and mostly vegan (I’ll ease my way into veganism).
Pretty good take-rate at Michigan State – about 70% and I encountered little resistance, even from ag students! One athletic guy described a video about a Tyson farm. I then informed him that nearly all animals raised for meat and dairy go through the same things, so it’s not just Tyson. He was happy to get a Guide and wished me luck. Christine [below] came back and said, “Thank you for giving me this! I’ve read half of it on my walk. It is really good. I had no idea it was like this. I think you’ve got me convinced.” I informed her that as bad as it is, there’s something she can do about it and gave her a Guide.
Great at Cal State San Marcos!
It was really nice to come across
so many interested people who were so eager
to learn about how they can help.
Heard from three vegans and
15 vegetarians at Joliet Junior College, and
talked harm reduction (avoiding bird, fish and
egg consumption) with three students who cared
about animal suffering but were not ready to
go all the way vegetarian. Also talked with
a few ag students about my history moving from
animal agriculture child and animal ag student
to animal protectionist. Apparently that conversation
went well enough that the student spoke with
his instructor who brought the whole class of
24 ag students to talk with me about what we
are doing to animals in modern animal agriculture.
It takes more than 24 ag students and a professor
to intimidate me, and that discussion went equally
At Youngstown State, Mara
and Amber [below, left] thanked us for leafleting and said
they were very touched by the booklets. They
are going to cut down meat consumption drastically
and try to go veg; both got a Guide. Rachel
met a student who used to be veg and is now
thinking of going back; he got a Guide and encouragement. We also met a vegan student [right] who had two roommates thinking about going vegan, so he came back to get booklets for them.
At St. John’s University, I
met Sonjay, whose 12-year-old daughter wants
to be vegetarian – she was happy to get a Guide. Met a vegan student who was in the middle of
explaining something about veganism to his friend
when I gave his friend a booklet. Another vegetarian
student asked how I got involved in doing this,
and I told her all about VO and gave her my
Great day and great conversations
at San Diego City College and
Southwestern College. I talked with a Muslim
student about halal practices and the cruelty
inherent in killing animals, and I talked to
a couple of vegans who might check out the AAC
program. One woman talked about how her daughter
is vegan and inspiring her to eat more meat-free
meals. Another student was looking for a way
to atone for his history of shoplifting. I could
almost see him calculating how many lives he
could save by going vegan, and how many petty
thefts could be erased from his karmic record.
It was a bit strange, but I was happy with how
the conversation went. He went from “I
don’t really give a [expletive] about animals”
to “I guess they’re kinda my brothers
too” in about two minutes. Whatever works!
Liz, Joe, and I got sunburned at
the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Jovan
was already sunburned! But a small price to
pay for such a great day. Everyone heard from
a ton of vegans and vegetarians, and we were
very happy with reaching over 1,700 students!