|ENEWSLETTER • NOV. 13, 2013|
support Vegan Outreach because
we’ve seen firsthand how effective this type
of outreach is in reaching those most open to
change. VO’s emphasis on being friendly and
approachable is not only more comfortable for
me to be a part of, it also works. We also appreciate
that VO treats their employees with respect
and honors their amazing efforts.
I support Vegan Outreach because I believe in the grassroots philosophy of impacting one person at a time. I like the fact that most of the money
raised goes straight towards advocacy with very little overhead. The larger
campaigns do generate more buzz but can arguably be less effective in
transforming lives. VO takes a sensible approach to reduce the
amount of pain and suffering in this world: recommending people to “lean in”
towards veganism rather than presenting an all-or-nothing ultimatum.
Newsletter of the Year!
my newsletter in the mail yesterday
and read it cover to cover. Really made me feel
happy, hopeful, and inspired!
A PDF of the stunning fall 2013 issue of Vegan Outreach News is now available. There were so many wonderful stories, we expanded it by four pages, but could still only fit a small fraction!
Please take a few minutes to peruse the inspiring stories, amazing feedback, and incredible pics – we promise it’ll be worth your time!
To receive a hard copy for yourself, or copies to distribute to friends and colleagues, just contact us!
The newsletter also has details about the incredible End-of-Year Matching Opportunity.
Right now, your fully tax-deductible contribution will be doubled, dollar for dollar!
If you want the biggest bang for your buck, please make a special donation to this challenge – your support will go twice as far toward a more compassionate world!
You can use a credit card to make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation online, or send a check or money order to:
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We promise: you’ll be glad you did.
Chain of the Decade
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of Hotel Vegan Outreach! By hosting our touring activists in your homes, you have saved VO many thousands of dollars – dollars that have gone to reach new people and create more vegetarians!
If you would like to be a part of Hotel VO in the future, please contact anne (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thank you!
Shopping Site of the Month
The Vegetarian Site is a great place to find new vegan products and gifts. Be sure to shop in November!
Sticker for the New Year
Vegan Outreach has created a new bumper sticker! You can order it from the VO catalog.
I am a recurring donor
because I realize that the greatest amount of
suffering in the world is the suffering of the
animals who are destined to be slaughtered for
food, whose lives are accorded no value except
as they can be used for human ends and purposes.
That is huge and just so wrong. I want to help
and am grateful for the opportunity to support
your efforts. I feel I am a small part of the
change I would like to see in the world.
and I had an action-packed day
at Oklahoma State. We extended our record-breaking
streak to 10 days, rocking out the biggest
day of leafleting in Oklahoma history. Good
conversations, too. For example, Jessy [left] received
a VO booklet from us last school year and has
been veg since! Lauren met a young woman interested
in going veg and eventually vegan. Lauren helped
push her further along that path. There were
two separate incidents where I offered a Guide
to a student and another one overheard this and basically said, “I’m also veg
and would like a Guide too!”
Kimberly, and I shattered the record at
Bowie State! Timmi jumped for joy when I gave
her a booklet: “I’m going vegetarian soon!”
There was a stray kitten on campus with an eye
infection (kitten now being cared for). Leslie
overheard some students talking about the kitten.
One of them said, “[The VO leafleters]
made us realize that it’s okay to care [about
animals].” Cool stuff.
students at De Anza College were
friendly and the take rate was high – I handed
out all my booklets in a few hours. Gave Guides
to interested people, and one to a new
vegan for her brother. I also met a woman who
thanked me for being there and asked for information
about volunteering with VO.
got the record at the College
of Marin. Had very useful conversations. E.g.,
a student who said she was vegan for two weeks,
then she gave up. Another student had been vegan
for two years before giving up. The Guides
will help them!
day at Oxnard College and Channel
Islands High. A number of students said, “Awesome”
or “Cool” or “I love animals.”
A physiology professor told me he uses his lecture
on digestion to segue into the film Earthlings
and his students are required to watch it. Wow.
I noticed a sign for Vegetarian Awareness
Day at Oxnard College with vegan food!
A student got a Compassionate Choices
and later flagged me down to say, “Now
I don’t want to eat chicken anymore.” She
was happy to get a Guide. A guy said
the booklet made him want to go vegan; he also
got a Guide.
At Carnegie Mellon University, Carmen [above, right] was in awe of our lit. She
asked me if the images were real. When I told
her yes, she asked if this was happening here
(i.e., in the United States), again I told her yes.
She was shocked that this cruelty was happening
every day in her own backyard (so to speak).
I could tell she was moved at learning this
all, she clearly knew nothing of factory farming
before seeing our leaflet. We spoke for several
minutes about the cruel practices used on factory
farms. I gave her a Guide because she
wanted to know about what to eat. I also spoke
with Patrick [right], a student who took a leaflet on
his way to class, and stopped to chat with me
on his way back after class. He was interested
in vegan bodybuilding after seeing vegan bodybuilder
extraordinaire Robert Cheeke in the booklet.
He said that he understands that the cruelty
is wrong, but he’s big into his health and fitness
so he wanted to learn more about veg sources
of protein and such. He told me that he lifts
weights, to which I replied that I do as well.
We spoke about where vegan athletes get their
protein, and I directed him to VeganBodybuilding.com,
which has a ton of information for vegans who
took vacation time to join me
at Oakton Community College. We heard from students
who wanted to know what they can do to help
the animals. Some said the booklet was sad,
and one told me it made her go vegan for six
months last time she received it, though she
had gone back to eating meat sometimes. Another
told me it made him change what he got for lunch.
a new record at Worcester State
and met many vegetarians and vegans. Eight students
shared their emails to start a group. I had
many, many other amazing conversations. One
professor stopped by to ask questions, also
told me who could be faculty advisor for a campus
group. A food service worker came by and took
both a Compassionate Choices and a
Georgia State, Matt met a student
who insisted that he needed to eat meat because
of the taste and protein. Matt told him the
animals are hung upside down and their throats are
slit – the only way to stop this horrific slaughter
is by eliminating meat – with each meal he
has the power to save a life. He agreed and
said, “Never thought of it like that! Please
give me a booklet and I will read it tonight.”
A girl told me that she has been thinking about
going veg. She asked me if it is hard. I said
I love being vegan!! It is very easy. I took
down her info and told her I will help her in
any way I can.
the bad weather, CAA and I reached
nearly 3,000 students at the University of Minnesota.
I met a woman who loved the booklet and wanted
more to hand out at the clinic there. Met Tony,
who had been veg for 6 months and gave up. After
I gave him a Guide and we chatted for
a bit, he helped me leaflet. He really enjoyed
students at Appalachian State were
all SUPER friendly and receptive. I met 10 vegetarians
and 6 vegans, 2 of whom changed their diet from
receiving a VO booklet last year! Three people
said no to a booklet at first, but then came
back and asked for one later. Two students who
read the booklet that day told me they were
very affected by it and intended to change their
At Cal State San Bernardino, I met Cheyenne [top of page], who now wants to go veg. She joined me to leaflet, too! Many other great interactions! Had a long conversation with Lisa [above, left], who now wants to move to vegan! Another student told me getting a VO booklet in the past is why she went veg. Another woman [above, right] came back and told me she was really considering these issues, and asked for more booklets to show friends. I saw many reading cover to cover. One student said, “Finally I get handed something I really care about!” Heard others say, “This is terrible,” and discuss it with friends. Snapped a pic of a fraternity brother showing Compassionate Choices to a friend [right] – then gave him a Guide and had a brief convo. Met Erica [above, center], who loves animals and is now open to adding more veg meals. Also met a professor who told me how horrible animal experiments on campus are. I agreed and then pointed out that 98 or 99 percent of animals who suffer similar horror are the ones raised for food. She told me how much she loved animals, followed by, “I should probably go vegetarian.” Bingo! Great day!
Melissa [MacDonald, right] joined
me at Orange Coast College and Golden West College,
where we had numerous conversations and watched
a bunch of students reading their booklets. First
we met Marlene [above, right], a psychology student and professed
animal lover who is now interested in eating
fewer animal products. Then Laura and Jenny [above, left]:
Jenny had gotten a VO booklet in the past and
had started to eat less meat. We had a beautiful conversation,
and Laura also asked for a Guide. Heather [below, right]
had received a booklet last year and ate vegan
for four months, then started to eat some eggs
and fish. After our talk and getting a Guide,
she is committed to not harming animals. Melissa
had a productive 20-minute convo with an inquisitive
professor who had many questions. Then I met
a near-vegetarian who was thrilled to get a
Guide; I think she’ll go fully vegan.
Talked with Matt [below, left], an environmental sciences
major. He was so open to the beautiful world
of compassionate living and eating, he really
made my day.