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And the graph worth 2.9 million booklets:
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Here is my contribution to the matching. Please keep up the good and important work you are doing. Three years ago, one of your booklets handed to me on a street corner convinced me that I could no longer live in denial of the abuses and injustice humans inflict on animals.
[A]sk yourself – why is it better to be a vegetarian than someone who, say, eats only “free-range” animals. Obviously, eating animals that weren’t factory farmed is better.
But as vegetarians, we don’t make our food decisions based on what is better. We want to make the best choices we can for the animals.
Well, that is exactly how Vegan Outreach looks at advocacy: We don’t want to make things somewhat better. We want to make the best choices we can for the animals.
|Alexis Antonelli smiles in the face of confusion in Santa Monica.|
The brutality of factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses is far from public view, hidden behind walls both physical and psychological.
The cruelty to chickens, turkeys, and pigs that occurs on factory farms is every bit as horrible as any act of barbarism inflicted on other animals.
Even worse, this brutality is on a scale that vastly exceeds all other acts of cruelty to animals.
Every day, agribusiness is ruthlessly pursuing profit through their factory farms and slaughterhouses.
That is why Vegan Outreach strives to be as relentless for the animals as big ag is ruthless to the animals.
Every single day, we focus single-mindedly on having the greatest impact possible.
|Deb Elliot gives the gift of truth!|
Tons of parents with kids enjoying the free entertainment. Lots of honks, and as we wrapped up, the LAST woman I leafleted (above) went VEGAN ON THE SPOT! She's a single mom with 2 kids, who -- of course -- will be vegan now too. Hip hip!
|From Brian: Another Pledge to be Veg, at CSU Stanislaus.|
|Nikki reports from Palomar College:|
Crystal (above) stopped to ask about volunteer opportunities.
I asked: Is now soon enough?
She was a natural!
Seventeen percent of Americans stated that they “don’t eat meat, fish, seafood, or poultry at many of my meals (but less than half the time)” and 16% don’t eat these foods at more than half of their meals (but not all the time). Thus, 1/3 (33%) of the country are eating vegetarian meals a significant amount of the time (in addition to vegetarians)!
In a 2008 Vegetarian Resource Group national telephone survey, 40% said when eating out they often order a dish without meat, fish or fowl. For those of you trying to get a handle on the population very interested in vegetarian foods, though not vegetarian, it appears to be 30% – 40% of the country.
|Heidi Cohen-Wolff expands the|
circle at Mesa College.
48% Thus we estimate this is the audience for good tasting vegetarian foods that fit individual needs.
On my campus today, I received one of your booklets. I just wanted to say thank you for avoiding shock-value photos. I find it much easier to listen to points an organization tries to make when the "thousand-words-per-picture" noise from gruesome photographs. It isn't often that one finds an organization willing to not only make rational arguments that can stand on their own, but also to provide suggestions and clear paths to take. Not only that, but you guys are REASONABLE, as is exemplified in your statement "...it's more important to take an approach you can sustain."
Being rational and reasonable are two qualities that are hard to find. Seriously. Before Thanksgiving break, some people from [a different campaign] came to our campus with all their disgusting photography and irrational arguments and extreme viewpoints and ugh. They had the complete opposite affect they wanted to have on me.
Thank you for being a voice of reason. We could use more organizations like you in our world.
|Nikki spied two Saddleback College students|
deeply engrossed in learning the truth.
...Considering how much suffering can be prevented by a single dollar, it's tragic to consider what the money is used on instead. ... Instead, I suggest asking your family and friends to make a charitable donation on your behalf. I sent an email to those who might give me gifts requesting that, if they do give anything, please make it a donation to Vegan Outreach in my name. I encourage readers to consider trying this as well.
James Wildman is doing vegan presentations at SW High School this week and next. I've been bringing soy and coconut milk ice cream sandwiches. Thought you might like to see this photo I took this morning. The kids have been really receptive.
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the roots.
If we were the animal exploiters, our ultimate plan would be to keep caring, compassionate people focused only on the immediate and short term: rescuing individual animals and protesting relatively small-scale cases of abuse. Since animal advocates have very limited resources compared to the industries they protest, compassionate people will never be a threat to the status quo as long as they fail to address society’s fundamental attitude toward animals – namely, that animals exist for humans to use.
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At Central Lakes College, one guy passing by after reading the booklet said, “I'm more compassionate than you might think. Though I'm glad you said reduce, cause I like pork.” Later as he passed again, without any prompting he said, “I'm a humanitarian. I can give up pork. I know I can.”
|Another serving of truth and compassion before another set of eyes:|
Brian at City College of San Francisco.
|Hope for the future: Jessica opens eyes|
at City College of San Francisco.
|Don't have to go to Princeton!|
Jon makes sure the students at Georgia Southern know the truth.
I went vegan back in 2007 due to what I saw and read on your web site, but still had to cook meat-based meals for my husband and son and deal with all the silly questions from friends. After a couple years I just couldn't do it anymore because of the lack of support and teasing. After recently being re-exposed to factory farming's animal suffering and cruelty, I have decided to be vegan again; this time for the rest of my life. I don't care what other people think or say anymore. I am doing it for the sweet, precious, innocent animals. Why they have to be tortured I just don't understand and never will. It just rips my heart out. I am 55 years old, but it's never too late to start anew. This is why I am requesting a kit. Thank you.
|Lisa Towell changes another life|
at Foothill College.
I am currently a senior in University of California, San Diego. Today, as I was walking from my class, I was given one of your booklets. As I was getting in to the elevator and looked through the booklet, I found myself disgusted with everything I have eaten that had meat in it. It was not just me though; by the time we approached the 6th floor, I realized I was not the only one with the disgusted look on my face -- others had been looking at my booklet.
After reading through the booklet and realizing what a massacre animal farming is, I have decided not only to become a vegetarian, but also to volunteer for your organization.
|UC Santa Barbara student has eyes opened.|
|Sophia Cresci makes the world a better place at Santa Clara U.|