Thursday, May 31, 2012

ARZone Interview

Transcript. Small excerpt:

...Don't let the haters get to you.

I think the last part is key, pretty much for any vegan in any situation. I understand taking attacks / ignorance personally – it is so hard not to, especially when it comes to the welfare of your child. And I sure identify with the desire to be able to “win an argument” with a meat eater. But the reality is that there are some people who will be belligerent regardless of what we say.

 I think we will all be happier – and thus better examples, and thus better advocates for the animals – if we accept that some people will just be jerks. (And let’s be honest – that’s true about vegans, too – there are vegans who will be loudly belligerent with anyone whose thoughts deviate ever-so-slightly from theirs.)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Very Important Article from Ginny

As today's Enewsletter speeds through the intertubes, we wanted to make sure you have read this insightful article from Ginny. It is basically about the importance of being honest about nutrition.

It could save your life!

Bonus nutrition: Jack on Omega-3s.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday Links & Feedback

Hey, Maryland: Great Sage Benefit for VO on June 10!

Battery hens and sow stalls to be banned soon in Tasmania

Feedback from Jeanette:

I received the booklets and today I handed some out to my classmates in my biology class. I was pleased to look around the classroom and see some people reading them, and hear the gasps when they read the shocking facts.
I had been thinking about giving up meat for awhile because I knew that the animals did not have a good life. But, as I'm sure you hear all the time, I was shocked and deeply disturbed when I learned of this atrocious and inexcusable behavior. So giving up meat and eggs was a no-brainer.
I like the approach you guys take, instead of condemning everyone who eats meat, you are reaching out in a way that will change many minds. In the future I plan on ordering more pamphlets to hand out at my school.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Funnies

Pearls Before Swine (Click for larger)

Feedback and Birthday Bonus

Natalie writes:

Thank you for sending me the booklet A Meaningful Life. I often get very sorrowful and angry about what is happening daily to farmed animals and I realize now that is unhelpful to the animals. I too have tried using the health angle, diet angle etc on people; anything I thought would work. Of course, there is no debating the suffering of animals, simple and true! I am adopting this valuable information and passing it on to my fellow advocates.
Thank you for enlightening me!

And guess whose birthday is today? Hint -- on the left here.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Belated Congrats for Lana!

Once again, I've fallen down on the job. Earlier this year, Lana Smithson reached her 100,000th person with a Vegan Outreach booklet!

Congratulations, Lana -- amazing work!

One of her stories:

What a day at Southern Maine Community College! A hunter came over to thank me for the information. He said he doesn't buy any store-bought meat because he doesn't agree with factory farming. He was very nice and wished me luck with my outreach. Later, another hunter (who called himself a "big-time" hunter) said that the information in the leaflet looked interesting. He politely asked for a 2nd leaflet to show to a friend. A man who looked like a faculty member walked by and said, "People ARE reading that!" A different man who also looked like a faculty member smiled and said, "Ah yes." A girl said the leaflet was being discussed in her class. A different girl said, "This is great! I'm writing a paper about this topic." Two people in cars stopped, rolled down their windows and asked for a leaflet. A cheerful vegan girl thanked me for being there and said, "Don't ever get discouraged if people are mean. You're doing a good thing. I know the cruelty information is difficult and can 'smother the soul,' but keep up the good work." A man (who earlier stopped to talk about the discouraging disconnection people have from food production) gave thumbs up and said, "Persevere!"

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Why We Don't Eat Eggs, Reason 3

Our good friend and Team Vegan member Brian sent along this picture of how the egg industry treats male chicks.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Few Recent Pics

Nikki sends this snap of Chuck Dishmon helping at CSULA

John catches SUNY Binghampton students deeply engaged.
Brian snaps Jeannie Trizzino at Chico State.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Links and Pics

Jack has some new protein posts at his blog.

Is Ethical Behavior Profitable?

Jon Camp is in this movie!

Jon was also at Buffalo State. He's everywhere!

Rabbit Heart helps Nikki at College of the Canyon.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Animals, Not Ego

Today's Enewsletter covers two important items:

1. The huge new spring-term record set by Adopt a College activists.

2. The amazing group of individuals who are working to continue these efforts by raising money as part of Team Vegan.

All this has been possible because these thoughtful, dedicated people focused solely on helping the animals as much as possible.

We know it is easy to get caught up in our own lives -- our local situation, our individual desires and relationships. It can often seem important to justify ourselves, promote our personal views, or pursue more satisfying short-term campaigns.

But by working together, fundamentally dedicated to efficiency and efficacy and focused on the animals as the bottom line, we are having the greatest possible impact -- getting the biggest bang for the buck.

Together, we are changing lives every day, and bending the arc of history. Thanks to everyone who is a part of this!

Via Brian, another new veg because of a VO booklet.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pay It Forward

Team Nikki sends this picture of Rob Ert at El Camino College. Rob went veg after getting a VO booklet 1.5 years ago, and is now active for the animals!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Team Nikki

Thanks so much to everyone who has raised money for / donated to the amazing Team Vegan. What a great bunch of dedicated, thoughtful individuals!

The Wondrous Nikki sends this picture of Roberto and Gary, going veg together at College of the Canyons -- showing the power of your contributions!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Your Donations at Work

Brian Grupe passes along these comments from requests for the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating:

I received a booklet at my community college on Tuesday, and I have decided that i want to help reduce animals suffering by going vegan.

I just saw the booklet at my college, so I want to try vegan. I don't like the abuse.

I got the booklet at a bus stop. Life changing!

I received the Compassionate Choices booklet in 2009 at my college and became a vegetarian. Received another booklet this year and decided to research and pass the word around. Thank you!!

I was handed a booklet on campus, and I have now been a vegetarian for almost 3 months. I'm planning on making this a life-long decision!

I walked into class (where I am actually writing a paper on the negative effects of slaughterhouses) and the booklet was on the table.

People were handing out informational booklets on campus. I read it and it really is so shocking! :(

I got a really helpful booklet at a local music festival about a year ago. Although I just recently went vegan, about 3 weeks ago, I had always saved the booklet. It was definitely persuasive, and was a definite contributing factor into my decision to go vegan.

Brian also sends this picture of Clifton Stone
at San Francisco University.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Team Vegan Power

Some of the people who have gone veg because of the efforts of Team Vegan members Brian Grupe and John Oberg.

If you would like there to be more vegetarians in the world, please donate to Team Vegan, and have your dollars doubled!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bending Toward Justice

"I know you are asking today, 'How long will it take?'....
 "I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth crushed to earth will rise again.
"How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever.
"How long? Not long, because you shall reap what you sow....
"How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
-Dr. Martin Luther King
 March 25, 1965
On the steps of the Alabama State Capitol

Darina Smith bends the arc at the University of Alabama;
below, a student learns the truth at UA.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday News

Today's Enewsletter gives you a chance to not only double your donation, but also release bonus money! 

Thanks so much to everyone who has given so far!

From our friends at The Vegetarian Site:

Safeway going crate-free.

Holland America to Create All-Veg Menu

Also, just added latest investigation to our Video page. Warning: very graphic.

Near-veg ever since getting a booklet at Shasta High School from Brian three years ago.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dedicated to You

Jon reports:

Today’s leafleting at SUNY New Paltz brings our four-week tour to its end. It was probably the biggest month of college outreach I’ve ever taken part in. Stats: 30 schools leafleted (at 18 of these we set a new all-day record), 41,718 students leafleted, and 3,210 miles driven.
     It was such a treat spending a month with [fellow Team Vegan member] John Oberg. He is the real deal. I think it’s fair to say that I have a pretty hard work ethic, but if anything, John encouraged me to step up my game and work harder and better.
     As always, none of the work we do would be possible without the support from you donors out there. I know I’ve said this before, but leafleting is not especially glamorous, but it really does get so many people to consider the plight of farmed animals and make changes (as evidenced by all the people who told us on this trip that they were deeply moved by the booklet). I’m continually so grateful that there are those of you out there who see the need for this work and walk the walk by making it happen through your generous contributions. This tour is dedicated to you.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The 800,000 Booklet Man!

Jon Camp, Vegan Outreach's all-time-leading leafleter, has now handed a booklet directly to more than 800,000 individuals.


Jon's leafleting is beyond description: in all kinds of weather, all across the country, from coast to coast and north to south — 46 states, DC, as well as four Canadian provinces!

But surprisingly, that is not the most important thing he does for the animals. Hundreds and hundreds of people have been inspired by Jon not only to change their diets and their lives, but also to take action for the animals with Vegan Outreach, leafleting and donating such that our efficient and effective work together can have as big an impact as possible as quickly as possible.

Want to congratulate Jon and help his work in the future?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Bonus Friday Videos

Man, vegans are such weaklings!

Jack's nutrition talk is now online!

Catching Up On Links

Thanks so much to everyone who has joined and/or donated to Team Vegan! The dollars you raise / donate will be doubled, and will make a real, fundamental difference for the animals!

Vegan Cooking For Carnivores on the Today Show

Amidst all the great veg meats, we sometimes forget about tofu!

Adam Merberg gives The World's Biggest Wanker more respect than deserved.

Viva The Free Market?

Jeff isn't Petty for the animals!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Jo(h)ns Upstate

John Oberg reports:
Great day of outreach at Cornell! Some nice volunteer help gave us the ability to break the previous record -- we handed 2,547 students a copy of Even If You Like Meat. We also handed out a whopping 67 Guides! Nearly everyone was very receptive. In fact, it was the largest number of veg students I've ever met. I personally met at least 30 vegetarians or vegans. Now, a few examples of Cornell's awesomeness...

1. One guy took a leaflet, walked a bit, then turned around and ran to Jon exclaiming "I've been waiting for vegetarians to put out a message like this for years!"

2. I met Leah, a girl who received a leaflet earlier in the day, who said that she read through the leaflet and it made her want to become a vegetarian. She happily took a Guide.

Jon Camp adds:
The most interesting part of my day was when three female students approached me and started asking quite pointed questions. Before I answered them, I smiled and said, "My guess is that you're ag students, right?" They smiled, responded that they were in fact ag students, then proceeded to ask a litany of questions.

I responded with answers that were more nuanced than they expected: that we weren't out to demonize farmers; that factory farming has put more farmers out of jobs than vegetarian advocates have; that factory farming has forced more farm animal breeds to extinction (by streamlining the genetic stock they choose from) than vegetarian advocates ever will; that I did not condone senseless vandalism in the name of animal advocacy; that my dad grew up on a farm in Iowa that raised animals and that I had a cousin who ran a pig farm and that I thought of them as good people; that our consumer preferences change and that just as we have gone from the landline to the cell phone or the PC to the laptop (and companies had to change their strategy if they were to stay in business), our food choices change and those selling food to the American public will have to adjust as well. The ag students (especially one of them) seemed impressed and engaged and we talked for a good 15-20 minutes while John leafleted. We ended up shaking hands and we all said that we learned a good deal from each other.

You can help the Jo(h)ns by clicking to their pages: John / Jon!

Well, Maybe Dead of Night...

But rain, sleet, and snow don't stop VO leafleters!

Team Vegan members John Oberg and Jon Camp came across this blast of sunshine in the drizzle:

"At Syracuse U this morning, Nadine, a student at SU, stopped by to say that it was our outreach on campus last year that convinced her to stop eating her animal friends."

Want more like this? Click on either John or Jon!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Maximum Impact

Know someone who wants to have the biggest impact possible for the animals? Please send them today's Enewsletter!

Thanks so much!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

John O and 100,000

John Oberg sends this picture from Buffalo State of a student deeply engrossed in learning the truth:

John also just reached person #100,000 with a Vegan Outreach booklet!

Would you like to congratulation John and help him reach his next 100,000? Please head over to his Team Vegan page! Thanks!