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30 March 2008 Issue

1. Activist Opportunity
2. Activist Feedback
3. Commentary on Animal Souls

1. Activist Opportunity

These are some of the best leafleting opportunities in recent years. Pope Benedict will be at the following events:

Washington D.C. - Thursday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. The pope will offer Mass at the new Nationals Park in Washington. This will be the first non-baseball event in the park, and Catholics from around the country are making plans to attend.

New York City - Saturday, April 19, 9:15 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the heart of New York City.

New York City (The Bronx) - Sunday, April 20, 2:30 p.m. - HUGE! Crowd of 55,000+, at least 10 volunteers needed. Mass at Yankee Stadium will bring this historic visit to a close.

If you can help, please contact Paris at Christian_vegetarian@yahoo.com  or Lorena at lmucke@bellsouth.net 

2. Activist Feedback

Casey writes: "Annetta and I leafleted at Lakewood Church in Texas on Easter Sunday and distributed 900 Even If You Like Meat (a Vegan Outreach publication) and 625 Are We Good Stewards of God’s Creation (a CVA publication) booklets.

A couple of people stated that they are now vegetarian, one from a CVA and another from a Why Vegan? booklet that they got in the past. We have given out about 5,000 CVA booklets, 8,000 Why Vegan booklets and a few Even If booklets in the past. Today we got turned down about 50% of the time, but that was good since it was mainly due to people having gotten it in the past.

Despite mostly positive feedback, one mid-aged man challenged the idea and even seemed to care little when I informed him that it can reduce world hunger and is extremely abusive claiming basically that anything was okay. I told him to read it since I didn't want to waste time when hundreds would be missed during the time talking to him. We leafleted before the service when they trickled in so we would have time to offer 1 of each booklet per family rather than waiting for the flood of people at the end out. There are tens of thousands at this, the largest church in the country, which features the nationally televised show Joel Osteen. We have a public sidewalk right by the entrance/exit."

3. Commentary on Animal Souls

I think anything that loves has a soul. No one knows, and I will not pretend to know. What I do know is this: when I die I hope to go to heaven. When and if I get into heaven, whatever heaven is and wherever that may be, if I can't find my dog Arthur, what is supposed to be a joyous occasion will be a sad day for me. But just because I believe that animals could have souls doesn't mean that I believe they are just like us culturally and socially, nor do I believe that we need to treat them as such. Animal marriages make no sense. Do animals have souls? I don't know, but I absolutely hope so and believe so.

– Thea 

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