So, you’ve gone vegan (or nearly so) and you’re feeling good. But you want to do more. After all, if you can do it, so can other people. You agree with Jasmin Singer’s statement:
Each day, we are given at least three opportunities to practice compassion and to leave cruelty off our plates. Contrary to what some say, adopting a vegan lifestyle does not mean sacrificing anything. In fact, it means quite the opposite: many find veganism opens their world to a universe of yummy foods and like-minded people. Furthermore, a vegan saves over one hundred lives a year. That means that by taking it one step further and advocating for farm animals, you could potentially save thousands of lives. With animal production now responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions; with animal food products responsible for a vast array of diseases that are plaguing our country; and with nearly 10 billion land animals being killed or food each year in our country, isn’t it a moral imperative to go vegan and advocate for farm animals?
But you’ve never done any sort of vegan education or animal advocacy outreach at all. In fact, you’re kind of shy and nervous about the whole thing.
So what should you do? Here are some options:
- Donate to Vegan Outreach. Go here to contribute >>
- Keep some “Why Vegan?” pamphlets in your backpack or purse. Whenever you find yourself in a waiting room, leave one of the pamphlets along with the magazines and newspapers. Order some pamphlets here >>
- Print up some “Oppose Cruelty” fliers and pin them to bulletin boards on college and high school campuses. Download the PDF here >>
- Check out your local libary’s collection of animal rights books and vegan cookbooks. If you notice that it’s lacking, request these types of books from a librarian.
- Same thing for book stores. If they don’t have a great selection of animal-friendly books, request that those books be added to the store. When these books are available in the library or book store, people can do their own research. But if the books aren’t there, the opportunity is lost.
- Put a “Go Vegan” bumper sticker on your car. Hardly anyone will say anything to you about it, but you’re still spreading the message far and wide.
- Set up a vegan blog and post vegan news bits, vegan recipes, or movie recommendations.