Yesterday I spent the day at an outdoor event benefiting the Nevada SPCA, a no-kill animal shelter in the Las Vegas valley. The event was organized as a humane education event with various activities for children to earn stickers and demonstrate kindness. Dogs and other companion animals were welcome at the event.
This was a crowd full of children and animal-lovers: an ideal target audience for a pro-vegan message. The group that I help run, Vegas Veg, arranged for a booth at the event where we gave out free vegan cookies and pamphlets.
We gave out over 400 home-made vegan cookies (and then switched to store-bought vegan cookies for the last 50 or so). Want the recipes? Go here >>
Each cookie came with a little comment about how vegan food is better for animals, the planet, and people, too. Some cookies came with discussions about Ener-G egg replacer powder, some came with discussions about Ed’s improved heart health on a plant-based diet, some came with an animal-friendly sticker for the kids…
…and most cookies came with a “Why Vegan” pamphlet.
Because our organization is seriously grassroots, it doesn’t have membership dues, nonprofit status, and we don’t do any real fund-raising. So we found funding from VegFund. We submitted an application with them and received approval. My husband and I fronted the money to pay for the booth and the food expenses (to be reimbursed by VegFund). We obtained vegan and animal rights literature from Vegan Outreach, FARM, and PETA among others. Another local animal rights organization, Nevada Political Action for Animals, let us borrow some posters made by Farm Sanctuary and Mercy for Animals.
Our booth was staffed by a rotating group of 10 Vegas Veg members who handed out leaflets, answered questions, and re-stocked the cookie trays. Because of that, it wasn’t purely vegan outreach, this was also a fun, social event.
The event was a success! We convinced a slew of people that vegan food tastes good, that vegans can be friendly and social, and that animals and the planet deserve consideration.