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Belief on the Right Side of History

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Most people think a concern for animals is limited to liberals. But this isn’t necessarily the case. Many leafleters report they were received more openly at places like Brigham Young and the University of Oklahoma than Berkeley or the University of Colorado in Boulder. I am a good example as well. I was raised in a religious family and went to religious schools all the way through high school. I read Ayn Rand and considered myself a “neo-con.” Three events changed my outlook. The first...

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The Roadmap to Animal Liberation

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A talk in Los Angeles by Matt Ball, November, 2014 Perhaps the single line most animal advocates would agree on is: “We want animal liberation.” But exactly what does this mean? Why? The first question – Why – is the easiest to answer and the hardest to face. I assume we don’t have to go into detail. We all know non-human animals suffer absolutely horrific brutality in numbers that completely dwarf the human population of the earth. We could spend all day watching sickening footage of animals...

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Big Numbers Hurt Animals

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This Psychology Today article discusses the dynamics in detail; excerpt: “Mother Teresa once said, ‘If I look at the mass I will never act.’ When Stalin and Mother Teresa agree on a point, I sit up and pay attention. It turns out that the human tendency to turn away from mass suffering is well documented. Deborah Small and Paul Slovic have termed this phenomenon the collapse of compassion. It’s not simply that as the number of victims goes up, people’s sympathy levels off. No, when the numbers go up,...

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The health argument vs. ethical argument

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By Sarah Hanshew, 2014 Summer Intern “I’m vegan because I’m really concerned about animal welfare.” “I chose to become a vegetarian because I wanted to lose weight.” “The environment really suffers from animal agriculture, and that’s why I chose not to eat meat.” All of these are common reasons for choosing and maintaining a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, but is there one reason that’s more common among non-meat eaters? Are health arguments more convincing than ethical arguments? Activists could benefit from knowing these answers because...

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Why We’re Winning

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All the best public speakers know it is key to start with a joke, so here goes: This past June, I nearly died. What? Not funny? As with many people who almost die, I found myself thinking a lot about what is most important. In doing so, I realized much of what seems to be important really isn’t. But another thought occurred to me: How would the world have been different if I had died? Beyond my immediate circle of friends and family, what really would have changed?...

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Video nation

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Here at VegFund, we’re sometimes asked why we put such a high percentage of our limited resources into video outreach. It is important to remember what was cutting-edge in we could do for the animals 20 years ago is no longer the best we can do today. It is important that we evolve with the times, to give the animals the biggest bang for the buck. This New York Times article — Video Nation — explains a bit of how things have changed: “We are roused to action...

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Vegucated: Three People. Six Weeks. One Challenge.

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For those of you who haven’t seen the successful and praised documentary Vegucated, written and directed by Marisa Miller Wolfson, it shows the journey of three meat-eating New Yorkers who pledge to implement a vegan diet for six weeks. All three participants agree to take on this challenge with the hopes of living a healthier lifestyle. Watching this documentary is what inspired me to become vegan in the first place, and it completely changed my outlook on what it really means to be vegan. Vegucated is...

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Caring for Animals and Caring for Yourself

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By Sarah Hanshew, 2014 Summer Intern  Have you ever felt drained and disheartened after an animal rights outreach event? Do you feel as though your activism work is less interesting or exciting? If so, then it is possible you are feeling burned out. By definition, activist burnout is “a phenomenon that occurs when an activist feels overwhelmed, frustrated, hopeless, or depressed, usually after a period of extensive activism.” Recognizing common burnout symptoms is the first step on the way to a healthier you; some of these...

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Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate

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Kim Stallwood, a long-time animal rights activist, recently published his first book entitled Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate. Stallwood went vegetarian back in 1974 and then vegan two years later. He began his animal rights career at Compassion in World Farming and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, and he then moved on to be PETA’s Executive Director and the Editor-in-Chief of Animals Agenda. Drawing on lessons learned during his nearly 40 year career in animal...

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Tips for running a successful Paid-Per-View event

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By Rachel Curit, 2014 Spring Intern Have you ever heard of Paid-PerView (PPV)? No? Let me explain. Essentially, you offer to pay people one dollar to watch a four-minute video on factory farming, such as Mercy For Animals’ Farm to Fridge or FARM’s 10 Billion Lives. These events are extremely successful on college campuses, but there are plenty of other places you can do them as well. PPV is great for anyone looking to have meaningful conversations surrounding veganism and animal rights. If at the end...

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