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What we learned about you

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Just who is your average animal rights activist? VegFund wanted to find out — and what we found out is that there is no “average” animal rights activist — you are a diverse and highly active bunch! In August 2017, VegFund surveyed vegan activists to learn more about your backgrounds and experiences in vegan advocacy. The results will help guide us in refining and expanding our grant programming, resources, and systems to support your excellent work. We hope you will find them interesting too. VegFund...

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The anti-dairy campaign that caused a stir

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Back in 2000, Indian Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi sparked controversy with her anti-dairy campaign. A passionate animal rights activist and environmentalist, Gandhi was met with attacks from religious leaders and even sympathetic members of the public. But Gandhi had modern science behind her and researchers supporting her stance. “The ICMR did research on milk for seven years and took thousands of samples from across India. What did they find? Large amounts of DDT, poisonous pesticides called HCH. Under the food adulteration...

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Celebrate World Vegan Day

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Looking for outreach ideas to mark World Vegan Day? Why not host a screening of The Last Pig? World Vegan Day, November 1st is an ideal time to raise AR awareness in your community (or any time in November). VegFund is eager to support animal rights activists like you in sharing this powerful film in communities across the globe! The film has just finished screening at independent theaters and on the festival circuit and is now available for community screenings. Read on to find out more about the film...

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The Synagogue Vegan Challenge

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VegFund is pleased to announce its partnership with the vegan–Jewish organization, The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute, in launching The Synagogue Vegan Challenge — an initiative that will help put veganism on the Jewish agenda. Hosted by The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute, an animal welfare organization that educates leaders, trains advocates, and campaigns for animals’ rights within and on behalf of the Jewish community, The Synagogue Vegan Challenge is the first of its kind! The main goal of the challenge is to encourage Jewish communities to experiment with...

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The impact of online campaigns in vegan outreach

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Essere Animali, an animal rights and vegan organization based in Italy that is dedicated to information-sharing to overcome exploitation of animals, is changing the world for farm animals with their campaigns, which include undercover investigations into animal welfare issues as well as support and guidance on vegan living. Claudio Pomo, online campaign manager for Essere Animali, shared with VegFund how online campaigns can effectively challenge consumer attitudes. Using Facebook Ads Manager, Essere Animali gained more than 3.3 million impressions in June from Italian men (ages...

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Activists unite to make Indian animal rights history!

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FIAPO’s (The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations) Living Free campaign and Vegan Outreach have set a record for holding the largest animal rights awareness drive in Indian history, which is now featured in the Limca Book of Records 2017. Teams of activists from all across the Indian animal rights community and Vegan Outreach activists joined forces as the “Compassion Crusade” to help educate members of the public about vegan living. Outreach efforts included leafleting, video outreach, and a series of talks. In just two...

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Activist spotlight

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Lowcountry Vegan Community Outreach held a Food Sampling stall at their local Earth Day festival in April, reaching 50 environmentally-concerned people with lots of wonderful vegan food and educational literature! Activists served Daiya and Field Roast products as well as choc chip cookies, and they distributed Compassion Over Killing’s ‘Eating Sustainably’ and Vegan Outreach’s ‘Compassionate Choices’ literature. VegFund spoke with group founder, Lauren to find out more… VegFund: What inspired you to get involved in vegan outreach? Lowcountry Vegan Community Outreach: Going vegan itself inspired...

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Persistence, positivity, and patience

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The first, annual Reducetarian Summit VegFund sponsored and attended the first-ever Reducetarian Summit last month, held in New York City, May 20 and 21. The Summit was organized by The Reducetarian Foundation and complemented the recently released book, The Reducetarian Solution, by Brian Kateman. The event brought together a global network of perspectives and technologies with the goal of exploring how to create a more equitable, compassionate, and sustainable food system. Some 400 practitioners, students, and the interested public convened at the event. The central...

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Food, glorious food!

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“From Grant-Based Activism to a Plant-Based Career” As vegans, we celebrate plant-based foods as delicious, healthful, ethical, and compassionate. Plant-based foods are now one of the fastest-growing segments of the food-service industry. If you’ve ever entertained thoughts of working in the area of vegan food service, read on! Last month, Liz Gary, founder of the New Options Food Group in San Diego and former VegFund grantee joined us to present our third activist training webinar “From Grant-Based Activism to a Plant-Based Career.” Liz shared her experience in the vegan food business...

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The We Animals Archive

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Last month, photojournalist, author, and educator Jo-Anne McArthur launched the We Animals Archive*, a free archive of photography depicting our relationships with animals around the globe. Creator of the We Animals project, author of two books (We Animals and Captive, due for release this summer), and subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Ghosts in Our Machine, McArthur has been documenting the plight of animals for more than a decade, telling their individual stories with her thought-provoking and moving imagery. McArthur’s photography evokes a spectrum of emotion — ...

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