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Do one thing more in 2019

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Besides the actions you take every day — your food choices, the clothing you wear, the care and respect you show your animal friends, your everyday activism — make a New Year’s resolution to take one action more for the animals and the planet in 2019. Large or small. I’m new to this — how do I get started? If you’re new to activism — or maybe you’ve volunteered but never organized an event — get your toes wet with a simple food-sampling event. Most...

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Provoke, inspire, educate

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So you want to host a documentary film screening but you’re not sure where to start or what to screen? You’ve come to the right place. We’d like to point you to five noteworthy documentaries that have proved popular and thought-provoking among audiences on topics related to vegan living. Documentaries as tools for social change Documentaries can be powerful tools for social change. Great documentaries engage the viewer emotionally through compelling stories of real lives and events while conveying information or perspectives that are often...

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VegFund in San Diego

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Thanks so much to everyone who came to the San Diego VegFest! VegFund was a sponsor. I gave a version of this talk: Embrace and Encourage: Lessons from Three Decades. And met with lots of people at the VegFund table. Hope to meet with more of you in the future! – Matt Ball

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An environmental argument to help animals

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Many, if not most, environmental arguments tend to focus on the serious impacts of beef. Although we  see a vegan diet as optimal, most people instead see chicken as being vastly superior to beef (and increasingly cheaper than beef). Any time someone replaces beef with chicken, many many more animals suffer. Here is a great argument that actually helps chicken, from New Scientist (March 21, 2015, p. 44): Such a switch [from chickens to plant-based substitutes] could make a difference to the environment: if we all...

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Campus outreach in California

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Every first day of spring, thousands of vegan activists take part in Meatout, and VegFund is thrilled to be a source of funding for some of these activists through our Food Sampling program. These events vary widely in size and layout, but what they all have in common is vegans banding together to show others how wonderful vegan food can be and to encourage them to move toward a more compassionate diet. One of the best recaps we have gotten so far from Meatout 2015 that just passed was from Vikings...

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Embrace and encourage

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Before we open it up for discussion, I want to share a bit of my story with you, as a way to frame some of the lessons I’ve learned about being vegetarian since I first stopped eating animals nearly 30 years ago. Loved meat, and groovy pants! Growing up, and then when I went off to college in 1986, I was not even close to being a vegetarian. I loved going out to eat (in my funky pants!). I loved steak and pizza. I didn’t...

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Volunteer spotlight

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You may not know this, but VegFund offers Paid-Per-View grants to activists all over the world, not just in the US. The only difference is that viewers in the US receive $1 cash reimbursements, whereas viewers outside the US must receive non-cash reimbursements (usually a delicious vegan treat) costing $1 or less. One group that has done some great pay per view events is French organization L214, which does events called Vegan Place, sometimes assisted by other vegan or animal rights organizations, where they set up...

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Chanted morals or deep-fried tofu?

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I received this question regarding Paul Shapiro’s Introduction to The Accidental Activist: I found a particular passage here and would like your thoughts: “In many ways, it boils down to this question: Do we want a social club, or do we want a social movement? If we want a social movement, we need to open our arms and have a big tent.” This is interesting. I agree with you on inclusivity, certainly. But I’m not sure why we should be a movement “that welcomes people where they are,...

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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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