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Celebrating 10 Years Supporting the Vegan Movement

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VegFund is celebrating! If we lit a candle on our (vegan) birthday cake for every outreach event that we’ve funded, we’d be blowing out nearly 5,000 candles! So take a big breath! It’s 2019, and VegFund is commemorating its 10th year of supporting vegan outreach. Launched from a single act of compassion in 2008, VegFund and our global activist network has grown to include more than 2,000 activists in 50 countries around the world. Now, if we lit a candle on that birthday cake to...

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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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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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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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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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Everybody’s Doing It

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By Leslie Brefeld, 2014 Winter Intern As animal advocates, we have the challenging task of encouraging people to make lifestyle changes that most of society has yet to adopt. So, it’s critical for us to understand how societal pressures play into people’s decision-making processes. Otherwise, our message might fall on deaf ears, or worse, it may reinforce the negative behavior we are trying to get people to stop (namely, eating animals). In this AR Trends article, we’ll explore how the psychology of social norms affects...

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The Ultimate Betrayal

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By: Sally Thompson, VegFund Volunteer The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?, a new book by Hope and Cogen Bohanec, provides insight into the secrecy surrounding animal farming and the emergence of products that use misleading buzzwords to deceive customers who are endeavoring to make compassionate choices. Drawing on peer-reviewed research, worker and rescuer testimony, and interactions with the farmed animals themselves, The Ultimate Betrayal explores the recent shift in animal agriculture and the misleading information surrounding it. Are “happy”, “cage-free”, and “humane” products really...

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Selecting effective outreach materials

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By: Sally Thompson, VegFund Volunteer When deciding which literature to use at an outreach event, there are a number of factors to consider. First, there’s the obvious: make sure you select brochures that are relevant to the event. For example, if you’re tabling at an eco-fair, you’ll want to have literature that highlights the connections between veganism and the planet. VegFund’s recommended literature page is a great place to start, as it provides literature suggestions that are broken down by category (e.g., animal rights, health, environment,...

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The Role of Cognitive Dissonance

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By Sally Thompson, VegFund Volunteer With people learning more about the realities of the animal agriculture industry, attitudes and behaviours toward animal use are gradually changing. In 2012, Faunalytics (formerly the Humane Research Council) reported that in a representative sample of U.S. adults, 68% of respondents viewed the animal protection movement favorably (Human Research Council 2012). Additionally, the vast majority of people tend to report that they care about how animals on farms are treated (Lusk, Norwood, and Picket 2007). However, there is often a...

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