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The Economist predicts: 2019 — “Year of the Vegan”

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“2019 will be the year veganism goes mainstream” The Economist proclaimed in late December, dubbing this the “Year of the Vegan.” The Guardian agrees, noting that on the first Sunday of the year alone, Veganuary’s vegan pledge program saw 14,000 pledge to try vegan, with a total of “more than 250,000 people signing up to Veganuary in 193 countries.” Learn more about Veganuary’s game-changing program! The plant-based foods market is booming in response to consumer demand for plant-based alternatives, most notably meat and dairy. Leading...

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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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Be plant strong

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February has been a busy month in the world of sports with the U.S. Super Bowl LII kicking things off to an energetic start, followed closely by the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. With these events on the radar and the word  “vegan” being paired with “athlete” more than ever before, we thought we’d take a look at the role plant-based living is playing in the world of sports and fitness and, in particular,  competitive sports. You’ll find vegan athletes, from amateur to elite, in just...

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2017 – Year of the vegan

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We’ve seen so much progress in the vegan world over the past twelve months that it’s safe to say that 2017 was the year that veganism went mainstream. And that makes 2018 an exciting year to advocate for veganism! A quick look at Google Trends shows a marked growth of interest in veganism over the past two years. Plant Based News recently reported on a study by market analyst, GlobalData Retail supporting this trend. Molly Johnson-Jones, senior analyst noted, “I don’t think it’s a fad....

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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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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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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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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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