Vegan Activism The Right Way

“I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends – the fear, the terror, the pain – and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.” 
Rai Aren

This article is about how to help people make the choice to change to a vegan diet.

Below are ideas how to engage in vegan activism, how to convince people to change to a plant based diet.

The article explains the pit falls of aggressive activism and explains the correct way to approach people.

What Kind of Activism Convinces People to Go Vegan?

Vegan activism is a divisive topic, and the jury’s still out on which tactics are most effective at convincing meat eaters to change their ways.

But I think you can go too far in the wrong direction, with an end result that’s not what you’re aiming for. Two incidents in the last week or so came to my attention, causing me to revisit this question.

Read More:
https://www.care2.com/causes/what-kind-of-activism-convinces-people-to-go-vegan.html

If you don’t have the time to read the whole article above here are the main tips for successful activism

“1. Focus on progress not perfection. There is no way to be 100% vegan. A lot of people are afraid to go vegan, because they’re afraid of making a mistake. Let people feel that mistakes are a part of being vegan.

2. Keep in mind all the negative stereotypes people have had of vegans, i.e., negative, self-righteous, pushy, etc. Not falling into any of those categories as a vegan activist is some powerful sh**.

3. Let people address the info on their own terms. People appreciate it and are more likely to change.

4. Look professional or at least mainstream. Scientific research has shown that people take you more seriously. When people take you more seriously, animals don’t die.

5. Don’t argue or debate. If someone gets upset at you, listen to them. Then put out your hand, introduce yourself, and ask them questions about themselves and their life. Then try to find something to relate with them on. Only bring the conversation back to the animals if the conversation flows there. People are more persuaded by you when they like you and feel they can relate to you.

6. Don’t compare factory farming to slavery or the holocaust. It offends people. And then they leave and go eat meat.

7. Internalize that eating vegan is easy as f***. People like easy things.

8. Internalize that eating vegan is normal and mainstream. People are more inspired by what’s normal than by what’s ethical. People want to follow the crowd.

9. If non-vegans hate you, you’re doing it wrong. You will inspire people to change. And you will piss people off. Your goal is to minimize the number of people you piss off, and increase the number of people you inspire to change.”

I don’t entirely agree with all the points raised but most of it is sound advice, for instance to my way of thinking it is acceptable to point out that factory farming is comparable to slavery however one should do so in a non aggressive and diplomatic way. I admit I hesitated to publish my post here on the subject of animal slavery because of the sensitivity surrounding this issue. I think the key to successful persuasion is to always be diplomatic and sensitive, never insulting or intimidating. Most of the arguments I have had with people here on line have been with vegans who throw around insults and push their point of view with, shall we say, a less than amiable approach.

Often simple thought provoking information gets people to think, such as pointing out that if meat was a natural food we would not have to cook it and we would not need an implement to kill it. Natural carnivores and omnivores do not cook their food,  and they don’t use a weapon to kill it either – so obvious I know but few people, including myself at one time, think this way. This was an argument used right back in ancient times.

Plutarch challenges the idea that man is naturally carnivorous; an excuse so often used today to justify the eating of meat appears to have been used for its justification in ancient times.

The following is indeed a very persuasive argument against meat being a natural food for humans and will often leave even the most ardent meat eater lost for words.

“We declare, then, that it is absurd for them to say that the practise of flesh-eating is based on nature . For that man is not naturally carnivorous is, in the first place, obvious from the structure of his body. A mans frame is in no way similar to those creatures who were made for flesh-eating; he has no hooked beak or sharp nails or jagged teeth, no strong stomach or warmth of vital fluids able to digest and assimilate a heavy diet of flesh. It is from the very fact, the evenness of our teeth, the smallness of our mouths, the softness of our tongues, our possession of vital fluids too inert to digest meat that nature disavows our eating of flesh. If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, than first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do, it however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel of any kind or axe. Rather, just as wolves and bears and lions themselves slay what they eat, so you are to fell an ox with your fangs or a boar with your jaws, or tear a lamb or hare in bits. Fall upon it and eat it still living, as animals do. But if you wait for what you eat to be dead, if you have qualms about enjoying the flesh while life is still present, why do you continue, contrary to nature, to eat what possesses life? Even when it is lifeless and dead, however, no one eats the flesh just as it is; men boil it and roast it, altering it by fire and drugs, recasting and diverting and smothering with countless condiments the taste of gore so that the palate may be deceived and accept what is foreign to it.”

Another good way to encourage people to go vegan is to share with them some good vegan cooking as suggested in this PETA article:

7 Friendly, Fun and Easy Ways to Persuade Others to Go Vegan

Cook and share vegan food

“It’s easy to overcome any prejudices against plant-based food by showing people how delicious it is. You could try throwing a dinner party for friends, offering up a menu for your family dinner, cooking an evening meal for your housemates or bringing tasty animal-friendly food and drink to parties and festive events. Perhaps you could cook a delicious vegan cake to share with your co-workers and only reveal that it’s vegan after the compliments have come flooding in.”

Read More:
https://www.peta.org.uk/blog/7-ways-to-persuade-others-to-go-vegan/

Note the emphasis on friendly, I cannot emphasis enough that insults and aggression will not persuade anyone to change their way of thinking and frankly often makes them more determined to continue their present eating habits.

Finally advice from the Vegan society

4 great tips to help your friends go vegan

Read our positively upbeat personal stories explaining how we’ve supported our friends to go vegan, and get some advice on doing the same.

“There are few feelings that are better than one of your friends announcing that they’re going vegan. This is partly because we may have played a part in their making such a positive decision – it reminds us that each of us is instrumental in growing the vegan movement. Whether you stay up late with your friends having philosophical debates about animal rights and applied ethics, or you share the message by wearing a vegan T-shirt, there’s no best way to help other people make the connection. Anything which opens another person’s eyes to the possibility of going vegan is a good thing. ”

As veganism is such a big part of my life, sometimes I worry that my friends see me as ‘the vegan one’. Despite the fact that veganism is hugely important to me, for this reason I sometimes find myself staying quiet. I’m sure there are many people out there who feel similarly – nothing would make us happier than our friends going vegan, but we can be hesitant to share our views with them due to stereotypes of the ‘preachy vegan’. If this resonates with you, here are some tips to boost your confidence, as well as ideas about how to encourage your friends to go vegan.

Read more:
https://www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/blog/4-great-tips-help-your-friends-go-vegan

It is nowadays a lot easier to change to a vegan diet and lifestyle and more and more people are changing to a plant based diet.

‘Going vegan’ is predicted to be the biggest food trend of 2018

International delivery service Just Eat reported an increase in vegan and vegetarian orders in 2017.”

“The most recent survey conducted in the UK found that over 542,000 people are following a vegan diet – an increase increase of more than 3.5 times the number of vegans over the past decade, making veganism one of Britain’s fastest growing lifestyle movements. The movement is being driven by young people making more ethical and compassionate choices – 42 percent of all vegans are in the 15-34 age category compared to just 14 percent who are over 65. This indicates growth is likely to rise further in the future. In total an estimated 3.25 percent of the British population, around 1.68 million people, are either vegetarian or vegan.

Meanwhile in the USA 6 percent of the population now identify as vegan, showing a increase of 500 percent since 2014 according to research provided by GlobalData.”

Read more:
https://www.riseofthevegan.com/blog/going-vegan-biggest-trend-for-2018

For the sake of animals, your health and the environment change to a vegan diet and help others to do so.

 

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This Year Change to a Vegan Diet

More and more people are changing to a vegan diet.

There is now much more help available for you to make this change in your eating habits, a change which not only helps the billions of animals who suffer from cruelty and abuse but also helps protect our environment and your health.

Watch this inspiring film

Here are suggestions to help you make the change if you are not already vegan and if you are the following links will help add variety to your diet and make life easier.

Here are our 10 Reasons why going Vegan will make you thrive!
https://www.vivahealth.org.uk/veganhealth?utm_source=Viva%21+emails&utm_campaign=2d10d3c506-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_db2a2ff042-2d10d3c506-49561977&mc_cid=2d10d3c506&mc_eid=9c78335ec0

Need help changing to a Vegan diet? Learn how to turn dishes that are full of animal products into nutritious lovely meals is easier than you may think:
https://www.vivahealth.org.uk/how-go-vegan?utm_source=Viva%21+emails&utm_campaign=2d10d3c506-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_db2a2ff042-2d10d3c506-49561977&mc_cid=2d10d3c506&mc_eid=9c78335ec0

Good news for vegans and potential vegans as Tessco introduce new range of 18 all-vegan meals at 600 of their stores under the Wicked Kitchen brand.
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Veganism is on the raise,  great news for animals and the environment and our own health, a win win situation all round.

There is less and less excuse to do the right thing and change to a vegan diet.

Go Vegan for the sake of the 56 billion animals slaughtered each year some estimates have a higher figure of 70 billion , the environment – meat and dairy  contributes to global warming, widespread pollution, deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity and species extinction – and your health 57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan

Go Vegan: Change the world.

Often we feel so powerless to change the world, the onslaught of injustice to both human and nonhuman animals seems relentless overwhelming, however there is one simple thing you can do: Change your diet and go vegan.

If you need encouragement why not take the pledge:

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge with  the Vegan Society

Sign up via email using the form in this link  “and for 30 days you’ll receive advice on all aspects of a vegan diet (including lots of healthy and easy recipes to try out), allowing you to really sink your teeth into the lifestyle.”

https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/take-vegan-pledge

Related links with advice and information concerning a vegan diet

Farm animals are not the only animals whose lives are saved when you change to a vegan diet

5 WAYS A VEGAN DIET HELPS TO SAVE NON-FARMED ANIMALS
https://www.livekindly.co/veganism-saves-animals/

How to Go Vegan – advice from the Vegan Society
https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/how-go-vegan

From PETA
Order Your FREE Vegan Starter Kit!
https://www.peta.org/living/food/free-vegan-starter-kit/

From VIVA

FREE daily emails
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Delicious vegan recipes, vegan meal plans,
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https://30dayvegan.viva.org.uk/