Thursday, June 19, 2008

Animal Advocacy Tip:

Ok, I am so totally stealing this tip from Gary at Animal Writings. First of all, always carry animal advocacy literature with you - in your purse, backpack or car. Throw in a variety of them so you can have something for whatever occasion may arise. I pretty much already did that in my car, but Gary introduced me to this tip after watching him do it once while following him out of a parking garage. He offered literature to the parking garage attendant! They must be the most bored individuals at work, so what a perfect captive audience eager for something to read.

This past Sunday we had one of those "How cool was that?" moments when fellow activist Lisa accidentally pulled her car into a guarded lot in DC. Lisa rolled down the window to tell the guard we needed to turn around, and before she could say anything the guard excitedly yelled out "Are you vegans?" It took us a second to realize she was reading Lisa's license plate, and then we offered her Compassion Over Killing's Veg-DC Restaurant Guide, which she enthusiastically accepted. You just never know when you'll have an opportunity for advocacy, so better to be prepared...

2 comments:

Alex said...

Indeed. This is particularly effective with the new-environmentalist crowd, which encompasses a lot of people. They seem to be a constant presence; therefore, keeping COK "Stop Global Warming With Your Fork" literature on-hand is very useful.

Anonymous said...

It is indeed always useful to have leaflets handy. You can give them to people you talk to, leave them on your seat when you take the bus, in a waiting room, under the door at some students' dorms, or put them in mailboxes on your way to school or work.

For many other suggestions of easy and practical things activists can do, check out the book:

‘Building An Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering’, by Ethan Smith with Guy Dauncey, forward by Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, www.earthfuture.com/ark