One of the things we need to do to reduce animal suffering is change people’s hearts and minds. To do that, we need to understand others, know where they come from, listen to them, and know what attracts them and turns them off.
Author Tobias Leenaert / The Vegan Strategist
Maybe we can help de-sterilize meat’s image and help create the disgust that decent people are bound to feel when they think about eating the bodies of mistreated creatures.
Anger often drives people towards activism. But is advocacy grounded in anger effective?
The suffering humans cause can make it seem like the world might be better off without us. If you could make humanity painlessly disappear with the pressing of a button, would you press it?
A vegan and animal advocate uses his experience with recently moving to the countryside to work through the difficult subject of wild animal welfare and how humans can best live among wild animals.
Is activism old news? In the light of incredibly exciting developments in the private sector, the role of advocacy may need to be re-evaluated.
Garcés discusses working together with animal farmers to help animals, why it’s important to work on welfare improvements, and what’s so special about chickens.
“The stakes are high, the steaks are on every table, and the task seems incredibly daunting. Yet I am sure that we will win.”
To figure out what kind of activism you should do, find the intersection between what you love, what you’re good at, and what makes the biggest difference.
“My aim was to peek inside the slaughterhouse and to show that the workers shouldn’t be called “evil” or “bad people.” The core problem is the animal-industrial complex, the system of exploiting animals, which also has negative effects on the workers.”
By all means, be vegan, but let’s not make a fetish out of our personal consumption, at the cost of our attention to other things that may impact the lives of animals much, much more.
According to research-based recommendations on the most important areas of focus for improving animal lives, factory-farmed birds and fish need our help most.