By Sadie Cable
When I first went vegan, I was completely focussed on the dietary changes.
My decision to move to a vegan diet was initially purely for the animals, but there are a ton of other reasons why I continue to do it today.
In those early vegan days when I was reading loads of information online, I started to see more and more posts from people who called themselves ‘activists’ and promoted all kinds of things they were doing to really make a huge change for the animal rights movement.
Being an animal lover myself I decided there and then, ‘I want to change the world, I’m going to be an activist… erm, now what?’
I was lost in a sea of information and people doing incredible things and I literally had no idea how to get on the bandwagon.
Years later, I’ve come to learn that activism means different things to different people and honestly, we are all activists in our own way and through our own preferred means.
We all have different passions, different areas we know more about, and more importantly, different ways of sharing messages that fit in around the kind of people we are.
Let’s take for example, some people are quite shy and just aren’t comfortable talking to strangers in the street at protests, but they are fantastic at letter writing, petition signing, or sharing things via social media. It’s all about playing to your strengths.
The vegan movement is a huge one, and it needs everybody doing their bit to make it as effective as possible.
So, weather you think activists are extreme, are currently one yourself, or, like me, just have no idea what activism entails, here’s a quick stop tour of some examples to get your juices flowing… Just remember, its all about getting active for animals
- Encouraging local businesses to provide more vegan menu options
- Having a membership with a charity supporting animal rights causes (such as the Vegan Society or Animal Rights Group Animal Aid)
- Sharing your amazing recipes with anyone who will listen (literally, anyone, even if they try running)
On the front line
- Liberating animals from suffering
- Attending Save events
- Attending the Annual Animal Rights March
- Fox hunt sabotaging
- Street demos and protests (e.g. anti-fur / Canada Goose)
- Environmental events such as beach litter picks
- Volunteering at vegan events such as fairs representing a charity or organisation of your choice
- Volunteering at a local animal sanctuary
- Fostering animals in need of love and care whilst transitioning to forever homes
Education and the future
- Handing out leaflets / resources
- Stacktivism (where you move vegan magazines like ours in front of all magazines on the shelf!)
- Having productive conversations and sharing the vegan message (probably with the people your palming your recipes on to)
- Educational talks in schools
- Writing to local MPs demanding change or enforcing bans (such as the ban on fox hunting)
- Signing petitions
- Posting educational and eye-opening things on social media
As you can see, there are LOADS of things you can be doing.
You might do one, you might do two, you know what, you might do them all. It really doesn’t matter. What matters is that to change the world and make it a better place for all living beings, we must all play our part.
Do the very best you can and always, always, be a voice for the voiceless.
What are your top tips for budding activists?