By Nick Cooney
April 17, 2012
Just one month has gone by since the Compassionate Communities Campaign was launched, and we could not be happier! Volunteers are hitting the streets to educate the public about the cruelties of factory farming and the benefits of vegan eating, leaving a trail of compassion in their wake.
Volunteer Erika Hirsch is distributing vegetarian literature every other week at a farmer’s market in San Luis Obispo, CA. She noted that “Many people stopped by and some wanted to talk about health, environment or animals. Some people just wanted to say ‘good job’ and other people inquired about how to make dietary changes.” For each person who reduces the amount of meat they eat, dozens of farm animals will be spared a lifetime of suffering.
Constance Li and other students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ passed out vegetarian leaflets on campus along with free food samples. The group followed three rules that every animal advocate should take to heart: ”Smile, validate everyone’s opinions (if they feel like you listened to them, they will return the favor), and compliment people.”
Christina Perkins’ vegan social group in Maine is attracting both vegetarians and current meat-eaters. Christina notes, ”All commented on how delicious the food was and the restaurant staff is now quite competent in cooking a vegan meal even on short notice. And just as important, they take pride in that. All in the midst of a not-so-veg-friendly blue collar mill town in Maine.”
Susan Earnest has been handing out leaflets about factory farming and vegetarian eating on her lunch break in Pittsburgh, PA. She’s even recruited some friends to help her create new vegetarians in the Steel City.
Compassionate Communities volunteers have distributed over 20,000 pieces of vegetarian literature in the past month. In doing so, they have created dozens of new vegetarians and spared thousands of farm animals a lifetime of misery on factory farms. Volunteers have also shared video of farm animal cruelty with thousands of people, started vegan social groups, and begun working on local veg dining guides.
Please make a commitment to get active for farm animals! Email us to order vegetarian literature or to get started with a Compassionate Communities program. The animals will thank you, and so will we!
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