July 31, 2013
If you live in a large or mid-sized city, no doubt you’ve seen the plastic newsstand racks that dot many corners, public transportation stations, and areas with high foot-traffic. While most of these stands offer things like weekly newspapers, auto trader guides, and apartment listings, they have the potential to spread something far more valuable: compassion for farm animals.
In cities across the United States, vegan advocacy organizations and volunteers are maintaining hundreds of newsstand racks offering free vegetarian starter guides to passersby. Some dedicated Farm Sanctuary volunteers have been maintaining stands in their communities for years. Each vegetarian starter guide gives the recipient everything they need to start a cruelty-free diet including: information about factory farming and farm animals, tips on making the switch to vegan eating, health advice, recipes, and more.
In busy areas — such as subway stations or bus terminals — a stand can distribute as many as a couple thousand vegetarian starter guides each year. And the stands take only a small amount of work to maintain. You simply stop by to refill the stand every three to four weeks. Day and night, the stands work on their own, promoting a message of compassion for farm animals and steering countless people toward vegan eating.
You can also move the compassion indoors by setting up an indoor vegetarian starter guide stand at your local business, college, or other similar location. Indoor stands are inexpensive and are perfect for college students or college groups to put up in dining halls and other key buildings on campus.
Interested in purchasing and maintaining a vegetarian starter guide stand (or stands) in your town? If so, please email us at [email protected] for details on how you can do it! Please note that because Farm Sanctuary is unable to give stands away for free, there is a cost to you of about $50 to produce and ship an indoor stand and $160 to produce and ship an outdoor stand. If you’re placing them outside, we’ll work with you to find out the specific regulations on these stands in your town (such as where they can be placed, or if you need to get permission before placing them).
Interested in bringing compassion to your street corners? Just drop us an email at [email protected], and we’ll help you get started!
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