- WEAR IT– This one is probably the easiest since it is so diverse. From hats, tops, bottoms, accessories, you name it, you can cater to your preferences and wear your message. I currently am collecting t-shirts. Most are short and sweet (Plant Based, Vegan Vibes, etc.) and a couple are more direct and aggressive. My favorite shirt being designed by Leah Doellinger (favorite animal liberationist and creator of Meat the Victims). My more direct message shirts I wear at cubes and protests. My less direct ones I wear when I’m exercising; either at the gym or running outdoors.
2. SIDEWALK CHALK-TIVISIM– This is a great way to use your creative side to spread a positive vegan message. Do it in public areas like parks and bike paths; even if you do it during “off hours” to be more discrete.
3. STICKER ACTIVISM– This is another area you can get as creative as you’d like to and revolve the stickers around your budget. There are certain websites and Instagram pages (Activismstickers2 for example), that sell super cute ones and in a wide variety. Or if you’re strapped on cash, buy your own labels and a sharpie or two. Carry a few with you when you’re going out. Public bathrooms, bulletin boards and sign posts are great places to speak up for the animals. I mean, if we have to look at other people’s garbage/graffiti all over the walls, why not use the same platform to spread the love. I tagged up a few STOP signs in my day, and I don’t plan on stopping. ;o)
4. SHARE SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT– Whether it’s slaughterhouse or factory farm footage, protests, open rescues or farm sanctuary animals, share as much and as often as you can with your social media following. Our job as animal rights activist is to share their story and normalize veganism. Most people already agree with the vegan message of peace for all beings and are morally against animal cruelty. They have to constantly be reminded that they are indirectly funding animal abuse and that this shouldn’t be normalized any longer. Whether you share a plant based meal, rescue animal or graphic footage, the overall message needs to be spread as far and as wide as possible.
5. VOLUNTEER– This is extremely good for the soul. Especially if you tend to fall into the depression/helpless hole that most activists can relate to. I find visiting a local farm sanctuary helps me stay grounded for the animals. I’m fortunate enough to live next to a few and only a handful of hours away from Farm Sanctuary in NY (still on my bucket list to go visit!) Surround yourself with some happy ending stories of individuals who survived the agricultural industry.
Another option would be to join some veganism and/or activism Facebook or Meetup Groups to surround yourself with people who share the same message as you do. This is extremely important to do to remember that you are not alone in the animal rights fight. As often as you may feel alone and helpless as an activist, we have all been there and need to learn to lean on each other to keep fighting the good fight!