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Dear activist,

We want to use this campaign to highlight the suffering of pigs on factory farms, to open the public’s eyes to the world of suffering endured by all animals killed for food, and to encourage people to go vegan! Both local and national events that take place on behalf of animals killed for food can have positive and far-reaching effects. We want to help you plan events in your community and would love for you to join us for national events.

Over 100 million pigs are killed for food every year in the U.S. The public’s desire for pig meat (hot dogs, bacon, etc.) is what has forced pregnant sows to be kept in confinement so small that they cannot walk or turn around. These intelligent and sensitive creatures are reduced to the level of food-producing machines. Pigs have a particularly sensitive sense of smell and have to endure the horrendous stench of their concentrated feces which becomes a major pollutant and causes environmental devastation.

If you consider that the issue of animals killed for food pervades every aspect of everyday life, it makes sense that our actions for these animals must then also consist of many forms. Part of this diversity includes participation by people of all ages in our campaign.

Students:

A big part of our campaign is geared towards helping you get animal free food alternatives into your schools. Our Veganize Your School sheet lists food items which are approved by the USDA for use in school lunches. While you are encouraging your classmates to go vegan (by tabling, having meetings and showing films), having vegan options in the cafeteria will make it easier for them to make the switch. Remember, by contacting us to get involved you are already demonstrating the courage to speak out for the animals. Some kids might be too shy to seek out alternatives, and will continue eating animals without your help.

Get started on an actual campaign with the petition, sample letter which you can modify and send to your school paper, and sample news release for your school paper or outside media.

Please keep us updated on your work. We would love to spread the word about your good work and successes!

Other Activities:

Certain times of the year offer great opportunities to reach out to the public about pigs. Holidays such as Christmas & Easter are profitable for the ‘ham’ industry. At some stores, such as Honey-baked Ham, people can order and pick up their ‘holiday hams.’ This is a good opportunity for us to educate their customers and possibly deter them from placing an order. It only takes a few people to hold signs and/or leaflet in front of these stores. Summer creates a real boom for hot dogs and barbecues.

Submit letters to the editor. Table as often as you can! See if a local co-op or bookstore will let you set-up a table. Also see about tabling at local festivals and concerts.

Just one hour of leafleting on campus with vegan literature can reach a lot of students.

If there is a farm in your area, create a stink about it – they are! Make sure that others in the community know about the farm by writing letters to the editor of local newspapers. In England, some activists have even taken to holding signs outside of these farms (and in the local town) so the animals’ suffering does not go unnoticed. They also filmed at the farms and shared with the local media and authorities if the law was violated. This has caused some to close! Persistence pays!

We encourage you to have information on hand about all animals that are killed for food. Please contact us if you need some. By helping even one person to go vegan, you are truly making a difference.

We will be coordinating national events for you to take part in – please keep in touch if you would like to join in.

Thank you for your support. I look forward to working with you for our animal friends!

Yours for the animals,

lauren Ornelas

U.S. Campaigns Director

 

 

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