During the World Vegan Month I read a lot of good stuff about veganism and it was good to see so much being said about being vegan. But all the time I was wondering about the rest of the year. It sounded to me something like Christmas, you know? When everybody gets involved and wants to do something but many times the problems of the world are reminded and people get committed just in that time of the year. And that’s my reason to save this article for now, when the subject of veganism isn’t the focus anymore for a lot of on line publications. Also, it’s a good thing to talk about in the beginning of the year, considering that this is when people are committed to their new year’s resolutions and feel positive and powerful enough to add one more (hopefully!).
What am I talking about? One of the great things everyone can do to help the animals around the world – besides adopting a vegan diet – is to embrace the whole concept of veganism and animal rights. I’m not saying that everyone should go running investigations or rescuing animals but there is always something that suits you. One thing that I find important and not hard to do is to get involved with local animal rights groups. Every country have local groups and there are many ways to get involved. You don’t need to go to every action they promote but you can find a way to help that suits you (and your family!).
I will write just about the three groups I know closely because I have been involved with them while living in the countries they are from. Please feel free to let your suggestion here about the group from your city/country and how to get involved with them
Gato Negro – Belo Horizonte (Brazil): a small animal rights group created in 2006 and formed by volunteers. It is a self-managed group, horizontal and non-hierarchical that advocates for abolitionism, social ecology and anti-capitalism. They promote many educational activities (such as lectures, screen showings and vegan cooking workshops) and seek to clarify what is veganism, animal rights and frequently asked questions about nutrition and ethics. Their main event is the World Vegan Day. There is a lot to do in Brazil related to animal rights and it’s important to have as many local groups as possible fighting for the animals. I had the change to go to more than one WVD event and I hope that I can be present in other events in the future.
Vegan Ireland – Dublin: Formed in 2009 by a group of vegans, The Vegan Society of Ireland is also run by volunteers. I had the chance to meet the people involved with the group and to take part in many of their actions and events during the years I lived in Dublin and they are making a difference in a country which is still very rural and economically dependent of the meat and dairy industry. Their aims are to “offer support and information to people interested in veganism, to promote and increase awareness of veganism as a just, healthy and environmentally-beneficial lifestyle choice, to promote respect towards all animals, human or nonhuman, and the environment by appropriate means”, between others.
Animal Equality Italia – Rome: In these 11 months in Rome I had the chance to meet the guys who volunteer to Animal Equality and go to two of their actions, including baby boy’s first action (L). I recently wrote an interview with the to Global Looking Glass (check it here) so I won’t write too much about them for now. The Italian group was kind enough to team up with All About Vegan Food to run a giveaway, so here we go!
HOW TO ENTER?
The prize: two Animal Equality t-shirts (one for girls and other for guys). That means that we will have two winners, one guy and one girl.
Who can enter the giveaway? This time the giveaway is open to everyone in the world.
How to enter: just leave a comment telling us if you’re involved with any local group and which one or if you’re not but want to!
Dates: the entries will be accept from today (January 11th 2013) until January 17th 2013. The winner will be announced on the 18th.
Increase your chances! You can do one or more of the following things, return here and leave a comment saying which one you did (leave a comment for each extra entry so you can have more chances):
a. Tweet about the giveaway and mention @AboutVeganFood
You can use this text: “@AboutVeganFood is giving away two @animalequality t-shirts! http://allaboutveganfood.com/2013/01/get-involved-with-local-groups-and-giveaway.html”
c. Write about the giveaway in your blog/website and leave a comment here with the link.