Now that the spring semester campus outreach season has come to a close, Abby—one of our wonderful tour interns who traveled all the way from Ireland!—has agreed to share some highlights from the last month on the road. Please give her your undivided attention, and you shall be richly rewarded…
It has definitely been an exciting final three weeks! Having rejoined the peta2 campus outreach crew for the last leg of their spring semester tour, I had the great pleasure of traveling down the West Coast, from Seattle to LA (and everywhere in between)!
Throughout the trip, we worked alongside student organizations at schools like UC Davis and the University of Washington, gathering signatures and campaigning for additional vegan options on campus. Life on tour is certainly an adventure. From talking to tens of thousands of students about animal rights, to visiting Seattle Harbor and seeing the Space Needle and volcanic Mount St. Helens for the first time, it’s never a dull moment!
As if that weren’t enough, our swing through Northern California also meant a visit to a local farmed animal sanctuary, where instead of suffering on factory farms or in slaughterhouses, these lucky chickens, pigs, cows, and turkeys get to spend their days getting belly rubs (we couldn’t resist!) and socializing with their friends—what a life. I also feel good knowing that by helping students to secure more vegan options on campus, it means that fewer animals like those we visited will have to be raised and killed for someone’s plate.
The tour ended with a few remaining stops at schools in California, including a visit to UC Santa Cruz, which now boasts a popular Meatless Monday program, thanks to the hard work of students on campus! On the final evening before heading home, we ended things on a high note by tossing some veggie burgers and veggie dogs on the grill, barbecuing the night away within eyesight of the legendary Hollywood sign. What more can one ask for?
All in a day’s work, living the fabulous life of a peta2 intern!