The Dawsons Visit peta2

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Posted July 28, 2008 by Rachelle Owen

Whenever anyone asks me when I started to get involved in animal rights, I tell them that I started before I even knew what it meant. I’m lucky enough to have a mom who explained to me why not to catch lightning bugs in jars, and to re-release frogs who I’d so naively caught in my backyard. She even explained to me why I shouldn’t dissect animals, before I even reached middle school!

Now, I’m 22 and when I think back, I can’t seem to picture being anywhere else but working at peta2—and it’s in large part because of the compassion that my parents, and my dog Token, taught me.

I spend every day replying to comments from you guys! A ton of comments that I reply to are about Street Teamers who just can’t seem to make their parents understand why they don’t want to chop up dead animals in class, or why they don’t want to eat gross, rotting corpses for dinner, so it’s always great to hear from one great big (animal loving) happy family like mine—although we hope there are many more!

A few days ago, we got a visit from two Street Teamers, Joseph and Matt—with their mom, dad, and little sister! The Dawson family came all the way from Delaware, just to visit PETA. Their whole family was just about the cutest thing ever, and I couldn’t help but snap a pic (or two).

Check them out hanging out in our literature room (yep, home of all of those amazing free stickers and leaflets!).

Matt Dawson (in the blue) is starting high school this fall and wants to spend his four years there doing everything he can to help animals, starting with getting everyone he knows to boycott KFC. He’s super excited to read this, so comment below with your advice for him! What have you done for animals at your school, and what are your goals for this year? (Hint: if you don’t know, check out our Take Charge page and get started!).

Stay Loud!

Rachel

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  • 2374 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    :DD
    omg i love matt he’s awsome lol
    i was so excited when he showed me you put him on your blog.
    hopefully we can plan a kfc petition soon. there’s a couple near by. 😀
    wish us luck lol
    (;

  • 2481 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I wish I’d discovered Peta2 when I was still at school/college!
    When the schools start back in September I’m going to hand out free stickers at the school gates (luckily I’m not old enough to be considered creepy yet! Lol!)

  • 2489 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I started peta2 this summer, so I can’t say I’ve done anything (yet). I really hope to get my friends involved.

  • 2490 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i take art, and my teacher was very flexible with our projects. so i mostly dedicating them to animal rights. :) sometimes we presented them to the other art classes and put them on display in the school. i guess it might have got people thinking!
    i also passed around the peta2 stickers, put them in my notebook, on lockers, on the ceilings. (i put the “cut class not frogs” sticker in my classes’ science books and also one on the front of my science notebook.) i also (in permanent marker) wrote things such as “meat is murder” or “question authority, peta2.com”. i did that near xmas and when school started ended it was still there, (janitors cant get it off!) hmm i also put the KFC cruelty and the fur is dead poster things in my locker. wearing peta2 shirts also helps, and also i tried to get more vegan optinions to the cafiteria.
    i also refused to disect, and explained to my class why they shouldn’t either. (some people actually decided not to after i told them.)
    and lastly (boy this is long), in my civics class or some people call it law or government in other countries i put a lot of animal rights into my speechs and how new and stricter laws should be enforced for people who abuse animals.
    whew, i’m finally done.
    i hope that helps! :)
    good luck!!

  • 2490 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YEAH THAT IS ME IN THE BLUE!!!!!!!

  • 2490 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hey! It is so awesome to have another animal advocate out there!
    Some things I did as a freshman and sophomore are speeches for animal rights- anti rodeo, anti dog chaining and anti animal testing- for English classes.
    I certainly refused to dissect all 5 of the required animals and took alternative assignmeants instead.
    I organized two protests at KFC, but they weren’t big. The second one made the newspaper though and me and all my friends were so stoked about it!
    This year, I want to start a club at school promoting animal rights/ welfare. And get more vegetarian options on the menu.
    Wishing you good luck and loads of success!! Have fun!

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