What Do You Think of This Bumper Sticker?
The evil Colonel design is a classic, sure, but as the sciences have shown us, change is constant. An aspiring artist designed this one. What do you think of it – would you put it on your car, or your bike, or your forehead? You wacky kids with your forehead stickers.
If there’s one thing that we as animal rights activists are all guilty of at some point or another, it is getting so caught up in the huge, important tasks in front of us (like making billions of people stop paying people to torture animals because “it tastes good”) that we sometimes lose track of priorities. To give an example, I noticed a post on the boards today where someone was asking whether or not cars were vegan. While trying to avoid every last tiny little animal product is certainly admirable, it’s simply not realistic. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that at some point or another, nearly every product we buy involves some level of suffering – you can’t remove yourself from that. What we can do, however, is focus on the things that can be changed, the things that we can avoid. What’s that mean? It means that rather than trying to be the purest vegans we can possibly be, we can help far more animals by focusing our energy on getting people to go vegetarian or cut meat out of their diet. After all, 99 out of every 100 animals killed each year are killed for food. So next time you catch yourself reading and double-reading ingredients in a loaf of bread, think about it this way – what will save more animals, finding bread that doesn’t have a microscopic amount of animal byproduct, or handing out 30 of PETA’s vegetarian starter kits? If you answered “b” you get a shiny nickel. Check out “Effective Advocacy: Stealing from the Corporate Playbook” for some more helpful tips . It’s not a self-help book, don’t worry.
I can’t believe I rode my bike to the office today without wearing a coat. I think it’s the coldest day in the history of weather.