Does anyone else prefer “sneaky activism”, when no one realizes what you are doing until alot later? I mean like smaller things, of course, like I just convinced three separate people in two weeks to adopt a cat instead of buying one (I did this over twitter) Just by simply saying shelters often have way more cats to choose from (Ok on one person I did say botdf supports adoption, but hey, it worked 😛 ). And I met this one guy and convinced him to stop wearing leather jackets by saying it smells bad and pleather’s way more attractive 😛 I think I prefer this way, seeing as I already get tons of hate because of the way I dress (all black) and the music I listen to (Rock and metal) and don’t think I can deal with people hating me for being for animal rights.
I feel that being straight up would be better. While it still is important to ease your opinion I feel you must make sure people understand why what they’re doing is important. If the ultimate goal is to change the way people think, then we must let them in on this. Plant the seed and let it grow… Have faith in humanity.
@JainaRae I don’t really see how preying on people’s insecurities by making them feel like they smell bad or saying that their favorite celebrities do something gets any sort of information across and ethically isn’t that far off from yelling at someone. And if you are going to yell you obviously wouldn’t yell “murderer”, you would yell “JIHAD!” or just the lyrics to this Vegan Reich song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbXyD17V4fg
Not pressuring people into decisions is the best way to get messages across, I think Giving information, doing sneaky activism.. you know, versus yelling MURDERER to someone who pulls out a turkey sandwich in the cafeteria 😛
Personally, I prefer being honest and upfront with people about issues like that, just because if they have a good experience with a cruelty-free choice, they’re more likely to convince others of it as well. If you want to make a little impact on a bunch of people, then make it about the animals AND the person, ie, ” hey, did you know that not only is pleather cruelty-free, but it’s also less expensive, better for the environment, etc etc.” but personally, I’d say to just pick one of your friends to work on, talk to them about living compassionately, really, really try to make a personal impact on them, and hopefully they’ll do the same for others. Kinda like the domino effect. I mean, think about it, who really gets you to try/do something? The people in the mall kiosks, on the tv commercials, and standing around yelling about it? Or an actual friend that knows about it firsthand and takes the time to talk to you about it personally? The same thing applies here, just treat others how you would want to be treated