ARRNT was recently invited to participate in an employee Green Day festival which took place June 28, 2012. The event was indoors, with all tables, setup and supplies provided for us. We were even provided with two bottles of water and a coupon for lunch (although there was nothing available for vegans at this facility). The hosts were very hospitable and helped us take our outreach materials to our car at day’s end. While the number of participants was light, they informed us that their next festival, in Fort Worth in July, will be much better attended.
What We Heard
This was not only a great networking opportunity, it also afforded us a glimpse into Texas thinking. Some of the statements we heard:
“But we need to get calcium for our bones, don’t we?”
“I heard the mother cows crying for their calves all night; I never forgot that. Then I became a mother and it really hit me.”
“I am not going vegan. What else ya got?”
“So, are you for animals or are you vegans?”
“I have a rescued cat.”
“I wouldn’t know what to cook”
Do you know of any classes on how to transition to veganism?”
As in past tabling events, we gave out many informational sheets and found a new home for a vegan cookbook, My Sweet Vegan. Two women were excited to see the possibilities and begin thinking of new ways to get their families on board plant-based eating.
Englarging the Tent
Many folks seem to realize that companion animals like cats and dogs are individuals with distinct personalities. Most struggled to consider that other animals, ones with which they are unfamiliar, may be similarly individualistic. But most listened, asked questions, and picked up brochures such as Respecting Animals by Boston Vegan Association.
Some were shocked to hear about the decimation of marine life, the pollution caused by animal agriculture, or the sensitivity of other animals. Because the facility was indoors, there was no problem with wind, temperature, or sound. This allowed us to really concentrate of answering questions. Nearly everyone that came by took at least a few brochures.
Premiering, and possibly the most popular information sheet taken was our new promotional flyer for our own group. It includes our commitments, reasons for going vegan, suggestions of action anyone can take, and links for further information as well as ARRNT contact information.
Setting the Stage for Change
We will be allowed to bring vegan goodies to the July event, which always seems to draw a crowd and change attitudes about vegan food. Anyone willing to donate vegan brownies, vegan cookies, of volunteer at the event, please sign up on our Meetup page.
This year’s business fairs are only prelude for what is to follow. Establishing these important, positive connections will allow us to be more effective in changing things for other animals. Don’t miss it – join our efforts!