Here are some basic steps for participating in this year’s observance of World Day for Farmed Animals. Note that the number of participants required varies from 1 to 100.
Select an activity from the list we provide below
Consult with others and determine activity, time, and location
Register event with us and request handouts, if needed
Prepare detailed action plan, listing steps, dates, and responsibilities
Obtain any permits, if required
Recruit volunteers, if needed
Promote event on social media
Obtain any videos, props, food samples, or other materials needed
Post photos on social media and send copies to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fast Against Slaughter Pledge
Please do this, even if you are unable to do anything else for this year’s observance. Make a sign noting why you will fast for the animals on October 2nd – World Day for Farmed Animals
Take photo of yourself holding the sign
Post photo on your favorite social media in mid-September and send a copy to email@example.com
Here’s one activity that requires a minimum of planning, participants, and time commitment. Just order a bunch of handouts from us or another animal organization, and distribute in a high-traffic area. Pick an area that’s heavily trafficked, like a festival, concert, college campus, or downtown lunch plaza. Choose a time when people are not too busy, like lunch hour, or on their way to a sporting event or concert.
Tabling is the next step up, because it allows folks to pick up additional handouts, ask questions, and perhaps even sample some delicious plant-based foods. Tables are typically set up as part of a festival or other organized event. Otherwise, you would need a permit.
Vigils are definitely the most popular type of public observance. They offer a strong declaration of our position. A permit from local authorities is generally required.
Signs and Props
Signs and banners should be professionally printed to reflect the forethought and gravity of the event. They should avoid racist and other offensive symbolism. Here are some examples: “Stop the Slaughter – Go Vegan!” “Save some lives, theirs and ours” “Thou shall not kill!”
“Non-violence begins at breakfast” “If you pet a dog, don’t eat a pig!”
“Love animals – don’t eat them!”
Perhaps the biggest impact of most vigils is on the friends and followers of the participants when photos are posted on Facebook and other social media. People who are open to a vegan lifestyle may be sufficiently impressed by their friend’s demonstrated strength of purpose to make the switch. Donors are impressed as well.
Marches are basically moving vigils, so most of the guidance for vigils applies here as well. The two exceptions are numbers and route.
The key purpose of street theater is to dramatize sufficiently our activity to attract traditional media. Of course, photos should be posted on social media as well. Each scene should be accompanied by prominent signage noting the occasion and explaining the action. A permit from local authorities is generally required.
Displays, including billboards, banner drops, public exhibits, and video screenings are good ways get public attention without involving other participants. Billboards require purchasing space for at least one month from local or national billboard companies. Prices will vary with size and location of the board. We can provide the art. Because of their size, elevation, and seeming permanence, billboards confer an air of authority and public acceptance to our message. A screening of Cowspiracy or other full length video can be scheduled and promoted at a public library or student union. One of the 4-min videos, like 10 Billion Lives or Beyond the Lies, can be set to loop in a public venue.