*By Hope Bohanec, Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns*
For many of us, spring is a time of community engagement filled with
MeetUps, potlucks, leafletings, and other activities to spread the message
animal suffering in our food system and the joys of living vegan. With all
spring events cancelled, the world seems to have come to a standstill. Yet
breeding, confining, and killing of sensitive chickens and other farmed
continues, so our advocacy must continue as well.
As communities move to a virtual reality, so must our message. Here are six
suggested actions to take during our time of social distancing. We can’t be
together physically, so let’s find creative ways to bring the plight of
animals into the minds and hearts of people in their homes. Please stay
continue to speak out for chickens and for all animals. They need us now
*1. Have a Streaming Party and Watch a Vegan Film or Documentary*
There are numerous films and documentaries with pro-animal and vegan
available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services. You can
watch Okja, Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives, and Game Changers on Netflix,
while Amazon Prime has Food Choices, The End of Meat, The Invisible
and Plant Pure Nation among others. Have a watch-party with the people
share your home, or use Netflix Party <https://www.netflixparty.com> to
stream a movie remotely with friends
outside of your household and talk about it after.
*2. Get Hip with Social Media*
There has never been a better time to be an effective “armchair
Social media is the way many people, and most young people, are getting
news, watching their entertainment, connecting with friends, and more.
influencer and help broadcast the vegan message across any and all
You don’t even have to create your own content; there are lots of memes,
videos, recipes, and articles to share. Start with UPC’s Facebook
<https://www.facebook.com/UnitedPoultryConcerns> and Twitter
pages and share our content on your social media pages.
*3. Write a Letter to the Editor or an Online Article*
Do you like to write? Perhaps now you have some extra time to do it.
letter to your local paper about any aspect of veganism. A letter in
to a recent article is more likely to be published. Remember to praise
journalists or publications for any positive media coverage for animals.
sure to adhere to the guidelines for length and other factors before
your letter. There are also online forums for posting articles like
and Elephant Journal <https://www.elephantjournal.com>. Start with a
vegan or animal rights topic you are
passionate about and write!
*4. Support a Vegan Company with Mail-Order*
To minimize your trips to the grocery store, why not order some staples
sweet treats from a small vegan business? Use the VegNews Guide to Vegan
to find online vegan stores and place your order. You
will find everything from pantry essentials, to vegan cookies and
to meal delivery services.
*5. Read a Good Book*
Staying home means that many of us have more time to read. Now might be
best time to curl up with a book and go deeper into your animal
and vegan education. A book also makes a perfect gift for someone you are
thinking of but can’t be with at this time. Some recommended reads are
* for Animal Liberation: Inspirational Accounts By Animal Rights
* For the Birds: From Exploitation to Liberation
by Karen Davis. *The Ultimate*
* Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?*
by Hope Bohanec is also recommended. Here’s a
list of educational and inspirational books
<https://www.upc-online.org/merchandise/book.html> that UPC recommends.
*6. Donate to United Poultry Concerns*
Even as the world seems to have stopped, chickens, turkeys and other
animals continue to suffer, and we will continue to fight tirelessly for
them. Your contribution helps us do just that. You can also support us by
shopping on the UPC merchandise page
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
Don’t just switch from beef to chicken. Go Vegan.