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#1 Old 01-08-2017, 07:13 PM
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50,000 People Are Going Vegan in January



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The number of people pledging to go vegan in January as part of the Veganuary campaign have reached a record high of over 50,000 participants. The campaign launched in the United Kingdom in 2014 with the mission of changing public attitudes about the vegan lifestyle and has continued to gain support in subsequent years. The 2015 Veganuary campaign drew in more than 12,000 pledges, which doubled to 23,000 participants in 2016. Restaurants such as Pret A Manger have developed new menu items to serve those interested in eschewing animal products in January. “The support of high street restaurants and well-known brand names has brought a lot of attention to Veganuary, “ the organization’s co-founder Jane Land tells VegNews. “Knowing that good food is easily available makes a huge difference and is part of the reason why more than half of Veganuary participants choose to stay vegan at the end of the month.” In November, the organization launched a 2,000-poster campaign inside the London subway system to encourage residents to adopt a vegan diet, which Veganuary media manager Kate Fowler estimates effectively brought 7,000 new participants on board in 2017.
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This is such great news!

Heads up to everyone trying it out there!

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Sound like we are in a competition really. The sole benefiter of a mass movement is the leadership.
beginning a new eating habit is way easier than maintaining one.

People should worry about how many vegans you loose. Every lost vegan makes 16 people shy away from vegan.
Every convinced vegan has the possibility to convince 10.
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Many more, I hope!
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There are significantly more vegans in the UK than the United States, or people who are mostly plant based despite not being vegan. We need something like Veganuary in the US. I mean we can push it here on the Internet but we need mass marketed campaigns which have nothing to do with PETA. PETA 2 is reaching more Millenials, in a more approachable way, with apps, texts, movies and fast food recommendations, but as much as I respect PETA, many many die hard meattards, the sort of people who openly hate veganism or are extremely paranoid of it, hate PETA. People like that also don't care about Mercy for Animals. We need other avenues IRL in the US.

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Sound like we are in a competition really. The sole benefiter of a mass movement is the leadership.
beginning a new eating habit is way easier than maintaining one.

People should worry about how many vegans you loose. Every lost vegan makes 16 people shy away from vegan.
Every convinced vegan has the possibility to convince 10.

Not competition - normalization. And even if someone tried but don't become fully vegan this month, they might in six months, a year, three years.
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Not competition - normalization. And even if someone tried but don't become fully vegan this month, they might in six months, a year, three years.
Exactly! I tried and failed at being vegan many times before it stuck, it just took awhile to learn all the issues and figure out what to eat etc.

If we act like we're some exclusive club and try to discourage people from being vegan because they're not vegan enough and didn't go vegan overnight or do everything "perfectly" we aren't going to help any animals. We need to offer education, encouragement and support.
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There are significantly more vegans in the UK than the United States, or people who are mostly plant based despite not being vegan. We need something like Veganuary in the US. I mean we can push it here on the Internet but we need mass marketed campaigns which have nothing to do with PETA. PETA 2 is reaching more Millenials, in a more approachable way, with apps, texts, movies and fast food recommendations, but as much as I respect PETA, many many die hard meattards, the sort of people who openly hate veganism or are extremely paranoid of it, hate PETA. People like that also don't care about Mercy for Animals. We need other avenues IRL in the US.

There are other movements around, though they haven't made the news much.

I think that Mercy For Animals has a good approach. They don't tend to shame people into becoming vegetarians. Awhile back, they produced some well-made vegetarian public service videos. The videos don't shame people who eat meat. Rather, they portray them as nice people (because they are) - people who come to realization that makes them think.


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There are other movements around, though they haven't made the news much.

I think that Mercy For Animals has a good approach. They don't tend to shame people into becoming vegetarians. Awhile back, they produced some well-made vegetarian public service videos. The videos don't shame people who eat meat. Rather, they portray them as nice people (because they are) - people who come to realization that makes them think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHdLRrUocOA
When I am calm and completely rational and lucid, I see that everyone from PETA to Mercy for Animals to Freelee have an approach which will work on SOMEONE, because humans are complex creatures with assorted personalities, and different people respond to different approaches.

But as a general, personal statement. ..the state of the earth's resources and climate aren't what people presumed in the 60s, 70s or 80s, we really don't have time to baby sit people and their particular neuroses, and the Trump administration is making that time seem even shorter. Nearly 1 billion people are starving, 2016 was the hottest year on record, and factory farming capitalist objectification is out of control. We just don't have time for this nonsense. Campaigns are going to have to become more aggressively psychological and laws are going to have to be enforced. I also don't agree that everyone is nice. Meat eater or vegan, I think to presume people are inherently "nice" is to blatantly ignore the enormous callous self absorption of the entirety of modern Western culture

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