Campaigning for Animals
Inspired/outraged by what you’ve seen on this
site? Want to do more? Find out how to be a Viva! campaigner.
Going veggie or vegan is,
of course, the most effective thing any of us can do to help animals and
end the destruction and waste of animal farming. You can also help by joining
Viva! as a supporter and helping us in our vital work. But if you want
to really get active, you can get more involved in a huge range of ways.
There are still a lot of other people out there who know almost nothing
about the way animals are treated and getting that message through to them
is absolutely vital. Writing to companies, the Government and MPs helps
to spread the word but the most important people to tell about animal abuse
are the general public. They can really help animals by changing the way,
they shop, the way they eat and the way they think. If you can help them
to change, you can really make a difference to the lives of animals. These
pages are about how you can support Viva!’s work by spreading the
word about animal abuse.
There are four ways you can help – from just sitting at your computer
to getting out on the street and banging the drum. You can do as much or
as little as you feel comfortable with – it all helps!
Writing letters makes a difference. Here are some addresses of companies you may find useful. Consumer, Horse racing, Politics and East Dulwich contacts are on seperate sheets within this Excel spreadsheet: Right click on this link and choose "Save" to save the spreadsheet onto your computer.
Being an E-Campaigner
Use all the links, addresses and E-postcards on this site to put pressure
on those responsible for animal suffering. Down the years we’ve found
also that letters to local
papers can be incredibly
effective in generating interest in the general public and Viva!
has specimen letters you can use on a range of issues. Also, think
about the people you know. Are some of them interested in animals,
or the environment or health? Why not email links to pages on our
website you think they might be interested in. Once we get people
to the website, they’ll
start exploring and find out more. If you know someone thinking about
going veggie or vegan, send them links to our Guides. What’s great
about this form of campaigning is that people often send those links
on to their friends.
Click here for more ideas
Being a “Door Dropper”
Most people have little idea what takes place behind the closed doors
of factory farms and abattoirs. We’ve learned that people respond
very strongly to learning the truth and one very effective way to get it
to them is to “door-drop”, ie deliver leaflets door to door.
Viva! has a range of leaflets covering many aspects of our campaigns and
they are great introductions to the vegetarian issues. They all feature
our contact details and offer a free “Go Veggie” pack and people
do get in contact with us as a result of seeing them – and many of
them go on to become vegetarians themselves. If you could deliver leaflets
in your local area, you would be spreading our message to people who may
otherwise get no opportunity to see it. You can deliver as many or as few
as you can manage – even distributing some at your workplace can
Click here for more information
Being a Campaigner
Viva! works with hundreds of local campaigners up and down the country.
As a campaigner you can take campaigning one stage further by meeting the
public. By doing things like holding street stalls and taking part in Days
of Action you let people know about the way animals are treated and give
them a chance to find out more. Using Viva!’s professional and striking
campaign materials - like posters, leaflets and petitions - you can really
make an impression. We’ll keep you informed about all our campaigns
and how you can help. Campaigners do as much or as little to support Viva!’s
work as they want and most people find communicating directly with the
public rewarding, enjoyable and even addictive!
Of course, there might already be a group in your area you could get in
touch with and help out (click here to see the list of Viva! Contacts)
For more information, click here
Being a Contact
Contacts are campaigners who are willing to have their contact details
made available to the public or press. That way, if other people in the
area get in contact with us we can just give them the Contact’s details.
The local press love a local angle to a story and often want to talk to
someone in the area – Contacts really help to get our message out
to tens of thousands of people. We only give out the details people want
us to – sometimes just a phone number or email address – and
we’ll give you all the advice you need about talking to the media.
For more information, click here
Find out about forthcoming Viva! events and campaigns.
If you want any more advice or information on campaigning, we’re
here to help. Give us a call on 0117 944 1000 or click here to send us