On Monday, all eyes on were on Washington as our 44th president was sworn into office. Barak Obama’s inauguration speech sounded about the same as his last victory speech and the same as the nation has heard from previous presidents…lots of promises of hope and working together for the common good…to tackle healthcare, climate change, ending a decade of war, and peace and freedom for all.
Well if the president really wanted to start tackling some of these tough issues facing our nation (and the world), he might consider ceasing to endorse big agribusiness (and big oil but that’s another topic for discussion) and ending the war on animals. Reducing America’s demand for animal protein will not only solve violent animal cruelty issues but it would greatly reduce healthcare costs (improving the overall health of the country) and address one of the leading causes of climate change. That would truly be “freedom for ALL.”
This presidential inauguration dedicated FARM staff and volunteers once again braved the cold and the masses to vegucate the American public by providing informational leaflets. The theme of this year’s message was “Forward for All.” Playing off of Obama’s “Moving America Forward” slogan, FARM encouraged citizens to take a pledge to reduce their consumption of animal products in order to move EVERYONE, including animals forward.
Each of us has the power to reject violence, protect the environment, and make wiser public health decisions – every time we sit down and eat. By replacing meat, dairy, and eggs with vegan choices, we reduce our support of animal exploitation, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and help reduce public health costs.
Brochures were distributed to 13,000 people from every demographic…from 8 to 80 years old, from elite members of society to the working middle and lower class, and to every color of the rainbow. And you better believe, the countless individuals wearing full length fur coats received our message loud and clear.
Activists were literally over run with people asking for our brochures. Bryan Monell, FARM’s Special Projects Coordinator, says he’s never seen anything like it in all his years of leafleting. “Without a doubt this event was the single most effective time I have ever had leafleting,” Bryan recounts. Even a few teachers approached our activists asking for additional handouts to share with their students, because they had decided to include our information into their lesson plans! Overall, it was a very receptive crowd and our message was well received.
To take the “Forward for All” pledge, please visit ForwardForAll.com. And please be sure share this message with friends and family, so that we ALL may take steps forward. More photos are available on our Facebook page.