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From: Leslie ( -
Subject: activist groups -- PETA, etc.
Date: December 7, 2005 at 11:08 am PST

So I'm thinking of getting involved in activism, something more than a
vegan diet and lifestyle. I feel that only through action can I make
a contribution that makes my own life meaningful.

Anyway, thinking of PETA, or possibly starting a veg organization in
the local area, I have looked around and the closest organized veg
group seems to be in western Washington, the Seattle area. I think
I'll probably go to the PETA deal in Seattle in September, but up
until then am doing some searching around to find out the best course
of action, is it to join PETA or to do something else?

I know there has been discussion about PETA before and they can be
controversial, I also understand that any organization doing something
that seeks to so radically change people's habits is bound to be
criticized for every mistake, every misjudgment, those kinds of things
are blown out of proportion, unfortunately, and the message can be
lost and those things used as an excuse for people to not change or to
resist change.

I want everybody's thoughts on activism -- what is, in your opinion,
the shortest route to change -- to join a large organization, or to
start something small where it does not currently exist (north idaho -
Spokane area). What are the best ways to "spread the word," i.e what
was it that turned the page for you? Is it antithetical to the
ultimate goal (ending factory farming, admittedly very far off, if
ever) to work towards animal welfare -- i.e. conditions in the current
factory farming industry to improve the lot of animals? Or is that a
small step towards the ultimate goal?

Please give me your insights, all your insights, into what you think
about these issues and about PETA in general. Have any of you worked
with PETA or done activism with them?

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