February 13, 2023
Visiting Wikipedia, a precious gem of the internet that should be protected and fostered by us all, activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, direct or intervene in social, political, economic or environmental reform with the desire to make changes in society toward a perceived greater good.
From a vegan perspective, activism happens when we try to sensitize and inform other people why and how to adopt veganism by changing how they see the animals and, most importantly, how they interact directly and indirectly with them.
There’s no right or wrong way to do activism, but there are better and not so good ways to do it. An approach will be efficient for some people while it may produce the opposite effect on others. There are ways of expressing a call to veganism that come from feelings of frustration and anger poorly managed by those who care a lot about the animals and find it difficult to continue seeing the injustices that are perpetuated on them. Frustration and anger are not good allies of the strategies of effective activism, although they can be strong motivations for one.
To do activism one has to learn about the cause, and understand its roots, its past and future tendencies, as well as its current state. To give voice to the victims, we have to learn to listen to them. It is an ongoing, perpetual learning process.
With that in mind, we invite you to learn and get inspired by the protests, performances, and actions we documented, which were coordinated by Barcelona Animal Save, Anima Naturalis, Caft, independent activists, and also by ourselves.
This last video presents the first protest organized by us at The Vegan Utopia, at the town of Rubí, next to Barcelona. Were you inspired to organize a protest yourself? Let us know via email or Instagram DM. We can provide digital files to print posters and share our experience to help you better coordinate a local demonstration in favor of the Animal Liberation Cause.
We also recommend the reading of this article interviewing activists across Spain doing exceptional work.