Since officially "going vegan" this year I have been struggling with how to talk to non-vegan acquaintances, friends, and family about the importance -- no, URGENCY -- of this issue. I have met with close-mindedness from almost everyone, hearing all the typical excuses: "People will always eat meat; what good does one person going vegan do?" "I can't give up bacon/cheese/etc." "My doctor told me I need meat to be healthy." I had been searching for the right approach to actually change hearts and minds, but felt extremely frustrated. After seeing Bruce Friedrich's interview in "Speciesism" I felt that his approach made sense: the Socratic method. Let your audience come to the conclusion on their own. Let the epiphany happen and actually WATCH it happen as you lead them through the maze of their conflicted logic. I bought and read The Animal Activist's Handbook, and found so many useful ideas and tips for making real communication happen. Dialogue, not monologue! Tips for not getting rattled by hecklers. Maximizing your effect. I have earmarked practically every page in the book for future reference, and I feel much more prepared than ever before. I've never been an advocate for any cause before, but the enormity and urgency of non human exploitation can no longer be ignored. Thank you Bruce Friedrich & Matt Ball!
I enjoyed reading this book and it gave some really great tips for getting people to "listen" to you. I have never felt comfortable leafletting because I feel inadequate when people ask me questions. It's not that I don't know the answers but I never felt comfortable with how I should say something or IF I should say something...and often I would get tongue-tied. This book helped me to feel more comfortable about how to speak to people about animal cruelty and makes really great points about what works/what doesn't and why. Highly recommend that everyone read this if you are an animal activist.
This book has changed my life. I was angry and even beginning to become depressed about the overwhelming cruelty to animals in this world. I now see things in a totally different perspective. This book has given me the confidence to no longer be a silent vegan, I am now focusing my energy into being an advocate for animal rights. Thank you to the authors for making one of the best books iv ever read!
As a new animal rights activist (but vegan for several years) I found this book very helpful as a guide and inspiration to take that first step forward in becoming more active as a voice for nonhuman animals. I live in a smaller community, have begun to leaflet in my area, and I am very much on my own as far as vegan groups and support goes up here. I rely on printed materials and online communication with other vegans to learn the ropes and explore the issues, and books like this are an invaluable tool!
This is not a book that proselyizes radical activism. It is, rather, a supportive and comforting book for all of us who love animals and want to help them. Includes chapters on The Joy of a Meaningful Life, Choosing Meaningful Action, Effective Advocacy for Animals, and is chock full of information on animal issues without being the least bit preachy--it is inspirational and practical.
I love this book and added it to recommendations on my own site, and have bought it as gifts.
When I bought this book I was not really sure how I would feel. Now that I have read it I feel more inspired to do the right thing to become the voice for the animals that cannot speak for themselves. Very glad I made this investment