i am going to my second protest tonight. I met this group of vegans when one day i was heading home with my groceries I saw a group of people protesting coyote fur in front of a store near my home. I quickly made a sign once i arrived home and rode my bike back in the snow and protested with them. (i bike year round). They invited me to the local vegan restaurant and I met many cool people, and we had a raw vegan pot luck too.
anyway tonights protest is against bull riding and my sign says:
"RIDE BIKES NOT BULLS"
I am very happy I started protesting and was able to meet so many people! cheers
Sweet, man! Sounds like a fitting sign from you.
Make sure nobody does anything stupid. A peaceful protest can be very educational and effective, especially in large numbers. When you throw violence into the mix, it just makes the whole cause look bad, especially if the media gets hold of it.
Glad you met some local vegan folk!
cool but careful they just passed laws against protesting now and even any form of non compliance . organize jail support ahead of time.
oh wait your in Canada, never mind... hah
Protests feel good for the people holding the signs, but what does it really do for those bulls? If the protest worked, who would care for the bulls? What happens to them? Reality: they get in the express lane to the slaughter house. I'm all for educating the public but the only way to save those bulls would be offer money, adopt the animals and commit to care for them. I have nearly 2 dozen rescues and it's a tough job. I hope it goes well and that people aren't too rude over there.
Protesting brings attention to the issue - to people who otherwise wouldn't pay attention.
You buy a bull from the bullriders and save it. The public is still demanding and paying for bullriding, so another bull just takes its place instead of going to the slaughter. Then you buy that bull, but there's still demand for bullriding, so they use a different bull. You're going to have a lot more than 10 rescues with that strategy.
So rescuing is great, but protesting helps to lessen the demand for such activities. In conjunction we have a solution. There are people who protest and people who rescue animals, and there are people who do both. Without one or the other, nothing would ever get done around here.
good for you jon!
protests are certainly an important mechanism for creating change.
people need to speak up for the victims.