In the Battle for Hearts and Minds, Vegans Launch a Volley

Posted: January 15, 2015 in Images, Posts
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Go Vegan Billboard - Cow

The meat and dairy industries bombard Americans daily with aggressive, often-misleading messaging to convince people to consume more animal foods – a tactic discussed at length in Meatonomics. Now, in a refreshing counterpunch, advocacy group Animal Protection & Rescue League (APRL) has launched two “GO VEGAN” billboards next to a busy freeway in Los Angeles. It’s not cheap to design, create and run them – $13,500 for the first month, to be exact, but the economics make sense.

Go Vegan Billboard - Pigs

Together, the billboards are getting two million impressions per week – or eight million impressions over their four-week run. That’s about $0.002 per impression, or less than 1/35th the cost of vegan literature (which runs $60 per 1,000 fliers). While a flier in hand might provide a more detailed message than a “GO VEGAN” slogan glimpsed in passing, advertising lore says a message must reach a viewer nine times before it pays off. Thus, by subjecting commuters to repetitive views, these billboards could help nudge many toward veganism.

True, they’re not cheap. But anyone who likes the message and wants to help promote it can pitch in. If you’d like to donate, feel free to visit APRL’s local website and click on the donate button.

  1. toasttheblog says:

    Reblogged this on toast, a food blog (sometimes) and commented:
    I believe strongly that humans are omnivores and therefore should eat a little bit of everything and a lot of vegetation. I don’t think veganism is the answer to the worlds ills. People find ways to ruin everthing they over consume. So for me, the solution is to be a considerate eater. Try to know where your food comes from, how it was raised/grown/harvested and by whom. I wonder if vegans are as vigilant about the fair treatment of PEOPLE who pick the crops they consume (e.g. migrant workers, the quinoa troubles, etc.). If these signs at least encourage people to consider less meat or humanely raised animals, then I support them. I am not going to “go vegan”, but being more aware and more considerate of all life (plant and animal) has helped me become a better omnivore.

    • You might be interested in the Food Empowerment Network
      The operate out of California and incorporate the full range of food activism that includes both the exploitation of people and animals and the environment. They are particularly good on information about global commodity crops like chocolate that involves human trafficking and child slave labour. They have lists of ethical products.

    • Olga Krywyj says:

      Being truly vegan is an ethical lifestyle which goes well beyond food. It requires one to adopt a comprehensive world view which is anchored in the concepts of peace, freedom, non-violence, respect for ALL life, and a total rejection of exploitation in all its forms. It is a lifestyle which is both complex and comprehensive, embracing all aspects of ones thoughts and actions.

      “Eating animals” is criminal, unethical, immoral and constitutes “ecocide”. ” It violates the basic rights of all sentient beings both human and non-human, namely their access to “clean air”, “clean water”, “clean food” and the future sustainability of this planet. “Eating animals” is a preference NOT a basic human right, just like smoking and wearing scented products in public are preferences and not basic human rights.

      Veganism is about nonviolence. First and foremost, it’s about nonviolence to other sentient beings. But it’s also about nonviolence to the earth and nonviolence to yourself. If you are not vegan, please go vegan.

  2. John T. Maher says:

    Very important message distilled into the consumption / agony of production binary opposition. Given that these billboards are targeted at a distracted audience of commuters, I hope the next series will show the aspiration of veganism as fitting within the frenzied postmodern lifestyle and the minimal attention span of the commuter — say show human faces eating deliciously food styled fast food veggie burgers. The message should be: you can still have most of your ecologically destructive consumer lifestyle if you evolve and go vegan. See the earlier post: How to Reverse Climate Change Before It’s Too Late. As in I still want my FATBURGER and fries, just hold the BOVINE SUFFERING and make it veggie. CRIFFDOGS too need a makeover.

    Since MEATONOMIC$ is about the cash money stolen from us all to produce meat I sure wish BigFastfood would discount the veggie burgers to reflect what should be a lower cost of production than the animaltortureburgers absent the federal and local subsidies to meat producers. Maybe we should start a petition?

    • David Simon says:

      Great idea John! I doubt Subway and Burger King would lower the cost of their veggie burgers/sandwiches, but it would certainly help raise awareness of the cost disparity between animal-based and plant-based products.

  3. Times sure are changing. It’s exciting to see the momentum building. This is an approach that is becoming more and more effective as we vegans are finally starting to lose our pariah status and be recognized by the mainstream for our values. Thanks for sharing.

  4. janet cade says:

    This is beyond thrilling for vegans to see. Great Work!!

  5. xclusivx says:

    Reblogged this on XCLUSIVX DIY fanzine.

  6. Emy Will says:

    The images say it all!

  7. […] this make people go vegan? Probably not, but it might make them think about where their food comes […]

  8. uglicoyote says:

    Reblogged this on Vegan Coyote.

  9. […] In the Battle for Hearts and Minds, Vegans Launch a Volley. […]

    • janet cade says:

      Since MEATONOMIC$ is about the cash money stolen from us all to produce meat I sure wish BigFastfood would discount the veggie burgers to reflect what should be a lower cost of production than the animaltortureburgers absent the federal and local subsidies to meat producers. Maybe we should start a petition?

      As John T. Maher points out above.
      Wouldn’t it be wonderful IF we could get a veggie burger that was cheaper than the torture burgers. Big subsidy on animal products keeps cost lower for the animaltortureburgers. Maybe the veggie burger could be called ‘enviro-burger’ and people who are already on the ‘save the environment’ bandwagon would discover how great the veggie burger actually tastes. Could encourage them to explore vegan foods that are Also very much about environmental protection.

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