By Shelby Jackson, VRG Intern
Taking Action for Animals 2012 was held on the beautifully sunny weekend of July 27-30 at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park in downtown Washington, DC. With appearances by Congressman Sam Farr, and television news journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell, TAFA2012 offered a variety of experienced professionals and informative sessions.
The Taking Action for Animal conference attracted both vegetarian activists and omnivore animal activists, with sessions covering issues including shark finning, animal experimentation, advocating for Pit Bull dogs, horse welfare, and captive wildlife. A good portion of TAFA attendees were well versed in veganism and stopped by the VRG table to chat, or to tell us how much they appreciate the VRG. Others stopped by to grab a brochure to pass along to a relative who recently became vegetarian, or because they were interested in learning more. Many had specific questions related to veganism: how to properly cook black beans or how to get enough plant-based protein. There were a good number of vegetarians seeking more information about veganism and everyone seemed enthusiastic about the Vegetarian Journals being passed out.
Caryn Ginsberg was at the conference with her book Animal Impact, and I was fortunate to hang out and help her during her book signing. There were many individuals interested in Ginsberg’s application of market strategy to animal advocacy, which seemed to reflect the larger desire of TAFA attendees to attain practical techniques to leave the conference with, and to apply to their own advocacy efforts. TAFA2012 offered a professional atmosphere, one characterized by a collective energy manifesting in a contagion of newfound support and inspiration. The VRG’s table was an undeniable contributor of this collective energy. Our presence, combined with the many conversations we initiated, exposed advocates to the connection between dietary consumption and advocating for the well being of animals.
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