Just wanted to share this story from a few days ago.
My coworkers are all very familiar with my stance on animals. An outside vendor called a meeting with our staff to discuss a new product. I walked in with my laptop, covered in stickers ranging from “not your mom, not your milk” to “fuck meat, try vegan.” I was wearing a Sea Shepherd T-shirt for their dolphin defense campaign. One of the vendors recognized it, which I know because I saw him reading my stickers. The other did not.
While describing the product, the second vendor decided to use an analogy to illustrate the difficulty in attacking very large problems. She said “How do you eat an elephant?” …silence… “One bite at a time.”
I shared a glance of shock with
my coworker and she burst out laughing. I turned and looked at the other vendor, and he cringed back at me. The whole room felt very uncomfortable. It was really funny. I joked about it with my coworker afterwards and we shared it with other staff members.
I feel like to sum up the Liberation Pledge, it’s about making everyone around you feel slightly uncomfortable about harming animals. That social discomfort will encourage people to self reflect. When it happens often and has broad support, it may even cause people to change. Obviously it should be balanced in a way where people don’t feel personally attacked, too.
I’m kind of amused by the idea of making people uncomfortable when it’s for a righteous cause, so it actually makes me feel good when it happens. It’s a sign the pledge is working. I think for other people, creating uncomfortable situations is really difficult for them so they stay away from the pledge. But if it’s effective, it’s what we should be doing.