Our Animal-Free booth at the YouTube international fair! People loved the food - everything we made (and it was a lot) was eaten! 100% vegan!
Making that happen, especially convincing the other Brazilian to make it animal-free, was not easy and I thought of giving up when I saw that another person had also signed up to represent Brazil.
I'm glad I didn't. I kept my communication and requests to her very animal-centric and used the usual:
- "I work in animal rights"
- "I don't see any distinctions between animal species that justify killing some of them"
- "I have friends who investigate humane farms and others who have chickens and pigs as pets"
- "By being progressive, Google should care about animal rights before the mainstream does too"
It worked! Zach can attest how scared I was. It's OK to be scared, but be fearless for animals and make things like this happen. It's quite awesome that super animal-consuming Brazil was represented without animal products.
As a note, I personally stopped wearing my bracelet a few months ago and started focusing on the message, because I became convinced that just having a pledge is not a justification for someone to comply to me. For instance, orthodox religious people could say that they have a pledge not to sit on tables with gay people.