How can I get people to switch to a
Nobody in these recent discussion threads here has shown ability to
"organize a movement" " which takes persuading and convincing those
opposed to the movement " and many have shown the opposite " the
ability to alienate folks already dedicated to helping animals.
These threads are a microcosm of why many people give the AR
movement the same respect they give the man on a street corner
shouting loudly about an impending apocalypse.
The position that FoA espouses that we
can't compromise in the short term without compromising long term
Yet they compromise where they see
fit. They like to say "if it were a human and not an animal would
you react the same?" But they condemn the ALF for rescuing animals
from death because it is "against the law" and hire a keynote
speaker who calls ALF "terrorists". Of course, FoA won't answer
their own favorite question "would you break the law if it were a
child about to die?"
There is no consistency in their
logic. There is no reliable data to support the position that short
term results compromise long term results. They have only opinion.
However, in the meantime we do know that their unyielding position
alienates many, and thus hurts animals today while still leaving the
Take for example the position on
converting folks to an animal-friendly diet.
Most people won't change their diet to
help animals (unless you tie them down and make them watch "Meet
But many people WILL change their diet for the approval of someone
So a successful activist will first be a good leader, someone
likable, and offer their approval to someone for doing something
they think is attainable.
This requires some genuine compromise. I have never had luck with
suggesting veganism. When I mention vegetarianism, only a few folks
respond. But for every person I have converted to vegetarianism I
have convinced 10 to give up "most meat".
Mathematically, it helps animals more to convince three people to
give up half their meat than to convince one person to be
But many activists convey to people that they will be judged
unfavorably if they have one burger a week, instead of pat them on
the back and tell them to think positively about themselves for
whatever good they can do for the animals -- and not fret about
To lead people you have to have people skills first. If you stand
on a soap box and yell about a blueprint for a perfect world, all
people will hear is "Apocalypse!"