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Melarnii Melarnii QLD Posts: 2
1 25 Apr 2009
I am currently in my last year of High School and I would like to know of any small ways to help spread the word and help out. After completing my schooling, I will be able to help out more often.
Anything will do, I just feel helpless sitting here.

Melanie xx
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RaV3N RaV3N WA Posts: 2152
2 26 Apr 2009
d/l some of the flyers available thru unleashed & animals australia and pin them up to community boards or hand them out. buy some of those kick ass stickers unleashed has and stick them EVERYWHERE!!!

ask your canteen to cut down on meat meals - making nice fresh salads and salad sandwiches - and not only for health reasons!

maybe see if you can get a little advertisement in your monthly school letter (if your school produces these).

even simply making it known that you are a veg*n and ppl asking you what its all about can be enough!

best of luck with it!!  beaverhug
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_Matt _Matt VIC Posts: 1567
3 27 Apr 2009
If your school canteen uses egg in any meals you could petition for the school to begin using free range eggs. It's only a little difference - but it all helps. It should be easy enough to do if you show other students and teachers the way caged eggs are produced. Good luck!  peace
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StryK StryK NSW Posts: 8
4 27 Apr 2009
Some friends and I like to hand around the flyers available through Animals Australia and Unleashed around school, during lunch time or picnic days.
Also, I've found that by wearing a SaveBabe.com shirt for example to school, or a get together, a lot of people ask you what it's about, which gives you the opportunity to discuss your opinions and the current situation with slaughter and live imports/exports throughout Australia.
This includes things like stickers, petitions, using it as the topic in a social justice speech for school.. things like that.  happy
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Jesse Jesse VIC Posts: 1117
5 28 Apr 2009
Unleashed Admin
Thanks all ... great ideas!

Here are a few links with ideas and resources to help you:
http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/speak_up_for_animals.php
http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/online_action.php
http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/super_activist.php

Another great way to help Unleashed is to collect signatures for our Hungry Jack's petition. You could do this at school, at a uni campus, at a concert/festival, or any other busy location. We are asking HJ's to follow the lead of their US parent company Burger King and stop using factory farmed pig and chicken products (ie. to get animals out of these hideous prisons). You can download our petition here: http://www.unleashed.org.au/documents/unleashed-petition-HJ.pdf

Also, if you're ever in need of some photos and facts to show friends/family, to use for a school project, or to use at an information table, then our photo file may come in handy. You can just print this out and put it in a folder to show others... we've found it very effective: http://www.unleashed.org.au/documents/photo_file.pdf

Hope this helps ... and thanks for the support! clap
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april-san april-san QLD Posts: 368
6 5 May 2009
A good thing that I do as much as possible is make your assignments about animal rights-issues. I had a history assignment about propaganda, and I did my speech about PETA's McCruelty campaign of a few years ago, and of course talked about it in a good way happy

And I'm doing an English assignment right now about persuasive writing, and I'm writing my speech about an article in the Courier Mail about how apparently chickens are happy to live squashed up in cages!  angry I found out about it on the Animals Australia site.

So doing that, you can do your schoolwork and get important messages out there to your peers, both at the same time!
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Supersktendo Supersktendo VIC Posts: 5
7 5 May 2009
Although everyone is telling you so far to get out and do what you should to get a voice across, you have to understand that plastering up flyers and posters and paraphernalia  does get to some people. I know all to well about getting sent up to the principals office day after day due to my 'activism'.

If I were you and this is coming from exprience, (i promise) start by talking to people you know that can make a difference. If you have a teacher you know of that supports being cruelty free and veg chat with them; they have much more of an influence on the school board and staff body then you will have (another thing learnt via experience). At school there's a ranking system, principal/staff/students. If you can get things across via staff; students and higher powers will eventually see them and have to act upon them.

Your cafeteria is a good place to start. If you're having a fete or a carnival offer to do the BBQ and cook only soy/vegan products and don't tell anyone the difference. The look on their faces and their reactions will be priceless once and when they find out.

To end this though, please note that if you do decided to not follow anything I've said or take it into account that although people may or may not react to pictures you plaster up, which can be as grotesque or placid as you please; some people are taught and brought up the way they are due to cultural or religious reasons. You have no right to force your beliefs onto them; just the same way they have no right to do the same to you. Don't be forceful or manipulative; simply make people aware; they'll be curious for sure, and once they are - they'll come to you for more understandings.

As someone's already said before; the best place to start is via reports, stand up aural presentations, media files, try bulk emailing people; or be sneaky and change all the computer backgrounds in the library... i meann uhh..... wink
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Jamison Jamison VIC Posts: 271
8 12 Jul 2009
StryK said:
I've found that by wearing a SaveBabe.com shirt for example to school
I allways try to wear my 'I love japan but whaling breaks my heart' shirt when i'm meeting new people They ask interesting questions happy I also try and wear it when i dj at parties (not that i've done a lot but ya know) just so that people can say 'oh look, the not so cool dj loves animals.... i wonder why... lets go and ask'

Supersktendo said:
try bulk emailing people; or be sneaky and change all the computer backgrounds in the library... i meann uhh..... wink
HAHAHA! lol. Good idea... I will try that with my fathers computer first... happy
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_Matt _Matt VIC Posts: 1567
9 12 Jul 2009
Jamison said:
'oh look, the not so cool dj loves animals.... i wonder why... lets go and ask'
lol, "not so cool dj"

laugh
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x.Tara x.Tara NSW Posts: 357
10 12 Jul 2009
RaV3N said:
d/l some of the flyers available thru unleashed & animals australia and pin them up to community boards or hand them out. buy some of those kick ass stickers unleashed has and stick them EVERYWHERE!!!
i've always thought about tucking those pamphlets into the most borrowed/popular books at my school library XD
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