We had VERY busy first half of 2017. Here is an update of what we have been up to so far this year.
Unlocking the Cage film screening
80 people attended our screening of “Unlocking the Cage” documenting the quest of a small group of attorneys to break new ground in the area of animal law by seeking legal personhood for non-human primates. We loved this film and hope one day our laws will reflect that animals have the fundamental rights to their own lives and bodies.
Paid-Per-View at IUPUI
We paid students $1 each to watch a video about the horrors of animal agriculture.
Spring Leafleting at IUPUI
We distributed over 2000 leaflets at IUPUI!
Successfully completed our second “Ask A Vegan” meetup
Participants are encouraged to come and ask any question they have about veganism. Topics can range from health, animal cruelty, environment, cooking, raising vegan children, dealing with social pressures, etc.
Two Booths at Earth Day Indiana
We want to saturate the environmental movement with information on the destructive nature of animal agriculture, the leading cause of climate change, species extinction, deforestation and land/water use, so we rented two booths at this event to make sure we didn’t miss anyone. We shared information and had meaningful conversations with hundreds of people who came by our table. We also share thousands of pamphlets, Vegan Starter Guides and other information on WHY to go vegan and HOW to go vegan.
Table at 2017 Indy VegFest
What a fantastic event! Our volunteers had access to 4500 people who attended VegFest and we advertised our Meetup Group and had great conversations with vegans, vegetarians and open minded omnivores all day. It was an exhausting and very successful day! Membership to our Meetup Group spiked in late April/early May following this event.
Empty The Tanks protest at the Indianapolis Zoo
We once again participated in the Empty The Tanks Worldwide event at the Indy Zoo as we continue to put pressure on the Zoo to end their failed and deadly dolphin breeding program and dolphin shows that force dolphins to live in misery and do tricks for food. Big thank you to RTV6 for covering the protest.
Watch our video of the event, including Erica’s interview about why we were protesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK5fvqMygow
Zoobilation Protest, a formal attire protest
In our inaugural protest of the Zoobilation fundraiser at the Indy Zoo (where they eat steak and other animal products to raise money for zoo animals) we had a fantastic turnout and reached tens of thousands of people through our social media outlets. Protesters wore formal attire in a first-of-its-kind demonstration for animal rights.
2017 Pride Parade
We marched in support of LGBTQ rights in the Circle City Pride Parade.
Leafleting at the Pride Festival
We distributed 9,800 leaflets at Pride.
Paid-Per-View at 2017 Pride Festival
We paid 487 people $1 each to watch a video about the horrors of animal agriculture. Nearly everyone comes away shaken and surprised to learn what happens to animals in the process of becoming food. Many came away saying they wanted to make immediate changes to what they purchase and a lot of them even said they would try going vegan or vegetarian immediately.
Facebook posts reached over 500,000 people
Our Facebook posts reached over 500,000 people and our website was extremely active with original and local interest stories about the Indy Zoo, Wildlife in Need, Fair Oaks Farm and Trader’s Point Creamery. All the great content is available at www.INanimalrights.com! By far our most viewed post was the one about Wildlife in Need abusing the bear cub, with 231,000 people reached and 1,732 shares.
Over 40 Meetups hosted!
Since 2013 we have averaged over 80 vegan meetups per year through our meetup group at www.Meetup.com/IndyVeggie and this year we are on a similar pace. Our meetup membership continues to grow at a very strong pace and we are proud to help people have a place to connect with other vegans, vegetarians and curious omnivores and to provide great information through our Meetup facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/IndyVeggie to help people build a network of like-minded people and get great support and answers to their questions.
IARA was featured in a news story in the Northwest Indiana Times
Read the article here – Vegan in the Region: Hoosier-born animal advocacy
Looking forward to a great second half of 2017!!!
Thanks to everyone for your support so far this year, let’s keep it going for the rest of 2017!!