Yesterday I went on my first solo outreach adventure at York University. I handed out 300 of Vegan Outreach‘s “Your Choice” booklets in 35 minutes! I couldn’t hand them out fast enough. It is an amazing feeling to know that because of just 35 minutes of my time, 300 people read about animal cruelty issues and veganism.
Leafleting is a numbers game. About 1 in every 200 people who receive a booklet make an immediate change to their way of life, while many more become more willing and susceptible to change. This means that every vegan advocate is opening up the possibility for another advocate’s efforts to be more effective. According to a friend and fellow leafleter, and based on how many animals a vegan spares every year, this means that 1 animal is spared for every 2 booklets distributed.
Counter to what it might seem, leafleting is the perfect form of activism if you’re a shy person. You don’t need to say a word, just stand in people’s way and shove booklets at them. Some will decline, but many more will gladly take them and start reading. Some will even ask great questions. I’ve had the best luck by simply saying, “here ya go,” as though I’m doing them a favour by giving them a booklet – which I’m happy to say, I am.