Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Q-and-A: Humane League of Dallas director picks top 3 vegan dishes in the city
The non-profit spreads the word about veganism and inhumane treatment of animals.
DALLAS There’s a new non-profit in town that’s already making a difference in the community. The Humane League is a 501(c)3 animal advocacy organization that works to protect all animals through public education, campaigns and rescue, and has already made an impact here in the DFW area. They’re in the last week of a fundraiser – Team Vegan Dallas – helping to raise funds to further support their efforts in Dallas and beyond (and all donations are doubled through the end of this week!)
We had a chance to ask Humane League’s Dallas Director Ethan Dussault a few questions about their operation here in Dallas. Here’s what he had to say:
Dallas Vegan: What is Humane League’s mission?
Ethan Dussault: The Humane League’s approach to animal protection is quite simple: How can we do the most for animals given our limited time and resources? To make sure we’re as effective and efficient as possible, we research various forms of outreach to see what kinds of activities do the most good. We see the value in non-profits having a bottom line. Much like shareholders at for-profit businesses want profits to soar, we hold that our donors want the number of animals spared a lifetime of suffering to soar as well.
What kind of outreach activities in the Dallas area do you participate in?
The Humane League has three main points of outreach. At the street level, we leaflet college campuses and public events like fairs, concerts and festivals. Our preliminary research shows that for every 50-60 leaflets handed out, a recipient will choose to go vegan, vegetarian, or significantly reduce their meat consumption. That is pretty awesome when you consider how little time it takes to hand those out. Think of all the effort you’ve put into trying to get a loved one to switch but they just won’t budge. Leafleting is easy and effective. We also maintain news-racks around the city which hold magazines about getting started with veg[etari]anism. These Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kits are like leaflets that hand themselves out.
Our second point of outreach happens through classrooms and community groups via our Humane Education Program. A Humane League representative will go to a high school or college classroom, church, or other community group to give a presentation about the devastating effects of modern animal agriculture on animals, human health, and the environment. If anyone wants to host a presentation, we do them for free so please do not hesitate to invite us.
Thirdly, we engage in encouraging policy change. We want vegan options inside every food establishment out there. If we see an opportunity to make a significant policy change at an establishment and it meets our criteria in terms of effectively and efficiently reducing animal suffering, we go for it.
What is Team Vegan Dallas?
Team Vegan Dallas is a group of fun and dedicated vegans who run to raise money in support of the work The Humane League does for animals.
How can people help support the Humane League’s mission?
Last year we reached over 1.5 million people through our outreach campaigns. This amazing feat couldn’t have happened without volunteers and donors. Our volunteers make the The Humane League a success story. Without the efforts of compassionate people who get active for animals, we’d have a much harder time doing the work we do. Our movement is making strides at a rapid pace, who knows where we’d be if people stayed home. To all our volunteers out there, you know who you are. Thank you. Let’s reach 2 million this year.
What are your top three vegan dishes in Dallas right now?
- Anvil Pub’s Vegan Chikin Quesadilla
- Veggie Garden’s Orange Chikin
- Sundown at Granada’s Peaceful Indian Chole
Check out the Ethan’s donation page on Team Vegan Dallas to help the Humane League in their efforts with a donation: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/EthanDussault/team-vegan-dallas
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