Our Purpose

“Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life.”  ~ Norman Cousins

The purpose of Vegan Outreach Scotland is to SAVE LIVES and to end suffering. Why is vegan outreach important? Because it is the only form of action for the animals with the potential to end ALL of their suffering. Once and for all.

But what about rescuing animals? Isn’t that more important than doing vegan outreach?

Rescuing animals is important and necessary. As more people become vegans and consequentially farming, pet owning, and other forms of animal exploitation cease, the need for animal sanctuaries will (temporarily) increase. I notice on social media that the people who rescue animals, be they individuals or large sanctuaries, receive the highest accolades because they are “actually saving lives!”

I have been there. I rescued 40 animals in a single day. They were all earmarked for destruction. That was a long time ago but 10 of them are still with me today. Words cannot express how much I love them and how thankful I am that I happened to be in the right place at the right time to save their lives.

The reality is, if the world was vegan then they would not have been in that position in the first place.

I have rescued and saved lives; I have successfully lobbied government to ban a certain bloodsport; I have hunt-sabbed, I have campaigned against fur, and cages, and crates, and circuses. But the most important thing I have ever done, and still do, is talk to people about becoming vegan. Why? Because until the world is vegan, all those other actions will be the never-ending story. They will be the bottomless pit down which we throw our energy and time and hearts because the exploitation of animals will continue until the world is vegan.

I started Vegan Outreach Scotland because I wished someone had spoken to me about the importance of veganism when I was a lot younger. I met my first vegan when I was 46 years old and I became a vegan. I had been a vegetarian for 14 years prior to that and thought I was doing the maximum I could as an animal lover. I didn’t know, because no one had told me.

On average, a vegan saves approximately 198 lives a year*.
 

In the 9 years that I have been vegan I have saved around 1,782 lives. That’s good. But what about the 8,910 animals who suffered and died during the 45 years that I lived in ignorance? Not good. Vegan outreach is important. Because vegans save lives.

The thrilling thing is that when you educate and convince a person to become a vegan, it doesn’t stop there. They will go on to influence others to do the same. A conservative estimate of the number of vegans currently in the UK is 500,000. If each one of these vegans got just ONE other person/year to go vegan, and the new vegans each year continued to do the same, then by 2024 the whole of the UK would be vegan!! And that would mean no more animals would suffer, be exploited, or die here.

When I first started VOS two and a half years ago, I told my friend that my goal was for Scotland to become the first vegan nation. She said, “well, I don’t think it’s going to happen in your lifetime”.

You know, I’m not so sure.

So let’s just get out there and do it!!

 

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Thanks for joining!!

~ Rebecca

“If you love animals but think that veganism is extreme, you are confused about the meaning of love.” ~ Gary L. Francione

*https://www.peta.org/blog/vegans-save-185-animals-year/