The pledge is simple:
one | Publicly refuse to eat animals - live vegan.
two | Publicly refuse to sit where people are eating animals.
three | Encourage others to take the pledge.
As the holidays approach, we are forced to confront a disturbing reality: the corpse of a victim of violence on the dinner table. But this year, we’re banding together to push back against a violent tradition with the #LiberationPledge.
Pledge to show respect for victims of violence, to demonstrate opposition to a brutal system, and to urge all those around us to build a more peaceful world by refusing to eat animals -- or sit at a table where a victim’s body is being eaten. Be proud of this conviction - be open, honest and outright. Wear a liberation band as a symbol of this pledge, and to show support for others who have taken it, as well.
Investigations of animal farms have found that even those marketed as "humane" are filled with unimaginable cruelty. While animal agriculture has attempted to justify using animals as humane, we know the truth: using animals is inherently violent.
To show this truth to the world, however, we have to make a public stand and create social norms around the idea that animals are not ours to use. Refusing to sit where the bodies of victims lie, and publicly displaying your commitment with a liberation band, are powerful ways to do this.
ORIGINS - THE PLEDGE
The historical campaign against foot binding in China struggled for 1,000 years. Education, lobbying, and countless other methods made no traction in stopping what was (like eating animals today) considered a “traditional” practice.
But in 1890 campaigners found the magic bullet. They created a public pledge where families could group together and promise to:
- never bind their daughters’ feet; and
- refuse to allow their sons to marry women with bound feet.
These pledges, while initially difficult, grew like wildfire and completely ended the 1,000 year old practice of foot binding.
We can do the same for animals both by refusing to participate in violent practices and also refusing to accept violent practices within our communities.
WHAT'S THE FORK ON YOUR WRIST?
Many taking the #LiberationPledge also make and wear a liberation band - a bracelet made from a fork bent to fit around a wrist.
By transforming the fork into a symbol of nonviolence, we reclaim the everyday tool most responsible for the immense suffering animals endure. The liberation band "beats swords into plowshares" and powerfully symbolizes our commitment to justice for all beings. See our FAQ and our resources section to learn more.
HOW DO I FULFILL THE PLEDGE?
- Sign up below. Join the community of people taking the pledge on Facebook.
- Share to social media. Tag your posts with #TurnTheTables and #LiberationPledge. Feel free to use our sample public announcement.
- Make a liberation band. Make it, wear it and post an image of it online with #TurnTheTables and #LiberationPledge.
- Reach out. Explain to friends or family members who might expect you to eat with them that you’ve signed a public pledge. Suggest an alternative vegan meal, or place to eat, that does not use the bodies of victims. Use our sample scripts.
- Stay strong. Stay firm and nonviolent in the face of conflict, refer to our resources,and seek out community support on our Facebook group if you’re not sure what to do.