These Students Are Bringing Vegan Activism to Campus
PETA’s Campus Rep Programme helps university students speak up for animals and take a stand against speciesism.
For their first action of the spring term, the campus reps held Valentine’s Day–themed actions. They displayed “Dairy Is a Heartbreaker” signs and passed out delicious Vegolino vegan chocolates, while some even distributed vegan condoms as a reminder that vegans make better lovers.
The events – while good fun – reached thousands of students with a very important message: that cows suffer immensely in the dairy industry.
Who Are PETA’s Campus Reps?
This term, 13 students at 13 UK universities are taking action for animals through PETA’s Campus Rep Programme. PETA provides them with materials such as leaflets, stickers, and banners, as well as giving them support and training to organise eye-catching, exciting events that get other students interested in animal rights issues.
Each term, the campus reps hold at least six outreach events to raise awareness of the abuse and exploitation of animals.
Royal Holloway University
Arts University Bournemouth
Why Ditch Dairy?
Like all mammals – including humans – cows produce milk for their babies. Humans are the only species on the planet to consume milk into adulthood – and the only one to drink the mammary secretions of other animals. There’s something truly sinister about artificially inseminating a cow and forcing her to give birth, only to tear her beloved calf away from her so that the milk that nature intended for him or her can be consumed by humans.
The dairy industry fuels cruelty to animals on a huge scale. On dairy farms, even organic ones, cows’ babies are taken away from them year in and year out, and they endure this nightmarish cycle until their bodies are exhausted and no longer produce enough milk to be commercially viable, which is when they’re sent to slaughter and meet a barbaric end to their short, painful lives.
What You Can Do
Are you a student? Become a PETA campus rep and speak up for animals. We’re currently accepting applications for the autumn term and would love you to apply:
If you aren’t a student but still want to stand up to speciesism, get involved in PETA’s demos and campaigns, and speak up for animals, join our Action Team today.