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Vegan Buddies: Friends for Life! By Claudia Tarry and Olivia Lane
We’ve all seen the bumper sticker: “Friends Don’t Let
Friends Eat Meat.” Well the folks at Viva!USA are bringing the motto
to life via the Vegan Buddies Project.
The Vegan Buddies Project strives to cultivate the compassion that exists
in everyone by giving folks all the resources they need to go vegan. Those
us who are already vegan know that one of the most valuable resources is a
friend—a friend to tip you off as to which is the best soy ice cream,
where to find stylish non-leather shoes and, most importantly, how the heck
to make tofu taste good.
We know there are compassionate lacto-ovo-vegetarians and carnivores out there
who are ripe and ready for “converting.” But they are floundering
in a sea of animal-eaters and can’t quite manage to kick the meat/egg/dairy
habit on their own. Well, the Vegan Buddies Project is here to help lure people
into the wonderful world of veganism.
To join Viva!USA in making this life-saving project work, become a participant.
If you’re vegan, sign up to be a mentor and we will pair you up with
an aspiring vegan in your area. As a mentor, you will answer questions, offer
moral support and show the newbies how fun, easy, healthy and cool it is to
If you are a lacto-ovo vegetarian or meat-eater, drop us a line with your info
and location and we’ll hook you up with a Vegan Buddy who will help you
transition into a more compassionate, ethical and healthy lifestyle. The opportunities
For more information on the Vegan Buddies Project or to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
call (212) 989-VIVA or visit MySpace.com/vivaveganbuddies.