A provocative campaign launched in New York calls for justice for animals, saying they feel emotions just like humans do.

Rising above 1500 Times Square and the Jacob Javits Center in New York City stands the most ambitious animal justice campaign ever launched in New York. “Be Fair Be Vegan” introduces viewers to the sentience of animals by using evocative closeup images and powerful messaging demonstrating that other animals experience emotions just like humans do.

For four weeks, the slideshows will be displayed in two of the highest profile billboard locations in the country, and will be accompanied by a series of 200 street posters throughout Manhattan. The campaign invites passersby to consider the circumstances of the victims of the animal production industry while seeing them for who they are: feeling, caring beings who value their lives and their families.


The campaign is the brainchild of Joanna Lucas, a writer, visual artist and animal advocate.

“We want people to consider their obligations to these often invisible animals, consider that they are sentient beings with complex relationships and lives of their own,” said Lucas, who created vegan outreach materials and campaigns for Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, where she studied and chronicled the rich lives of animals who are commonly dismissed as food or objects of use.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix commented on the billboards, saying, “I believe that the BeFairBeVegan campaign is much-needed because, in addressing our speciesist attitudes toward other animals, it encourages us to consider that our core similarities are far deeper than our surface differences. Now, more than ever, the world needs to hear this message.”

“Animal slavery is the most widespread and socially accepted injustice of all time,” said Angel Flinn, outreach coordinator for the educational organization Gentle World and a media spokesperson for Be Fair Be Vegan, a Colorado-based animal justice nonprofit. “Many people are becoming aware that the animal [agriculture] industry is destroying much of the natural world, as well as harming human health,” said Flinn, who has been an animal rights activist and writer for 10 years, advocating widespread veganism as the only way to achieve justice for non-human animals. “But the more salient issue is that the very existence of this industry is a violation of the most basic rights of those it enslaves.”

“Those who consume animals and animal products are casting irreversible ecological damage,” said Richard Oppenlander, author of the book Comfortably Unaware. “Asking someone to stop eating animals and to adopt a vegan way of life should no longer be viewed as an infringement of individual rights, since it is actually the other way around.” Oppenlander, who serves as an adviser to world hunger projects, has spent 40 years studying the effects agriculture has on our planet and on humans.


The first stop for the campaign, New York City, was chosen because of the sheer volume of foot traffic and the diverse cross-section of humanity that travel the city’s streets. The movement has enlisted passionate volunteers and organizers, as well as Scout 22, the vegan marketing and PR agency I founded. Our goal is to spread this campaign to other cities. Launching this movement in NYC was strategic. What could create more of a buzz than to be front and center at Times Square?


2016 has been heralded the year of the vegan. In its Global Food and Drink Trends 2016 report, Mintel, a global market intelligence group, named plant-based food a top trend for 2016. According to its report:

Veggie burgers and non-dairy milks have escaped the realm of substitutes primarily for people with dietary concerns and followers of vegetarian diets. Instead, the growing ranks of novel protein sources and potential replacements appeal to the everyday consumer, foreshadowing a profoundly changed marketplace in which what was formerly “alternative” could take over the mainstream.

2016 has also been marked the year of equality. Be Fair Be Vegan believes the overwhelming violence in the world is a sign that we need to examine the root causes of our problems, including the disturbing nature of our relationships with non-human animals. Many people are beginning to recognize that animals are no more meant to be our possessions than people with different colored skin, women, children, or any other living beings.


The campaign hopes that consumers will take back control and demand an end to the use of animals as commodities and resources. The victims include the wild animals who are hunted and exterminated by this reckless, destructive industry, as well as the domesticated animals bred into existence for human use, confined (whether in crates or pastures), and ultimately killed so that people can make use of the products of their misery.

For more information, visit BeFairBeVegan.com and the Facebook page.

Lori Amos is a marketing executive and founder of Scout 22, a vegan marketing and PR agency headquartered in Los Angeles.

This Article First Appeared On: http://www.alternet.org/

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  1. Hello! Everyone of Fellowship
    Also from Japan has sent the information in the “VEGAN” ♪

  2. Dear Tammy,
    I know exactly how you feel. Please do not be discouraged even when it feels like banging against a brick wall. There are many decent people fighting for animal rights and more people are becoming vegetarians and vegans. So even if it seems like a drop in the ocean, something is changing.

  3. Yes. Animals DO have feelings and can experience happiness and pain.

    The bible was mistranslated on a certain and very important issue. Man was never given “dominion” over the earth, et al., rather he was granted “stewardship”. This comes from the original Greek and is an entirely different concept. We are all aware of the difference.

    I so appreciate the post regarding this inspiring campaign. Animals are our better selves. There is an Earth change happening and the winds of are in motion.

    I have come to this world as a messenger; this has been revealed to me.

  4. I agree totally. Why would anyone want to put any part of an animal in their own bodies to begin with is beyond me. Eating meat began centuries ago when the Earth tipped and we were faced with freezing to death. That is no longer our problem. It is time to outgrow that habit and raise our vibrations to anchor our higher energies.

  5. Unpalatable as the truth may be, WE will continue to be hunted by fear as long as we hunt, WE will continue to be killed as long as we kill, we will continue to be starving for truth and freedom as long as we turn our back on it or find superiority in our own at the expense of another…. WE will experience unconditional love, when we love unconditionally all sentient life as precious with the unalienable right to experience freedom, play, love, and share friendship, which is akin to all life….

  6. When people raise their consciousness, they will see that animals are sentient beings and we are here to protect them, not to hurt them or kill them. The more I see people’s behavior the more discouraged I feel about the human race.

    • Do not get discourage Tammy, you are one of those Angeles helping to transform this world for the better….one translation at the time…Thank you!

      • Oh, ahh, I guess I was a bit blunt. I didn’t exclude Tammy from being angelic. These levels of our soul are all part of what makes us choose to be human on planet Earth right now, don’t you agree?
        That’s what I meant, but it’s good to witness my bluntness sometimes, too cryptic often.


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