Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Helping Animals, Not Winning an Argument

In The Animal Activist's Handbook, Bruce and I discuss the best ways of discussing the animals' plight with new people.

This post -- Compassionate Selling — Feel, Felt, Found -- covers some of the same material (and is free!). It concludes:

JohnO provides info!
Not everyone you speak with will be receptive to you, and not everyone you talk with will change. That is not our choice to make. However, being a compassionate advocate, providing information when engaged with someone, and offering help without judgment is one of the best things we can do to be a voice for animals.

As hard as it can be, we can help the animals the most by doing our best to understand human psychology and help people open their hearts and minds, as opposed to trying to win an argument. We should strive to keep the focus on the animals, not our personal views.