Why a global pandemic is closely tied to animal agriculture.
It is no secret that humans inherently have a tendency to overeat meat and animal products in their entirety. Whether someone is  only occasionally contributing to the industry or supporting it deeply, the fact still remains that all this contributes to animal agriculture as a whole, that continues to be the hot topic for the root causes of diseases, pollution and our planet’s overall declining condition today. So how is this issue engaged in the matter of a pandemic such as the current one then?  First off, the root cause of many infectious diseases encountered in humans in the last decade are known to have animal origin (these viruses are also known as zoonotic). Quite frankly, it isn’t even necessary to jump to the few serious recent incidents of zoonotic diseases, (such as COVID-19)  to understand the sheer effect that consuming animals has on our health, just look at H1N1 (swine flu), salmonella, e-coli infections, psittacosis etc.  Therefore it should be of no surprise that an average person’s lifestyle choices could be very closely related to a bigger problem, that of an even stronger virus taking over globally at any possible time. Furthermore, it has also been shown that systems like the one of industrial livestock production are one of the leading causes of other global concerns such as:  less soil degradation, water pollution, and deforestation.  Many of us seem to come to the conclusion that “foreign” places should be held responsible for the spread of pandemics. However few of us seem to forget that in every single slaughterhouse, animals are packed together in small spaces and they coexist under horrible and filthy conditions. Surely it should be obvious that such handling of livestock is a breeding ground for contamination and infection. On the same topic of meat industry measures, we are often met with the case of antibiotic resistance which when overused poses a huge pandemic risk as it helps strengthen and mutate bacteria. Antibiotics, as we know, are often  used for the treatment of crops, animals and humans, therefore the meat and animal products which the population tends to consume are also heavily pumped with the same chemical compounds.  Lastly, animals aren’t the only ones mistreated and in danger of spreading certain viruses to the world. The conditions for human workers in an average slaughterhouse are sadly, equally as devastating. It has continuously been reported that the positions these people are assigned inside each meat processing plant, force them to stand so close to each other that it makes safety practices such as social distancing impossible to follow. A grand example of this phenomenon already worsening an existing pandemic is the recent COVID-19 outbreak in the Gütersloh meat factory in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.  So what can we as a society do, to control the spread of such chaotic diseases? We must prevent the meat industry from thriving and diminish animal agriculture once and for all, and of course all this begins on our plate and the companies we put our money into due to our lifestyle practices. In light of this recent pandemic, maybe you’ll drop the red meat and poultry and switch to some delicious cruelty free Seitan, or a nice tofu wrap, perhaps you will make an extra step and start buying cruelty free cosmetics too! As crucial as it is to modify our lives to not support such mistreatment, it is also necessary to spread the word regarding information such as this article or similar, this helps to urge more people into deliberating about the world as a whole and the threats it’s often  faced with.  More pandemics mean more global suffering, extinction and corruption, that will inevitably happen if we refuse to change our ways and listen to reason. Veganism helps everyone, it benefits animals, the environment and human individuals. Start with baby steps and remember that these are steps to push us all towards a brighter future! Take the first step by signing up for our free 30 day vegan challenge!
Vegan Cheat Sheet: a stop for all your vegan needs!
When people find out that I’m vegan, there’s often an onslaught of questions that follow, such as:  “Is it hard to be vegan in Taipei?” Nope, it’s not hard being a vegan here at all! There’s a flourishing vegan community and plenty of vegan restaurants! “Is traveling hard as a vegan?” Nope! There are resources like HappyCow to find vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants practically anywhere. I’m always happy to answer these questions and discuss veganism. I like to think that my transition to veganism was quick and painless, so I didn’t have many of the concerns that people who are considering making the change do. Even so, I still come across resources that make it that much easier every now and then. For a new vegan, embarking on the lifestyle may seem much more daunting, especially if you live somewhere less vegan-friendly. The last blog post discussed our Vegan Bootcamp and the 30-day challenge that can help you slowly transition, but if you just want to jump in, then the Vegan Cheat Sheet may also serve you well. The Vegan Cheat Sheet is a convenient one-stop shop for any vegan resources you may need, whether that’s recommended documentaries to show a friend or links to talented vegan recipe-creators. You can find information on all aspects of veganism, as well as studies, activists and activist groups, and news. There are also links to vegan fashion lines and vegan food delivery services. Today, being vegan is easier and more important than ever. Whether or not you’ve made the transition, the Vegan Cheat Sheet is worth checking out!
In this season of COVID-19 self-isolating: try Vegan!
In this season of COVID-19 self-isolating and social distancing, one of the silver linings has been the opportunity to make more headway in self-development, whether that’s learning a new instrument, getting back into art, or teaching your pup some new tricks. If life’s just been too busy, then it’s also provided some free time to finally read that book or watch that TV show! If you’ve been curious about veganism, then there’s never been a time like now to give it a shot, especially if you’re living in an area where most doors are still closed. For a lot of people that want to try to make the transition, one of the big obstacles is going out to eat with friends and finding vegan options that aren’t just some fries and a sad salad, but social distancing means that there’s more opportunity to get creative in the kitchen, or just have some more control over your diet in general. For that extra push, Vegan Hacktivists developed Vegan Bootcamp—https://veganbootcamp.org/—a totally free, 30-day challenge that provides a wide range of resources to help anyone who’s vegan-curious to make the transition. There’s a wealth of information on why veganism is so valuable not only to the animals, but also to your health and the environment, and motivating clips of animals to remind you of why you started the challenge in the first place! As you move through the 30 days, you earn points that can be used on coupons to use at small vegan businesses. On your next grocery trip, maybe you could try getting tofu instead of eggs for a “scrambled tofu” or a coconut milk-based creamer for your morning coffee! A dollar is a vote, so just trying out some vegan products is supporting the movement, and that’s how you can be helping out from home.  And if you’re already vegan, then invite a friend or family member to try the challenge! As soon as you sign up for the challenge, an invitation link unique to you is created for you to share. You can track how many folks have signed up and completed the challenge. Based on our surveys, we know that the majority of people who complete the challenge continue to live a vegan lifestyle, so there’s some activism with just the click of a button (or, a few)!
Sneak preview of our upcoming project: My Daily Dozen!
Hey everyone! We're actually working on 4 different projects right now but we wanted to give you a little sneak preview of one in particular, My Daily Dozen! Some of you may already know about Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen (see attached): 🌱 https://nutritionfacts.org/daily-dozen-challenge/  There's an amazing mobile app, but no web-version, so we decided to make one! This version is especially exciting because you'll be able to include and customize new additions like Yoga, Meditation, Acts of Compassion, Sleep, and whatever else you'd like to add to your daily diet or routine! We may or may not be able to do this in collaboration with Dr. Greger, we're waiting on that right now, but either way we think this will be awesome for folks trying to follow a healthy plant-based diet. Naturally, we'll be adding some default activism cards to promote folks becoming active for the animals when they visit :) Here's the preview! https://imgur.com/a/kOxn6WS Let us know in the comments what you think! We'll be making more posts soon so we can show you what else is in our project pipeline. As always thank you so much for your support! 🐢 💕 
It's been a while! New Projects, Advisors, and more!
Hey everyone! It's been a while - we're not so great at keeping our blog up to date, but we promise on the flip-side we have been doing great with our organizations activism! 😅  A lot has happened in 2020! 🐄  Let's start with the two really big things that took up most of our half-year: Save Movement We were able to build the Save Movement (now known as Animal Save Movement)'s new website! This website should be live soon but it was a pleasure to work with Animal Save's team to build them something that is going to be far cleaner and more modern. Animal Rebellion We were also able to build Animal Rebellion's new website! We're in the process of pushing it out live as we write this, very exciting, and we've never worked with a more passionate bunch of activists before. We're really thankful that they reached out to us for support and we really think everyone is going to love how their new site runs and looks. Some other updates include: 🐤  ―We launched a new team! Team Carrot, lead by project leader Daniel. We'll be making a separate post describing the project they are working on right now, it's exciting! ―We've made some vital structural changes to how our teams communicate, work and track - our project leaders have been set-up with better tools to collaborate with their teams in a easy and efficient way. Our work has sped up without losing quality as a result! ―We completely re-did our instagram! If you haven't already, go follow us there @veganhacktivists, we've been able to forge some great relationships with other activists with the goal of supporting and collaborating with them. ―We've been working on a super secret project, a new street outreach organization that has the tools to measure the effectiveness of their individuals outreach. We can't reveal much more then that but keep an eye out, it's going to be game changing! ―We now have Seb Alex and Mic The Vegan as advisors! Advisors provide us a lot of value when we ask for advice with our upcoming projects. We created the advisor program because we know that we don't know everything, we prefer to learn from others! ―We also have some big big news for Vegan Bootcamp coming up, but we'll also be making a separate post just for that! Keep an eye out on our patreon / your email. ―We're finally confident enough with our infrastructure to be able to start trying to double the amount of teams we have, so if you know another 40 or so vegan developers... send them our way, positions are open again! :) That's it! 🐖  We plan on doing better with our blog- thanks for bearing with us. Your support means the world to us. If you have any questions, leave a comment below - and thank you again! David 🐟 Vegan Hacktivists
2019 Vegan Hacktivists Year Review!
Wow - It's only been a year since we started and I'm already so incredibly proud of our team and the accomplishments we've made since then. We've all been really excited about making this post for a while now because we really wanted to see how much ground we've covered as an animal rights organization in just a short amount of time. But just for those who don't know how we started this, I'll let everyone in on that this was all an accident. I started this organization on New Year's of last year, almost exactly a year ago. As a moderator of the r/Vegan reddit community I wanted to build a website that had a bunch of vegan resources beautifully displayed and accessible instead of having to share several links when doing my online outreach. A few people offered their time to help me with the site and before we knew it we were working together daily building it. While we were working on the project we decided to create a discord (a chat server, similar to a forum but live) to be able to communicate better, but we had to name it - we landed on Vegan Hacktivists as a fun little pun. To cut a long story short, as more volunteers jumped on to help we began discussing several other project ideas and, well, one thing led to another! In the blink of an eye we connected with several vegan organizations and activists who heard of us and needed our help. We started to build better organizational and team structures for the Vegan Hacktivists as we continued to get more and more requests for help. In a short amount of time we grew from 3 volunteers to over 50 in 12 months! Today, in just one year, we launched 12 new projects which include websites for activists and organizations such as Meat The Victims, Planet Vegan, and the Rancher Advocacy Program, but also some of our own ideas. We launched Vegan Bootcamp, our most successful project which is a new 30 day vegan challenge site, and we launched 5 Minutes 5 Vegans, a 5 minute online vegan outreach website for activists. Both of these sites brought something brand new to the animal rights scene that no-one else had done yet. We scratched itches with Vegan Playlist and My Vegan Tree, and while those two projects weren't necessarily original ideas or successful, they helped us learn to work as a team on the way and developed our skills. We built out VeganActivism.org and VeganCheatSheet.org, both which have become incredibly popular by just word of mouth, and we were lucky enough to get James Hoot, Alex Bez, Leah Doellinger and Ryuji Chua on as advisers - we can't begin to thank them for their time and guidance. We're working on building partnerships with Animal Save Movement (formerly The Save Movement), Animal Rebellion, and and a few other organizations behind-the-scenes - more to come on that soon! We also have 2 new projects in the pipelines, both of which we're really excited to announce in the beginning of 2020. Thanks for reading, let's keep it up for another great year! :) The Vegan Hacktivists
Announcing the new Vegan Hacktivists blog!
Today is the day we're launching our new blog! We'll mainly use this as a tool to keep everyone up to date with our projects, announce new ones, and general organizational blog posts - but we also plan to have some fun and do interviews with our volunteers, activists, and advisors! Our content creators may also release some fun posts every so often outside of the scope of the Vegan Hacktivists surrounding vegan activism in general. We took some of our older Patreon posts and posted them here for historical purposes and to fill the new blog in a bit. We'll still announce new projects earlier on Patreon but those posts and other fun content will eventually hit the blog as-well after our patrons have had a good look! We still have a lot more to get done before the blog is fully up and running but for now, thanks so much for reading and see you in the next one! The Vegan Hacktivists
Our newest project: VeganBootcamp.org!
We're so so happy to announce that we've released Vegan Bootcamp! It took several months longer than we thought it would but we're so proud of what we accomplished among the countless of volunteers that put work into bringing this project to reality.  https://veganbootcamp.org/ We're especially excited about the analytics that we're able to (anonymously) gather on how many people are where, how long they stay there, and if they completed the challenge. We're able to optimize certain challenges that we see people struggling with so that the entire 30 day challenge is set up in the best way possible for folks to succeed. Activists can now login and create a special custom shortlink to see how many people clicked, signed up, and completed the challenge. We can almost guarantee that anyone who's completed the challenge has a close to 90% chance of not only being a "plant based" vegan, but being an ethical vegan. The challenge has folks watching Dominion, Cowspiracy, Forks over Knives, among many other educational videos - all while slowly transitioning and replacing foods throughout the 30 days to the point of making it easier than ever. Folks can then spend stars that they earn as they complete challenges to unlock coupons from participating vegan stores and organizations! Please signup, check it out, and share where possible! We'll be keeping a close eye on this project, updating it, and we're going to hopefully have activists start using this link as either a replacement for Challenge 22, or side by side! Thank you so much as always for the support here on Patreon, it means the world to us! Thank you! :)
New website, new teams, new projects!
Good morning everyone! We're stoked to announce our new website located below: https://veganhacktivists.org We've added a services section, projects section, and a few other neat pages that expand on who we are and what we do. The team members page is not fully filled out yet (we have a lot more people to put up!) but other then that we're really proud of what we have done! We're growing fast - we have a total of 37 volunteers between developers, project leaders, graphic design, content creators, etc. That's 20 more then we had just less than 2 months ago! We're making sure our organizational structure is set up so we're not overwhelmed, although it's a fantastic problem to have! 🙋🏻  Let us know what you think of the new website in the comments below, and as always, thank you so much for your support!  💕 
Vegan Campout and other updates!
We've been busy! Long time no update! We've been busy with several projects, but we'll expand on those in separate posts later today (some on patreon) - keep your eyes peeled! :) We just got back from Vegan Campout 2019 in the UK, our project leaders were able to meet for the first time in person and we were able to make several new connections with different activists and organizations as a result! We met up with Extinction Rebellion's animal-counter "Animal Rebellion" and had a fantastic meeting with them over what we could help them with. You can learn more about what Animal Rebellion does by visiting their website here: http://www.animalrebellion.org/  We'll be working with them in the very near future so stay tuned! We've expanded our team by around 25 people, which includes a brand new team "Team Banana" and 15 new content creators that will be helping us with blogs, social media, and any content needed for our current or upcoming projects. We'll be ramping up the quality of content we push out immediately thanks to these amazing vegan volunteers! More posts coming up today very soon, see you there and thanks for your support!
Our newest project: 5Minutes5Vegans.org
In just 5 minutes you can help 5 or more people become Vegan right now!" We're re-designing our most popular project to date with a beautiful face-lift! But that's not all, we'll be providing new functionality that's been long awaited by our most dedicated users who've emailed us asking for updated features in the past months.You can now register and login with your own account!You can now create and customize your own copy/paste messages!New twitter feeds for English, Spanish, French and German languages!Enhanced AI finds more tweets and higher quality tweets now!Default resource text structures are now randomized using AI to avoid spam filters! We'll be releasing this new UI within a week, two weeks max! We're really excited about this update because it means more support for pre-vegans looking to transition but having no help at all. We want to be there first and we want to do it right for them. Hope you enjoy this update, and thanks for your support!
We're challenging challenge 22+ 👊
It's the website that everyone recommends. It's the first thing that pops into your mind when you're sending someone a link to go Vegan. We want a piece of that real-estate because we think we have a better take on it - something more effective, self-sustaining, and rewarding. Take our challenge and you won't just be vegan, you'll have the knowledge of  a 5 year vegan veteran that knows exactly where to eat, how to shop, you've seen the movies, watched the classic videos, read the blogs, know the tips, the fallacies, etc. Earn coins by completing challenges and then spend those coins on coupons with participating stores/organizations selling Vegan products. There's even more to come but for now we'll have to leave it at this - expect to see us release this project within the next few weeks! We've coined it "The Plant Challenge" but we're open to suggestions for other names, so let us know in the comments below! Thank you everyone for making this possible! :)