The World Day for the End of Speciesism invites animal defence societies all over the world to organize events that challenge speciesism and ask for a genuine consideration of animals’ interests. Marches, actions, happenings, lectures and other events are organized every year in many countries. If you want to help change society, join the movement!
Images are crucial
Take pictures of your event, however simple it is. Yes, even if there are only 2 of you! You may reach a few people in the street or at your event, but thanks to your pictures we can spread the word to hundreds or even thousands of people and inspire lots of new activists to join the movement. Make sure you have a good camera or, even better, a professional photographer/videographer. Show the setting of your event – posters, banners, costumes: all aspects of it are interesting! And don’t forget to send your best footage and images to firstname.lastname@example.org after your event so we can add them to our albums and posts.
Although the media sometimes mention "animal-rights activists" the notion of speciesism is still largely unknown. Make sure to use the term widely on your flyers, posters, banners, etc. along with the expression "World Day for the End of Speciesism", all in your own language. Help us to spread the word about WoDES by using the hashtags #wodes and #wodes2019 on social networks.
Publicize your event
Don't forget to advertise your event widely: in the mainstream media, in specialized animal-rights and vegan media and on social networks. Actions are important in themselves but the information underlying them is also a way of getting ideas across and publicizing issues.
Send out press releases
Social media spread ideas widely but other types of publicity (newspapers, online media, TV, radio etc.) can reach even more people and give credibility to your actions and ideas. Ask us if you need help to write and send a press release, both before and after your event. Send us a copy of your press release and also cuttings and links to media coverage of your event.
Keep in touch
Although there are only a few of us volunteers working for international WoDES, we love hearing from you! It is vital that we know what you are planning, have a link to your event and website, know how your event is going and know how we can help you. Afterwards remember to send us a brief account of what you did and how the public reacted.