Alert: We are encouraging PAN supporters to share this
open letter, to Courage International, a homophobic hate group, and to join us at our protest there on May 24.
PAN focuses on some of the toughest issues facing humans as a species.
These issues include the following:
*Promoting a vegan lifestyle through outreach and the
One of PAN’s best known programs is the Vegan Pledge. This program
started in the UK in 2010 and Board members of PAN brought the Pledge
to Philadelphia. It expanded to Phoenixville, PA in 2011 and to Chapel
Hill, NC, Salt Lake City, UT and Bend, OR in 2012. The PAN Vegan Pledge
is a program for non-vegan individuals who pledge to go vegan for 30 days
during which they receive support and guidance from PAN members, volunteers
and supporters. The program includes weekly meetings consisting of cooking
classes, environmental and health speakers, a personal mentor (experienced
vegan), social events, and an incredible care package that makes 30 days of
being vegan that much easier.
Most of PAN’s Vegan Pledge participants stay vegan after the pledge.
They enjoy lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and better health
overall. Best of all, they enjoy the knowledge that they are no longer
contributing to the cruelty and suffering of non-human animals.
*Promoting LGBTQ equality.
*Promoting a vegan diet through pay-per-view screenings
PAN sets up DVD viewing stations at various high foot-traffic areas
throughout the region and offers people $1 to watch a four-minute video
about where their food comes from. Most people are shocked and horrified and declare they will never use animal products again. We provide them with vegan starter guides; encourage them to join our mailing list and/or sign up to participate in the PAN Vegan Pledge.
*Addressing social justice issues
PAN has worked with Philly Food Forests. Philly Food Forests (a grassroots
organization working to
teach Philadelphians self-sufficiency) making mason bee houses and preparing
and tending to vegetable gardens. Through PAN’s “Mortie’s Project”,
we’ve distributed free vegan food to homeless
people in Philadelphia and DC and held a public dinner which was
free for those who needed it but with the expenses covered by paying
individuals having the means to do so. We’ve had a number of
movie-screenings to raise public awareness of the plight of domesticated animals
and also the plight of humans caught in the cycle of human trafficking.
*Removing animals from the entertainment sector inluding
a ban on
The use of horse-drawn carriages is a form of animal exploitation.
PAN raises awareness about the issues surrounding the carriage horse
industry at various times throughout the year by encouraging visitors to bypass a carriage
ride and informing them how to support a ban on horse-drawn carriages!
PAN tables at a number of environmental awareness events to promote
the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. We provide information to
participants about the how raising animals for food is harmful to the
planet and wasteful of natural resources and we encourage people to go vegan.
Please consider supporting our campaigns by donating or volunteering.