I’m so excited to have my good friend Mukang on the blog today. She is a powerhouse in the animal rights movement, and inspires me endlessly to speak up for the voiceless. Mukang took me leafleting for the very first time, which was an unforgettable experience. Today, Mukang tells us about what motivated her to start leafleting and why she continues to do it.
When I was first exposed to farmed animal suffering, I immediately told myself that I had to share the truth with my family and friends. It never crossed my mind that they would not feel the same way as I felt, or see what I saw. I could not understand why they would not stop eating animals and thrive on a plant-based diet as easily as I do now.
It was not an easy journey for me getting support from family and friends. It is my sincere hope that one day my own family and friends will want to know about the hidden truth and come to the realization themselves that animals are not here for us but with us.
In the meantime I leaflet! I was depressed in the beginning thinking about the sheer number of animals used for human consumption. In the United States, 99% of the animals suffer and die every single second so we can have chicken sandwiches, grilled fish and bacon cheeseburgers. The suffering is everywhere, in every meal, every restaurant, every conversation, every commercial, and everywhere I go.
While I was visiting Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, I was introduced to “The Animal Activist’s Handbook.” I was deeply inspired by the book and the power of the “old traditional” way of leafleting. My family and friends may not want to know the truth about factory farming, but hundreds and thousands of strangers will happily receive a booklet from me. Instead of dwelling on why I can’t make my family and friends see the truth and make the change, I leaflet.
I am not trying to glorify the idea of leafleting. According to research, for every 100 booklets that I hand out, one person will become vegetarian or vegan; or two people will decrease their meat consumption. This will save 27 land animals per year for the next 50 years for one young college student in his lifetime. This number does not include the ripple effect that these people will have on others!
It has been the most gratifying experience in my life. I am grateful for the people and animals I get to meet along the way. I am grateful for having a purpose in this lifetime. I will not stop for the animals.
Mukang Pederson grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. She moved to the United States in 1997 to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned her Masters of Architecture. She currently lives with her husband Thomas and their wonderful rescue guinea pigs in Decatur, Georgia. She is a healthcare architect who specializes in strategic planning for healthcare facilities and academic medical centers. She is a member of Georgia Animal Rights and Protection (GARP), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and volunteers for Vegan Outreach.