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  • Series: Flashpoint (Lantern)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (April 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590561201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590561201
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is so much more than a 'how-to' guide for activists. It is an inspirational and motivational opus from the two gentlest yet most effective giants in the movement. The Animal Activist's Handbook will elevate your activism and forever alter who you are and who you want to be. --Rory Freedman, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Skinny Bitch

The Animal Activist's Handbook is full of good sense, thoughtful advice, and practical action on helping all of us to reduce the needless suffering of our fellow creatures. I recommend it. --Matthew Scully, author of Dominion

The Animal Activist's Handbook punches way above its weight. Rarely have so few pages contained so much intelligence and good advice. Get it, read it, and act on it. Now. --Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation and Ethics into Action

About the Author

Matt Ball, along with Jack Norris, co-founded Vegan Outreach in 1993. Before working full-time as the Executive Director of Vegan Outreach, he was a Department of Energy Global Change Fellow, and earned degrees in the Department of Forest Ecology at the University of Illinois, and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Vegan Outreach activists have distributed millions of detailed animal advocacy booklets around the world, with distribution growing every year. Along with Mr. Norris, Matt was elected into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2005. Bruce Friedrich is vice president of policy and government affairs for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world s largest animal rights organization, with more than 2 million members and supporters. Before joining PETA more than 12 years ago, Bruce spent six years working with the poor of Washington, D.C. in a Catholic Worker hospitality house there, as well as leading demonstrations against globalization, imperialism, violence, and war. He has been a progressive activist for more than 20 years.

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Matt Ball, along with Anne Green and Jack Norris, co-founded Vegan Outreach in 1993. As Executive Director of Vegan Outreach, Matt grew the organization into an internationally-recognized grassroots powerhouse. As Dr. Michael Greger notes, "Over the past two decades, Matt Ball has had a singularly profound influence on the animal protection movement in the United States. Matt's reasoned, eloquent focus on having the biggest possible impact with the greatest possible efficiency has resonated with tens of thousands of individuals, and created fundamental, pragmatic change on every level of the movement." Before running Vegan Outreach, Matt was a Department of Energy Global Change Fellow, and earned degrees in the Department of Forest Ecology at the University of Illinois, and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Matt was elected into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2005.

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This book helped me, and will help others, have the most positive impact.
Jodi Lynne Chemes
The Animal Activist's Handbook offers invaluable suggestions for how to be as effective as possible in giving a voice to the voiceless.
P. Shapiro
This book is essential reading for anyone that endeavors to speak on behalf of animals.
Mark L. Middleton

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By P. Shapiro on April 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Animal Activist's Handbook offers invaluable suggestions for how to be as effective as possible in giving a voice to the voiceless. The plight of animals is so dire that we can't afford to engage in advocacy that isn't optimally useful in changing people attitudes about, and actions, toward them. I wish this book had been written when I first got involved in the animal protection movement--it would have made my early years as an animal advocate a lot more effective!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles Talbert on April 27, 2009
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Ball and Friedrich's contribution is aptly named a "handbook", though it's more than that. There is a great amount of useful information in one slim reference source, and a thoughtful distillation of so much that activists need to know. But it's not only for those who advocate. Others just wanting to know the ethical and practical case for compassion for all beings will find this a thorough resource that can be read quickly and grasped easily.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Morgan on June 30, 2009
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This book is a great introduction to being effective activist. Activism can be something as simple as promoting a particular point of view to your friends and family. Matt and Bruce make a compelling case for advocating your point of view in a way that focuses on the person you are speaking with, not on yourself. This is a very effective way to convey any point of view to an audience (of one or many). Most importantly, it's a very effective way to engage with your audience without alienating them. That's why I wholeheartedly recommend this book to those who wish to more effectively advocate ANY point of view, not just animal activists.

Moreover, even if you see yourself as a quiet vegetarian who does not actively seek to influence others, I strongly recommend this book to you so that you are better prepared for conversations with people who have an interest in (or a hostility to) vegetarianism and seek your point of view.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PSVeggirl on April 27, 2009
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I found this book helpful and instructive in both giving some historical perspective as well as giving usefl ideas on how to be a better advocate for animals. Recommended reading for all who want to live their lives constructively in the pursuit of animal rights.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Middleton on June 3, 2009
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This book is essential reading for anyone that endeavors to speak on behalf of animals. It's to the point and packed with helpful information to make you a more effective animal advocate. This book is well organized and written. There's no fluff or padding, it's what you need to know and nothing more. The authors know that as an animal advocate, you have no time to waste.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brianne Donaldson on June 2, 2009
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This book is a quick read offering the best of animal advocacy, including contextual, care-centered ethics toward both human and non-human animals. Far from essentializing ethical behavior in a one-size-fits-all model, this handbook encourages socratic conversation, mutual change through relationships, and patient, process-oriented dialogue. Though the book is heavy on pragmatic evaluation, it is balanced by a degree of emotional and spiritual reflection that honors both the rational and intuitive elements of care-centered action and effective activism.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Freedman on April 14, 2009
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This book is so much more than a "how-to" guide for activists. It is an inspirational and motivational opus from the two gentlest yet most effective giants in the movement. The Animal Activist's Handbook will elevate your activism and forever alter who you are and who you want to be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Kuzma on June 11, 2009
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Matt and Bruce have written an outstanding, throught-provoking guide to effective advocacy, and whether or not you are a newbie or veteran animal activist, this book is for you! They keep things simple and to the point. All of their insight, based on decades of combined experience, is practical and logical. I feel that the methods of advocacy that Matt and Bruce have outlined in the book are proven effective and work well in today's society - and I can speak from personal experience. As an animal activist, our interaction with other people is crucial to helping create awareness and bring an end to the unnecessary suffering of animals - and therefore, like thoughtful psychologists, we can be more effective through our methods of advocacy that we choose because, by the example we set, we can either have positive or negative interactions with others, and that in turn directly effects the animals. So this book is must read (and re-read) for any activist at any level of experience!
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