Animal Writes
15 December 1999 Issue

Don't Give Up
by [email protected]

If you ever feel that teaching people about animals, whether it be about animal rights, vegetarianism/veganism, spaying/neutering, etc., isn't important, just remember that one person can make all the difference.

Just think of all the animal activists out there now. At one point, they had to learn about the suffering and murdering of innocent lives. We all did. And if you look back and think of the person who first told you of the cruelty towards animals, you will notice how influential that person was on the rest of your life.

You can be that person. You can be the person who influences the life of a hunter, the life of a woman wearing fur, the life of a fisherman, or even the life of someone who never thought they would ever be an activist of any kind.

If you ever think that you are too small, that you are only one person, that there is no way you could ever make a difference, think of this:

Let's say that out of all the people someone talks to, he/she only influences two people a week.

**January 1, 2000 -- This week you influence two individuals to become animal activists, vegetarians, donators, or even influence them to stop hunting or wearing fur.

**January 8 -- Those two people each influence two others, totaling four people changing their attitude towards animals in the positive direction that week.

**January 15 -- Those four each influence two others, totaling eight.

And the cycle continues through the year, each person influencing two in a week.

**By January 1, 2001, an exact year from when you influenced those first two people, 4,503,599,627,370,496 people were influenced!

That is astounding!! And there are only 6,000,000,000 people in the world! And that's all because you taught two people about animal rights! Look at the difference you made!

So don't ever feel that you can't make a difference. Because without you, where would the animals be...?

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