UC Davis is not a good spot to collect signatures. Between international students and no students, I should have spent my time sipping a soy mocha at Starbucks. Safeway was slightly better. I was able to get 50 signatures over two days (approximately 3 hours). If I can maintain that for the entire signature gathering process, I'll have convinced 500 + people to care an iota about farmed animals. Job done, number one.
In case you're wondering what I'm on about - we're gathering 650,000 signatures to get an initiative on the California November ballot in '08. All the measure states is: veal calves, egg laying hens and pregnant sows must have enough room to stand up, turn around, and stretch their limbs/wings. Crazy, huh?
If you want a lesson on why stereotyping is so ineffective, gather signatures for an initiative. The people you think are least likely to sign will smile brightly and immediately grab a pen, while the little old lady with the cat shirt on won't have anything to do with you.
More importantly (just kidding), Bill McKibben has endorsed the campaign. http://www.humanecalifornia.org/endorsements/index.php. If you haven't read The Age of Missing Information and The End of Nature, do so. He's a brilliant writer.
I also heart Julia Butterfly Hill for endorsing the campaign.
In other news, I called the fire department for a carbon monoxide detector warning and learned I needed new batteries. To say I felt stupid is an understament, but I'll blame the hour of 2 am and the psychosomatic "OH MY GOD, I'M DYING OF CO POISONING" reaction for my lack of brain cell use. We shall never speak of this incident again.
PS: rozae- I asked the director of the campaign about out of staters. There isn't much that out of state folk can do, except get endorsements & contact other Californians to sign a petition. http://www.humanecalifornia.org/endorsements/index.php contains the endorsement info, if you know any business, farm, veterinarian, animal protection group who might endorse. You can also send me cookies of support. *ahem* Just saying. ;)