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Greetings from the road! My name is Amanda and I am elated to be the assistant tour operator for FARM’s 10 Billion Lives Tour this spring with my PIC (Partner In Compassion), Andy! This is Andy’s second tour, so I’m in good company for my first, and definitely learning from a pro.

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GivingTuesday

Okay, so after all the Tofurky, the stuffing, the sweet potatoes, the green bean casserole, the cranberry sauce AND the pumpkin pie…when you’re cozy on the couch, half a sleep and the television is flashing images of fancy new doodads and techno gadgets – encouraging you to spend money on products you most likely don’t need and may never even use – you can happily drift into your food coma, knowing you won’t have to wait in hour-long lines or wade through huge crowds because you plan to give more than just gifts this holiday…you plan to give back!

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North Carolina State University

Since the start of the Fall semester, the 10 Billion Lives crew has been visiting college campuses in the southern United States, including Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Thousands of students have viewed our 4-minute video and many of them have pledged to reduce their consumption of animal products and work towards a vegan diet. In the past two years, over 150,000 people have watched our video exposing the harsh realities of animal agribusiness – 80% of whom pledge to eat fewer animal products. Read more about the effectiveness of this program in a new report published by the Human Research Council.

Here are a few words from the crew about their recent travels…

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As summer starts to fade and the fall semester begins, a new 10 Billion Lives crew will be opening the hearts and minds of young people at college campuses and street fairs across the country. Joining us as Tour Operator is John Corrigan from Minneappolis, MN and Tour Assistant will be Megan Peranteau from Portland, OR.

John has volunteered with Compassionate Action for Animals for pay-per-view events and other outreach, while Megan has helped out at our Portland events when the truck was in town. We are very excited to welcome these two wonderful activists to the FARM team and to the 10 Billion Lives Tour!

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On June 15th of this year, the 10 Billion Lives Tour kicked off its second Warped Tour in Seattle, Washington. On the crew’s first day, over 1,100 individuals watched our 4-minute documentary on the lives and deaths of farmed animals. Most pledged to reduce their meat, dairy and egg intake by a few days a week; while others were so profoundly moved they went vegan on the spot!

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A UCLA student reacts in horror as she witnesses the cruel practices of standard animal farming.

After a productive month making our way through college campuses in TX, AZ and NV, we finally reached the west coast…bringing with it a much needed streak of sun filled days and huge viewer turnout.

Our first stop was San Diego, where we visited UCSD and SDSU, both of which yielded impressive viewer turn outs thanks in part to local student groups. PEACE at UCSD came out in full force with a vegan bake sale each day resulting in many viewers using their earned dollar to purchase a delicious treat — proving that veganism doesn’t mean sacrificing anything.

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Goodbye 2012, hello 2013! A New Year and a new crew for the 10 Billion Lives Tour!

Monica and I (Andy) flew in to Dallas, TX just before the New Year to meet up with FARM’s Director of Outreach Programs, Alex Felsinger, who showed us the ropes and sent us on our way to reach the hearts and minds of caring people all over the country. In between a few minor repairs we were able to grab meals with some incredible vegan activists including Nora Kramer of Mercy For Animals and our host for a few nights, Natalie, who holds her own pay-per-view events at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Finally we were off to Austin where we were able to hold a week’s worth of street-side events while we waited for the new school semester to begin.

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Temple University, Pennsylvania

After the Animal Rights Conference in Washington DC, the 10 Billion Lives tour made several stops in Virginia Beach and the DC area.  One stop outside of the United States Department of Agriculture building near our nation’s capitol attracted media attention that was seen by countless Americans…however, it was not so welcomed by Beef Magazine.

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The world’s oldest and largest animal rights gathering is next week and we hope you will be joining us! Every year, we organize and host the Animal Rights National Conference with the intention of bringing together folks from across the country and around the world to get educated, get inspired and get active on behalf of animals. And this year is shaping up to be even more exciting with our new outreach touring vehicle making a guest appearance!

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Aspiring vegans on Warped Tour

From the Southwest to the Midwest to the Northeast, the past few weeks of the 10 Billion Lives Tour have been nothing short of adventurous and intense. Despite the grueling schedule and the perplexing trend of waking up in a new city and state every morning, the heartfelt and life altering conversations that we hold each day with young people across the country on consistently serve as a source of inspiration for our persistence on the road.

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