Activist Profile: Caleb Wheeldon
October 5, 2011
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up in a small fishing village called Gaspereau in Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. These days I live in Seattle and travel around the Northwest, spreading the word about cruelty to animals and how to end it.
What are your favorite things to do outside of leafleting?
I love music, sports (especially football and hockey), history and politics.
Who is a major influence in your life?
I am inspired most by the committed activists I have met and worked with throughout my life, including my mother, father, brothers, sisters and many others. Especially inspiring to me are the people who have dismissed personal wealth and comfort to fight against oppression and cruelty to animals. You are a voice for the voiceless.
How long have you been involved in animal rights and how did you get interested?
I have been involved with animal rights for about 11 years. During that time, I interned at Farm Sanctuary, worked at PETA and was active with local groups in Halifax NS, Eugene OR and more. I became interested in animal rights at college when I finally accepted a challenge to reconsider my relationship with animals. Having known people who were vegan from a young age, I still look back with horror at all the times I was rude to my vegan and veg friends about their compassionate choices, and continue to atone for my ignorance through outreach.
Why do you leaflet?
Leafleting with Vegan Outreach is a simple and fun way to promote compassion towards animals. Since one leaflet, placed in the right hand at the right time, has the potential to save lives and prevent suffering, we’ll place millions of leaflets in the right hands, and at the right time. You can join us!
What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
Leafleting at the University of WA in Seattle in the first week of September was a great experience for me. Althought very polite, I got every reaction in the book, from people who didn’t care, to people who believed God commanded them to eat animals, to ranchers and dairy farmers who took offense at my presence. Even with our differences, everyone who stopped to chat agreed that cruelty to animals is wrong, and that too many people don’t think about where their food comes from. Many people stopped to tell me they’re vegetarians or vegans, and others promised to eat less meat based on our chat. Great times!
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
If you’re a friendly, sincere person who cares about animals, you can be successful leafleting. Initially, it may not be the most comfortable thing, but once you find your groove, you’ll find it’s more fun and rewarding than ever you could have imagined!