Vegan Candy and Conversation at the Howl-O-Ween 5K

On October 22, 2022, the New Hampshire Animal Rights League took part in the Animal Rescue League of NH’s annual Howl-O-Ween 5K with table featuring vegan Halloween candy and literature.

During this popular event, where costumed dogs and their people run a 3-mile race, we brought attention to less fortunate animals — those raised and killed for food.

Using Halloween candy as a starting point for talking about veganism, we explained why gelatin is gruesome and dairy is scary, while offering up a list of cruelty-free candy options.

vegan Dog Treats

For our canine visitors, we had two kinds of pumpkin treats — both very popular with the dogs who stopped by our table.

Why Do We Love One and Eat the Other?

Unfortunately, people who love dogs do not necessarily extend that care and concern to cows, pigs, and other animals considered food. To illustrate, among the dog lovers we met at the 5K event was a butcher, a turkey farmer, a pheasant hunter, and a woman who swears by her “paleo” diet.

While these folks haven’t yet recognized that all living beings should be spared unnecessary suffering, we also met quite a few vegans and vegetarians at the event.

Everyone went home with a bag of vegan candy and some vegan literature (shown below), in hopes of planting seeds.

Thank you to our volunteers and to everyone who stopped by our table.

Happy and cruelty-free Halloween!