Anyone up for some crafty activism?

I received this in my email today and I would like to share it with the other vegans out there.

Dear Animal Activist,

We need your help with a crafty new project! Do you (or a friend or family member) like to make quilts, sew or paint? We'’re creating a quilt in honor of the billions of sea animals who are violently killed for their flesh and the millions more who are killed and injured by recreational fishers. By creating a patch for the 'Fish Quilt,'” you can let people know that fish are intelligent individuals who suffer and feel pain, just like cats and dogs, fish don't deserve to be hooked or eaten! (Learn more about sea animals at www.FishingHurts.com.)

You don't have to be a sewing expert to participate! We just need you to use your individual creativity to convey a message of compassion. Your square should represent why you care about fish or other sea animals. It could have an image of fish, a message like 'Fish Are Friends, Not Food!'”, the story of why you stopped fishing or eating fish, or it could be a tribute to a companion fish. The possibilities are endless!

Fish Quilt Instructions:
--You can use paints, dyes, permanent markers, stencils, and iron-on transfers of photographs, plus beads, sequins or any other small object that would fit. It would be great if you could incorporate old fishing hooks and gear to make a statement against fishing! Please choose durable fabric (no paper) and materials. We can'’t accept any patch that uses materials from animals (such as leather, wool, silk, or fur). All patches that follow the guidelines will be accepted regardless of artistic ability!
--Each square must be constructed on a fabric backing and must be 18"” x 18"”, or in multiples of 18 (so if you're really ambitious, you could make a patch 18 x 36 or 36 x 36). You can also submit multiple quilt pieces. Please leave a half inch seam allowance on all edges for us to use when assembling the final quilt.

Please send us your finished patches by July 15, 2006. Everyone who makes a useable patch will be thanked on FishingHurts.com. (Of course, if you'd rather us not put your name on the site, please just let us know.) If possible, please take a nice photograph of you holding your quilt square and either include it in the package or email it to us at FishQuilt@peta.org.

Please send your finished patch(es), along with your name, address, phone, e-mail and the background story about your patch, to:

Fish Quilt Project
501 Front St.
Norfolk VA 23510

If you have questions about the project, please email FishQuilt@peta.org. Please forward this email to anyone you know who is artistic and cares about animals.

Thank you very much for your using your talents to speak out for animals!

Chris Holbein
Vegan Special Projects Coordinator


vania said...

thanks for posting this, i might make a square - what a great idea!

jen said...

yeah, me too! thanks!