I ride to be a voice for the voiceless.

John Jungenberg - Libertyville, IL

I ride to be a voice for the voiceless.

My name is John Jungenberg. I ride my bike to raise awareness about animal cruelty. I am the co-founder of a bike touring group called FAST, or Five Activists Standing Together. We are a group that travels to different cities via bicycle to hand out pamphlets with information about the cruelties of animal agriculture.

I just completed my first official bike tour with my team mates a few days ago. We went from Northern Illinois to Madison, WI then to Milwaukee and back. During the tour, the weather was definitely our biggest obstacle. We battled unbelievable winds, snow, rain and thunderstorms. It was a physically exerting trip, but it was well worth it in the results we got. Multiple people came up to us and said that they had decided to become vegan because of us. That in itself made it worth it. The trip also made me proud of us because, even in the worst of times, we didn't give up. We continued to bike mile after mile in snow and 18 mile per hour winds.

My hope for writing this is two things. One, I hope that you start bike activism. It is incredibly important that we have access to bike lanes, trails and bike stations. Contact your local politicians and ask them to start adding biking infrastructure to your city. Start petitions. Organize rallies.

My second hope for writing this, is that you consider the power of your food choices. Every time we sit down to eat, we have a decision to make. We can either choose to make a compassionate choice or choose to keep animals in the horrible state that they are in. We can shape the fate of them by what we choose to do it our everyday lives.

Thank you for reading!

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