Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why do we need more than one volunteer?
A. There are a lot of tasks to be attended to during a Pay Per View event, including getting people set to watch the video, monitoring the viewers to make sure they're watching, paying them afterwards, and answering questions. It also looks more professional when there are multiple volunteers. A third volunteer is often helpful but not essential.
Q. Why do you recommend multiple viewing stations?
A. When there's only one laptop, tablet or TV, some people won't wait for others to finish and will wander off even though they were initially interested.
Q. Are headphones required?
A. Yes. Unless you are situated far enough from other tables and passerby so that others won't hear the disturbing sounds on the video. However, even if this is the case, we still strongly recommend using headphones. Some events are very noisy, and headphones allow people to concentrate. You can get headphones for under $10, and these can be reimbursed under the miscellaneous expense portion of the grant.
Q. What are splitters?
A. Splitters are for the earphones and allow you to attach multiple of earphones into one audio jack. You can get these at most electronics stores. They are VERY USEFUL! It will drastically increase the number of people who watch, and people like to watch with their friends.
Q. During the event, what's the best way to take photos?
A. It's best to take photos from behind the viewers so as not to disturb them while they're watching. Please try to be as inconspicuous as possible.
Q. Are viewing booths required?
A. No. If your laptop, tablet, or TV is situated so that casual passerby cannot see it, you don't absolutely need the viewing booth. It is still strongly recommended. It looks cool, like a mini-theater, and probably improves the viewers' concentration on the video.
Q. How do I make a viewing booth?
A. It's easy! You can purchase foam display boards at most office supply stores. Black works best. Then simply afflix the Pay Per View signs (PDF) on the outward facing sides of the board. See example.
Q. What if a potential viewer is vegetarian?
A. If the person eats eggs and/or dairy, then we definitely want them to see the video. Also, be sure to thank the person for having already taken a big step in the right direction. But it's very important to empower these individuals to go further by reinforcing that the footage they watched is typical abuse on dairy and egg farms and by introducing them to vegan replacements for dairy and eggs.
Q. What if a potential viewer is vegan?
A. If someone is already vegan, you can let them watch if you think it will reinforce their choice, but the main emphasis is to reach non-vegans.
Q. What if someone asks, "Is this the worst possible footage you could find?"
A. Say, "No. Unfortunately, this type of treatment is a daily occurrence within the animal agriculture business. The individuals who do these undercover investigations have never been to a slaughterhouse where animals were treated humanely."
Q. What if someone asks, "Is it legal for animals to be dangled upside down while still conscious?"
A. Say, "They are supposed to be stunned before having their throats slit, but often that doesn't occur."
Q. What if someone asks, "How is this footage obtained?"
A. Say, "Undercover investigations by people who care about animals. It is expensive, stressful, and dangerous work."
Q. I received a grant. How should I promote/thank Asha Sanctuary?
A. Just feature a sign at the event showing Asha Sanctuary as a sponsor and hand out our brochure with a $1 bill sticking out. This encourages students to visit our sanctuary and meet the farmed animals in person, reinforcing the importance of removing animal products. When Asha Sanctuary helps fund any efforts that receive attention in veg-friendly forums, such as at a conference or in the veg community's media (blogs, VegNews, etc.), please acknowledge Asha Sanctuary's part so that other activists can learn about us as a valuable resource.