Gary Yourofsky Burns Out
We were shocked to hear that popular animal rights activist Gary Yourofsky, known for increasing Israel’s vegan population from five to thirteen percent among so many other accomplishments, recently retired after eighteen solid years of activism, saying, “My tank is completely empty, so I will no longer be online or active in any capacity besides helping students with animal rights projects and answering emails from people who are beginning their vegan journeys.”
Yourofsky’s final social media post shows signs of severe activist burnout with phrases such as, “My worn-out MIND, which is an integral part of THE body, won’t allow me to continue.”
Sadly, he attributes much of his mental exhaustion to activist infighting, a common concern among animal activists.
At In Defense of Animals, we believe that every activist can have an important role to play in the transition to a more compassionate world. That’s why we offer activist support services to provide the emotional resources that we activists so often need to continue our vital work for animals. We’ll strategize ways we can decrease infighting and increase harmony among activists during our next online support group, and we really hope you'll join us!
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Read Gary’s full statement here.
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