1. Educate yourself
Animals are used in 5 ways within our society (food, entertainment, medical, companion, and clothes) and you should aim to educate yourself with the issues surrounding animal rights and/or welfare within these 5 areas.
2. Spread the word
As you continue to educate yourself, you will find out all sorts of interesting and disturbing things in books, videos, studies etc. regarding the use of animals. If you find it interesting, chances are someone else that you know will too.
3. Adopt your next pet
According to the ASPCA website, “approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year.”
4. Buy Cruelty Free
There are so many wonderful cruelty free products on the market today. I use my YouTube channel to explore vegan beauty products and suggest that you look in your home to see what products that you currently have are cruelty free and ones that you need to update.
5. Boycott—put your money where your morals are.
On the flip side of buying cruelty free, stop supporting companies (if you buy from a company, then you are supporting them) that abuse animals, their workers and the environment. You make a vote every time you lay a dollar (or a credit card) on the counter. Vote to live cruelty free.
6. Choose donations wisely
Just because an organization’s goals sound good, it does not mean that they will be good for animals. Before you send a check, or volunteer your time, learn about the organizations’ policies. How much of your money will actually go to program expenses as opposed to administrative? If it is a company that is working towards a cure, are they doing this work on animals? Visit www.charitynavigator.org “America's leading independent charity evaluator” for more information.
7. Become a role model
Gandhi said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Sometimes the most impactful and easiest action that you can take to facilitate change is to be the change. If you live a life of compassion for animals, you never know who you may influence to do the same when they see how easy it is for you.
8. Write your politicians
There are always new laws being written regarding how animals should be treated within all 5 areas listed in #1. Let your politicians know how you feel. Call, write, blog, and tweet your opinions to them. And if they don’t listen, vote for the ones that will in the next election!
9. Report abuse in homes, pet shops, in your neighborhood, school, circuses, etc.
Be the voice for the voiceless. If you see abuse of animals anywhere call your local police or animal care and control.
10. Teach children respect for animals
How children learn to treat animals when they are young is how they will treat animals when they become adults.
11. Become Vegan
You know it would end with this!! The most immediate action that you can take to help animals is to stop eating them. PERIOD!!!!!
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