It’s a new year, and a new chance to be of service to others. How about our furry friends, who have no one else to advocate for them but us? While you are making your New Year’s Resolutions List this January, consider some of these easy actions that help animals. From your diet and pocketbook, to your time and influence, there is something that everyone can do to help animals in 2016!
1. Go meatless once a week (or help someone else to).
If you aren’t already vegan, commit to eating one plant-based meal a week. If you are vegetarian, challenge yourself to go without dairy or eggs at least once a week. If you are already vegan, share a meatless meal with someone who is not!
2. Support an animal charity.
There are a myriad of wonderful organizations fighting for animal rights, such as PETA, Farm Sanctuary, and Mercy for Animals. Support their efforts with a monthly or annual donation.
3. Become an animal advocate.
Share information to educate others about the animal cruelty that exists. Making someone aware of the harsh realities that animals are faced with can go a long way in impacting a person to change their ways. Share vegan videos and articles that provide news in the animal cruelty world or write a letter on behalf of animals.
4. Switch out animal ingredients with a vegan version.
If you don’t already eat vegan, switch out your butter, mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, and/or milk with a vegan alternative. With all the delicious products now widely available, it is easier than ever to make this resolution.
5. Adopt an animal this year.
Providing a loving home to an animal in need is one of the kindest things you can do to help a furry friend.
6. Buy only cruelty free cosmetics and household products.
Do your research and toss out anything that tests on animals or contains animal derived ingredients. This video shows just how easy it is to give your home a cruelty-free makeover!
7. Visit animal sanctuaries instead of zoos, circuses, and animal theme parks.
Boycotting entertainment venues that exploit animals creates less demand for these places to exist, and an opportunity to educate others about the inhumane conditions there.
Animal shelters and sanctuaries always need help. Volunteer your time regularly at these wonderful places that help revive and care for animals in need.