Most people make the same resolutions every New Year’s—lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, save money, and so on. This year, why not resolve to help stop animal suffering? Here are some simple things you can do to make the world a kinder place for all animals:
*Choose only cruelty-free products. Hundreds of companies, including Revlon, Almay, Method, Food Lion, Seventh Generation, Kiss My Face, and M.A.C. Cosmetics, make cruelty-free products. See www.CaringConsumer.com for a complete list.
*Volunteer at your local animal shelter. Shelters are always in need of people to walk dogs, play with animals, or clean cages. You can also help by donating dog and cat food, kitty litter, toys, blankets, and other supplies.
*Go vegetarian! Each vegetarian saves more than 100 animals every year. (And if you usually resolve to lose weight and eat healthier, going vegetarian can help you with those resolutions too.) If you’re already a vegetarian, consider going vegan. For tips on making the transition, see www.GoVeg.com.
*Shed your skins. Opt for fashionable, cruelty-free alternatives to fur, leather, and wool. Visit www.FurIsDead.com for a free cruelty-free clothing guide.
*Sponsor an animal. Make a monthly donation to help care for a rescued animal or to support a program to stop animal abuse.
*Spread the word. Pledge to write at least one letter per week to the editor of a newspaper or a magazine. You could write about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, the importance of spaying and neutering, reasons not to wear fur, animal-free circuses, or any other issue that touches your heart.
*Protest animal abuse. Demonstrate in front of a local pet store, KFC, or fur salon. Click here for tips on holding a demonstration and organizing a campaign. See the Care2 Take Action page for more ways to get active for animals.
If you, like me, have been involved in the animal rights movement for years, why not strengthen your resolve and renew your commitment to helping animals for years to come. We are their voice and we must not fall silent.
Have a happy and humane New Year!