you like to help animals more but your list of New Year’s resolutions is already stretching to War and Peace proportions?
Not to worry—chances are good that your resolutions can already help animals every day. As PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk illustrates in her book Making Kind Choices, the simple decisions that we make every day can have a huge impact for animals.
out these resolutions:
- Go to the gym
Since you’re already at a place frequented by health-conscious folks, why not
drop some free
vegetarian/vegan starter kits on the information
table or tack them to the bulletin board?
- Spruce up your
Bushes with edible berries not only look attractive but also provide a food
source for wildlife. So you’ll be filling your yard with flora and fauna.
- Actually use
your library card:
Most libraries are happy to have donated books, so on your next stop, drop off
the animal rights books (like Making Kind
Choices!) that you’ve already read.
- Make time for a
You’ve probably been putting it off because you don’t want to spend your
morning in a waiting room. Other people have, too. So leave your recent issue
of Animal Times there and give your
fellow procrastinators something enlightening to read.
- Stop smoking: Tobacco companies
conduct painful invasive and
skin corrosion tests on animals, so kicking this bad
habit helps kick animal testing, too.
- Organize your
While you’re bagging up tracksuits and old Halloween costumes, throw in your
old leather shoes, and when you’re doing some after-Christmas sale shopping,
replace them with stylish
new nonleather ones.
- Visit your
parents more often:
Mom always loves something that you made yourself, so take along some vegan
baked goods or a meat-free dish when you go see your folks.
- Go to some of
the baby showers, housewarming parties, and bridal showers that your Facebook
friends invite you to: When the occasion calls for a gift, bring a basket of
cruelty-free beauty or baby products, a cookbook of meat-free meals, or a copy of Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven or sponsor an animal at
a sanctuary in the name of the new baby or couple.
- Make out a will: While you’re
divvying up real estate and china, throw animals a bone and include a donation earmarked for
your favorite campaign, such as the doghouse program or the horse-drawn carriage campaign.
- Deep-clean the
Alongside the expired cold medicine and loose Q-tips, toss out products that
were tested on animals and begin the spring with a fresh, new cruelty-free personal-care
- Establish a plan
Plan ahead to keep your animal
companions safe in an emergency situation by filling a carrier
with leashes, bowls, veterinary records, medicines, a photo of each animal, and
a list of hotels that accept animal guests during natural disasters.
- Save money for a
big-ticket item or vacation: With milk projected to hit $8 a gallon,
just swapping your weekly gallon for rice, almond, or soy milk will save you
big bucks and have you well on your way.
- Volunteer some
of your time:
You can organize or participate
in animal rights demonstrations in your community, and
animal shelters are typically thrilled to have dedicated volunteers to walk
dogs, socialize cats, tidy up, and staff fundraisers and other events.
a happy, animal-friendly New Year!
Article source: PETA Files