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What Are You Doing to Make a Difference?

Written by PETA | October 21, 2011

To celebrate “Make a Difference” Day—a national day of volunteering taking place on Saturday—we’re offering you the chance to win a copy of the aptly named One Can Make a Difference: How Simple Actions Can Change the World autographed by PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk to help inspire you to make a difference for animals every day. 

One Can Make a Difference contains more than 50 original essays by “differencemakers,” including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sir Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Russell Simmons, Brigitte Bardot, and Oliver Stone. The book also makes the point that you do not need to be famous to impact the world—all you need is determination.

To enter to win a signed copy of One Can Make a Difference, leave a comment about what you are doing to make a difference for animals.

To pick up a copy of One Can Make a Difference right now for yourself or for a friend, visit the PETA catalog. Happy “Make a Difference” Day!

The contest ends on October 31, 2011, and the most inspiring animal-friendly comment will win. We’ll contact the winner on November 1, 2011. Make sure that you read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting.

 

Written by Heather Faraid Drennan

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  • Scarygodmother says:

    I am trying myself to help animals. Although it isn’t enough, something little can make a difference. First,  i boycott the circus that contains animals for entertainment. Second, i volunteer at my local pet shelter. Also, i picked up a stray dog and now she is a heart warming puppy. I am also turning vegan, Plus i haven’t eaten the chicken nuggets in McDonalds  for a loooong time.I know, i know i have to boycott completely but one step at a time!  I have already boycotted KFC for the longest!Whatelse,whatelse? Oh! I raise awareness!I wear the “i am not a nugget” backpack to all places! I draw  all of the stickers you guys have and i put them up for sale with my friends and others. Or i put them on the cover of the binder for everyone to see. And in the corner what does it say? Well , the website to find everything to help animals, PETA. ORG!  Although i know it isn’t revolutionary,  it causes an effect, and sooner or later it’s going to show. One can truly make a difference.

  • Michelle says:

    I raise my child to be vegan, I cook and bake vegan food for my family and friends, I inform people about the mirable situration animals are in I post Petastuff on my facebookwall once in a while I write a letter I did once a speak about veganism in school ( would do it again if I get an occation) have the intention to get me a vegan t-shirt think often about other stuff I could do

  • Rose says:

    I recently went cruelty free with cosmetics, personal care and working on cleaning supplies. I post on FB and write emails in support and opposition to companies concerning animal testing. I have cried and lost sleep over the cruelty and torture. I am unemployed so financially I can’t do more, but I am voicing my stance whenever I can. I eat very little meat so going totally vegan is a no-prob for me. I have 2 rescue cats and feed the helpless strays where I live. My work to end animal testing is just beginning. Thank God for PETA for being in the forefront for our helpless animals. Bless you PETA….

  • Scaryfairy says:

    I am trying myself to help animals. Although it isn’t enough, something little can make a difference. First, i boycott the circus that contains animals for entertainment. Third, i volunteer at my local pet shelter. Also, i picked up a stray dog and now she is a heart warming puppy. I also am turning vegan, Plus i haven’t eaten the chicken nuggets for a loooong time. I know, i know i have to boycott completely but one step at a time! Whatelse,whatelse? Oh! I raise awareness! I draw beatifully all of the stickers you guys have and i put them up for sale with my friends and others’ Or i put them on the cover of the binder for everyone to see. And in the corner what does it say? Well , the website to find everything to help animals, PETA. ORG! Although i know it isn’t revolutionary, but it causes an effect, and sooner or later it’s going to show. One can truly make a difference.

  • pasttopp says:

    I am campaigning for the end of live export by gathering petitions, meeting with polititions and generally raising awareness.I also donate to three animal welfare organisations.

  • stupefaction says:

    As a dedicated vegan and animal rights activists, I was appalled by the lack of vegan options provided by my school. I decided to write an article about this lack of cruelty-free options for my News Research class, and in doing so, ended up bringing awareness to the issue. Now, I have the school’s food director on my side, and have an active role in the increase in my school’s vegan menu items.

  • Alyssa says:

    I just turned vegan after reading about animal cruelty and now I’m sticking up anti-animal cruelty posters around my school.

  • Arle12 says:

    I’m not able to financially help the animals, but I sign every petition I find, then share it on facebook, where others can take action too.

  • Deosil1977@gmail.com says:

    I am vegan and I post action links to Facebook and twitter.

  • Robyn says:

    By protesting, tabling, leafleting, and being vegan!!!

  • TheNeoHippie says:

    I am somewhat new to the front, but I have been making strides in my efforts. I have stopped eating meat. I inform people daily about the suffering of animals. I am determined, a warrior and I have 3 causes. 1. To protect animal rights, make them equal to that of human rights. 2. To clean up the planet. It’s our home and we need to treat it that way. 3. To take democracy out of the hands of lobbyists and the rich, and return it back to the people, the 99%. Many thanks for reading.

  • rawrtiarra says:

    No matter how small or big an animal is I never do anything to hurt it even if its trying to attack me.

  • Marina says:

    I’m a member of several AR organizations, including PETA, of course, and am on the Board of another. With two other volunteers, I had a VegFund.org event (vegan food and literature giveaway) last month. Every day, I spend a little (or alot of) time online either writing emails, signing petitions or sharing AR information through social media. I have participated in regional local demos against Petland and the Shrine Circus. It’s my responsibility to stock one of several PETA “Free Vegetarian/Vegan Guides” boxes in town, and I regularly leave vegan literature at the local food co-op and other places where people will see them. It’s also easy to pass on issues of “Animal Times” and other AR magazines and newspapers after I’m done with them. My shoulder bag is always adorned with AR buttons, and PETA’s “Animals in Laboratories” stickers go on any letter or package I send out. There is vegan literature in my office for anyone who wants it, and at least 8 people at my workplace have asked me for advice on vegan nutrition. Whenever the AR group I’m involved with has an event, I attend, and I try to donate as much as I can to as many AR groups as I can. It’s definitely true that “One Can Make a Difference,” and I intend to keep doing so!

  • Clair says:

    I´m helping out animals in a way anyone can do: Having compassion to animals.When I see a fly, I dont smack it with a shoe, I transport it from where it is to the window.When I see a bird dying on the street, I dont look to the other way, I try to help it, and if its too late, I protect him so he has a peaceful death. I know it isnt as BIG as some other things, but its my little part in this world.

  • HawaiiKaiGirl says:

    I no longer “shop”…I now “adopt”! I have 4 rescue animals (3 cats and 2 dogs) each have their own story and each are loved very much! The most recent adoption was of an 8 yr old dog who we call “Lady”. She had spent her entire life in a kennel being bred and having puppies! She now lives in our home, sleeps in our bed and will live out the remainder of her life in comfort and love. No more kennels (or puppies!) for her!

  • T L C says:

    Changing the way I think,educating myself , reading the truth about how animals are treated and not viewing myself as more important than anything else this planet susstains ,am vegetarian and share what I know.

  • mariabresiani says:

    Save the animals, because we all are animals too.

  • Nick Abell says:

    Being vegan for life! <3 and making all my other friends go veg*n :) AND aspiring to work for peta2 in LA when I am older :)

  • IzzyCruz says:

    well lately I have been coming on this site more than usual, and i’m already signed up and i get emails regularly. It upset me greatly that my high school does not have an animal rights group so i decided to make one, i already told a lot of students about it and many want to join. On facebook i am always posting videos and status’ about animals and how smart and wonderful they are. I just recently had a meeting with my vice principal and i handed my proposal into her. So that’s the difference i am trying to make, wish me luck everything goes as planned. Ps. i am also i vegetarian :) and i have converted a couple friends as well !