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Meet Marsha: A Member on a Mission

Written by PETA | April 28, 2011

For most of her life, Marsha Hargreaves recognized that there was something wrong with people’s view of animals as “things” to be used and abused. It saddened her, but she didn’t know what she could do about it. Then she attended her first demonstration, and now Marsha is an animal advocacy powerhouse. Writing letters, sending e-mails, holding demonstrations, and educating people through her group, Savannah Veggies and Vegans, she makes a difference for animals every day. We asked Marsha to share with us some advice for budding animal defenders:
 

 
What made you want to get active for animals? 
It always made me sad to read about the suffering of animals, but I stayed in the comfort of my chair without taking action. I now understand that sitting around feeling sad is useless. Get up! Go! Do something! For 56 years, I did nothing. Now I’m doing everything possible to make up for the time I wasted.
 

How does being a part of PETA’s Action Team help you stay motivated to fight for animal rights? 
I find great joy in meeting people who share my passion. It gives me hope and motivation to do even more. My first venture into real action was a demonstration against Ringling Bros. circus. I was a bit nervous, but excited about taking a stand. We handed out educational brochures about the horrible training methods and misery of the elephants. We held posters, smiled, and exchanged pleasantries with the circus attendees. There was nothing scary about my first demonstration. In fact, I loved it!

 
What do you think is the most important action someone can take to help animals? 
Stop eating them—that’s number one. Promote kindness and compassion toward all beings. Don’t just sit around and feel sad. Get out there and help animals! Write a letter or e-mail, speak up when you see an animal suffering, live your values. The animals need you. Together, we can make a difference for them.

I highly recommend reading The Animal Activist’s Handbook and The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights. Use yourself, your voice, and your passion to help. It’s easy and fun, and it feels great!

 
Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Katia Vara says:

    i want to be a Peta member!

  • Barbara Mieirs says:

    I’m also a proud member and I love everything Marsha said…For the animals…ALL of them! LOVE

  • Susannah says:

    Congratulations Marsh you are doing what many will not … Stopped complaining and got out there and started to do something about what bothers you most, by educating not by demanding but by educating … This is alot more empowering and most people are more likely to listen when they are not being told they are horrible and doing wrong … education brings understanding which in itself brings compassion and a change in attitude … running people down and saying they are doing wrong changes nothing and actually creates more angry people … So well done Marsha your educating people will make a huge change for the betterment of this planet and all those animals whom suffer needlessly … You are most appreciated thank you … you have made my day kindest regards Susannah

  • Cat says:

    Marsha! You are a woman on a mission. I admire your spirit and energy. Keep fighting the good fight!!

  • Chirs smith says:

    way to go! i glad im a member !

  • Belle Terziev says:

    Rock on, Marsha! Can’t wait to meet you again at another protest!!

  • animalempath says:

    marsha, thank you so much! it’s never,ever,too late to make a difference.think of all the animals that will be spared suffering because you decided to DO SOMETHING!

  • eve9tmp says:

    i’m always so glad there are people like you in the world, keep up the good work !

  • jordan says:

    That’s great! It’s so worth it. All the effort pays off. It’s a great feeling to know that you’re making a difference in the lives of animals on this earth! Keep uip the good work.