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Start 2012 Right—Win a Flora Gift Basket

Written by PETA | December 30, 2011

The year 2011 was a great one for animals, and 2012 is bound to be even better. Tell us what you plan to do for animals in the coming year, and you could win a gift basket to help you start the year off right! The basket contains a selection of fabulous health, beauty, and whole-food products—including Bija certified organic teas, Green Beaver hair-care products, olive oils, and nutritional supplements—from PETA Business Friend Flora, Inc.

Not sure how to get active for animals in 2012? Here are some ideas:

  • Lose excess pounds and improve your health with a low-fat vegan diet.
  • Send a PETA video to 10 of your friends, along with New Year’s wishes.
  • Politely share what you know with people you see wearing fur coats or carrying crocodile purses.
  • Set up change jars or swear jars and donate the proceeds to PETA.
  • Pledge to take extra-good care of your dogs and cats and the other dependent little beings in your home.

Let us know in the comments section what you have up your sleeve for the new year, and you’ll be entered in the drawing for a chance to win the Flora gift basket.

A winner will be chosen at random from the animal-friendly comments that are submitted. The contest will end on January 13, 2012, and we’ll contact the winner by January 31, 2012. Make sure that you read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law. Good luck!

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  • Gen251 says:

    I help with animal rescue, donate to animal shelters, advocate with petitions on facebook as well as posting and cross sharing animals that are about to be euthanized. Willing to drive to transport any animal that needs rescue. Always educating and sharing what I know about adoption over purchasing pets, fur and humane practices all the way around.

  • sherry says:

    i would like to be entered in the gift basket give away 🙂 i plan to buy my home that i have rented for the past 10 years. we have had many financial difficulties that have prevented us from purchasing a home. i hope that this year i can finally finance it . i would very much like to put a pet door in for my jack russell and a fence out back so that he can go out when ever he would like to with out always having to wait 🙂 his name is patches and he is very special to our family.

  • OPFloridaGuy says:

    Keep being a foster parent for pets.. Foster the strays and get them fixed and find homes for them..

  • realady says:

    I will continue using more and more organic products and eating very little meats.

  • Rev. Meg says:

    I am currently in the screening process to become a human subject for a new diabetes treatment. Yes, I know this product was probably tested on animals before humans were allowed to try it but humans are not yet allowed to volunteer for early stage drug studies (although subjecting certain members of the human population to testing without knowledge or consent was popular for many years). If you are against animal testing, become a voluntary subject in a clinical trial and donate some of the money the testers pay you to PETA.

  • Darlene Wetzel says:

    I pledge to give extra care to any dog or cat who is homeless by giving them some food and water and finding them a loving home.

  • NightOwl23 says:

    This is my first time trying to become vegetarian. I am pretty excited about it. I love animals and never been a fan of red meat but there were other kinds of meats that i enjoyed. But I saw the bad effects that eating meat can have on animals and how so many are treated without love or respect cause animals have feelings and their own personalities like humans, so if I would never eat a human than why eat animals. So I set my goal to and have already put it into effect to no longer eat meat. And I have a goal to influence others in my family and friends to the same. I hope I am successful. The more people who don’t eat meat or respect animals the more animals lives will be saved.

  • Lauren Peterson says:

    I want to start making monthly donations to the animal shelter and donating food, too, from coupons.

  • Laurie says:

    I plan to learn more about which beauty products do not use animals for testing and to make the full transition from vegetarian to vegan.

  • Veronica says:

    This year I am going to take on a vegan diet and volunteer with local animal shelters and non-profit animal rights organizations, and encourage others around me to do the same as I am. I live in a foster home with four other people, and right now I’m trying to encourage all of them to take on the same diet as I have, and volunteer with me. I am planning on doing a fundraising event at my high school as well.

  • Brandon says:

    In 2011 I was vegan for everything but 5 meals (when I gave in to temptation and ate pizzas with cheese), so my goal is for 2012 to be my first completely vegan year.

  • Lacey Gross says:

    I plan on having more vegetarian meals this year:)

  • shannons says:

    I insist on using organic products that do not test on animals!

  • Megan S says:

    Going to share my love of animals through compassion. Not only will I be (stay) vegan but I will try and show others great food and a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need any cruelty involved.

  • kim smith says:

    i plan on volunteering more time at my local animal shelter and donating more goods to the shelter as well.

  • Amanda says:

    I plan to go vegan this year. Watching what I buy and what I eat.

  • Amanda says:

    I plan to go vegan this year. Buying products that haven’t been tested on animals.

  • Hilary says:

    I pledge to eat less processed foods in 2012.

  • sam says:

    I plan to have more vegetarian lunches and dinner parties at my house. And to not let any of my guests bring any animal ‘foods’.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 9- I’m now 26- and a vegan for four years. Im currently in my third year of vet school where I belong to the shelter medicine club and visit local shelters to give them vet care and free spay/neutering. My husband and I had an all-vegan wedding and currently share our lives with 5 rescue cats- all special needs, one has cerebellar hypoplasia, another has the skin on his lower face burned off from battery acid, and the other three are former ferals- and 2 dogs- a 15 year old chow mix that we rescued when she was 11 and a pit bull terrier mix that we rescued from a now shut down fighting ring. Thank you Peta for inspiring me and everyone else who is making a difference <3

  • Sue K says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. I plan on eating lots of salad and soy products in the next year.

  • Michelle Bartley says:

    PETA is a fantastic organization! Cruelty to animals is something that society should not tolerate! I’d like to eat healthier in the new year!

  • Lauren17 says:

    I am going to become a full-on vegan for the new year. I feel good knowing I will save animals. 🙂

  • Sally B says:

    Make sure I am not buying products from companies that do animal testing.

  • Evelyn says:

    Keep being a smiling vegan, trying to use a positive attitude and showing good health to try and persuade others kindly to give it a shot.

  • Cindy Clarke says:

    I am 52 and disabled I am an animal advocate and I have 2 dogs 2 cats and 5 birds. I cross-post and put the word out to save animals.I am trying to become a total vegan there are obstacles I have a husband and a teenager that I cook for so I am always looking for creative ways to go vegan. Since becoming aware of the atrocities put on animals I can hardly eat anything animal related. I no longer eat eggs and very little dairy. I believe it is doable I just have to do it. Happy New Year and go vegan!

  • Nancy S says:

    I want to try going vegan. I use Petsavers to find my cats. I also donate when I can to various animal prevention societies, etc. ando sign petitions against animal cruelty and testing, plus click the donate food link on the net.

  • AnneGail says:

    i think it’s so great what the people at peta have been doing. im 13 yrs old and am the first vegetarian in my family. i’ve been a vegetarian for over a year and have had to cook my meals seperate from my family due to the fact that every dish they eat incorporates some type of animal. this month i pleded to go vegan and eliminate the eggs and milk from my diet. i’m thinking of organizing a rally in front of my local McDonalds and posting leaflets around my neighborhood. i’ve volenteered at some animal shelters this year working with the kittens(so cute!) and i really don’t have anymoney to donate to peta or any other animal charities but i try my best to make a difference for animals who have no voice. keep it real, keep it veg. have a great 2012 everyone!

  • TexasNana says:

    I have tried for years to convert to vegetarian eating, but with a family of carnivores, it has been difficult. But after the Butterball Turkey report, I informed my family that I am no longer fixing Turkey dinner. I myself don’t care for meat and only eat vegetables. So my resolution for 2012 is to try and totally convert. Wish me luck.

  • Matt Kalist says:

    Continue to not drink Soda or other sugar filled drinks. To get healthier by more exercise this new year.

  • Alda says:

    For starters, to spend more time playing with my cats, Bonnie and Marie. Being a vegetarian for over 10 years, I also want to go vegan as much as possible!

  • El Ivy says:

    I am 22 years old and have been a Raw Organic Vegan for a little over 3 years, a volunteer at Heart and Soul Animal Rescue in Long Island, NY for 4 years, the owner and creator of a pet sitting/ dog walk service ‘Soul.Sitter’ for 3 years and I plan on using the money from my business to one day start my own Animal Rescue/ Sanctuary in NY and Canada. I am a monthly donator to PETA and the Humane Society and when I can afford it, the ASPCA. I recently rescued my newest family member Yuki the Hairless Chinese Crested from Bonnie Blue Rescue in Richmond, VA. this summer and I am so much in love! He is also a Vegetarian. I have a 10 year old Gold Fish who was rescued from a pond doomed to be closed, up state. I’ve had her since she was the size of my pinky and she’s now grown to a beautiful foot long Orange and White fish! I have gotten my parents to cut down on their meet intake. Sadly they refuse to take on a Veg. Lifestyle. I have been looking into getting the family on board for Meet Free Mondays. (Fingers crossed)! I don’t allow ANY animal products or products tested on animals in my home AT ALL. I am always advocating for Animal Rights as I am a Global Human and Animal Rights Activist. I have fallen in love with cooking and baking since I took up a Vegan Lifestyle and I am now healthier then I’ve ever been. I hope one day my family and friends can see my progress and try it too. PETA is what turned me to Veganism although I was never really a fan of the meet eating diet to begin with. Thanks to you, I now have a new and better life and I wont EVER stop helping others experience it too. Animals, the environment, health and the rights of others be it animal or human is #1 in my eyes and heart and till my very end I will continue to fight for the lives of others and pass it on to my family for the future. Thank you PETA for all that you do. Bless you and have a very happy and healthy New Year and many more to come!!

  • Lauren says:

    I have been a vegan for most of this year and have been educating myself on animal rights and cruelty. My passion for animals and their well-being is the main reason that I stopped eating all meat and any animal products. As the year progresses, I hope to save up money to buy cruelty free and vegan products that are environmentally friendly. I have been telling my mom about what I learn and hope to one day encourage my boyfriend to make the life long change in being a vegan. I hope that I soon can donate more money to help animals and be a voice for their rights.

  • James Ewen says:

    We have a 13 month old daughter that we have raised as a vegan since birth. We both realized that being a vegatarian was not enough. We not only want to teach her that every life is important and that it is not ok to hurt people or animals, but that you have to stand up for what you believe in. We both think that if we teach her to have strong values, she will grow up to be a much better person that we were. A side benefit for me. I am 42 with a toddler. This lifestyle change will benefit me in that I will be healthier so I can participate in sports as she does, and I will hopefully live much longer and see her grow up.

  • Moxie says:

    Continue to do posts to remind everyone to check PETA’s website and only buy products from companies that do *not* test on animals! x

  • Sam Cik says:

    I will continue to make art dealing with factory farming and the corrupt meat industry. It is sad how history repeats its self, I recently read “the jungle” and alot of the same conditions happen today a century later.. I am a printmaker with the power to produce multiples. The media won’t inform the public so I will do my best to spread the knowledge.

  • Kristin says:

    I’ve recently begun a vegan diet (and convinced my husband and mom to as well). I really hope to adopt another rescue pup this year, and of course donate to organizations I care about like PETA, the humane society, and the ASPCA. I love animals SO much!

  • Sarah Rainey says:

    I’m volunteering as a grant writer for Basset Buddies Rescue, a no-kill, all volunteer, all foster home rescue. I’ve adopted Copper from them and I’ll continue fostering an additional dog too. Husband and I are becoming more and more vegetarian each day.

  • Phelecia says:

    I’m hoping 2012 will be a good year for volunteer work with animals from me!

  • Amber says:

    In 2012, I plan on continuing my vegan lifestyle and I hope to get my whole family to eat less meat and dairy products. I want them to join me in eating more vegan meals! Since I can’t adopt anymore animals, I’m planning on volunteering at a local animal shelter. I also want to get all my family and friends to stop using products that are tested on animals and to switch to animal-friendly products!

  • FuegoKat says:

    In 2012 I plan to ramp up my recruitment of new vegans/vegetarians, as well as request that all gifts received in the hair salon I work at be in the form of donations for local rescue organizations.

  • Robyn says:

    Continue being vegan, protests, tabling, and more!!! =D

  • Jordan Turner says:

    I plan to raise money for my 501c3 animal rights and rescue organization – so we can help even more animals this year. Also, I plan to participate in even more protests, and hand out more leaflets.

  • TheMusicalVegetarian says:

    I’ve recently become a vegetarian and for Christmas I received a cook book of 365 vegetarian recipes ! I pledge to continue with a strict vegetarian diet, to educate those around me of the cruelty in slaughterhouses and the advantages of becoming vegetarian or even vegan, to educate people of the suffering animals in fur farms, circuses, etc.suffer and to continue taking the best care possible of my baby; Bella the goldendoodle puppy(: I am also beginning to hold fund raisers to donate to PETA charities; this winter I offered a pet sitting service to donate to dogs in the cold this winter. I look forward to holding more fund raisers!

  • Amanda says:

    I am 23 years old and have not eaten red meat in about 4 years. I cut all other meat out my diet about a year and a half ago. I have been flirting with becoming a vegan. I recently made the switch and I feel great! I even got my finance to make the change with me. Before when I told people I was vegetarian/ a future vegan I would just say it was because of the health benefits. But my pledge this year is to be more honest and tell people I am becoming a vegan not ONLY for the health benefit for myself, but also for the benefits of the animals and the planet we all love to call our home. When ever I feel myself slipping I will give my dogs a big kiss and remind myself that I love ALL animals!

  • Tjp1998 says:

    2012, I hope will be a great year for animals and I plan to do even more than this year. I’ve been vegetarian for 7 out of my 13 years of my life but this year I am going fully vegan! Also I am planning to attend and make many protests for the new year.

  • Aleisha says:

    I am 24 years old and I havent eaten meat in almost 7 years, but I still didnt feel like I was doing enough. I just graduated college, and don’t have money to donate to animal charities that I one day will, but my goal for the year is to educate as many people as I can about the animal cruelty going on in the world, and get as many people as I can to sign petitions asking companies to stop using animals in cruel ways. I already have my twin 10 year old brothers on board 🙂 I will teach them that they dont need money to make a difference in the world.