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Win a Set of Two Inspiring Books in Our Presidents’ Day Contest!

Written by PETA | February 13, 2009
One Can Make a Difference

These days, it may seem like no one can stop gushing about their Valentine’s Day plans, but for those of us whose brains haven’t melted to love-mush, we are launching a contest to celebrate February’s real holiday: Presidents’ Day.

We’re giving away a pair of inspirational books written by two leaders who know about making an impact on the world: PETA President Ingrid Newkirk’s One Can Make a Difference: How Simple Actions Can Change the World and the Dalai Lama’s Becoming Enlightened. Both offer moving stories and guidance for making the small changes in your life that can make a big change in the world. And because most of us will enjoy a day off on Presidents’ Day (another reason why the holiday may be superior to Valentine’s Day), what better time is there to settle down for a good, inspiring read and get some tips on taking action to help animals in need?

To enter, leave a comment here and let us know how you plan to create change for animals this year. The contest ends on February 23, 2009, and the most inspiring comment will win. We’ll contact the winner on February 24, 2009. Make sure to read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting.

So what are you waiting for?

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • Lily Kwan says:

    I plan to create change for animals this year by educating others on the importance of animal rights.

  • Kristen Hendricks says:

    I plan to create a change for animals this year by possibly adopting a stray cat and giving it a home. I respect animals so much and will continue to respect them and try my hardest not to run them over like other drivers do. That always makes me so upset. This is a great giveaway. Thanks.

  • Janet says:

    I feed stray cats in the neighborhood.

  • Sand says:

    I am going to do more to help the rescue agency we adopted our dog from.

  • Elizabeth Ray says:

    We adopted a cat from the local shelter.

  • Susanne Troop says:

    We just adopted two kittens from the local humane society so we are doing our part in giving a loving and caring home to these two brothers who have captured our hearts!

  • laurie says:

    I wish people would realise that animals do have souls. They are as unique and important as humans. We need to be better to them if we are to survive

  • John Deal says:

    Try to help stray cats in neighborhood.

  • Denise says:

    I am going to be extra nice to my cat.

  • Veronica Garrett says:

    I am going to devote time to getting animals at shelters adopted. I am volunteering for educational and fundraising activities for animal rights. I am putting info out about cruelty to animals by KFC and other food processors.

  • dorothy l says:

    by donating to my local shelter

  • Catherine KingChuparkoff says:

    I am educating my children via sites like peta kids so they can pass the word to their friends and hopefully their compassion will spread to others.

  • lotus says:

    33 yrs ago I was in my last year of college and there was a book that I read called ‘ survival into the 21st century’… overnight I went from being a meat eater to a vegan and have never looked back. I lived in New York City at the time and there was one restaurant that I could eat at in the whole city. My parents had never even heard of this weird diet that I was on. My mother told me that I was going to get sick and my father told me that I couldn’t live without animal protein and be healthy. I told them and everyone else that I never wanted to eat an animal again or its babies etc At the beginning of this journey there were no vegetarians no vegans no nothing. I was the only vegan i knew. I don’t know if my story is the ‘most inspiring’ but it certainly is amazing. I have done over 10 marathons and countless triathlons including the Hawaii Ironman numerous times in my 40’s and 50’s … Still even 32 yrs later i am a rarity in the field of endurance sports but more and more people are becoming vegans either through compassion for animals or for health reasons. The people who become vegans for the ethical treatment of animals are a blessed group of people that understand the nature of cruelty suffering and realize that animals feel pain and that eating an animal is barbaric. TruelyI believe that it is. Two years ago The Dalai Lama came to Maui to give a seminar. I got to shake his hand and i never wanted to wash my hand again. I wanted to keep something of his around me for the rest of my life. I believe that he is an enlightened soul not perfect but enlightened. I believe that he is here to help raise the planetary vibration by helping others to awaken their compassion. compassion is the key . In some ways it’s the highest form of love. Thank you peta for all your hard work. i have joined in on demonstrations with your organization in new york and felt very blessed to be with likeminded people. It was a very lonely road in the beginning over 30 yrs ago trying to explain to people that it was cruel to eat animals. now its acceptable and even hip. cool. lets keep it going. I wish every cow chicken and all farm animals were free to live their lives to their fullest potential the same way that i have been. we will never end war until we treat animals with the dignity and respect that they deserve. here’s to a new day. i am happy that i was there in the beginning. peace and aloha Lotus

  • jennifer gersch says:

    I would love to make a difference but don’t know how. Iam awful at socializing and could not begin to think of how to start

  • Marianna says:

    I plan to be more of an animal advocate!

  • Christina Almond says:

    I intend to take steps forward in my personal diet choices. I was vegan for over 5 years and have admittedly gone away from this and hope to make changes to this once again!

  • Denise M says:

    I don’t buy clothing or accessories made from animals.

  • Tara Braun says:

    Cool prize.

  • Ed Nemmers says:

    I will not eat anything with a face!

  • Alicia says:

    I and my three kids are vegans but my husband is still a carnivore. He is one of those weird carnivores too because he won’t eat fish because he thinks that it is cruel but he’ll eat all other forms of meat ??????. Clearly I am going to have to approach the whole issue from the opposite direction from how it is usually done but I feel confident that where there is a will there is a way. Alicia Webster

  • Melissa Zimmerman says:

    As soon as I am cleared by the Workman’s comp board I will be back to the PSPCA volunteering.

  • C. flanigan says:

    Oh these books sound so wonderful! THanks for the contest.

  • cindy a says:

    I would adopt all homeless animals if I could but I have a pet that we love and cherish. Although I can’t do a lot for the shelters I do make sure my backyard animals have food water and fun surprises year around.

  • Charles Rogers says:

    help a dog

  • David Clark says:

    I can create change by raising awareness. I often adopt the motto of “live nad let live” and I do not say anything when I see things that are wrong. I’ve always thought that it is best to clean your own house so to speak first.

  • Christina says:

    This year I am telling everyone I know about puppy mills and all the other atrocities concerning animals and medical experimentation. In the country where I live the Humane Society recently bought a puppy mill and is giving up the poor puppies for adoption. People who would never be cruel to other people don’t think twice about being cruel to animals or don’t think it matters if other people are! I just finished reading Irene Pepperberg’s Alex And Me and within it she PROVES that we are not the only ones who can communicate or have higher brain function!