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What Are You Doing for World Kindness Day?

Written by PETA | November 11, 2011

Sunday is World Kindness Day, and even if you don’t need a reason to be kind, consider doing something extra-nice for animals. It doesn’t take much effort to make a world of difference for animals, and animals who need help could be right in front of you. Take a look around your neighborhood and see if there’s a chained dog who needs fresh water, or take this opportunity to clear your closet of leather and your refrigerator of eggs, cheese, and other animal products.  

To recognize World Kindness Day, we’re giving away a signed copy of PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book Making Kind Choices, which includes an introduction by Sir Paul McCartney and is chock-full of simple suggestions to help animals every day, including how to deal kindly with mice in your home, how to help birds get through the winter, advice on caring for your animal companions, cruelty-free shopping tips, and more. To enter, post a comment below telling us how you are kind to animals, and the winner will be chosen at random from comments submitted that are animal-friendly.

Can’t wait that long? Pick up a copy of Making Kind Choices today by visiting the PETA Catalog.

Winner will be chosen at random from animal-friendly comments submitted on this blog. The contest ends on November 21, 2011, and we’ll contact the winner on November 22, 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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  • Silvia says:

    I am helping a pointer dog to do his therapy against cancer every 2-3 days. I take him from his doghouse and leave to the doctor 60 kms faraway. I also b uy only cruelty-free cosmetic and house-keeping products!!!!

  • Meghan says:

    One day I was eating a piece of ham and I was like “I am going to become a vegetarian.” And I did and have been for 2 and a half years. I feel like it is the easiest way to make a difference in the lives of animals and the environment.

  • Jb28 says:

    I’m kind to animals by being a vegan and participating in animal right petitions. I hope to do more in the future I love animals.

  • shelia says:

    I will take my pet to the groomers and then a nice walk in the park.

  • Kim Rettig says:

    I have cared about and adored animals all my life. With my 2 beautiful dogs, 3 cats (all rescued), geriatric horse and handful of hens, my days are always full of the sincerest/deepest friendships and love I have ever known. Wherever I am, I always have awesome company and with them I am never feel empty, lost or lonely! For this reason, I will always be an advocate for animal welfare and oppose any cruelty to innocent animals. I do this by trying to raise public awareness about the hidden cruelty that most of us animal lovers hear and read about all too often. On a regular basis, my dogs and I go for long walks delivering information/pamphlets to homes informing the public about issues of animal cruelty. The ones we have covered so far are intensive farming, live export, and I am waiting for a postcards urging the public to oppose testing of animals in laboratories! I will continue to do this for the rest of my life as I don’t ever want to just turn a blind eye on unethical treatment of beautiful animals! My two teenage girls now do the same!

  • Shelia says:

    I love all animals . I try to look out for the ones that r being starved. Some hunting dogs come by my house and they look like they hadn’t been fed for months ,. Animals r special. I just wish people could know just how special they are!

  • Andrew Gould says:

    I became a vegetarian and then vegan originally for reasons of compassion. Later on I noticed the beneficial health attributes to vegan diet. I also own and work at my hair salon which uses only cruelty free, animal friendly hair and cleaning products. I wish all salons on the planet did the same!!!!

  • S.R. says:

    I’m a vegetarian for life and I’ve taken in all homeless animals who have come to my house, giving them the proper care.

  • Debbie says:

    I’m kind to animals by not eating them. :-)

  • Deborah says:

    I am a vegetarian mostly out of kindness and compassion. I live everyday cruelty free. Today, I helped a neighbors dog who got out and was scared. I sat with him on their porch until his owner came home. It might seem like a small thing but I felt his gratitude and that meant the world to me. I am an artist that paints all kinds of animals. Gorgeous, sparkly animals. =)

  • Nicole says:

    I am a vegetarian but for today and, hopefully, the rest of the days forward, I will stick to a vegan diet. I took my dog to his favorite daycamp today and I will make sure all of my companion animals get extra love and attention today, to show them how happy they make me and how much I appreciate them in my life.

  • Kevin P says:

    My family ran a non-profit animal rescue and adoption organization for 9 years. During that time we saved countless animals of all kinds, and found them loving homes. After having to leave disband the organization (lack of funding and people who cared) my mom and I volunteered at the local NO-KILL animal shelter.

  • Linda R says:

    I choose not to eat animal flesh and am working on converting others to a cruel-free diet. I think it is important not to be afraid to promote the lifestyle in a friendly way. Too often we are afraid to “preach” to others the virtues of making cruel-free choices. Everyone benefits from knowledge, responsibility and kindness!

  • Cowbelly says:

    For World Kindness Day, I will contact my local grocery store (Alfalfa’s in Boulder) and work with them to spread the word and promote vegan, cruelty-free products to show people how simple it is to be more kind every day. I’ve been a vegan for 16 years (since I was 12) and make a point of compassionately telling one person a day about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and animal horrors surrounding the issues. My mother’s motto is “You’re nothing if you’re not kind” and that reaches to everything we do in life.

  • vegan1979 says:

    I’m a vegan every day and volunteer at an animal home but I was so moved over the weekend by various news stories and TV shows reminding me how much animal cruelty exists that I decided I have to stop doing corporate work and move into something more worthwhile. Today my search for a new role in animal rights began!

  • juju says:

    My family and I are relatively new to my vegan diet / lifestyle. I have always considered myself an animal lover, but since having a child – I have learned that it is crucial for her to grow up knowing how important it is to make the right decisions for our animal friends. We began our vegan lifestyle when my duaghter started asking where her food was coming from, and if we had a hand in killing it… We live in San Diego – Seaworld is less than 10 miles from my home – but we will never support them because we feel it is wrong. I see so many families excited to go to seaworld – not once considering the animal’s welfare. I want my daughter to grow up knowing that there is much more fun she can have in life than buying into these theme parks.

  • Samantha says:

    I honor all of nature’s animals the way I would want to be loved, honored and treated. I treat all animals with kindness and speak to them with genuine love, compassion and respect.

  • Carolyn says:

    I love animals. I am vegetarian working on at being vegan. I spend much time each day, signing and sharing petitions. I donate whenever I have can. I am also a Web Designer. So to help animals, I donate my time to design, develop and maintain websites for animal rescues for free. I pray for the day all animals are treated kindly.

  • hilocate says:

    I live in Huanchaco, Peru where, unfortunately, there is a large number of street dogs. We have a regular visitor, Frankie, who comes by a few times a week for a healthy meal, fresh water and a soft bed. But there is another dog… I call her Scarface, meaning no disrespect. She looks like she was burned at some point. She’s very shy, but when I see her near our house I put food out and watch to make sure she gets it. Yesterday, she was waiting outside the door, and she let me pet her. I don’t think anyone pets her. I felt honored.

  • Tess says:

    I started my own animal rights club, The Paws N’ Claws Club, in high school and educated students about veganism through posters, free vegan goodies,and stickers. I organized field trips to farm sanctuaries, volunteer opportunities with a local spay and neuter clinic, and raised money and goods for animal shelters.

  • Lissey says:

    today I prayed for all animals in pain and asked god to take them up to heaven. I also played and treated my two dogs like royalty!

  • Aubrey Perrin says:

    Animals… When I think of that, I have two feelings. One feeling I get is happiness. They are my best friends. They are what I’ve lived for all of my life. The second feeling I acquire is much more bitter. It’s sadness. I cry sometimes. It’s hard to live knowing that billions of animals are going to die this year. They don’t have a chance… It fills me with a morose feeling that makes me sick to my stomach. Anger fills my blood stream. I became a vegetarian for a reason. Not for health reasons. Not for attention. I became vegetarian because these animals mean a lot to me. I may not be able to put it into the right words, but I would die for the animals. I want them to live in peace, in happiness, but most of all… Freedom. People judge me, poke fun at me, and have even made me want to commit suicide. They crack stupid, naive jokes about my beliefs. They have their freedom of speech. But so do I. I stick up for myself, and the animals. I have recently written a poem for my thoughts. I named it, “Animal Rights.”

    People think they can walk all over the animals of the earth.

    But they have feelings just like us ever since their day of birth.

    They have every right to live, and be satisfied, and feel pleased.

    The animals of the earth have every right to be left alone and be free.

    People don’t seem to care anymore about what happens to these lives.

    They don’t care that they get cut open and bleed out and brutally die.

    They will have their necks slit and they will be dropped in boiling water.

    While struggling to not give up and try their hardest to live just a bit longer.

    Animal rights are a big deal in this relentless world we survive.

    They’ve made me want to stop it all, and it all made me realize…

    We as God’s people are an embarassment to the nations.

    We ship innocent, helpless lives into an execution station.

    These lives struggle for their breath and every drowning thought.

    Animals only have their short lives to live, and that’s all they’ve got.

    We as God’s people need to face the fact that we are a situation.

    Not a good one in any way, shape or form, but a wrong fixation.

    Not a lot of people actually take their time to finally notice and see.

    That we are merely a sliver in this world, and we deserve to bleed.

    I may sound crazy, and I know for a fact that I sound totally insane…

    I don’t mind helping the world open a few holes and dig your graves.

    ______________________________________________________________________

    Thank you for letting me comment.

  • Alison Jambor says:

    A while ago I found out that the medical university in my city is building a new “state of the art” animal experimentation building in a neighboring county. I was so appalled that animal testing in medical labs is still considered “state of the art” that I wrote to PETA to ask for help in protesting this new building. Well, I sort of dropped the ball in the middle of what was going on in daily life. However, in honor of World Kindness Day, I am redirecting my attention on what is really important. I just sent an email to PETA asking for their help with fliers and posters so i can set up a booth at the university letting students know where their tuition money is really going. I am delighted to be back in the fight for animals rights. And to anyone reading this; No matter what is going on in your life, take time, please, to remember the REALLY important things in life. Give your animal companion a special day too for all they do for you!!!!!!

  • Colin says:

    I am a vegan every day, but my kindness to animals is more than an eating/shopping habit; it’s a lifestyle and an attitude. Kindness is about treating others the way we wish to be treated; that goes for all animals, including humans! I make an effort to always practice the golden rule; it’s just normal.

  • Denise Hansen says:

    First, I made a committment to being vegan. I also, tell every person I have a conversation with, about the documentary, “Earthlings”. It was the most earth shattering, disturbing and life changing film I have ever watched. I know several people who have watched this film at my suggestion and they tell other people and so on. I know people who have committed to giving up animal products as a result of watching this film. So, that is what I am doing for animals…….everyday.

  • Mary-Anne says:

    Recently I stepped up my own personal awareness and sat down to watch “Earthlings” the impact it had on me was life changing. I was already a vegetarian, but have now gone completely vegan! I went through all my products and if they didn’t say cruelty free out they went to the garbage. I had a few leather items including a jacket and it all went to the charity box. 2 weeks ago I joined a local grassroots organization called the Ottawa Animal Defense League and we worked tirelessly to save beaver that had taken up residence in a neighborhood pond. The City wanted to trap them using a Conibear trap, one of the most inhumane, but after many petitions and plenty of local opposition, we won and the beaver are safe http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/11/10/ottawa-beaver-trapping-on-hold.html And finally one of the most important changes I have made in my life towards animals is to become active, spreading the word to family and friends through FB, we cannot all sit back and wait for somebody else to do it. We all have voice and we all need to advocate for the voiceless. My personal goal is to see the end to factory farming before it’s too late for all of us. Blessings to you PETA for the millions of lives saved, you are instrumental in shifting the way the planet views animals. We are evolving into the compassionate beings we were meant to be, I believe this is the new world order.

  • veggie_chick221 says:

    I always do my best to be kind to animals. It’s been nearly 5 years since I became a vegetarian, and it’s absolutely wonderful. I volunteer with animals whenever I get the chance, and I always spread the word about numerous animal issues, such as circuses, the fur trade, and how animals are cruelly slaughtered for their meat. Most importantly I live my life based on cruelty-free morals; animals are the purest of us all. They deserve so much more.

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