The following article was written
by Leigh-Anne Dennison.
said that it takes 28 days to form a new habit or break an old one. Rather than
making a slew of restrictive resolutions that won't make it to February, this
New Year's Day consider making a list of 12 habits that you can make or break
to help animals, the environment, and yourself—and then focus on tackling a new
one each month.
the labels. Start
with a simple but hugely impactful change. Information is power, and reading
the label makes you an informed consumer.
fur. With so
many fantastic insulating fibers and fabrics available today, there's no reason
to choose fur-lined gloves, hats, or coats for warmth.
"so long" to cruel wool.
Both natural fabrics (cotton, linen, hemp, etc.) and synthetic fabrics are
excellent for keeping warm in cold climates.
out meat for a month and see how you feel. If you need to take it slower, try meatless
Mondays in January, and then add meatless Tuesdays, Wednesdays, etc. You'll be
fully vegetarian by July!
out dairy products.
Take a month to try the various alternatives to dairy products that are now
available. If soy milk isn't your thing, try rice milk, almond milk, or coconut
yourself to go 28 to 31 days without eggs. Like dairy product alternatives,
there are a many alternatives to egg products available. Replacing eggs in
recipes is a great way to start.
kind. Honey is
sweet, but maple and agave syrups are sweet and
kind. Take a month to try them out and see if your sweet tooth isn't just as
satisfied with the swap.
as good as your look.
Buy beauty products that are cruelty-free—your conscience will thank you for
it. Seek out products that aren't tested on animals, preferably those that are
Put your best foot fashionably forward by shopping for shoes or boots with
synthetic soles and manmade uppers. Shop for faux-leather and faux-suede belts,
gloves, and coats as well.
do down. Quilts
filled with cotton or polyester can be just as warm and cozy as those filled
with duck or goose feathers, and memory foam pillows are not only comfortable but
also good for your sleeping posture.
11. Craft cruelty-free.
A number of big-name yarn and fabric manufacturers produce high quality (vegan)
craft products made from cotton, linen, and bamboo as well as many synthetic fibers
that rival those made from animals.
don't know what customers or the public want unless they are told. Write
letters to compliment cruelty-free companies and respectfully complain to those
you'd like to see change their policies, practices, or products.
by the end of the year, these experimental changes will stick. Even if some only
survive for a month (on this first attempt), you can take pride in knowing that
you've taken steps toward living a more compassionate life.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.