This article originally appeared on PETA Prime.
Has this ever happened to you? You read about some wonderfully heroic thing that someone "out there" does and you wonder why you aren't out there doing great things too? We read about how activists unveiled a flag on a national monument and we think, "Why can't I do something like that?" We watch Ingrid E. Newkirk's documentary I Am an Animal and we wonder, "What do I have to do to get someone to notice how much I love animals too?"
We want to help … we want to help in big, big ways but we don't know how and where to start. If you are not connected to a bigger group—if you're on your own and trying to make a difference—it's tough to stay motivated.
But leaders in the field will often be the first to counsel that it's not some big, grand scheme that effects change. It's little, bit-by-bit, grassroots movements. It's people like you and me, unknown and uncelebrated, who, time after time, bring about the societal change we all want to see. Did Rosa Parks think she would inspire an entire generation when she refused to give up her seat? Did Ingrid E. Newkirk think starting a club in her basement would spawn the largest animal rights organization in the world? Did Willy Wonka … well, you get the idea.
So here is a list of eight little things that you can do right here, right now, to help animals. Share this list with your family, your kids, your grandkids, and your Facebook friends and tweet it to all your followers, and you will find that the need to do good work is contagious.
Got some ideas of your own? We'd love to hear from you, so leave a comment, and we'll share them with our readers!
Now get out there!
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