The following article was
written by Ashley Palmer.
As you can imagine, around the PETA office, I'm always
hearing about the latest and greatest vegan events, experiences, and food. It's
hard to make time for it all, but here at PETA, you don't have to twist our arm
to do that research for you. ;) Here
are some "bucket list" items straight from the people who seem to
have done and seen it all:
My husband grew up eating huge
servings of scrambled eggs every weekend morning. We're talking six cholesterol bombs in one meal.
Needless to say, I had quite the challenge to find a vegan replacement for his
favorite dish. After many failed attempts in the kitchen, I finally created my
very own tofu scramble recipe. Two years later, it's still his favorite dish,
and we eat it every weekend morning. Sometimes foods are more about rituals
than anything else, and now we have a tradition of our own.
When it comes to speaking up for
animals, nothing quite compares to the experience of standing on the front
lines. My very first demonstration was in PETA's hometown of Norfolk, Virginia.
We were protesting Ringling Bros. and its cruel training methods. Standing on
the sidewalk and talking to passersby about how baby elephants are torn away
from their mothers and violently trained with ropes, bullhooks, and electric
prods gave me a renewed sense of why I got involved with animal rights in the
If you've got a friend who just
refuses to watch another one of your "sick videos" but still
continues to eat meat, this is the event for you. Far too often, we are sucked
into seeing animals only for what they're capable of offering humans: meat,
eggs, milk, etc. When you visit an animal sanctuary, you see firsthand what
animals are really capable of offering. They form strong bonds, they play, and
they rely on us to keep them safe. You—and your guest—will never view animals
the same way again.
If you have the time, money, and
energy, please consider adopting one of the millions of animals who desperately
need a forever home. Whether you're looking for a cat, a dog, a rabbit, a bird,
or even a hamster, chances are there is an animal just right for you at your
local shelter. The unique bond that is created when you save an animal's life
is indescribable, and you'll change their life just as much as they'll change
This is the grand finale. You know
you've made it once the people in your life start taking notice and start
altering their habits accordingly. I'm not talking all or nothing here—every meal helps. If you can inspire
your dad to try Meatless Mondays—or your mom to have a veggie burger at the
family cookout instead of a beef burger—you've won. This is a huge victory for
animals, and you deserve a pat on the back. Go you!
Did we forget something? Let us know what you hope to do
before you "kick the bucket" by leaving a comment below.
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.