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Jenna Morasca Wants You to Help Animals

The following article was written by Jenna Morasca, who is an actor, a model, the winner of Survivor: The Amazon, host of Everyday Health, and a lifelong animal advocate.

There are plenty of things you can do to help animals! The best advice that I can give right off the bat is not to get overwhelmed and feel bad when you read about all the issues. Rather, read through the causes listed on PETA’s website and think about which one speaks to you the most.

My spousal equal, Ethan, uses an inspiring line in his speeches that I always repeat to others and myself when the issues become overwhelming. He says, “Find what makes your heart break, and do something about it.” So, in that vein, read through the list of issues and find the one that makes your heart break the most—and then do something about it!

Another piece of advice is to write things down! I find it less daunting to make a list of the things that you can do to help. For example, you can volunteer at a local animal shelter or vet clinic, sign petitions, cut one thing out of your diet (dairy products, meat, etc.), donate your furs or leather goods, or purchase cruelty-free makeup. There are plenty of easy things that you can do from the comfort of your own home to get you started on the path of giving back.

One year, my good deed started with deciding to give all my friends makeup from a cruelty-free cosmetics line that I love. I did this with the hope that they would love it as much as I do and end up switching their makeup over to that cruelty-free line forever. This method is less “in your face” and more about wanting to “spread the love” of a great new product. As an added bonus, my friends still use that makeup brand to this day! This is a win-win situation for everyone—you, animals, and your friends. This year, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to switch entirely to cruelty-free makeup. Here are a few of my faves:

  • Bare Escentuals
  • Dermalogica
  • Josie Maran
  • Slatkin

Note: Be sure to check PETA’s Cruelty-Free Database regularly for the most up-to-date list of companies that do and that don’t test on animals, as it changes frequently.

Small deeds like this can go a long way—just ask the animals who were saved from cruel and barbaric animal testing. It’s also very important not to get too overwhelmed—I am telling you that it’s OK to start small! A good way to take a baby step into the world of animal rights is to make a list of small things you can do to help your issue and work your way up to the big things. Make a promise to do one thing on your list each month. I guarantee that by the end of the year, you will have completed way more than one thing on your list each month and will feel so much better about yourself. And most importantly, animals will have benefited.

In what ways are you active for animals? Share your story in the comment section below!

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  • kittyd says:

    This is a great proactive article. I do, however, feel the need to point out that MAC and Bare Escentuals are not cruelty free as their brushes are often made from squirrel, sable and horse tail/mane. Just saying.

  • Maureen Nolan says:

    I am happy that I read this article. I have been doing goodness for animals for a long time but have been feeling not adequate to the almost insurmountable changes that must occur to enable our cross species brethren to share parity in their and our world. I feel, if only momentarily, somewhat relieved from the pressure that comes from knowing that the problem is so huge and that innocent animals suffer while the rest of us do only so much to help them.

  • Laura Lee says:

    Holy cow…how disappointing to see so many products I use listed on the PETA list of companies that test on animals. Having worked in a number of research hospitals, I am aware of just how cruel it is. It s time to change that and there is no better time than the present. Loved your article!

  • Lex van den Berghe says:

    Thanks Jenna for all that you do to help fight the good fight for our furry friends!
    Here’s another thing y’all can do to help animals…if you’re thinking about getting a dog or cat as a pet, consider adopting an animal from your local rescue shelter. Full disclosure, I’m on the Board of Directors at the Santa Cruz SPCA, but I’ll tell you from personal experience, shelters are where you will find some of the most loving, special and appreciative pets anywhere. So please, adopt your furry family members from a shelter, not a breeder or pet store, and spay or neuter your pets. Thanks!