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Make Your 2012 Resolutions Animal-Friendly

The following article was written by Michelle Carr.

Out with the old and in with the new! New Year’s resolutions are all about the chance to start over and do things differently. You have an opportunity to make this year count for animals by dedicating one of your resolutions to helping them. Pick one or all of these resolutions and you’ll be on the right track to a compassionate year:

  1. Go vegan. What better time than the start of a new year to turn over a new leaf and go vegan? Going vegan is the most effective choice that you can make for animals, the environment, and your health. With so many delicious and meatless alternatives available, there’s never been a better time to make the switch! Check out our free vegetarian/vegan starter kit, packed with tips and resources to help you make the transition. Not quite ready to go vegan? Even cutting back on your meat intake one day a week is a step in the right direction!
  2. Do your spring cleaning early. Get a head start on spring cleaning this year! Dedicate a weekend to cleaning out your closet of all fur, wool, leather, and exotic skins and be sure to purge your kitchen and bathroom of all products that were tested on animals. Buy products that are cruelty-free to make sure that our furry friends have a good 2012 too. Request PETA’s free cruelty-free shopping guide to have on hand next time you’re at the store!
  3. Donate your holiday gifts. Did you receive something for the holidays that you aren’t too fond of and have no idea what to do with? Donate those gifts to your local animal shelter or your favorite animal rights organization. Animal shelters are always looking for supplies, so return those holiday gifts that you’ll never use and put that money toward toys for a dog or a cat.
  4. Promise to spend more time with your animal companion. Make sure Fido has a good New Year, too, by promising to take him or her on long walks and spend extra time playing. Even if you don’t live with a companion animal, you can make a world of difference to an animal at your local animal shelter. Even just spending just an hour of your day on the weekend would mean the world to the dogs and cats at the local shelter!
  5. Get active. Sign up for PETA’s Action Team! By joining, you’ll be on the forefront of PETA’s groundbreaking campaigns. You’ll be able to participate in protests and outreach events in your area and will be given the opportunity to lend your voice to the animal rights movement. From arm-chair activism to leading protests against Ringling’s cruelty, everybody’s unique talents for helping animals fit in on the Action Team!

These are just five animal-friendly resolutions, and there are plenty more! Leave a comment below telling everyone how you are going to be a friend to animals in 2012.

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  • Folsom says:

    Great article.

  • Morrill says:

    You have provided an incredible resource.

  • Mary-Chris Staples says:

    My goal is to do something every day – 1 animal activism act per day! They can be small or big but they will be very conscious. For instance, yesterday, I sent a letter to Mountain Equipment Coop here in Canada asking them to consider going cruelty free by getting rid of all their wool and leather products. Today I am going on a hike with some new friends and I will wear my ‘animal liberation/human liberation’ t-shirt and bring some vegan cookies. I will keep track on my Farm Sanctuary calendar! I find that if I am constantly doing something, I feel better and get less discouraged about all the sad stuff that’s going on out there.

  • Tracey Anketell says:

    I can do at least 4 out the five suggestions above! Happy holidays!