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is a holiday of rebirth and new beginnings—an opportunity to wipe the slate
clean and strengthen your resolve to focus on what really matters. What better
way to begin anew than to make a conscious effort to care for critters?
baskets can be a great way to impart to your kiddos the importance of kindness
to animals. By nixing milk-based chocolates and tossing in a few cruelty-free
items this year, you'll give your kids a chance to show compassion while they
celebrate. Here are 10 items that I recommend:
your kids a message that will stick with
them with animal-friendly stickers. Try "Meat's No Treat for Those You Eat," "Jesus Loves Me Too," or a variety pack of
stickers from the PETA Catalog.
more kids know about animals, the likelier they are to treat them well as
adults. Give the artist in your family animal-themed art supplies, like Doug
Lindstrand's How to Draw Animals Realistically. For drawing supplies, opt for art products that are free of animal ingredients.
Vegan Lip Balm
a swipe of vegan lip
balm, your kids will be speaking up for animals in no time. It's delicious in all
four flavors: "Go Faux'-Fabulous" Fruit Smoothie, "Animals Out
of the Act" Tangerine, "Viva Las Vegans" Vanilla Bean, and "Cut
Out Animal Experi-mints" Peppermint.
Fur and Feathers
the festivities going well after Easter is over with the Fur and Feathers Board Game. In the quest to "save" five animals, your kids will learn how humans'
everyday choices affect animals, from what we eat to how we care for farmed
animal love shine with a silver animal-themed necklace. There's PETA's Nugget chick and a slew of other options on Zazzle.com, where you're sure to find your kid's favorite animal.
Books and Comics
off a happy holiday with a bedtime story featuring furry friends. In the PETA
Catalog, try A Chicken's Life or Don't Lick the Dog: Making Friends With Dogs. Or check out Ruby Roth's That's Why We Don't Eat Animals:
A Book About Vegans.
slew of candies are what we at PETA call "accidentally vegan." They don't necessarily set out to be cruelty-free, but we're happy that they
are. "Accidentally vegan" candies include Airheads, Dots, Dum-Dums,
Fireballs, Hubba Bubba bubblegum, Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy),
Lemonheads, Mike and Ikes, Runts, Smarties (U.S. brand), Sour Patch Kids,
Swedish Fish, Sweet Tarts, Twizzlers, and Zots. Fill plastic eggs with your
kids' favorite candy for a colorful, conscientious treat.
Christians wore white robes all through Easter week following their baptism as
a symbol of their new lives. Put a modern day twist on an old-school tradition
with animal-friendly clothing. Surprise your kids with a cool shirt, with
slogans like "Love
Me, Don't Wear Me," "Fake Is Better—I'm
No Sweater," or "Pigs Are
Friends, Not Food." For babies or toddlers, try a crew-neck
shirt that sticks up for animals with a friendly phrase like "Be an Animal Friend—Don't Go to
every person who goes vegan, 100 animals are spared each year. Multiply that by
the number of members in your family, and that's a heck of a lot of lives
saved. Help your kids get started with a vegetarian/vegan starter kit, yours free from PETA.
way to make sure your Easter treats are cruelty-free is to know exactly what
goes in them! Whip up a batch of peanut butter bombs, then drop them into Easter grass for a homemade treat that knocks the socks off
the store-bought stuff.
you're all set to play Easter bunny. Get gifting! Got any other ideas for ethical
Easter basket goodies? Share them with me in the comments section.
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