I’m interested in becoming more involved in the fight to end animal abuse, but I’m not sure where to start.

The first step anyone can take to prevent animal suffering is to stop using animal products—food and clothing—and those products that have been tested on animals. Writing letters to publications, legislators, and businesses helps to get the message out. Organizing or participating in local demonstrations is also a terrific way to get involved. Even putting bumper stickers on your car can grab someone’s attention and make him or her think. Be creative!

Some savvy activists leave PETA brochures at their doctor’s office or on a plane. Others have invited friends to a vegan potluck dinner. Consider joining local animal or vegetarian groups and setting up information tables to distribute materials. PETA offers a variety of literature for distribution.

If you’d like to get even more involved, PETA has an activist network that you can join. As part of the network, you’ll be informed of events taking place in your area and local issues. To learn more or to subscribe, please click here. Check PETA’s Web site for action alerts, and keep your eyes open whenever you read a newspaper or a magazine for articles that might merit action.

Whether you’re working as an individual or with a group, you can educate hundreds of people in your community. Get PETA’s step-by-step Guide to Becoming an Activist, or read it online by clicking here

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind