Here are some easy things you can do to sprinkle little seeds of compassion everywhere you go—exposing everyone in your wake to the idea that other sentient beings aren’t here for us to exploit. Let’s get to it.
Help Animals In the Community
- Pop into ice cream shops and ask if they have any vegan options, even if you know they don’t (and especially if you know they don’t), to show that there’s a demand for them.
- Put stickers with important messages on your belongings—your laptop, luggage, refrigerator, water bottle, or school locker. Imagine if someone were to go vegan because of your well-placed sticker—it happens.
- Ask for an alternative assignment if you are or your child is instructed to dissect animals at school. If you are between the ages of 13 and 24, PETA’s SOS team can help you every step of the way.
- Strike up conversations with other shoppers who are browsing the aisles of the grocery store. Remark on how any recipe can be veganized: Vegetable broth can be swapped for chicken stock, margarine can be used instead of butter, soy or almond milk can be substituted for cow’s milk, and egg replacer can be used in baked goods.
- Have leaflets handy so that you don’t miss opportunities to inform people about ways they can avoid harming animals.
- Post PETA literature (which you can get for free by e-mailing [email protected]) on bulletin boards at coffee shops, libraries, and other spots.
- Inform your hairdresser or barber about some of your favorite vegan beauty products that aren’t tested on animals.
- Ask local restaurants and grocery stores to carry more vegan options, and offer some suggestions.
- Place animal rights books in the local library, Little Free Libraries, or your apartment complex, school, or place of worship.
- Be a little sneaky. Put vegan foods next to nonvegan products at grocery stores to make shoppers aware that they have options.
- Wear clothing and accessories with animal rights messages—it’s one of the easiest ways to take action for animals.
- Put animal rights literature inside library books before you return them, and leave it among the magazines at your doctor’s office, in hotels, and in other locations.
- Take advantage of captive audiences. Your rideshare driver can’t avoid hearing you explain that animal agriculture is destroying the planet.
- Put a bumper sticker that advocates for animals on your car. Imagine how many drivers and passengers will see the message.
Speak Up for Animals At Work
- Display animal rights literature, such as PETA’s stickers or vegan starter kits, on your desk for people to see and take.
- Organize a shelter drive. Get some folks together to donate old blankets and dog and cat toys to a local open-admission animal shelter—and make sure they understand the difference between open-admission shelters and turn-away shelters (aka “no-kill” shelters).
- Ask your office manager to use supplies that aren’t tested on animals, such as Method, Seventh Generation, and Dr. Bronner’s products, which are widely available.
- Keep a coffee mug or water bottle bearing an animal rights message on your desk. Decorate your break room bulletin board with animal rights messages.
- Whip up some yummy vegan dishes to take to your office potluck, happy hour, or company picnic. Talk to your HR team about always including vegan options at company events. Offer to help.
Speak Up for Animals At Gatherings and Parties
- Give animal-friendly presents on birthdays—such as cruelty-free makeup, a vegan leather bag, or a wool-free scarf—and make vegan cupcakes. Mention that no animals were harmed for your gifts and treats.
- Going to a summer barbecue or a Thanksgiving dinner? Take vegan food. Guests will likely be amazed that it’s so delicious and want to learn more about it.
- At potlucks, label the dish you contributed with a sign that says “vegan” so everyone can see that food doesn’t need to contain animals’ flesh or secretions in order to be tasty.
- Take extra vegan burgers and nondairy cheese for grilling so that nonvegan folks can try them.
- Post videos on social media of your friends and family enjoying the vegan food you provided so that your not-yet-vegan followers can see their positive reactions.
- Invite your friends to go out for vegan food with you. Or save them money by having them over for dinner.
- Suggest some informative documentaries for your friends and family who are not yet vegan to watch on Netflix, such as Cowspiracy, Seaspiracy, The Game Changers, and What the Health.
- Be your healthy, happy, positive self. Everyone around you will see that eating vegan means living your best life!
Spreading the message and planting seeds of compassion for all in little ways at every opportunity can really add up. And you won’t be the only one doing this stuff—you’ll be one more person doing it. If we’re all speaking out against speciesism, the changes we can make are limitless.