Young Activists Smash It in Our 21-Day ‘Resolve to Revolt’ Challenge

Published by Michelle Feinberg.

If the first few weeks of the year are any indication of how well someone’s going to follow through on their New Year’s resolutions, animals are in luck—because young activists from Students Opposing Speciesism (SOS) who resolved to revolt against human supremacy spent the first 21 days of 2021 making a unified effort to end speciesism.

Students coast to coast completed daily challenges that ranged from making their own animal rescue kit to writing op-eds about speciesism for their school newspapers to calling and writing to the CEO of Urban Outfitters, Inc., to demand that it stop using animal-derived materials.

Throughout this campaign, the students were challenged to share how they’re helping to end speciesism, and in doing so, they demonstrated their fighting spirit and bravery when it comes to speaking up for animals to everyone, including their own friends and families.

And the actions they took in this campaign are on top of their year-round efforts, which include campaigning to end dissection in their schools, calling and writing decisionmakers to urge them to change their policies, informing their social media followers about animal rights issues, attending training courses to become stronger activists, participating in Netflix Parties and book clubs, creating their own contests and games to engage the SOS community, and holding demonstrations to protest experimenting on, eating, wearing, and exploiting animals. They have no shortage of creativity and talent, as evidenced by this beautiful poem written by an SOS member as part of the “Resolve to Revolt” challenge:

SOS gives students the resources they need to make a difference, but the students are the ones leading the movement. These young activists take action in every way they can, including by challenging their schools …

… challenging their communities …

… or challenging an entire industry:

We’re so impressed and inspired by all the dedicated students who participated in this challenge. Be sure to browse the #ResolveToRevolt hashtag and follow @petaxsos on Instagram to see how the SOS community is speaking up for animals in the new year. The 21-day “Resolve to Revolt” challenge may be over, but these young people will continue stepping up and speaking out for animals every day and in every way they can.

If you’re outside this age group but still want to take action for animals, join PETA’s Action Team and start ending speciesism today.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

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