Are you looking to make the world cruelty-free and help animals? Lots of baby boomers are putting their experience and job skills to work to help animals.
Steve worked for 30 years as a high-level corporate negotiator. But he didn’t get involved with PETA until 10 years ago, when his son Aaron asked him to help with PETA’s campaign to convince fast-food giant McDonald’s to change the way animals are raised and killed for its thousands of restaurants.
As Steve became more involved with PETA, he realized that while demonstrating and protesting were fine, his skills could better be used helping with tough negotiations with those in control of the industries that his son and PETA were protesting.
Steve has continued his invaluable work as a volunteer with PETA, and he has successfully led negotiations with more fast-food outlets, meat and poultry producers, retail companies, and other companies, bringing about concessions that have saved millions of animals from inhumane slaughter, caging, and other common barbaric farming practices.
After seeing chicken slaughterhouse footage from a PETA undercover video on the news, Beverly contacted PETA to ask what she should do about stock she owned in the company responsible for the abuse. PETA used Beverly’s stock to submit a shareholder resolution calling for an animal welfare review at the company’s annual meeting.
While we often imagine demonstrations and people with poster signs when we think about animal activism, today’s tools of change include a variety of approaches—such as sponsoring shareholder resolutions, reporting animal abuse while traveling, taking vegan cooking classes, and sharing meatless fare with your friends.
What You Can Do
- Seek investments in companies that do not abuse animals. Or sponsor a shareholder resolution, donate stock, or attend a shareholder meeting.
- Take a vegan cooking class, and then invite your meat-eating friends to a tasty meat-free dinner. There are hundreds of delicious, free vegan recipes.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or contact your favorite blog, and educate readers about an animal issue you feel strongly about. Check out PETA’s guide to letter-writing.
- Only support charities that do not test on animals. See a list of cruelty-free charities.
- If you see animal abuse in your community, at a pet store, on your travels, or anywhere else, report it.
- Learn about more ideas for animal activism.
As your work and family responsibilities change, use your time to care about animals who desperately need you. Stay active, and make a difference. Use your time and energy, your knowledge and skills, your resources, and your network of friends and relatives to bring about a kinder world for animals.
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