How Can You Be a Voice for Animals?

           One of the hardest things we have to deal with as vegans, vegetarians, and people who care about animals is the knowledge that at every second there are thousands of animals being killed, exploited, and abused at the hands of other humans. Sometimes, this knowledge can be demoralizing. However, this knowledge can also empower us to want to make more of an impact, because the truth is we can create change. Not everyone can drop what they are doing and get a job at PETA, but there are small things that we can do in our daily lives that can create ripples that can swell into waves of change. Below you will find 10 things you can do to make those ripples.

  1. Share animal welfare news and information on your social media. Let people know why you’re vegan, what organizations you are interested in, and how others can be more caring towards animals. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and our NEW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT (@maineanimalcoalition). Like and share our posts on your accounts to spread the message!
  2. Listen to vegan podcasts, read books, and watch movies that support veganism and animal rights to build up your knowledge. Then, use that knowledge to inform your friends, or share some of those same resources with them! I have listed some great books, movies, and podcasts below- check them out!

Books- 

Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

Entangled Empathy by Lori Gruen

The Case for Animal Rights by Tom Regan

The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams

The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights by Norm Phelps

Protest Kitchen by Carol J. Adams

The Oxen at the Intersection: A Collision by pattrice jones 

Movies-

Okja

What the Health

Forks over Knives 

Cowspiracy

Food, Inc.

Earthlings

Vegucated

Speciesism: The Movie

The Ghosts in Our Machine

Dominion

Called to Rescue

Podcasts- 

The Bearded Vegans

Vegan Princess Warrior Attack

Our Hen House

Food for Thought 

  1. Share vegan recipes with friends and family! Show them that vegan meals are delicious and easy to make. Bring vegan food to parties and holidays.
  2. Volunteer at a local animal shelter, a VegFest, or an animal rescue league.
  3. Donate to organizations that help animals! If you do not already, consider becoming a member of Maine Animal Coalition!

Think about what type of animals you want to help the most. Farm animals and endangered species are the most vulnerable. Organizations that help farm animals include: PETA, Mercy for Animals, the Humane League, Farm Sanctuary, Animal Equality, and the Humane Society of the United States. Environmental organizations and organizations that support wildlife include: World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy, Jane Goodall Institute, Defenders of Wildlife, Animal Protection Agency, the International Rhino Fund, and Panthera. Ask for donations instead of gifts at birthdays and holidays 

  1. Wear animal rights merch! Wear T-shirts, hats, and pins with the MAC logo or from one of the organizations above out and about to spread compassion for animals. Ask about our free bumper sticker!
  2. Consider adopting an animal from an animal shelter. There are so many animals waiting for love.
  3. Talk to your legislators- it’s easy! Use social media, write letters, or email your legislators to tell them that you care about animals and the environment. Let them know why certain legislation is important to you and the impact it has on animals.

Find your legislators and how to contact them here: https://secure.aspca.org/legislator-lookup

9. Try to buy cosmetics, cleaning supplies, shampoo, toothpaste and other personal care supplies that are vegan and cruelty free! Search for vegan and cruelty free products here: http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company-search/index.aspx. Tell your friends about these products and about the harms of animal testing. Learn more about animal testing here- 

https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/why-we-do-it/what-animal-testing.Use your dollar to show the cosmetic and personal care industries that we will not accept the exploitation of animals in our products. Make them see that selling ethical products is profitable.

  1. Support vegan restaurants! When you go out with your friends, suggest restaurants that have plenty of vegan or vegetarian options. Again, show companies that it is profitable to have plant-based options and that the future is vegan!

Find restaurants in Maine here on our website https://www.maineanimalcoalition.org/compassionate-living/vegan-restaurants-in-maine. When you go outside of Maine, HappyCow is a great resource- just type in where you’re going and vegan restaurants will appear! https://www.happycow.net

            Use these tips to be a voice for animals. The sad fact is that most people don’t hear the voices of animals. But, happily, making their voices heard does not have to be difficult. And, if enough of us do these smaller things, their voices cannot be ignored.

How Can You Be a Voice for Animals? by Jennifer Gallagher