5 New Year’s Resolutions for an Animal-Friendly 2013
Happy New Year, everyone! As we all recover from the festive season, now is the perfect time to think about new ways to eliminate animal exploitation from every aspect of our lives – from changing what we eat and wear to speaking out against abuse and brutality.
Here are five simple ideas for making 2013 your most compassionate year yet:
- 1. Cut animal products out of your diet. Going vegan is a great way to burn off those Christmas calories while also saving hundreds of animals’ lives a year. Order one of our starter packs for some helpful advice. Or if you’re already committed to a plant-based diet, have a go at convincing your friends and family to do the same – perhaps by cooking them a delicious vegan meal to show them just how tasty meat-free meals can be.
- 2. Swap your leather for pleather. Every year, more than a billion animals are slaughtered in the global leather industry, which pulls in £600 million per year in Great Britain alone. But it’s now easier than ever to stop being part of this mass slaughter – there are many great animal-free alternatives to leather available, meaning that you don’t have to choose between compassion and fashion.
- 3. Call out companies for being cruel. Consumer pressure is a vital tool for persuading companies to ditch their unethical practices. Why not pledge to send one e-mail each month to an animal-rights villain – sadly, there are plenty to choose from, from fur-loving Burberry to foie gras sellers Fortnum & Mason. Check our action alerts page for more possibilities.
- 4. Make a monthly donation to PETA. We need your help to keep on helping animals. Any amount you can afford will make a difference in our ongoing struggle to expose and oppose the abuse of animals wherever we find it – from circuses to laboratories and from the catwalk to the military.
- 5. Help us spread the word – animals are not ours to exploit or abuse. Whether by talking to your friends, sharing PETA content on your Facebook wall or even setting up an information table at a local event, YOU have the power to challenge the attitudes of people around you and become an animal rights ambassador.
We’d love to hear your ideas, too. If you have your own animal-friendly New Year’s resolution, please tell us about it in the comments below!