Ten Ways to Help Animals in 2017

Posted on the 20th December 2016

New Year, a new you? Why not make your New Year’s resolution a compassionate one? We have compiled a list of ten ways you can help animals in 2017.

And, remember, it’s Animal Aid’s 40th anniversary in 2017, so please find out more and get involved!

1. Go Vegan!

Animals suffer tremendously in the meat, dairy and egg industries, as our investigations have shown. Our slaughterhouse undercover filming demonstrates that there is no such thing as ‘humane slaughter’. Order a FREE ‘Go Vegan’ pack today.

2. Become a member of Animal Aid

Animal Aid relies entirely on generous donations from compassionate people to continue our vital work. When you become a member you will receive our quarterly magazine, Outrage, and you will be entitled to a 10 per cent discount on all Animal Aid merchandise.

3. Volunteer at a local animal sanctuary

Animals in sanctuaries often come from the most horrendous conditions – many are rescued from slaughter or factory farms, while others are rescued after being abandoned. As you can imagine, a lot of work goes into the day-to-day running; including cleaning and feeding the animals and taking care of sick and injured ones. All sanctuaries are grateful for any help they can get, plus you will get to spend time with all of the animals.

4. Donate unwanted blankets to animal sanctuaries

Have an early ‘spring clean’ and clear your cupboards of any blankets that you no longer use. Animal sanctuaries constantly need new bedding, so why not de-clutter and help animals at the same time?

5. Join a local animal rights group

Animals do not have a voice, but you do and you can be their voice. Joining a local campaigning group is a great way to start getting active for animals. Whether you are talking to members of the public about cruelty-free living, or protesting about a shop selling fur, everything helps and there is something for everyone. Contact us for details of your local group.

6. Ask local restaurants to add more vegan options to their menus

With the ever-growing number of vegans, most places would be more than happy to add more vegan options. If there are a limited number of animal-free dishes at your local café, ask the manager if they would consider adding more.

7. Donate only to charities that do not fund animal experiments

By checking our online list, you will be able to make a choice as to where your money goes. Instead of funding cruel and unreliable animal experiments, opt for a charity that helps people without harming animals.

8. Get active online

Online activism is effective and takes no time at all. Signing petitions, emailing organisations and contacting your MP all make a difference. Sign up to Animal Aid’s e-news to receive alerts and updates on our campaigns and how you can help with them.

9. Write a letter to your local newspaper in response to recent stories

If you spot a story in your local newspaper about animal cruelty, or anything related, be sure to get your feelings and views across. This is a great way of reaching a large number of people.

10. Become an Animal Aid school speaker

Animal Aid school speakers play a very important role in educating young people about animal rights and cruelty-free living. As part of our speakers network, you will have the chance to do everything from teaching youngsters to cook, to explaining why rights for animals is an important goal.

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