This article was originally published at VeganEra.com – a great little site for those starting their vegan journey.
Being vegan already does a big service to animals and the environment. However, when the glistening newness of being vegan begins to fade, us truly compassionate people start to get antsy and seek out other ways to help animals and our fellow human beings. In today’s busy society it is incredibly hard to find the time to fit all of this love into our jam packed schedules. Here are some easy ways to add some extra activism into your life every day.
Eat and buy vegan and cruelty free – Duh! Chances are you already know and do this – and good for you! Make sure to keep updated and informed on the newest vegan items available. Try to patronize companies that clearly label their products as “vegan” and that practice other noble endeavors such as recycling or donating to charities.
Get social – Nowadays everyone spends a good chunk of their day twittering, facebooking, or blogging. Instead of using that medium to inform the world of our breakfast choices and how we hate bad drivers, why not use social networking to save animals or spread the word of a righteous cause? Tweet about urgent dog adoptions or post a link to a petition to end unethical practices on Facebook.
Foster or adopt a little furry one – We all know that buying from a breeder is a bad, bad thing. But not all of us have the time, space or even the desire to have a companion animal. Contact your local animal shelter and see if you can foster a dog or cat for a limited amount of time. Still too much? Go to a shelter and offer to talk an animal out for a walk.
Thank ethical companies – When you come across a company that you really admire for doing the right things and providing products or services you love –tell them! One thing businesses love is positive feedback. Reminding a person or company that what they do is wonderful, gives them the motivation to keep doing what they are doing.
Educate your self – Learn about all of the benefits of veganism for yourself, the planet and the animals. Even learn the arguments that have been contrived against the pro-vegan facts. Be prepared so that when someone challenges your ethics, you can school them in what being vegan is really about.
Create your own ethically driven hobbies – use whatever skills you have to create something that benefits the animals, even in the smallest way. Bake vegan goods, design informative flyers, or make clothes without using animal derived fabrics.
Donate – If you simply don’t have the time to o any of these suggestions, the quickest and easiest way to make a difference is to donate to an organization you respect and admire.