Whenever anyone asks me when I started to get involved in animal rights, I tell them that I started before I even knew what it meant. I’m lucky enough to have a mom who explained to me why not to catch lightning bugs in jars, and to re-release frogs who I’d so naively caught in my backyard. She even explained to me why I shouldn’t dissect animals, before I even reached middle school!
Now, I’m 22 and when I think back, I can’t seem to picture being anywhere else but working at peta2—and it’s in large part because of the compassion that my parents, and my dog Token, taught me.
I spend every day replying to comments from you guys! A ton of comments that I reply to are about Street Teamers who just can’t seem to make their parents understand why they don’t want to chop up dead animals in class, or why they don’t want to eat gross, rotting corpses for dinner, so it’s always great to hear from one great big (animal loving) happy family like mine—although we hope there are many more!
A few days ago, we got a visit from two Street Teamers, Joseph and Matt—with their mom, dad, and little sister! The Dawson family came all the way from Delaware, just to visit PETA. Their whole family was just about the cutest thing ever, and I couldn’t help but snap a pic (or two).
Check them out hanging out in our literature room (yep, home of all of those amazing free stickers and leaflets!).
Matt Dawson (in the blue) is starting high school this fall and wants to spend his four years there doing everything he can to help animals, starting with getting everyone he knows to boycott KFC. He’s super excited to read this, so comment below with your advice for him! What have you done for animals at your school, and what are your goals for this year? (Hint: if you don’t know, check out our Take Charge page and get started!).