If you’re already vegan but want to do more to speak up for animals in your everyday life, this list of ideas will help you sprinkle little seeds of compassion everywhere you go—opening the minds of everyone in your wake to the idea that animals are not here for us to exploit.

Because of your efforts, countless others can learn that adopting an ethical, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle is easy AF! Let’s get to it:

Wear clothing and accessories that speak up for animals. They are like free advertisements for animal rights and make people think.

How easy is it to wear a T-shirt that says “VEGAINS” to the gym and then kick ass in your HIIT class? #Represent ?

Pop into ice cream shops and ask if they have any vegan flavors, even if you know that they don’t (especially if you know that they don’t), to show that there’s a demand for it.

“Hey! Just wondering if you guys have any flavors that don’t contain breast milk that came from an abused cow—like, a vegan option? No? Weird. OK. Byeeee.”

Share images and videos on social media.

Share graphic footage from inside slaughterhouses, heartwarming videos of pigs playing together, articles about animals’ intelligence, vegan recipes and tutorials—whatever you think will help get the message across. You never know who’s looking.

Couldn’t have said it better myself??‍♀️??

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Give vegan and cruelty-free presents.

Do your friends have b-days coming up? Give them some cruelty-free makeup, a vegan leather bag, or a wool-free scarf, and make them some vegan cupcakes! Just casually mention that no animals were harmed for any of your gifts.

Always remember: No one turns down food.

Going to a nonvegan Thanksgiving? Dinner at a friend’s place? Work lunch? Bring vegan food! People who aren’t familiar with vegan cuisine are often amazed that it’s so delicious and want to know more about it.

Use every platform as an opportunity to inform people about the ways in which animals are exploited—even if the event wasn’t really meant for that.

If you’re swiping on dating apps and come across people who are all too happy to be holding up a dead fish they just killed or posing with a tiger who is held captive, talk to them about it.

Buying Beyond Burgers or some other vegan product at the grocery store? Tell the cashier how delicious they are (extra points if you say it loud enough for other people in line to hear you).

Some of my fav!??

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Filling out a survey online? Drop some animal rights info in there.

Get CREATIVE!

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Name your Wi-Fi network or hot spot “Go Vegan.”

  • Tell the Starbucks barista that your name is “Choose Nondairy Milk,” or another animal rights message, so they’ll call that out when they announce that your drink is ready.

 

  • Put animal rights literature inside library books before you return them.
  • Leave pamphlets among the magazines at your doctor’s office, in hotels, etc.

  • If your bank lets you choose a custom image for your debit or credit card, go with an adorable pig, cow, or chicken. If someone comments on it, THAT’S YOUR CHANCE TO START SPREADING THE WORD.

  • Rearrange letters whenever you see some lying around.

 You get the idea. 🙂

Take pictures of your delicious vegan food, and share them on social media.

People are often surprised by how delectable vegan food looks these days. Work it, soy chorizo burrito!

Meanwhile in Chinatown… ???

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Have leaflets handy so that you don’t miss opportunities to inform people about ways that they can help animals.

There’s no sense walking through a parking lot in the summer if you don’t have “Too Hot for Spot” leaflets on hand.

Be a little sneaky. ?

If you’re picking up some Tofutti vegan cream cheese or Follow Your Heart nondairy cheese slices (or something like that) at the store, you might as well drop a couple of them near the nonvegan versions, just so that people know all their options—you’re welcome, people.

Organize and attend demos.

What are you up to this Saturday? A whole buncha nothin’? Rally the troops, make some posters, and stand outside any establishment that profits from exploited animals.

Take advantage of captive audiences.

Your Uber driver can’t go anywhere while you explain why animal agriculture is destroying the planet.

Put up stickers with important messages on stuff.

Imagine this: Someone goes vegan because of a well-placed sticker that you stuck somewhere. Crazier things have happened! Be strategic—if it’s at a children’s bus stop, think child eye level.

Put a bumper sticker on your car.

Imagine how many drivers will see the message.

Donate stuff.

No money? No problem! You don’t have to give away bucks you don’t have in order to help. Donate old blankets and toys to local open-admission shelters.

#meridenhumanesociety #animaldonations #helpinganimals #proudmom

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Invite your friends to get vegan food with you.

They aren’t going to be mad if you ask them to check out a vegan restaurant that you heard was really good. Or to save money, just invite your friends over for dinner. A friend of mine buys only Gardein products now, instead of chicken, after she tried Gardein’s crispy tenders. Even if they don’t go vegan, it’s one fewer meal that causes suffering.

E-mail … e-mail, e-mail, e-mail!

E-mail restaurants, grocery stores, airlines, concert venues—any place you can think of that sells food—and ask them to carry more vegan options. They might actually listen.

Companies want to sell you things. If they think you want to buy something, they’ll try to sell it to you. You’ll never receive what you don’t ask for.

E-mail companies that partner with animal-exploitative companies.

Hear a commercial for SeaWorld on the radio? E-mail the station, and tell it to stop sponsoring companies that exploit animals.

E-mail companies that test on animals.

Whenever you get an e-mail asking you to donate to medical research, you can find out if that organization experiments on animals—and if it does, e-mail back letting it know that you won’t be donating until it stops using the money to imprison, torment, and kill animals.

 Be your healthy, happy, positive self.

Your stomach feels good. Your skin (and conscience) is clear. And you have more energy than ever before. Looking and feeling good is evidence for everyone around you that your vegan diet means that you’re living your the best life.

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We don’t always have the chance to reach hundreds or thousands of people, but that’s OK. Spreading the word in little ways to anyone you can and planting seeds in people’s minds at every opportunity really adds up. You won’t be the only one doing this stuff—you’ll be one more person doing it. If we’re all speaking up, the impact we can have is limitless.

SPREAD THE WORD