12 Surprising Ways Your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions Can Help Animals, Too

Posted on by PETA

Would you like to help animals more, even though your list of New Year’s resolutions is already stretching to War and Peace proportions? Not to worry – chances are good that your resolutions can already help animals every day. As PETA founder Ingrid E Newkirk illustrates in her book Making Kind Choicesthe simple decisions that we make every day can have a huge positive impact for animals.

Consider the following resolutions:

  1. Go to the gym more: Since you’re already at a place frequented by health-conscious folks, why not order our free vegetarian/vegan starter kits and drop some on the information table or tack them to the bulletin board?
  2. Spruce up your garden or balcony: Growing your own vegetables and fruits not only looks attractive but also creates a food source for you and wildlife. You’ll be filling your space with flora and fauna.
  3. Make time for a physical: You’ve probably been putting it off because you don’t want to spend your morning in a waiting room. Other people have, too. So leave your recent issue of Animal Times there and give your fellow procrastinators something enlightening to read.
  4. Stop smoking: Tobacco companies conduct painful, invasive skin corrosion tests on animalsso kicking this bad habit helps kick animal testing, too.
  5. Organise your wardrobe: While you’re bagging up old clothes, throw in your old leather shoes, and while you’re doing some after-Christmas sale shopping, replace them with stylish new non-leather ones.
  6. Visit your parents more often: Mum always loves something that you made yourself, so take along some vegan baked goods or a meat-free dish when you go see your folks.
  7. Go to some of the baby showers, housewarming parties and bridal showers that your Facebook friends invite you to: When the occasion calls for a gift, bring a basket of cruelty-free beauty products, a cookbook of meat-free meals or a copy of Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven or sponsor an animal at a sanctuary in the name of the new baby or couple.
  8. Make out a will: While you’re divvying up real estate and jewellery, throw animals a bone and include a donation earmarked for your favourite campaign
  9. Deep-clean the bathroom: Along with the expired cold medicine, toss out products that were tested on animals. Then begin the spring with a fresh, new cruelty-free personal-care regimen. 
  10. Establish a plan for emergencies: Plan ahead for an emergency situation by keeping a list of local veterinarians and animal-protection groups to call if you spot an animal who needs help.
  11. Save money for a big-ticket item or vacation: With egg prices at an all-time high, just switching to egg substitutes will save you big bucks and have you well on your way to a healthier you.
  12. Volunteer some of your time: You can set up an information stall in your community, and animal shelters are typically thrilled to have dedicated volunteers to walk dogs, socialise cats, tidy up and help in other ways. PETA would be happy to send you literature for your stall. Just write to [email protected].

Have a happy, animal-friendly new year!