During Raksha Bandhan, the festival of siblings, it’s customary for girls to tie a rakhi on their brother’s wrist in the hope that he’ll have a long life. In turn, guys generally give gifts to their sisters and promise to be a good sibling.
Ultimately, it’s a celebration of love and protection. So, this Raksha Bandhan, which is celebrated on 20 August, PETA encourages people to be a bro or sis to animals, too.
You can do that even if you’re an only child – or if you’ve never forgiven your sibling for putting chewing gum in your hair or telling the whole school about your “secret” crush.
The following are five ways that you can be a bro or sis for animals:
- Go vegan! Each vegan spares the lives of many animals every year – and you can help even more animals if you prompt your family members and friends to watch PETA’s “Glass Walls” video and go vegan, too!
- Choose cruelty-free cosmetics and household products.
- Pledge not to buy or wear leather. Share the video “Skin Trade” with your family members and friends and urge them to choose compassionate clothing, too.
- Get active to help animals in circuses.
- Join the Street Team and help abused, exploited and neglected animals on Raksha Bandhan and all year round.
No matter what you do, please be a good bro or sis to animals. All living beings deserve compassion – whether they’re closely related to you or not.