11 Ways to Help Animals This Holiday Season

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Keep animals close to your heart this Christmas with these straightforward tips:

  1. Be a compassionate shopper.Cruelty-Free-Christmas-ShoppingSpread Christmas cheer with ethical gifts that haven’t caused animals to suffer.
  2. Dedicate some time to helping homeless animals.Homeless cat CC0_miniYour local shelter may need help taking dogs for walks or caring for animals throughout the busy holiday season.
  3. Sparkle in animal-free fashion.Beyond Skin Vegan SlippersChristmas parties are perfect for showing off just how fabulous you can look in clothes that don’t contain wool, fur or leather.
  4. Eat vegan and be merry.The holidays are a great time to impress your omnivorous friends and family by cooking up meat-free food so good that everyone will want a taste.
  5. Stay away from live-animal Christmas displays.Any event that treats live reindeer or penguins like Christmas decorations is a definite no-no.
  6. Start a conversation about animal rights.Family-Dinner-1When your Great-Aunt Gertrude asks why you’re not eating turkey, seize the opportunity to share your beliefs and explain why animals aren’t ours to eat, wear or exploit in other ways.
  7. Be careful what you feed your dog.unsuitable walnutsNot everyone realises that some Christmas foods can make animals really sick.
  8. Catch up on essential viewing.
    Use some of your time off work to have a Netflix moment with these eye-opening animal-related documentaries.
  9. Make a donation to help animals.Animal rahat bullock_miniWhatever amount you can afford, your gift will strengthen PETA’s work to end cruelty.
  10. Speak out if you see fur, foie gras or other cruelly produced items for sale anywhere.The-Star-Foie-gras-off-the-menu.pngSometimes a polite message to the manager can be all it takes to persuade shops to stop selling fur or restaurants to remove unethical foods from the menu.
  11. Shower your animal best friends with love.Christmas dogChristmas is all about spending time with those you care about, after all.

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

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  • Cecília Stelzer Nogueira commented on December 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Unfortunately here in Belgium the foie gras is sold like any other item. In the market and restaurants. It’s almost like it is rude to invite people over and not serve it…

    • Pamela Crummay commented on December 21, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      I’m afraid if you really care about animals you must go with your principles and explain why you’re NOT serving it! Surely, one must have ones own ethics about ones lifestyle and eating habits. Once you find out about the animal industry and the cruelty involved you will never want to eat meat again!

      • Lara commented on December 26, 2015 at 8:31 pm

        End animal cruelty,if you see someone abusing an animal,tell somone,they will go to jail!

    • Mae Brown commented on December 23, 2015 at 2:04 am

      Your Country should take a serious look at updating your ethics The horror that ducks go thru to make foie gras is excruciating Evil is as evil does.

  • Paula commented on December 22, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Is it rude to prevent an animal from suffering, I think that is a priority x

  • I'm The Dude commented on December 22, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    What i don’t get is looking after a pet and staying away from meet (that’s when i gave up on veganism).

  • David commented on December 22, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    No cruelty to animals this Christmas or any other time.

  • Michel Lebel commented on December 22, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for speaking out for the animal Kingdom!

  • Olga Espinosa commented on December 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    If you are against animal cruelty, why are you advertising and asking for FUR COATS to Help Freezing Refugees in Syria and Calais??? Is that not against what you stand for??? Why not ask for coats or blankets made out of 100 0/0 cotton???

  • Malcolm Langton commented on December 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I work for the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and have done so since April 2015. As time has progressed I couldn’t help but think of some of the cats in our care and how fearful they were even in a safe, well cared-for environment. Then my thoughts turned to the animals that are bred for the meat industry and how frightened they must be when being processed through an abattoir- horrific. So I decided 10 days ago to go vegetarian. I was a meat eater but my decision is one of ethics. I would like to become vegan but feel one step at a time is necessary. It isn’t eating meat that is the issue but buying dairy and leather products such as footwear that will take time to adjust to. I know I am just one person and maybe I won’t be able to make a huge difference to animals but at least I will rest easy knowing I am doing my bit. Oh and I have lost over 2 kilos and no longer get that bloated feeling since stopping eating meat…. just a thought.

    • Cecily Colloby commented on December 28, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Well done , Malcolm!!! Keep it up!!

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