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From S.A.N.E.
 

    

Changing your own life style is an important first step toward eliminating animal suffering. But in order to achieve sweeping changes in the ways animals are treated in our society, we must also convince other people to eliminate animal exploitation from their lives. By becoming an activist, You are helping to strengthen a powerful grass-roots political movement to Win rights for animals.

Becoming an activist can mean many things: Writing letters, making phone calls, participating in peaceful demonstrations, and educating others about animal exploitation are just a few of the many ways you can help make the world a better place for animals. Be sure to visit our Activist Resources page for information on effective activism tactics.

Live a cruelty Free life 

Don't buy products such as cosmetics and shampoos that test on animals. If a product doesn't say "Cruelty Free" or "Not tested on Animals," don't patronize the company by buying products. There are many well-known products that are and have always been cruelty free. There are also many guides to such products available on the internet and in books. One such guide is available at http://www.hedweb.com/campaig/vegcomp.htm. As awareness grows, new products become available daily. 

Don't wear or buy products made from leather, wool, fur, or silk. Much better and kinder alternatives exist. The less we support these industries financially, the less demand we create and ultimately, the less suffering we contribute to.

Spay or Neuter This is one of the most important things you can do right away. Spaying and neutering helps prevent overpopulation and ultimate destruction of many beautiful animals. By spaying or neutering, you are acknowledging your love and responsibility to an important member of your family. Animals living on the streets can also benefit from being spayed or neutered. The Humane Society of El Paso sponsors the Feral Cat Program. Visit their website to learn more about it.

Report animal abuse immediately

Most of us would immediately try to help an abused or neglected child by reporting such abuse. Animals are even more helpless than children because they cannot speak for themselves. Please be a voice for them by reporting animal abuse to the police, sheriff's department, or the Humane Society. 

Go Vegan!

Medical evidence shows that humans are not natural carnivores. 

(two great information sources: http://www.earthsave.bc.ca/materials/articles/articles/pdf/health/anatomy.pdf and http://www.vegsource.com/veg_faq/comparative.htm

However, most of us grew up eating meat, never knowing what it takes to put beef or chicken on the table. The average human can consume eight cows in his or her lifetime. That's a lot of hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, lethal chemicals like mercury, and bacteria! Not to mention the artery-clogging animal fats! And don't forget the fear and suffering that comes with every single fast-food hamburger. 

Vegetarians enjoy a widely varied diet that is just as convenient to live with as the traditional meat-eating diet. Many ready-made frozen foods are available in most common grocery stores and thousands of recipes and cookbooks exist. You can certainly get all the nutrition you need from plant-based sources, and the health benefits speak for themselves. Talk to vegetarians. You'll be surprised to find out that we don't just eat salads! One great source of information is the Vegetarian Society of El Paso. There you will find information on scheduled luncheons and dinners, as well as how to get your free vegetarian starter kit. For more vegetarian links, visit our Lynx page, or check out the information in our Go Vegan page to get started now!

Start a local animal rights group or vegetarian society or join S.A.N.E We are always in need of new members who are truly interested in making a difference in the lives of animals. When you donate your time and talents, your are not only helping the animals, you are helping to change society by adopting a "biocentric" ethic that includes humans in the much greater global community of earth. We exclude ourselves from this community when we think we are superior to other life forms and choose to believe animals were put on "our" planet for our use. Mutual respect for all life allows us to see how similar we are to other creatures. A compassionate life is a life free from the prejudice that the tyrants of the big industries shackle our thinking with. One person makes a lifetime of difference!

 

Educate Others

The National Humane Education Society

Teachkind.org

AnimalActivist.com

Animal Rights Library

 

Donate money to your favorite animal or vegetarian group

Most of these groups are made up of volunteers and are strictly non-profit. Members donate their time and sometimes their own money for causes and campaigns to help animals. Some of the sites found on our Lynx page contain information about donations and joining them. If you can't join an organization, please support one today!

 

 

Take Direct Action!

"If we are trespassing, so were the soldiers who broke down the gates of Hitler's death camps; If we are thieves, so were the members of the Underground Railroad who freed the slaves of the South; And if we are vandals, so were those who destroyed forever the gas chambers of Buchanwald and Auschwitz."

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