January 17, 2011
Spread the Word
Get the word out about issues affecting animals
One of the most important things you can do is teach others about the problems facing animals. When you’re sharing information, remember to be positive and tell others how they can help. Here are a few ways to spread the word.
Hand out flyers or brochures on different animal protection issues during lunch or homeroom. Include a “How You Can Help” section in your flyers. You can create a bulletin board display with this information. (Make sure you have permission.)
You can also post flyers at stores, animal hospitals, libraries, community centers, and other public places. Look into setting up a display table or exhibit in a shopping area, library, or community center, or at an event such as a concert or fair. Your advisor can help you get the permission you need. When you go out into the community, be sure to do so with others for safety.
Write articles for your school newspaper on topics that are important to you. Suggest ways others can get involved.
Send regular announcements or a simple newsletter through e-mail to keep club members and/or interested classmates up-to-date on where action is needed and how they can help. Keep a sign-up sheet to collect e-mail addresses wherever you can. Sign up for our Student Action e-news to stay up-to-date on the latest issues.
A Day to Remember
Organize an animal-protection awareness day at your school. Encourage students to avoid cruelty and celebrate animals by wearing animal-friendly clothing and eating animal-friendly foods. Ask your principal or cafeteria manager to serve animal-free food that day. Even if it is for one day, it will get everyone thinking.
A petition (a list of signatures of people who support something) is a great way to spread the word and get help from others. You could petition to have a vegetarian meal option available every day or for the cafeteria to switch to cage-free eggs.
Be a Party Animal!
Throw a party at school, a community center, or other public place. Consider showing a video (The HSUS offers them on a variety of issues—visit video.humanesociety.org). You can also distribute printed information and offer vegan refreshments to tempt people who may not otherwise be interested in hearing about the issue.
Ask the Experts
Invite a representative from a local humane society, natural or organic food store, or other group to speak at a club meeting. Open it up to all students. Make sure you have school permission.
Hold a school-wide poster or T-shirt design contest with an animal protection theme.
A Dazzling Display
Ask the manager of a natural food store to provide you with samples of animal-free foods along with household items and cosmetics that were not tested on animals. Use the samples to create a display in your school library or cafeteria. Include information about factory farming and animal testing alongside the alternative products. Your display may encourage others to become compassionate consumers.
Ask your librarian to get animal-friendly books in your library. Help your librarian set up a display of the books.