We all make decisions every day that impact animals, from the food we eat to the products we purchase to our entertainment choices. Often, the first step toward changing the world for animals is to recognize the importance of our individual decisions. The very next step is becoming savvy about saving animals through systemic reform, learning how to protect the animals in our larger communities.

Whether the goal is to fight legislation like the Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act that would have harmful consequences for animals or to promote positive change like the Better Collaboration, Accountability, and Regulatory Enforcement (CARE) for Animals Act, working with our representatives and senators at all levels of government can help tip the scales in favor of animals. But advocacy can be an intimidating undertaking, even if you’ve had meetings with government officials before.