Effective Animal Activism – Done 100% Online!

Written by Sean Conner

Animal ActivismWith a four-day weekend, colder weather, and the sluggish aftermath of holiday eating coming up for many, why not take some time to get active for animals? Oh, because you’ll be resting up, avoiding bitter-cold winds, and trying to decide whether or not your food was laced with a sedative? That’s fine—there are many easy ways to participate in animal activism online without ever leaving your armchair or Snuggie embalmment!

First and foremost, you can comment, comment, comment to your heart’s content. If you see a recipe guide posted on your local paper’s website or a streaming news segment that talks about holiday eating or food, that’s the perfect opportunity to chime in about celebrating the holidays with compassion by choosing vegetarian foods. It’s always good to offer some recipe ideas or suggest a resource (I personally like TryVeg.com) to learn more. While you’re at it, go ahead and mention the many proven health benefits of a plant-based diet. Also, remember to always “kill ‘em with kindness” if you want to be received well!

Aside from commenting on existing content, create your own!  Popular cooking websites such as AllRecipes, Epicurious, Chow, and many others ask for user-submitted content. Throw in some cholesterol-free creamy casseroles, meatless meatloaves, and other vegged-out vittles for users to discover—and be sure to include a beautiful photo of the finished product to whet their appetites. Beware: I’ve discovered that time spent on recipe sites is inversely proportional to the longevity of my leftovers.

You can also send a quick note asking Subway to add vegan options to stores in the US, just like they did recently in Canada!

And while you’re commenting, writing up recipes, and probably taking numerous breaks to fight zombies or lay words via Facebook or mobile apps, be choosy about your screen names! Sure, everyone loves the simplicity of the old JohnDoe78-type formula, but why not let friends and strangers see a story comment from a user named TryVeg.com, a game request from VegRecipes.org (please make sure you win if playing by that name), and so on? With so many ways to “make your mark” online, it’s easier than ever to help promote compassion through vegetarian eating.