One thing I'm really looking forward to this year is commencing work as a paramedic (Don't worry, I'm not leaving Unleashed. Not while there are still animals to save!), although I'll be honest, I was a little wary that I may be forced to wear those leather boots you see them walking around in.
I don't know why, maybe it's the overwhelming feeling that you get when you're starting a new job, but I was hesitant to ask the recruitment lady whether an alternative to leather boots could be provided. So I nervously pondered on how I was going to word the email, and then it hit me: if I don't cause them any inconvenience, then it should be easy as pie. So I offered to find an alternative to leather boots at my own expense.
Later that day I received a call from the recruitment lady and thought "oh man, a phone call...this is serious." But the response took me by surprise. She said that many of their employees don't wear leather for religious or personal reasons and that they have an alternate supplier who can provide non-leather shoes. She even went on to say that if I wanted to find my own alternative they would even pay for it! Now that's a uniform policy that's definitely up to date with the age we live in.
After i received the great news, I pondered a little more and thought "you know what, maybe the world really is changing faster than I imagined, and for the better!" So the point of this ramble? Never be afraid to ask, especially if you're asking on behalf of animals. Just craft the way you go about it, make it as simple as possible for the person you're asking, and let them know how it will benefit them (eg. The local cafe offering soy milk, or the local restaurant adding more vegan options will bring them more customers.).