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Top 5 Ways to Help Animals at School

Top 5 Ways to Help Animals at School

Posted 1 February 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 17 Comments

Tags: school, activism, advocacy, dissection, stickers, leather

So it's that time of year again - time to pack your bags, dust off your uniform and head back to school. I know how you're feeling ... if only the holidays could've lasted a bit longer, right? But on the up side, a new year at school is full of great opportunities to help animals. So here are a few reasons to jump out of bed and embrace the new school year with enthusiasm!

Top 5 Tips for Helping Animals at School:

  1. Make Your Presentations Count
    What better chance to speak up for animals than when you've got a captive audience. Are you outraged that 10 million chicks are ground up alive or gassed to death by the egg industry each year? Or that rabbits have chemicals rubbed into their eyes to test everyday household products? Then make your class talks count and do them on issues your classmates should know about. Besides, when you're doing a presentation on something you know and care about, you'll get better grades!
  1. Ditch Dissection
    Just because an animal is small green and slimy, doesn't make it ok to kill her and cut her open. And as for our furry friends, rats - think of them as little dogs - these little guys are smart, playful and really, really cute. There's just no need for violence in science. So let your teacher know you don't want to dissect. Then prove there's no need for dissection by using animal friendly resources (eg. text books, videos and computer simulations) to stay ahead of the class.
  1. Make Your Uniform Animal Friendly
    I don't know about you, but there's no way I want to wear the skin of a dead cow on my feet. And seriously, with so many faux leather alternatives, there's just no need. If your school has a uniform policy with compulsory leather shoes, or woolen jumper, why not write a letter to your principal asking them to change their policy. Sometimes all it takes is one letter.
  1. Sticker Your Stuff
    What else are note pads, pencil cases and laptops for except to put stickers on? Grab yourself a sheet of the best stickers in town (or enter here to win some) and get stickering! Not only will you have the most stylish school gear around, you'll have all your classmates thinking about animal issues, asking questions, and of course wanting some flashy stickers of their own (so don't forget to tell them where they can score some for themselves).
  1. Veganise Your Tuckshop
    If your tuckshop is anything like mine was, then the menu is chock full of dead animals. Aside from the animal cruelty, it's not gonna do students' waistlines or the planet any favours either. Ask your tuckshop to offer more tasty vegetarian and vegan food. That won't just give you more to choose from for lunch, it'll give other students the chance to sample some cruelty free food.

So there you have it. That should keep you busy for a while. And that's just the beginning! There are heaps of other creative ways to help animals at school. We'd like to hear your ideas. Leave a comment below to share your tips for helping animals at school.

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jack jack 3 February 2010
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i use the stubby holders as pencil tubes
sticker everything
badge bags and pencil cases
sticker everything lol
we NEED unleashed stationary NOW lol
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RaV3N RaV3N 4 February 2010
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OMG Unleashed stationary!!! Jack you are brilliant!!! Even I would buy that (I am somewhat of a stationary junky)

You can always stick flyers up on notice boards too. I remember at high school each building had it's own notice board, plus the library.
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jack jack 4 February 2010
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peta bought out pencils, pencil caes and notebooks
UNLEASHED NEEDS TO
it would be way better happy
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Jesse Jesse 4 February 2010
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Thanks for the vote of confidence Jack wink

Your suggestion has been noted. We'll see what we can do.
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jack jack 4 February 2010
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on the leather shoes
i wear vegan wares school shoes
cant tell the difference
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4_da_animals1 4_da_animals1 5 February 2010
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omg i sticker everything and there is always a vego option in the canteen which i take i refuse to dissect, its an option at my school and evrytime i have an oppurtunity i do my presentations on animal cruelty!!!
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ChloeMB ChloeMB 5 February 2010
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well I go to a once-a-week distance-ed school so i dont need to wear an actual school uniform
and I already have stickers all over my book (haha)
plus I would just blatantly refuse to dissect ....
its just unecassary, y'know??
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Cj Cj 5 February 2010
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My friend somehow got Unleashed stickers & pamphlets so we went around work stickering the place and the pamphlet area.
I was surprised how many people took the pamphlets and had a good read.
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.ellehcoR .ellehcoR 8 February 2010
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No. 238 for this years agenda:
A cage-free school canteen with better vegetarian and vegan options (a $4 black banana doesnt cut it)
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Jesse Jesse 9 February 2010
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It better be a magical black banana for that much!
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...2 ...2 17 July 2010
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Any advice on writing to the principal about vegan options in the canteen? At my school's canteen, the only option is a roll. Unbuttered. Literally, that's it. A bread roll. On its own.
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Jesse Jesse 21 January 2011
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Hey Valkyrie.. sorry for the the slow response!

When writing to your principal, I'd recommend talking up the fact that a few more tasty vegan options on the menu would encourage healthy eating amongst students, and would be a responsible environmental approach for the school to take.
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Cate. Cate. 31 January 2011
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I am not at school anymore, but it would be great for schools to have more vegan fundraisers.
At my school they always raised money by selling cakes, krispy kremes, freddos or sausages sizzles. Not only is all that stuff super unhealthy, but it's supporting one problem to try and help another!
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Ree Ree 20 February 2011
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My son had a letter come home at the end of last year saying there was going to be an end of year dinner. He had three options and not one of them was veg. I wrote the school a letter (also stating that I was quite sure that my son was not the only vegetarian in the school) and they got something in for him. I hope to see a veg option next time.
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pitterpatter pitterpatter 21 January 2013
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I'm at uni doing my Honours and I'll be doing my own research project on veganism and poverty.  I'm hoping to get into a PhD where I can continue to bring veganism into the attention of academic circles.

I'm also part of the Griffith University Vegetarian Society who is slowly working to get more vegetarian and vegan options on campus, as well as having animal rights related events on the Nathan campus.  Last year we raised nearly $100 for ALV and ALNSW's campaign to do with pigs.  We did this through a vegan BBQ.  Twice a month we have vegan cupcakes, cookies and brownies available for people to buy, along with flyers and recipes for people to take.
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Walter Walter 21 January 2013
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I'm not at school anymore. But I was very surprised how many of my best friends will join unleashed.
My friend somehow got Unleashed stickers & pamphlets so we went around work stickering the place and the pamphlet area.
I was surprised how many people took the pamphlets.
Hey everybody do what you can!!   It's important.
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emrykins emrykins 22 January 2013
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I have stickers on all my notebooks and binders, I've requested the lunch ladies at school to provide more vegan alternatives (all we have is salad-with no vegan dressing), I'm doing a protest where I hang up flyers about factory farming, and I'm starting a vegetarian club at school soon called "Compassionate Living" ccc:
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