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Speak UP for Animals!

Being able to speak for ourselves is something most of us take for granted. We cry out when we are hurt, and demand justice when we are wronged. But there are millions of animals who are suffering and in pain right now, who can't call out for help. They are relying on each of us to speak out on their behalf. But the good news is it doesn’t take a lot of effort to be a voice for animals...

Before you start:

Know your stuff! Before you can speak up for animals, you'll need to know what you're talking about. So get to know a bit about what life is like for nearly half a billion animals who suffer inside Australia's factory farms, and what you and others can do to help them.

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1. Tell everyone!

Tell your friends and family what you know... And any time you are in need of small talk—even when you’re at your hairdresser—make it worthwhile and let them know what you’ve learnt!

Remember:

  • Try not to 'preach!' Many people are most receptive when invited to discuss ideas, rather than being talked at. Remember to ask questions, and listen to the answers that you are given in a way that can further your conversations.
  • Don’t get disheartened! Sadly you may not be able to reach everyone. Try to concentrate your efforts on the people who are most likely to empathise with animal suffering.
  • Don’t expect too much too soon! Many of us would like for everyone we speak with, to—for example—never buy products which are tested on animals or to never eat meat again, but remember to take one step at a time. Some of the things you are asking of people are ‘life changing’ for them, so respect that they might find things difficult, or take things slowly at first.
  • Stress the positive! There are always alternatives to people’s current consumption habits: vegetarian 'meats', cruelty-free household goods and entertainment without animal abuse for example!
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2. Call

If you listen to talkback radio, make sure you call in, as other listeners might not have any idea about how they can reduce animal suffering. For example, most Australians are unaware that 95% of pigs are raised on factory farms, and that mother pigs are kept in stalls so small they cannot even turn around!

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3. Write

Write letters to companies that cause animal suffering, and ask them not to support factory farming, or animal testing.

Or, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or magazines about the issues you care about.

To be effective, always make your letters short and polite. Most people will be unaware about the extent of cruelty in Australian factory farms, so always provide descriptions and examples to back-up your claims.

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4. Show Off!

Speaking up for animals is so easy, you can do it without even trying! Simply by putting a sticker on your locker, or wearing a t-shirt bearing an animal-friendly slogan, you will effortlessly spread the word of compassion toward our animal kin among those around you!

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5. Ask Questions

If you visit a restaurant, ask them to expand their variety of meat-free options.

Keep some leaflets handy to leave with them.

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6. Drop Leaflets

If you know someone who works in a shop, or a vet, doctor’s or dentist’s clinic, or a library or community centre, or ANYWHERE which has customers or visitors, ask if they would be happy to leave out some leaflets for you!

Even if you don't, you can still reach hundreds of people with a few hours up your sleeve. Click here to find out how to be a super-star for animals by handing out Unleashed leaflets to the public.

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7. Volunteer with Us!

Join the Animals Australia Unleashed Action Team! We'll send you important action alerts whenever we need your help with urgent campaign developments.

Get connected! Join up now!

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8. In school

If you’re a school or uni student, and are able to choose a project topic, choose a subject from one our major campaigns. It's an easy way to inform your teacher and fellow classmates about animal issues.

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9. Make Objections

If you object to something that a store is selling (like real fur), then tell them! Ask to see the manager, and explain clearly and calmly why you object to the sale of items that were produced with animal cruelty. Many people will be unaware of how an animal product reaches the store shelves (even store managers), so remember to be patient and provide details in your explanation.

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10. Report Abuse

If you witness a case of animal abuse, alert the relevant authority: contact the RSPCA or call the police.

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Thank you!

Thank you from the animalsSadly, animals trapped in factory farms, trapped for their skins, and abused behind the closed doors of testing laboratories do not have a voice of their own. They rely on each of us to speak out on their behalf. Every day, in many different ways, you can be a voice for animals!

On behalf of all animals—thank you!

 

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