Great ways to stay active for animals during lockdown
Updated: Apr 4
As a follow-up to our most recent post on the topic, we thought we’d share some of the many great ways to continue your activism for animals even as we adhere to the rules of lockdown. And remember that if you feel safe doing so, there are lots of ways to volunteer to help vulnerable people during this pandemic too!
(CripHumAnimal has also published this excellent article that reminds us that street activism is not the only valid kind!)
And here are some of the many options!
Time to read or looking for something educational to watch? Check out our list of recommended books, movies and videos.
Check out the Animal Justice Project's action centre: all of their campaigns and how you can participate in one place.
Also from the Animal Justice Project is their 'Cost of a Pandemic' campaign which exposes the intimate connection between pandemics and eating animals. There are leaflets, stickers and free downloadable posters, which can be hung up with wheat paste. They also have ecofriendly masks for sale, allowing you to remind people of the fact that animal exploitation causes pandemics even when you're just doing your grocery shopping.
Speaking of which, the next time you're at the shops you can help Animal Equality reveal the reality of deceptive 'humane' labels on meat and other animal products--just by taking a photo!
Help people who have questions about veganism with the super easy 5Minutes5Vegans.
Sign up to be one of Animal Equality’s virtual Animal Protectors.
Host a Netflix Party with friends and family! A few good veganism-related films currently available on Netflix are Seaspiracy, The Game Changers, Okja, Blackfish, Cowspiracy, What the Health, and Forks Over Knives. (Links go to trailers.) Other apps are available which will allow multiple people to view Youtube videos and films on Amazon Prime, like Hogwood: A Modern Horror Story, Running for Good and A Prayer for Compassion. Additionally, Dominion, Land of Hope and Glory (which focuses on UK farming specifically), and Earthlings are all free online.
Another option to view together? Two very relevant talks from Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Neal Barnard (of Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine) which explain why animal agriculture is the main cause of pandemics like COVID-19.
Share videos of happy, rescued animals (especially those too often viewed solely as ‘food’) to remind those around you that we all want to live. It’s a great way to advocate for animals at a time when a lot of people won’t necessarily be receptive to more serious content.
Lots of charities will be struggling during this crisis, and that includes animal charities and sanctuaries. If you’re able to do so, consider giving them a donation!
Animal Rebellion has just launched #AloneTogether, a series of online workshops (and more!) with a wide variety of topics and activities.
Get involved in VeganActivism.org’s Reddit activism project.
Got computer skills? You might be able to help VeganHacktivists.
There are loads of options for activism at Animal Ethics, including research, translation and more.
Still looking for something to do? OurHenHouse has a brilliant list of 100 Ways to Change the World for Animals, and many of them can be done from home!
Anything missing? Let us know!
And lastly, remember that while COVID-19 is the biggest pandemic in a century, it isn’t a fluke: 3 of every 4 new infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they are the result of contact between humans and non-human animals. While COVID-19 is believed to have come from wild animals at a wet market, pandemics and animal agriculture in general are intimately linked. (Swine Flu and the many forms of Avian Flu, for example, including the one that is believed to have caused the 1918 Flu Pandemic (as well as H5N8, the variation that is currently raging across the world) have all arisen as a result of domestic animal farming.) When we pretend that this is a purely an issue with China, we do a disservice to everybody struggling through this crisis, human and non-human animal alike. What’s perhaps most frightening is the fact that scientists have said that due to our reliance on animal agriculture, the next pandemic isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’…and the next one could be much, much worse. Check out this fact-filled blog post and kindly share the facts with those around you.