Links and Resources
Aftershock – Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies, by pattrice jones
Bleating Hearts – The Hidden World of Animal Suffering by Mark Hawthorne
It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
Photographers Against Wildlife Crime by Britta Jaschinski and Keith Wilson
Trauma Stewardship – An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Films About Animals and Photography
73 Cows by Alex Lockwood
Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History by Allison Argo
Carnage by Simon Amstell
Dominion by Chris Delforce
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning by Dyanna Taylor
Earthlings and Unity by Shaun Monson
Eating Animals by Christopher Quinn
Forks Over Knives by Lee Fulkerson
Hondros by Greg Campbell
McCullin by David Morris and Jacqui Morris
My Octopus Teacher by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed
Okja by Bong Joon-ho
Salt of the Earth about Sebastiao Salgado
Sharkwater by Rob Stewart
The Cove by Louie Psihoyos
The End of Meat by Marc Pierschel
The Ghosts in Our Machine by Liz Marshall
The Last Animal by Kate Brooks
The Last Pig by Allison Argo
Virunga by Orlando von Einsiedel
War Photographer by Christian Frei
Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington by Sebastian Junger
Animal Advocacy Careers
Animal Legal Defense Fund
But Can They Suffer
Plant Based News
Solutions Journalism Network
The Guardian – Animals Farmed
The Culture and Animals Foundation
The Institute for Humane Education
The Lifelong Activist
Vox – Future Perfect
Sanctuary, Action, Rescue
How to Help
People often ask us how they can help animals in their day-to-day lives. Below are some suggestions. There are also many resources online about how to have the highest impact for animals.
Reduce or eliminate your consumption of animals. There are so many resources online to help you transition to a more animal- and Earth-friendly diet. Changing your habits can positively impact your health and the lives of billions of factory-farmed animals, as well as wildlife: animal agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to habitat loss and devastating climate change.
Get involved with a local group in your area. Ours is a big movement! Chances are, there are several animal protection groups near you that work on a number of issues. Attend vigils, rallies, fundraisers, and events to help raise awareness and build your advocacy network.
Volunteer, intern, or work for an animal protection organization. There are many effective animal organizations that take on volunteers, interns, and new staff on a regular basis. The website 80,000 hours regularly lists job opportunities at animal welfare organizations.
Do your research and donate what you can to groups doing effective, impactful work for animals. You can also organize a fundraiser for an organization on your birthday!
Sign petitions! There are so many out there and they can make a profound difference. For example, the groundswell started by Blackfish has led to the end of breeding programs at SeaWorld parks and other facilities, something that was unthinkable just a few years before. While we have a long way to go, we are absolutely making progress for animals and every single voice counts. Speak up!
Follow reputable animal protection organizations on social media so that you can become active in their campaigns.
Write to or (even better!) call your elected officials and political candidates to ask them to back stronger regulations protecting animals. Support candidates who support passing strong animal protection laws.
Get informed. There are many great resources available to stay up to date on what’s happening in the animal protection movement. Use our resource list as a place to start!
Organize a book club to explore animal advocacy issues and increase awareness among your friends and family.
Always choose cruelty-free makeup and cleaning products. Don’t wear clothes made from animal skins or products. Make sustainable, environmentally friendly choices and lower your consumption generally, especially of new items with excessive packaging.
Don’t attend circuses, races, rodeos, and fairs that use animals for entertainment. Never visit roadside zoos and spend time researching the educational and conservation programs of any facility you’re interested in visiting. Don’t visit facilities that keep animals in substandard conditions and, if you have time, call them to tell them why you won’t be buying a ticket. Instead, visit and support well-managed sanctuaries and wildlife centres.
Bring humane educators to your school or sponsor a speaker to come and talk about animal cruelty and compassion towards animals at your local college, school, library, or community centres.
Keep the phone number of your local animal rescues on hand in case you see a case of neglect, cruelty, or come across an injured animal. Report animal cruelty or suspected cruelty to your local SPCA or the local authorities.
Familiarize yourself with local animal-related laws and regulations. This is important so that you can be as informed as possible about who to contact and how to report violations you may encounter.
While travelling, don’t buy endangered animal products such as ivory or other body parts. Don’t eat bushmeat, which often comes from endangered animals such as gorillas and chimpanzees.
Ask your school cafeteria, place of work, and favourite restaurants to offer more plant-based options. Purchasing decisions are often made based on consumer requests and input. To amplify your voice, encourage friends, colleagues, and classmates to inquire about these offerings as well.