‘I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends – the fear, the terror, the pain
– and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.’ Rai Aren

the journey of a thousand miles

The most beneficial thing you can do to help animals, the environment – and your own health – is to become vegan. The meat and dairy industry leave a huge carbon footprint and they cause pain and torment to countless animals.

To end the heartache of animals in captivity, don’t pay for it to continue. Tell your friends and family why you are boycotting the zoo, the circus, aquariums, dolphinariums and ask them to do the same.  One of the best things you can do to help to stop the drive hunting of dolphins, is to never pay to see dolphins or whales in captivity. Without the demand for captive cetaceans, cruel practices like this will one day die out. Support marine conservation charities and take part in ethical whale and dolphin watching trips in the wild.

Do not encourage testing on animals. Check that the manufacturers you buy from do not conduct animal testing on their products, that none of the ingredients are tested on animals and if they have a parent company, that they do not support this either. There are lots of resources that you can use, for example the PETA website has a great company search tool.

Stop the cruel fur trade by boycotting any store that sells it. Check that the items you are buying do not have any fur on them. Items such as fake UGG boots are made with dog fur. Shop smart and spend some time checking where your clothing and accessories were made and how.

Be a responsible tourist and don’t pay to attend events that involve cruelty to animals, such as the Pamplona Running of the Bulls festival.

Activism

An Activist is ‘a person who believes strongly in political or social change and takes part in activities such as public protests to try to make this happen.’
Cambridge Dictionary

Join local and or national groups and meet like-minded people. Take part in campaigns and lend your voice to demonstrations. Look out for and sign and share online petitions – they do work! Educate others; you will be surprised how many people will be receptive to finding out more information.

‘We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.’
Albert Schweitzer

‘It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.’
Mahatma Gandhi


Our Take Action section features accounts from ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to bring about change in the world.

On Campaign In The Faroes – Jo

"On arrival at Stansted airport in the UK I was aware of the hostilities towards Sea Shepherd by some Faroese. Lining up to check into my flight a woman bashed her trolley into my legs then grabbed her child turning her away from me. I've never before experienced such behaviour towards myself and was wondering what was to come..."
2016-07-06T15:17:09+00:00
"On arrival at Stansted airport in the UK I was aware of the hostilities towards Sea Shepherd by some Faroese. Lining up to check into my flight a woman bashed her trolley into my legs then grabbed her child turning her away from me. I've never before experienced such behaviour towards myself and was wondering what was to come..."

Badger Cull Saboteur – Dave

Direct action is saving lives, saving some badgers from being shot, or trapped in a cage for the night to be shot at dawn the next day. It can be scary, heart stopping at times, boring as you sit on guard but always exhilarating and rewarding. Night after night, Britain’s Badger Army is out in the countryside saving our wildlife and will not cease until this barbarism is stopped.
2014-09-29T12:28:07+00:00
Direct action is saving lives, saving some badgers from being shot, or trapped in a cage for the night to be shot at dawn the next day. It can be scary, heart stopping at times, boring as you sit on guard but always exhilarating and rewarding. Night after night, Britain’s Badger Army is out in the countryside saving our wildlife and will not cease until this barbarism is stopped.

My First Hunt Sab – Sarah

"It was something I had always wanted to do - join the Hunt Sabs and help to sabotage a Fox hunt. But life gets in the way of our good intentions and I needed something to give me a final push, that something happened when I saw a Fox hunt for the very first time..."
2016-11-15T14:27:32+00:00
"It was something I had always wanted to do - join the Hunt Sabs and help to sabotage a Fox hunt. But life gets in the way of our good intentions and I needed something to give me a final push, that something happened whilst on holiday in Somerset during the summer of 2015 when I saw a Fox hunt for the very first time..."

Toad Patrolling – Julie

Every damp evening from mid February to early April a group of us, on a rota, would help toads to cross the road. The lane may have been quiet but it only takes one vehicle to crush a generation into oblivion. The logical solution for this lane ought to have been to close the road to through traffic at night during the breeding season, but the local Council refused on the grounds of the administrative cost...So we carried on filling our buckets...
2015-03-14T12:11:34+00:00
Every damp evening from mid February to early April a group of us, on a rota, would help toads to cross the road. The lane may have been quiet but it only takes one vehicle to crush a generation into oblivion. The logical solution for this lane ought to have been to close the road to through traffic at night during the breeding season, but the local Council refused on the grounds of the administrative cost...So we carried on filling our buckets...

Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian

I was fortunate enough to spend time in Taiji, Japan with the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians in October 2014. Here is my personal account of my time there...
2015-06-10T09:29:53+00:00
I was fortunate enough to spend time in Taiji, Japan with the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians in October 2014. Here is my personal account of my time there...