As animal advocates, we try to inspire others to show compassion for all animals. We may also serve animals well if we reflect on our own decisions since there is always more we can do. I hope these questions cause you to think critically about your advocacy and motivate you to continue to explore ways you can most effectively impact change.
1. How much money do I donate to support non-profit animal rescue and advocacy organizations every year and does it reflect the sense of urgency I feel to save animals’ lives? (If you donate $100 per year and you earn $40,000 per year, you are donating one quarter of one percent of your annual salary.)
2. When I advocate on social media, am I looking for attention or am I taking steps to make a real difference in the lives of animals?
3. Does the way I spend my time in my personal life reflect how much I care about animals?
4. Am I recognizing the work of others and do I help other advocates and non-profit animal rescue organizations achieve their goals?
5. Do I represent the cause of animal advocacy with dignity in the way I conduct myself and treat others?
6. Do I advocate to make myself feel better or to help animals?
7. How do I evaluate whether or not my advocacy is effective?
8. Am I committed to learning by attending workshops and conferences, reading books, watching videos, and asking for feedback?
9. Do I have a full understanding of the decisions I still make that harm animals and am I taking steps to reduce my negative impact?
10. Do I take initiative to accomplish victories for animals by leading the way or do I mainly surround myself with like-minded people and hope someone else will make the changes we need?
For the horse forced to pull people in a carriage in extreme temperatures, the dog tethered in a backyard, the whale swimming in circles of boredom in a tank, the circus elephant being jabbed with a bullhook and transported across the country in a truck, the rabbit enduring ghastly experiments in a lab, the pig wondering why she has been caged, the fox about to be skinned for her fur, the polar bear trapped in the zoo, and the turkey about to be scalded alive, everything we do matters. We owe it to them to consider these questions. We are their only hope.
Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D. is the founder and CEO of Animal Rescue Bar, a delicious plant-based snack for health-conscious people that donates 50% of its proceeds to animal rescue organizations, providing compassionate people a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of abused, injured, neglected, confined, and abandoned animals. To receive new articles via email, enter your email in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.