Whether it’s the speciesist tradition of eating turkeys and pigs during the holiday season or some folks’ habit of wearing the skin and fur of slaughtered animals to keep warm, cold weather brings a whole new set of bizarre ways humans use animals. And it also can be more challenging to speak up for them. You may have a harder time getting your friends and classmates to show up to protests when it’s 20 degrees outside, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking action.
Here are some tips on staying loud for animals even during the coldest winter months:
Set Up a Protest Indoors
Stage a sit-in at your local Starbucks to encourage the company to drop the unjust dairy upcharge, set up a table inside your dorm lobby or outside your school’s lunchroom urging students to join your hub or sign your hub’s petitions, or go into an Urban Outfitters store with a group of friends and encourage it to stop selling wool, leather, and other animal-derived materials.
Organize a Banner Drop
Get creative and find a public spot to display an animal rights banner that can’t be ignored! This takes less time and coordination than your average protest, and you won’t have to be outside for long. Check out California’s Southgate SOS hub at work:
Speak at Indoor Events and Meetings
Campaigns can take a lot of strategy—maybe you want to end animal dissection at your high school and can speak at a PTA meeting or school board meeting in the winter, or maybe you want your college to drop cruel animal experiments and can speak up at a board of regents meeting. You can use the cold winter months to prep and strategize—planning your next steps, meeting with your hub members in person or over Zoom, and e-mailing stakeholders and decisionmakers.
Did your school plan this year’s prom at SeaWorld and say that it was too late to cancel? Maybe you didn’t realize that your bio class was going to dissect dead animals until you smelled the formaldehyde (ugh—we all know that gross smell). Well, there’s always next year—and planning ahead is the best way to keep up momentum and have everything ready to go for your next victory for animals. Talk to your school now—don’t wait.
Leave Literature Everywhere
No matter the weather, we all have to go out to pick up our fave vegan snacks, purchase some warm and comfy vegan winter boots, shop for animal test–free shampoo, and go about our regular lives—and there’s always a way to incorporate animal rights. Leave animal rights leaflets and stickers at the doctor’s office, grocery store, campus library, or wherever you go. We’ll send you everything for free—just e-mail us at [email protected].
Want more ideas? Keep up with SOS on Instagram to see how student activists are changing the world for animals!