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Making a Difference

A guiding principle for activists is "Think Globally, Act Locally," which applies to activities on behalf of nonhuman, as well as human, animals. Working at the local level, individual animal advocates can have a significant impact on how animals are treated in our society.

Renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Everyone can make a difference. Although you are just one person, your voice counts. We'll show you how to use that voice on behalf of animals — even if it's just to write a letter or make a telephone call — how to acquire the skills of an activist, and make a difference, whatever your age and wherever you live.

Don't Lose Hope

Of course not every action we or you take has a recognizable positive effect. If it did, there'd be no need for Born Free USA. So if the immediate outcome of the issues you find important to you is an apparent defeat, don't lose hope. The animals are counting on us, and tomorrow will be better.

Born Free USA Is Your Partner

Working in support of animals may seem impossibly intimidating at first. There's no need to fear, because we are here to help you all the way. Our Introduction to Advocacy is a user-friendly manual for writing letters, working with media, broadening your base of support, and mobilizing others. Moving the spectrum from the simplest actions to highly organized campaigns is a matter of growing confidence and expertise. And you can always call upon us for advice and help.

How We Made a Difference

At the end of very year we compile a partial list of things we have accomplished in the past 12 months. Find the latest year-in-review story by using the "Press Room" tab above and calling up "Success Stories."

Read our 2012, Year in Review.

Read our 2011, Year in Review.

Read our 2010, Year in Review.

Read about our 2009 victories.

Where to Start

There are a lot of ways you can work on our campaigns and issues. Browse our campaigns to find the issue you are interested in making a difference on. To help you get started, try these

Things You Can Do for Animals Today

  1. Pledge not to attend circuses that use animals.
  2. Become a more Compassionate Consumer by using cosmetic and personal care products approved by the CCIC (which means they are truly free of animal testing).
  3. Become an informed activist by finding out how many animals and which species have been trapped in your state.
  4. Never buy an exotic "pet." Discourage others from doing so.
  5. Don't feed wild animals. Encourage those around you to live in harmony with wildlife.
  6. Don't leave your dog in a car on warm summer days, even if the windows are open.
  7. Don't buy products made of fur or fur trim.
  8. Report pet stores that abuse or neglect birds or other animals they are selling to Born Free USA (800-348-7387). Learn more at www.morebeautifulwild.com.
  9. Join Born Free USA today!