Here is what you can do to help animals:
Move Toward a Plant-based Diet
Over 99% of the cruelty to animals in Canada occurs at the hands of the
meat, dairy, and egg industries which confine, mutilate, and slaughter over 700 million land animals each year.
Since our diets are the leading root cause of animal abuse, this is the best place to start helping animals -- by choosing kindness over cruelty every time we eat.
By adopting a diet free of animal products, you can spare the lives of dozens of land animals and countless aquatic animals each year. That adds up to thousands during a lifetime.
Of course, adopting new habits can be challenging at first. Although some people become vegan overnight, most people look at becoming vegetarian or vegan as a process, and take time to develop new eating habits.
To learn more about how to incorporate more vegetarian meals into your diet, download our free Canadian Vegetarian Starter Kit for tips and recipes to help you get started.
Teach Yourself and Others about The Issues
After you've been vegetarian or vegan for a while, you may notice that people start asking you a lot of questions such as:
- "Where do you get your protein?"
- "What will we do with all the animals if everyone goes vegetarian? Wouldn’t they take over?"
- "Don't you need to drink cow's milk for calcium?"
Sometimes, people are simply trying to justify their own eating habits by posing such questions, but other times people are genuinely interested in learning more. If it feels argumentative, gracefully end the conversation by smiling, calmly thanking them for their interest in vegetarianism, and suggesting they
read this brochure.
However, for those people who are genuinely curious and interested in learning more, these conversations can be a wonderful way to help animals and share information.
Learning as much as you can about factory farming and vegetarian living is important. Not only will it deepen your own understanding of these issues, but it will also enable you to more easily inform others. But remember, you don’t need to be an expert to help animals. Just be honest, speak from the heart, and share with others why you're a vegetarian.
Most people have never been exposed to the idea of vegetarian or vegan eating before, and you will likely be the first person who shapes their idea of what vegans are like, so strive to be knowledgeable, patient, respectful, and joyful -- regardless of how unreceptive someone might be to you.
Invest in a Kinder Tomorrow: Become an MFA Canada Supporter
You can help create a kinder world for animals by becoming a supporter of MFA Canada. Not only does your gift enable our vital work to continue, but also a broad supporter base gives us the clout we need to influence policymakers and retailers.
To become a supporter of Mercy For Animals Canada, simply click here and make a donation.
Or if you'd prefer to send a cheque, you can always send donations to:
Mercy For Animals Canada
22033 – 131 Bloor Street West
Another great way to help animals is to leave a legacy of compassion by adding MFA to your will.
Volunteer: Put Your Compassion Into Action
Volunteering with MFA Canada is a great way to become active in the national animal protection movement and to be a voice for farmed animals. We offer opportunities to get involved with our programs, use your skills to help farmed animals, collaborate with other activists, and get invaluable experience in animal protection work.
If you would like to volunteer with MFA, please consider filling out our volunteer form. Once we can know more about you, your skills, and what types of projects you're interested in, we can figure out how to best incorporate you into the organization.
Attend an Animal Rights Event
Check out our events page for what MFA Canada is up to. If you would like to host your own MFA Canada leafleting event, please contact us.
Meetup.com is another great way to get involved with animal rights, since the site lists numerous vegan and vegetarian “meetups” across the country. This is also a great way to meet other vegetarians in your area and plan events.
Click here for a worldwide database of animal protection organizations.
Become an Online Activist
If you have a website, Twitter account, or Facebook profile, consider sharing our website, information about going veg, or a video with your friends and followers.
Video footage is the most powerful tool the animal protection movement has to expose the plight of farmed animals. Here are some ideas to expose people to the truth:
- Share MFA’s eye-opening documentary Farm to Fridge on Facebook. Just click the “Share on Facebook” button found on MeatVideo.com. Also consider sharing on other social networking platforms, such as Twitter.
- Comment on web articles and blogs about factory farming with a link to MeatVideo.com.
- Email the MeatVideo.com link to friends and family.
- Embed the YouTube video of Farm to Fridge on your blog or website.
Place a link to MeatVideo.com in your email signature, exposing the truth behind meat, dairy, and egg production with every email you send.
Watch the video the meat industry doesn't want you to see: MeatVideo.com
One of the most effective techniques for educating others about the health and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet is distributing literature in public places with heavy foot-traffic.
A great thing about leafleting is the lack of preparation time required. Also, at the right time and place, just one person can hand out hundreds of brochures in less than an hour.
We recommend passing out our Canadian 25 Reasons To Try Vegetarian brochures,
which you can order by contacting us.
While individual vegetarians save lives every time they sit down to eat, we can exponentially increase the number of animals we help by encouraging others to try vegetarian living too.
Since young people tend to be very interested in vegetarianism—and open to change—college campuses and concerts are particularly good places to leaflet.
Need some inspiration? Consider the math:
Let's be really conservative and assume that only 1% of the people who receive a brochure decide to go vegetarian after reading it. If you pass out 200 leaflets in an afternoon, that's at least two new people who became vegetarian.
200 leaflets x 1% = 2 new vegetarians
Based on annual slaughter statistics, the average vegetarian saves hundreds of animals per year (about 30 land animals, and many more aquatic animals).
If we conservatively assume that, on average, those who do go vegetarian stay vegetarian for at least one year, that equates to at least 100 animals saved from just a few hours of leafleting.
2 new vegetarians x 100 animals per year = 200 animals saved per year
How many other activities can you think of that just about anybody can do, which can save at least two hundred lives in just a few hours?
For more info on leafleting, check out these leafleting tips:
Screen Farm to Fridge or Organize a Paid-Per-View Event
Narrated by Academy Award-nominee James Cromwell, Farm to Fridge is a short documentary film that takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration behind the closed doors of the largest industrial poultry, pig, dairy and fish farms, hatcheries, and slaughter plants in the US. This powerful film has already been seen by millions of people around the world, inspiring many to ditch meat, milk, and eggs in favor of healthy and humane vegan alternatives. Here are some ideas for using Farm to Fridge to inspire even more change:
- Offer $1 to passersby on your college campus to watch Farm to Fridge and help inspire them to choose compassion! You can receive funding for Paid-Per-View events through VegFund.
- Hold a viewing party in your home with friends and family and be sure to have
Vegetarian Starter Kits on hand (which you can order by contacting us). Provide vegan treats and hold a discussion afterwards. Use ChooseVeg.ca for more information about animal agriculture and to get ideas for discussion topics.
- Invite a speaker to talk about animal rights and show Farm to Fridge. You can hold the event in your local library, school, university, place of worship, workplace or community center, and include a discussion after the film, too.
- Incorporate Farm to Fridge in your school presentation about animal rights.
- Rent a tabling spot at a local festival and display
Vegetarian Starter Kits and
while playing Farm to Fridge at your table with a laptop or TV.
Veganize Your Cafeteria or Local Restaurants
If you're a high school or university student, consider organizing a campaign to get more vegan options in your school cafeterias.
Or if you're not in school, consider approaching local restaurants about carrying more vegan options.
Contact us to discuss your ideas for approaching cafeterias or restaurants in your area. We’d be happy to help!
Utilize the Power of the Pen
Don't underestimate the power of the pen -- or keyboard and mouse! Writing letters to the media, businesses, and legislators is a great way to speak up for animals.
The animals are counting on you. Your actions, your voice, and your volunteering makes a difference. Thank you for having the courage and moral strength to act for animals and be the voice of the voiceless. With your help, we will create a more compassionate world for all beings.