PETA kids come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s one thing that they all have in common: No matter what they want to be when they grow up, they’ll likely follow their hearts and pick a job that lets them speak up for animals.
Here are just 10 things you and other kind kiddos can be when you get older if you want to help animals.
You can look stylish and still have a ♥ for animals when you grow up by studying to be a fashion designer! Compassionate fashionistas and stylists know it’s never trendy to make clothing from animal parts, because they know that no one should suffer for fashion, so they avoid fabrics like wool, leather, and fur.
Take Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, for example. She believes that “being cruel isn’t cool,” so she decided to start her own animal-free fashion line, Vaute Couture. In February 2013, Leanne’s label became the first all-vegan clothing line to show at New York Fashion Week. Dream big and stay kind, and someday you could be a cruelty-free fashion designer like Leanne.
Just like humans, animals need doctors in order to make sure they’re staying healthy. Animal doctors are called “veterinarians,” and kids who want to help animals can grow up to be one.
Unfortunately, not everyone treats animal companions with the love and respect that they deserve. Some people leave their dogs chained outside with no food or water and nowhere to hide from the harsh weather. But not you! You know that all animal companions belong indoors with their families, and as a veterinarian, you’ll always make sure your four-legged patients are happy and healthy.
Every year, more than 6 million animals enter shelters, and around half must be put to sleep because there aren’t enough good homes for them. As a vet, you can help end the homeless-animal crisis by spaying and neutering animal companions.
Do you love food as much as we do? If so, you’d probably make a great vegan chef. You can cook delicious meals and save animals at the same time by creating yummy, cruelty-free dishes for all taste buds.
In the U.S. alone, close to 108 billion animals are killed for food each year. So with your delicious animal-free cooking, imagine how many people you can inspire to go vegan. The power is in your hands (and pans!).
Because breeders and puppy mills are constantly adding more animals to the world when there aren’t enough good homes for them, millions of animals end up in shelters every year. Animal shelters are always in need of help. Whether you’re walking dogs or feeding cats, by working at an animal shelter, you’ll be giving animals in need the love that they deserve and helping them find their perfect forever homes.
When animals are rescued from places like factory farms, roadside zoos, and racetracks, they rely on animal sanctuaries to take them in and care for them. At sanctuaries, animals receive food, love, vet care, space to roam, and everything else they need to live happy, more natural lives.
If it weren’t for these safe places, many animals would be left with nowhere to turn. Be a hero for animals when you grow up by working at a sanctuary for animals in need of a safe, loving home.
Believe it or not, you can help animals and fulfill your dreams of becoming a star at the same time! Many of today’s most popular performers choose to speak up for animals in different ways.
Ariana Grande, for example, is vegan, meaning she does not eat, wear, or use anything with animal parts in it. Noah Cyrus (Miley’s sis) has urged her fans to cut out dissection from their schools. She even starred in a peta2 ad to show kids what happens when animals are dissected. Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish explains how important it is to adopt animals from shelters, rather than buying them from pet stores or breeders. Glee star Lea Michele stands up for horses by urging the mayor of New York City to end horse-drawn carriages. And Selena Gomez voices her respect for animals by adopting them from shelters instead of buying them.
Wild animals used for entertainment, like big cats, elephants, and apes, are torn from their mothers shortly after birth and usually abused by their trainers. As a performer, you can stand up for animals by never supporting films or TV shows that use animal “actors” and encouraging your fans to do the same.
Similarly, in circuses, elephants are often chained for most of the day, and big cats are forced to live in tiny cages. You can live out your dreams of becoming a circus entertainer by choosing to perform only in circuses that don’t use animals.
Want to help save humans and animals? Then being a doctor might be your calling in life. Nearly 98 percent of U.S. medical schools—including Yale, Harvard, and Stanford—don’t use any animals to train medical students, and experience with animal dissection and experimentation on live animals is not required or expected of people who sign up to go to medical schools. So when you become a doctor, you can support modern medical research that doesn’t use animals.
Plus, as a doctor, you can encourage your patients to eat healthy vegan foods that will help prevent many diseases and save animals, too!
As a teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to teach kids (like you!) how important it is to show compassion for animals. Take Mrs. Suiter, for example: She teaches college kids in South Carolina that dissecting animals is cruel. Instead, she uses high-tech computer programs and models.
Having “classroom pets” supports breeders and the cruel pet trade. You can teach students and fellow teachers about compassion by explaining to them why it’s cruel to have animals in the classroom and by keeping animals out of yours.
As a compassionate teacher, you’ll never take fieldtrips to places that keep animals imprisoned in tanks or cages, like SeaWorld and zoos. Instead, you can take your students to local animal shelters, museums, or nature parks.
Do you love doing experiments in your goggles and lab coat? If so, being a scientist could be perfect for you. As a scientist, you can show people how easy it is to be kind to animals—by creating and using humane non-animal research tools.
Every year, more than 100 million animals—including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds—are killed in U.S. laboratories for different experiments and product tests. Be a researcher and a friend to animals by speaking out against animal testing and choosing modern, animal-friendly methods for your experiments when you grow up.
Yep, that’s right. As an author, you will have the opportunity to spread the animal rights message to countless people through your writing. Take the recently published Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get? Since so many animals today don’t have homes, the publishing team decided to include a message about adopting from animal shelters in the “Note From the Publisher” part of the book.
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Ruby Roth, author of the book That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, also uses her books to teach kids compassion for animals. You, too, can help teach people about different animal rights issues through your books when you’re older.
As you can see, you can be almost anything you want to be when you grow up and still help animals. No matter what you love to do, there will always be a way for you to show ♥ for those in need.