30 Ways in 30 Days: A Checklist for Compassionate Living

Do you want to help animals but you’re not sure where to start? Here is a list of easy steps you can take to positively impact animals, the environment, and your health. Consider checking off each item as you complete it. If you’ve already completed this checklist, please consider sharing it with a friend, co-worker, or family member. Thank you!

Day 1 _____

Make a commitment never to attend a circus, zoo, rodeo, dog/horse track, or a seaquarium or to pay to see any show that exploits, confines, transports, and uses animals for profit.

Day 2 _____

Stop buying items made of leather, wool, fur, and down. Don’t worry about being perfect. Do your best. Avoid the obvious (i.e. leather purse/shoes, fur hat, wool sweater, and down pillow).

Day 3 _____

Find a “Veg Buddy.” A “Veg Buddy” is someone who has already given up eating animals and can provide advice and answer questions. It might be a relative, friend, or co-worker.

Day 4 _____

Search online for veg recipes and veg food blogs. Select one meal that looks irresistibly delicious and try making it for yourself.

Day 5 _____

Visit your grocery store. Look for food with the “vegan” or “dairy-free” or “egg-free” label. Start trying some different options. Remember which food you enjoyed so you can eat it again.

Day 6 _____

Start reading labels. Only buy shampoo, hair gel, sun blocks, cosmetics, deodorant, detergents, and other household items with the “cruelty-free” or “no animal testing” label. If you can’t find them in your store, consider ordering them online.

Day 7 ____

Take a break. Think about how good you feel for making these decisions. Share your experience with others. Be proud of yourself.

Day 8 _____

Support a charity that helps animals. Consider writing a thank you letter to show them how much they’re appreciated or offer to volunteer.

Day 9 _____

Consider buying a vegan cookbook or subscribe to a free vegan recipe blog. Try one new recipe every few weeks.

Day 10 ____

Stop eating pork and bacon.

Day 11 _____

Find an organization online that helps animals. Maybe they’re trying to end bullfighting, the use of horse-drawn carriages, the exotic animal trade, dog fighting, seal hunting, factory farming, greyhound racing, vivisection, or fur farming. Consider donating $10 to your favorite non-profit organization.

Day 12 _____

Recycle and reuse household items as often as possible. The less you use, the longer we can sustain animals’ natural habitats.

Day 13 _____

Search for a Vegetarian Festival or any veg event in your area. Sign up for a veg cooking class if available in your area.

Day 14 _____

Pick up a copy of The Food Revolution by John Robbins and read it in your leisure time.

Day 15 _____

Search for vegan restaurants in your town. If you can’t find any, consider talking to the manager at your favorite restaurant about adding some veg options.

Day 16 _____

Connect with like-minded people on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to form bonds and learn more about animals, the environment, and your health.

Day 17 _____

Consider volunteering at your local rescue or animal shelter.

Day 18 _____

Stop eating hamburgers and steak. Try some meat substitutes if you crave the taste or texture of meat.

Day 19 _____

Pledge to boycott fireworks on the 4th of July. Consider sending a letter to your local government officials asking them to outlaw fireworks in light of their negative impact on domestic and wild animals.

Day 20 _____

Make a commitment to end your consumption of eggs, cheese, and milk. Explore other options such as almond milk, hemp milk, and dairy-free cheese.

Day 21 _____

Take a break. Review everything you’ve accomplished. Reflect on your progress. What makes you most proud? What is your biggest challenge? How will you overcome it?

Day 22 _____

Read about the “humane” and “free-range” myth online. Talk to friends and family about eating more plant-based foods.

Day 23 _____

End your consumption of chicken and fish. If you crave the taste, try other food options that replicate the texture and taste.

Day 24 _____

Spay or neuter your pet. If you don’t have a pet, advocate for others to spay and neuter to control the pet population. Never buy an animal from a pet shop, breeder, or puppy mill. Rescue or adopt.

Day 25 _____

Write a letter or call your member of Congress and ask him or her to stop subsidizing the factory farming industry. Ask him or her to provide support to plant-based farmers who use sustainable farming methods.

Day 26 _____

Join an animal rights or environmental organization. Get involved.

Day 27 _____

Share your success with a friend. Tell him or her how about your experiences. Share something that has worked for you that helps animals. Encourage him or her to give it a try.

Day 28 _____

Watch a video online about animals that you used to eat — turkeys, chickens, fish, cows, or pigs. Think about how good it feels to not contribute to the confinement, suffering, and death of these animals.

Day 29 _____

Google “Companies that test on animals” and consider emailing or calling one company to ask management to stop testing on animals.

Day 30 _____

Stop eating all animals and animal byproducts. Enjoy living a compassionate life. May it bring you fulfillment, good health, and peace.

35 thoughts on “30 Ways in 30 Days: A Checklist for Compassionate Living

  1. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!! have no words to describe this, I have started similar lists but this one is by far the most comprehensive and functional I have seen. I would like to include it as part of The Humane School Initiative with your permission. This has to be published in a form of a cool handout and be available to people, can be handed out as a leaflet. We can discuss design alternatives if interested, I can help with the graphic design. Looooove it !!!!

  2. Have been a vegetarian for over 25 years and moved over to being a vegan recently. I get a great deal of information on my facebook page which is factual, relevant, makes me cry regularly, feel ashamed and have nightmares on a pretty regular basis. What I have found is that I am passionate about how I feel and I LOVE your “do-able” checklist! How I look forward to passing that on to interested people. I LOVE the fact that you are congratulating people for maybe only achieving half of the list. I’ll probably get shot down in flames for this but we still have adverts about cows “running” factories making butter, we talk about “dispatching” animals, “putting to sleep” cows having dreams of “galloping along a beach”. Getting from there to vegan can seem a long haul. So thankyou very much, Andrew and I will be a blog follower forever! Judy

    1. Hi Judy,

      It’s a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for everything you do to help animals and for sharing my guide to compassionate living. Yes, I believe we must be willing to accept incremental progress as it is better than no progress at all. Everything everyone does matters. There are no small acts.

      Your friend,


  3. Thanks, Andrew. I can’t claim to be Vegan, or even Vegetrian yet, but I have been exploring other foods. I have been buying soy and almond milk exclusively, and have stopped eating pork. I’m making changes gradually, and I really appreciate that there is support for those who are meaning well, implementing a gradual transition.

    1. Hi Kristin,

      Thank you for the kind note.

      I used to eat steak, chicken, hamburger, fish, and cheese so I am no better than anyone else. I learned about animal agriculture and made changes in the way I eat for my health, the environment, and animals.

      I am very proud of you for buying soy and almond milk. You might also try hemp milk. It’s very good. If you like ice cream, try So Delicious brand. It tastes just like regular ice cream but it’s made with coconut milk.

      Gradual changes are wonderful! You will find it gets easier and easier as you find new and healthier cruelty-free food to eat. Keep up the great work and let me know if you have any questions. I’ll be glad to help you! You might also check the recipes section of my blog.

      Andrew 🙂

  4. Dear Andrew, thank you for this valuable compilation! I have forwarded it to a lovely lady in Trinidad/Tobago who has just now forwarded it to at least 108 Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba devotees world wide……your wonderful helpful suggestions on behalf of the animals continues to travel the globe!! Thank you for your site.

    For the animals,

  5. I was very pleased to uncover this web site. I want to to thank you for your time for this particularly wonderful
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  6. Thank you Andrew! I love this!!! I hope it’s ok if I print it to hand it out at our next event. Our local vegan group has a information booth at a couple of events every year. I can also leave it at coffee places around town.

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