How to Take Action to Help Save Animals

Do you want to help stop extinction? There are ways that even a mere individual can make a big difference by asking those who do have the power to make changes, to do so. And there are so many things you can do yourself too!


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    Send a letter to your local representatives or members of parliament to say how you feel about the imminent extinction of animals. Use facts to back up what you are writing. A good place to start is looking for reputable sites on the internet, such as government, United Nations and international conservation organizations' sites.
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    Draw pictures and make a sign or poster. Place this sign somewhere at school or where people will see it, and use bright colors to attract attention. Add text that makes it clear why you are concerned about the loss of a species or animal. If you make it local (i.e., select an animal from your area), this will carry greater resonance with the people who read it and may motivate them to do something.
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    Study wildlife and animals and make sure that you know every fact about them. This will enable you to talk with authority about the subject, which always convinces people more than just saying general comments without anything to back up your concerns.
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    Make a book of facts of your favorite animal. This will help and you may even think about getting it published. Use your own words and don't copy anything. Acknowledge other people's ideas if you have relied on them. Distribute your book at libraries, community centers and other places where people like to pick up materials.
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    Make a puppet show and try to make it funny. Use the puppet show to send a message about the plight of species and animals that are facing extinction. Write a script so that you are not left searching for words.
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    Try to form a club or build a website. You could even combine a club on a website. Add text about your concerns on extinction, load up photos of your letters, your signs on display and even videos of your puppet show. Make the site interactive - have a place where people can leave comments. If you make it into a club, have a place where people can join. It can also be a great idea to give them volunteer activities to do so that they can join in and help the animals also.
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    Avoid buying products that come from endangered species. When you travel, be careful about what you buy. Some souvenirs are made from endangered animals or from endangered tree species from forests that the animals rely on to survive. Prefer handcrafted items made from sustainable resources that benefit both the community making these items and also protect the local wildlife.[1]
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    Watch your diet. Many of our fish species are being over-fished and are being pushed to extinction.[2] It is important to only eat fish that are derived from a sustainable source. Even meat and some grains and beans result in habitat loss that endanger local native animals. Always do your homework first and if you discover a food chain that is resulting in destruction of wildlife habitat, return to step 1 and write to your representatives or members of parliament and ask that action be taken immediately to stop this and to foster sustainable agriculture.


  • Use respectful language when you write to your representatives or members of parliament.
  • Try your best - you can't be perfect and people respect effort and passion more than perfection.
  • Never give up. Even if what you are trying to make happen isn't happening, don't just watch it and give up. Remember you have a lot of power, use your voice because you have the right to speak out. Use it to your advantage but do not be rude or people may not take you seriously. Fight for what you believe in.


  • Avoid buying ivory, un-certified hardwood furniture (it may come from endangered species in rainforests and other forests), tortoiseshell, coral, sponges etc.
  • Be careful with any art; if you use other people's work, make sure you have permission or look for works in the public domain.

Things You'll Need

  • Letter writing materials
  • Poster/ sign materials
  • Library books
  • Puppet materials

Sources and Citations

  1. Barnham, Kay, (2007), Protect Nature, ISBN 978-0-7787-3668-4
  2., Overfishing - A Global Disaster

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Categories: Animal Welfare Activism