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Meet Marsha: A Member on a Mission

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activistFor most of her life, Marsha Hargreaves recognized that there was something wrong with people’s view of animals as “things” to be used and abused. It saddened her, but she didn’t know what she could do about it. Then she attended her first demonstration, and now Marsha is an animal advocacy powerhouse. Writing letters, sending e-mails, holding demonstrations, and educating people through her group, Savannah Veggies and Vegans, she makes a difference for animals every day. We asked Marsha to share with us some advice for budding animal defenders:

What made you want to get active for animals?
It always made me sad to read about the suffering of animals, but I stayed in the comfort of my chair without taking action. I now understand that sitting around feeling sad is useless. Get up! Go! Do something! For 56 years, I did nothing. Now I’m doing everything possible to make up for the time I wasted.

How does being a part of PETA’s Action Team help you stay motivated to fight for animal rights?
I find great joy in meeting people who share my passion. It gives me hope and motivation to do even more. My first venture into real action was a demonstration against Ringling Bros. circus. I was a bit nervous, but excited about taking a stand. We handed out educational brochures about the horrible training methods and misery of the elephants. We held posters, smiled, and exchanged pleasantries with the circus attendees. There was nothing scary about my first demonstration. In fact, I loved it!

What do you think is the most important action someone can take to help animals?
Stop eating them—that’s number one. Promote kindness and compassion toward all beings. Don’t just sit around and feel sad. Get out there and help animals! Write a letter or e-mail, speak up when you see an animal suffering, live your values. The animals need you. Together, we can make a difference for them.

I highly recommend reading The Animal Activist’s Handbook and The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights. Use yourself, your voice, and your passion to help. It’s easy and fun, and it feels great!

This post originally appeared on PETA.org.

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  • Bill Tobin says:

    Hi Marsha, I too have always been disturbed by the treatement of animals and at a moment of quiet introspection recalled a visit to a slaughterhouse when I was about 7 years old. I too rethought what I was doing in my life and inpired by Mahatma Gandhi’s words (Be the change that you wish to see in the world), stopped eating animals and became more active in animal welfare some 2 years ago – havnt looked back. “We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.” – Lynn Hall.

  • Michele Stipe says:

    We sure can make a difference. Glad to hear from people like you Marsha.

  • Connie says:

    I do as much as I can on line. And I let others know about animals suffering. It has bothered me for years, especially since so many just don’t understand or believe what is going on. I am so sick of the cruelty and have not eaten mammals for many years. I wish I could drive and be not be so disabled. But I still will do what I can. I will not stand by and watch anyone harm animals. THANK YOU PETA!

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