(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) You’re never too young to make a difference for animals, so the Humane Society has outlined several ways for students around the world to become leaders for animals.

The list includes videos featuring celebrities such as Jenna Tatum and Woody Harrelson, as well as an infographic on how to start your own humane, animal-friendly organization.

Read on for the amazing things you or your child can do to be cruelty-free. — Global Animal

Kathy poses with Tucker and another student. Photo credit: Catskill Animal Sanctuary.
Kathy poses with Tucker and another student. Photo credit: Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

5 Ways Students Can be Leaders for Animals

Students can make this school year more humane by making decisions that have a positive impact on animals. The Humane Society of the United States is sharing the following ideas to make this school year a humane one:

1. Support humane cosmetics:

#BeCrueltyFree is the new trend: raise your voice against animal testing of cosmetics and visit our cosmetic testing page to learn more. For the new school year, choose your shampoo, styling gel, lip gloss or other cosmetics from a cruelty-free brand that you can find at leapingbunny.org.

2. Make compassion your fashion:

Make compassion your fashion. Take a stand against cruelty and join our Fur-free Facebook page and reference our handy fur-free shopping guide. Spread the word that compassionate fashion saves raccoon dogs, foxes, rabbits and other furbearers from needless suffering.

3. Participate in the international #MeatlessMonday movement

Meatless meals are delicious and humane. Many schools, universities and hospitals nationwide have implemented Meatless Monday programs to improve public health, promote environmental sustainability and reduce animal suffering. Click here to find out how to help your school join this growing movement.

3. Start or join a club

Starting or joining an animal protection student club is a great way to spread the word about animal issues in your school, and bond with classmates who have a passion for animal protection. Learn how to start a student club here.

4. Help your local animal shelter or rescue:

Most organizations need blankets, toys and other supplies to care for their animals. Organize a drive to provide those supplies to your local shelter or rescue, or ask your classmates to donate their spare change to help animals in need. Service-learning hours can be fulfilled helping out at the shelter after school and on weekends. For more tips on how you can help your local shelter or rescue, visit humanesociety.org/youthvolunteer.

For more information and other ideas for students interested in speaking up for animals, visit humanesociety.org/students.