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PETA QUICK TIPS: Guide to Letter-Writing

Often the pen—or computer—really is mightier than the sword. And you don't have to be Shakespeare! Writing letters to newspapers, businesses, and legislators is an easy, effective way to help animals.

You can get great exposure for animal rights issues by writing letters to the editors of newspapers or magazines.

Not only will you be reaching thousands of readers, you will also be bringing your concerns to the attention of policymakers, who often refer to the opinion pages to learn what issues really matter to the public.

It's easier than you might think.

Read local papers and magazines to get ideas for letters. Watch for articles, ads, or letters that mention animals.

Some examples:

Ads for rodeos, circuses, and fur stores

Articles about medical experiments on animals

Features about local humane groups or companion animal care

Letters don't have to be rebuttals. Circus in town? Noticing a lot of strays? Let people know how you feel. You can also use the calendar for inspiration: At Easter, tell readers why they shouldn't buy bunnies. On Mother's Day, remind your community of the animals whose babies are taken from them on factory farms.

Write on good news as well as bad. Thank the paper for its coverage of an anti-fur protest or for running profiles of animals available for adoption at shelters.

The letter should be timely. If you're responding to an article, send it no more than three days after the article was published.

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