Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Compassion in Action

Among vegans and vegetarians, compassionate living through diet and lifestyle choices is not the only way to show love toward fuzzy/scaly/feathered friends. Many EtsyVeggers take compassion into action by committing to donate a portion of their Etsy shop sales to support charities that fight for the humane treatment of animals.

Though love for animals is the major reason given for aiding animal causes, each individual's motivation is a bit different. For instance, looloolambie, who contributes 15% of her Etsy shop’s profits to three terrific local animal groups, sees her “giving” ethics as rooted in a religious background and the desire to help her community. Other EtsyVeg folks are setting aside profits for organizations such as Vegan Outreach (julep115), the Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz Co. (glittergirlgalleries), the Woodstock Farm & Sanctuary (LilyPig), and various shelters and rescue groups.

Along with solo ventures in kindness, a bunch of EtsyVeg members (mvegan5, JaneDiamond, and sciostarbug, to name just a few) support pro-animal organizations as part of the fabulous EtsyforAnimals (EFA) street team. EFA’s Web site explains that they aid “… charities that exist for the benefit of helping animals, and that do not support hunting or animal testing." Their members can participate by donating part of their shop’s profits to the team’s charity of the month (the Visakha SPCA Cow Sanctuary for March) or by listing an item in EFA’s Etsy shop, which contributes 100% of its sales to the monthly cause.

For EtsyVeg members, making the world a better place extends to helping all sorts of charitable organizations . MadsBelly gives a generous 50% of her shop's income to charities that benefit women and children, and VeganHoney gives 5% to support environmental and social justice causes, as well as animal-advocacy. But whether helping animals, people, or the planet, it’s both the receiver and the giver that benefit. When asked about the rewards of contributing 10% of her profits to the Animal Place, DaisyWares explained, “It makes me feel good inside that I have contributed in keeping an animal warm, full, and safe. HelloKiddo feels that donating 10% to the Farm Sanctuary allows her to know that she’s helping to make a positive difference for animals through both diet and daily decisions. :)

There are too many members who support worthy causes through their shops to mention them all here, but feel free to add a comment if you’d like to promote your own shop's good works. Those who aren’t doing so already can share the love by supporting the shops of EtsyVeg members and other Etsians who donate a portion of their profits to charities, by joining up with others who are doing so as part of an Etsy team like EFA, by setting up their own giving project, or even just by sending out positive energy toward those who need it. When in question, Gandhi said it best when he advised to “be the change you want to see in the world.”


Crickets Creations Handknit Scarves said...

Way to go!!! I'm so proud and happy to be part of this awesome team. :)
Celeste (Crickets)

Vegan Girl said...

Well said, awesome article
Roni of Daisy Wares

Eileen said...

On behalf of Visakha SPCA the charity of the month (and we have many more animals that "just" 600 cows) we are so grateful to all the artists.
thank you!
Eileen or

Jane said...

Great article! It's so wonderful to see how many Etsy Veg members use their talents and shops to help aid in different casues that are important to them. I am passionate about the well being and protection of animals, so it makes me feel good to help animals through my arts and crafts. I feel like it's a win-win situation. Someone buys something from my shop that they and/or their cat enjoys, and at the same time, the proceeds helps animals in need. I'm proud and happy to be part of this blog and team, and also to be a part of Etsy For Animals. Again, it's fantastic to see all these people mentioned here, and lots more, who are making a wondeful difference in this world!

darkangel07760 said...

I am so glad to also be part of this team! Go Veg!