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Animal Rights Florida Meetup Message Board › Power of the pen!

Power of the pen!

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Ima A.
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Orlando, FL
Post #: 18
Would you be interested in being part of the letter writing club for animals in central florida? The opinion page is one of the most read sections of the paper and a great opportunity to speak for the animals. The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida keeps their eyes open for animal related stories in central Florida newspapers. If you would like to help, ARFF will contact you when a letter to the editor is needed. If you are interested please contact ARFF at

PETA's Guide to Letter-Writing

Sometimes the pen ? or word processor ? 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. Here's how ...
Letters to the Editor
When you write letters to the editors of local newspapers instead of writing to just one person, you reach thousands! And it's easier than you might think.
Read local papers and magazines for fuel for letters. Watch for articles, ads, or letters that mention animals.
Some examples:
ads for rodeos, circuses, and fur stores
articles about medical experiments
features about local humane groups or companion animal care
Letters don't have to be rebuttals. Circus in town? Noticing a lot of strays? Or 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.
Be brief! Sometimes one short, pithy paragraph is enough?try to stay under 300 words (about one typed page). Editors are less likely to print long letters.
Type, if possible. Otherwise, print legibly. Be sure to use correct grammar and spelling, and remember to have it proofread.
Make sure you include your name, address, and telephone number in your letter. Some newspapers verify authorship before printing letters.
Feel free to submit excerpts from PETA's Animal Times and other PETA publications to your local newspapers. Our materials are not copyrighted and may be distributed freely.
Look for opportunities to write op-ed pieces for local papers. These are longer articles of about 500 - 800 words that summarize an issue, develop an argument, and propose a solution. Send the article to the Editorial Page editor.
You can also write (or call) television and radio stations to protest glorification of animal abuse or to compliment them on a program well done.
More tips­

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