I think it is fair to assume that most people consider themselves lovers of animals. If your Facebook page looks like pet’s lover; packed with a mix of adorable pet videos, inspiring animal rescue stories and petitions asking for justice for animals.
While social media activism has the huge and positive effect of consciousness raising, we should do more than just sharing a post and getting on with our day. Yeah, many people just don’t have the time to spend hours volunteering at their local animal shelters each week.
The good news is, we can take everyday actions that have a true and positive effect on the animals. By these actions we will move from being lovers of animals to supporters of animals:
Live a lifestyle free from cruelties.
Abstaining from cosmetic products tested on animals is the easiest way of making a significant difference in many’s lives. Any cosmetic object being tested on animals has an equivalent or better performing counterpart which is not tested on animals.
While other countries around the world bann this barbaric practice slowly, American cosmetics firms still have a preference. Want to be on historical side. This guide acts as a perfect introduction to everywhere you go to find cruelty-free cosmetics.
Adopt. Don’t buy!
We’re not just in the market for a new cat. But consider adopting a homeless animal instead of buying one from a breeder, if you are. Every shelter is overflowing this time of year with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of all ages, breeds and personalities.
The animal sheltering program includes a common saying. You save two lives when you adopt an animal: the life of the animal you have adopted, and the life of the animal that will take its place. In the other side you endorse an industry that leads to overpopulation of pets and eventually feeds into the shelter system when you purchase from a breeder.
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People feel fortunate to live in the largest no-kill city in the United States, Austin. But Austin did not come over here overnight. That was done by partnering with all the shelters and people in the city by volunteering, fostering, fundraising and – most importantly, arguably – adopting them.
Provide a place for wildlife.
Many people may not believe they can do anything to help when they come across wildlife that has been hurt or abandoned. So, they’re basically thinking, “OMG, poor thing,” and turning the other way.
The widely circulated misconception that if you touch them doesn’t help, baby animals get abandoned by their parents. There are many ways in which you can play a part with wildlife in peaceful nature.
If you have no wildlife rescue in your area, a fast search by Google will yield independent, trained, and licensed wildlife rehabilitators. These organizations or individuals will determine on the phone whether an animal actually needs support, or whether you’re only dealing with a baby bird that takes a break while learning to fly.
If the animal just needs support, then don’t worry. You won’t be forced to rehabilitate an entirely wild animal by yourself. In reality, in most countries, that is illegal. The most you need to do is move the animal away to the rescuer.
Join sanctuaries, rather than the zoos or circuses.
While most people are finding enjoyable and informative observation of exotic animals, in many cases, the places that require the animals to exploit this. The animals are compelled in circuses to perform unnatural – and often dangerous – activities merely to impress the attendants.
Meanwhile, animals in zoos live in unhealthy conditions, and families are frequently split up because of trade between zoos. While not all zoos participate in the same activities, err on the side of not promoting the use of animals for entertainment when in doubt.
Visit a sanctuary for rescued animals if you ever want to get your exotic animal fix. Or better yet, volunteer to one thing.
Reduce the meat consumption
This won’t happen cold turkey to anyone, but by rising demand for meat, aiming to follow a plant-based diet saves the lives of hundreds of animals. Animals — including pigs, cows and chickens — are, as any animal lover knows, human beings that want to live and socialise.
Millennials are making headlines as more and more of them are starting to identify as certain vegan or vegetarian combinations. Observing a plant-based diet is simple, budget-friendly and nutritious, after the initial adjustment period. Since the launch of a delightful new line of dairy-free ice cream by the Ben & Jerry, there’s no better time to take the plunge.
While the thought of changing your lifestyle can be overwhelming, be mindful that the rewards far outweigh the slight inconveniences when it comes to aligning your animal-loving existence with your lifestyle.