It is inspiring to see citizens of the world standing up, demanding change. Fed up with their circumstances, they want better, and their unity is making it happen.
This is a call to action, on behalf of those that have no voice. Let all of us that care for animals stand up, and fight to end their suffering. The time has come for us to say “enough.” The time has come for lawmakers to make sweeping reforms in animal welfare legislation; to strengthen existing laws and create new ones to protect all animals, no matter their circumstances; to prosecute abusers and show there are consequences to their actions.
Billions of farm animals are enslaved on factory farms, living in cages so small they can’t turn around, genetically altered to grow so quickly they can’t move, and displaying stereotypical behaviours as they slowly go insane. Wild animals that should be living in their natural habitats, are instead beaten with electric prods and bullhooks, to make them perform for our amusement.
Dolphins separated from their pods, chased in speedboats to the point of exhaustion, are thrown into small tanks of water, half starved so they can do tricks for our kids. Lab animals are subjected to experiments so horrific, they would make you physically sick to read about. Dogs are living their lives at the end of chains, deprived of food and water, never knowing human kindness. Family pets are beaten and tortured, while the torturer goes unpunished.
These examples are merely a tiny sampling of the horrors that animals are subjected to, every second, of every day, around the world. This is how animals are treated in the 21stcentury.
If animals are capable of feeling joy and pain, if they can mourn their dead, if they can cry for their offspring when taken away from them, and if they can recognise people they haven’t seen in years, then why is punishment not a given when someone kills them?
It’s time to move ourselves out of the dark ages, and put the subject of animal welfare front and center.
This is how we’re going to do it:
- If you see animal abuse, report it! Stop burying your heads in the sand and pretend it’s not happening. That animal is at your mercy, and you have a moral obligation to help save his life. Reports can be made anonymously, so no more excuses.
- It doesn’t matter if you can’t live without your favourite mascara. If the company producing it tests on animals, find a company that doesn’t. There are plenty. Write your former company and tell them why you’re switching. Consumers are a company’s livelihood, so it’s in their best interest to keep us happy.
- No matter how much fun you think it will be for your kids, and your guests, don’t go to zoos, circuses or aquariums. You can find some other way to entertain everybody. Animals in confinement suffer, they rock back and forth, bite the bars and spin in circles. These are stereotypical behaviours that mean they are going insane. Animals were not put on this earth to be held captive for your amusement.
- You may think you’re being posh by wearing your fur coat, but you’re really just cruel. The excuse that fur is the only thing that keeps you warm is old, and untrue. Animals are skinned alive, or electrocuted by prods in their anus. You should watch a video from a fur farm before buying one.
- Can’t give up your steak? Fine, but why not search out more humane alternatives. Billions of farm animals are raised for meat around the world each year, most on factory farms. Be mindful of how your food was produced. Go free range.
- Write letters to the editor, calling attention to animal suffering. Don’t be emotional, state facts, and be polite.
- Contact your local television and radio stations, asking them to run stories on animal related issues.
- Hold your elected officials and others in charge of animals accountable.
- Time to oust shelter and animal control directors that find it easier to kill animals than save them.
- Is there an animal cruelty investigation going on in your area? Start a petition, try and get media coverage. Don’t allow the story to be buried by those that are uncomfortable with the truth. Transparency means accountability, it means someone is watching.
Anyone who loves animals can be an activist. All it means is you’ve taken some kind of action to protect them.
How can wanting to end suffering ever be considered a bad thing?
No more excuses. Get out there, and let’s start treating animals with the respect any sentient being deserves.
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