Happy 2012 everyone!
Here are some ideas for some animal-friendly new years resolutions!
1. Pledge to be Veg
Being a vegetarian is one of the best things you can do do help animals. You can start slowly by cutting out red meat first, then moving on to other meats. Being a vegetarian ensures healthier, guilt free meals, and you can save over 100 animals a year!
2. Go vegan!
If you've been a vegetairian for a long time, maybe it's time to cut out all animal products. I haven't yet got there but I know I will someday and I'm really looking forward to having absolutely 0% cruelty in my life!
3.Clean out your closet
Animals fur, wool and skin is for them to wear, not us! If you have any clothes that required an animal to die or suffer, maybe it's time to get rid of it.
4. Start a campaign
choose anything that you're passionate about and just go for it, and don't give up! If you're looking for ideas, I recently got one of the restaurants at my school to start serving vegetarian alternatives, and I'm planning a campaign against Nestea's animal testing!
5. Tell someone
This is probably the easiest one to do. Tell someone who seems generally interested about animal rights about becoming a vegetarian and it's amazing benefits. Dont be discouraged by all the people who will dissagree, believe me, I've met A LOT. just stay strong and you might change their minds!
6. Boycott animal testing
If you know a company tests on animals, don't buy their products. And tell your friends and family not to buy them either! (I'm still trying to convince my brother to stop using Axe :) You can even send an e-mail to the company directors or post it on their facebook page!
7. Cut out dissection
If you're in school or university, you really don't have to cut up that cute dead mouse, and maybe, like the awesome people at Conneticut University, you can persuade your school to stop it completely.
Check out this video about the horrors of dissection:
8.Skip a visit to:
The Ringling Bro's Circus - where elephants are beaten, hit, poked, prodded, and jabbed with sharp hooks, sometimes until bloody. Ringling breaks the spirit of elephants when they're vulnerable babies who should still be with their mothers. Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don't know about the violent training sessions with ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods that elephants endure.
Seaworld- Sea World has been involved in illegal and unethical actions to assure their parks are well stocked with killer whales-who die younger and more frequently than they do in the sea. They are kept in cramped spaces with baarely enough space to turn around- and stolen from oceans where they can swim and live like they should
Horse Races- Horse racing is a world of injuries, drug abuse, gruesome breakdowns, and slaughter. Animals are force fed steroids to make them grom bigger than natural, whipped repeatedly and, over 10,000 of these horses in the USA alone, are slaughtered each year, when they are "past their peak"
9. Pet Matters
If you're thinking about getting a pet this year, please adopt. There are millions of animals that are killed in shelters because they have no home. You can save one of them.The pet trade treats animals as mere moneymaking commodities to mass produce and peddle for profit. Animals are routinely denied socialization, exercise, and even basic veterinary care in this cruel, money-hungry industry. Please dont cage birds- birds long for freedom and flight- caging birds is denying them their most basic instincts
Do not chain your dogs, thisis one of the cruelest punishments imaginable for social animals who need and deserve companionship, exercise, and mental stimulation. It can also turn dogs into ticking time bombs: Many people, especially children, have been bitten, mauled, or killed by chained dogs
Declawing, shock collars, ear cropping and tail docking are all cruel unecessary practices that need to be stopped.
And finally, neutering your pet prevents more animals ending up homeless. Its as simple as Animal Birth Control!
10. Love all animals, equally
Whether it's a dog or a pig, a cat or a chicken, all animals feel, love, and deserve to live. Just because an animal is not a pet, doesn't mean it should end up on a plate, in a laboratory, or being forced to entertain us. Stand up for the animals you love, and maybe the ones, like snakes, that maybe aren't so easy to love- because they all deserve a chance.
Have a happy and animal-friendly 2012!