What you can do to Stop Illegal Animal Cruelty

At this very moment, animals are suffering in ways you’d never imagine. Countless animals are being slaughtered in inhumane ways. Their throats are being slit, their heads are being chopping off, some are being beaten to death while others are being scalded alive all in the name of meat. Others, including dogs and cats, are being killed to make fur coats or trimmings. Some are being electrocuted or skinned alive. Millions of other animals are being tortured in the name of science or even cosmetic products. Rabbits are having their eyes burned out with chemicals, monkeys are being dissected alive, and puppies and kittens are separated from their mothers and experimented on in countless ways. More than rats suffer in laboratories.

There are other animals suffering, calves being thrown to the ground in a rodeo, circus animals are being beaten and kept in small cages, animals in road side zoos are living with no social contact or exercise and enduring extreme heat or cold in their tiny pens, and countless dogs and cats are starving in the streets or going through unbelievable cruelty. Many puppies and kittens have suffered the death of being cooked on a grill or having gasoline thrown on them before being set on fire. Other pet animals are being kept in extremely filthy and cramped breeding facilities known as puppy mills. Before ending up in pet stores, you can find them living in their own feces, trapped in small cages with countless other dogs or cats, and often with their vocal cords cut out.

There are wild animals being shot down or inhumanely trapped by hunters, their babies sometimes taken away and sold to zoos or fur farms. Dog fights are happening as you read this, with many animals being killed, or trained into fighting through beating. Small dogs, cats, and other animals are often used as “practice” for the fighting dogs. Is this all too much for you? Do you feel the need to help these animals and prevent further cruelty and inhumane deaths? Please read on. For those of you affected by this, read these tips for preventing cruelty in your life.

*Start shopping for products not tested on animals. All products from household cleaning products to laundry detergent to cosmetics, hair care, and skin care can be purchased without animal testing. Google for a list of companies that don’t test on animals, search at websites that sell cruelty free products, or check the back of products before you buy. If it doesn’t say “not tested on animals”, it probably was. Check out StopAnimalTests.com and CaringConsumer.com to find out more.

*Go vegetarian. If you eat meat, you are eating an average of 95 animals a year. How is this possible? 90% of animals eaten are chickens. You might not directly kill these animals but when you buy meat, you are paying for them to be killed. It’s all supply and demand. There are countless meat substitutes from soy chicken nuggets to veggie burgers, fake bacon, buffalo wings, and soy hot dogs. Try them. Even if you don’t like a certain brand, keep trying others. Morning Star is worth your money. Read about being a vegetarian, don’t believe the myths. You can have delicious food, get adequate protein, loose weight, be far from anemic, and prevent many diseases caused by diet like cancer and heart disease. You’ll even be helping the environment considering how much land and energy it takes to raise billions of farm animals.

Check out GoVeg.com to find out everything there is about being vegetarian. VegCooking.com is another great site with many vegetarian recipes.

*Consider going vegan too. You know those eggs you eat? No, they might not have been animals but consider where they came from. Most eggs come from unhealthy chickens living in tiny, filthy cages that they can’t even move around in. While chickens can easily live to 15, most egg laying chickens are slaughtered by their 5th birthday when their egg production declines. Also, millions of baby roosters are thrown into trash cans and left to die because they are unwanted. Try egg substitutes or find recipes to making vegan scrambled “eggs” on-line. Check out EggCruelty.com.

*And dairy? Do you need dairy products when you can find soy milk, ice cream, cheese, and yogurt that tastes great and has calcium but no cholesterol? The milk industry is not what it used to be. Cows only can give milk when they get pregnant. To prevent milk from being wasted, their calves are taken away and turned into veal. The mother cows are milked using painful metal machines while they mourn the loss of their calves. Also, keep in mind that in studies, it’s been found that women who drink the most milk have the highest incidence of bone fractures and that drinking milk has not been proven to prevent osteoporosis. Think milk is natural? Since when do adults need baby food? And how many other species drink another species’ milk. The answers are never and zero. All milk beside organic milk is also contaminated with countless hormones, chemicals, and even pus. Go to MilkSucks.com to find out more.

*Don’t even consider buying that fur coat this fall! It takes hundreds of animals to make one fur coat. These animals have been killed in the most horrific ways. Their lives were lived in tiny, filthy pens. Buy faux fur instead and save these animals! Boycott the fur industry and you’ll be a true activist. You might even want to pass out fliers about the fur industry. Visit FurIsDead.com and find out more about fur.

*What about wool? Sheep are treated nearly as bad as the fur animals. Most wool is Moreno wool which comes from Australia. This type of sheep is treated worse than any other type. While being sheared, many have their skin cut their knifes. Sheep are also kicked around and handled like trash. Often these sheep end up transported to the middle east where their throats are slit and they are turned into food. There are plenty of other, cruelty free materials to choose from. Go to the SaveTheSheep.com to find out why wearing wool is so harmful to these animals.

* Have you ever heard of bamboo, hemp, or peace silk? These types of silk are from plants or in the case of peace silk from worms that already left their cocoon. Choose these types or satin instead of regular silk which is made from hundreds of silk worms boiled alive. Be kind to insects too.

*The only other material to avoid is leather. Why do you need leather when faux leather can look just as real? Even many famous designers sell fake leather. Stella McCartney, is a vegan and won’t sell clothing made from animals. Go to CowsAreCool.com to find out more about leather.

*Avoid types of entertainment that have been known to hurt animals. There are other ways to enjoy the outdoors than hunting or fishing. Try canoing, kayaking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, or just enjoying nature. Instead of going to a circus or a rodeo, try going to a movie, going dancing, to a museum, a concert, to the mall, skating, bowling, or watching a sporting event. Check out: BuckTheRodeo.com and circuses.com.

*There are ways to help pet animals too. Never buy from a pet store, most of animals come from puppy mills or backyard animals. Plus, why spend hundreds or even more than a thousand dollars on a poorly bred animals that you can buy straight from another breeder for much less money. Many thousand dollar pet store puppies are actually worth as little as $100 dollars. For the same amount of money, you can buy a high quality animal that has been properly bred and raised. If you want a purebred, find a breed rescue (a rescue that specializes in one breed of animal like Siamese cats or Siberian Huskies) or buy from a responsible, humane breeder that breeds for quality not quantity, loves animals, is knowledgeable, and raises the animals in their own house. Never buy an animal under 10 weeks old and always look for parentage free from animals with genetic disease or a poor temperament. If the breed is not an issue, adopt from the animal shelter not a free to good home ad.

*Never abandon an animal. To prevent this from happening, make sure you are ready for a pet and choose one that fits your lifestyle and personality. Read breed books and try the quiz at dogbreedinfo.org. Train and socialize your pet early. If for some reason, you must give it up, find a good owner yourself. Don’t advertise that your pet is free. Many people are out there that are looking for dogs to sell to dog fighters or animal testing laboratories. Free to good home ads are where they find most of their animals. Discourage your friends from doing this also.

*Prevent animal overpopulation. Millions of pets are euthanized every year. Most of them are medium to large size, young adult mixed breeds or all types of cats. Many people believe that animals are disposable. Others don’t realize how much work is involved in owning an animal particularly a young, energetic dog. Because mixed breeds are rarely adopted and often euthanized, if your dog or cat is not in an organized breeding program, please spay or neuter it. The world does not need more unwanted pets. If you want to breed, you should have a good reason to and you should educate yourself about animal breeding and genetics. Never breed an animal under two years old, have it tested for genetic diseases, and don’t breed more than once a year. The only animals that should be bred are healthy, well behaved animals with great temperaments. Always make sure you can sell the puppies or kittens before you breed. Puppies and kittens of show champions are least likely to end up unwanted.

*Get involved in an animal rights or welfare group. Volunteer at an animal shelter, or animal rights group. Donate money or goods like animal beds, food, toys, and leashes. Help out in any way you can. You can work at a desk, groom animals, walk them, send letters, train dogs, clean cages, create a website, do whatever you’re good at or enjoy doing. Stay informed about animal rights by reading about it in books, magazines, and websites dedicated to the cause.

*Report cases of animal cruelty and spread the word. If you see suspicious behavior or illegal activities, report them to the police. Also, inform others on how they can prevent animal cruelty. Encourage your friends to spay their pets (tell them why it’s important) or offer to pay for it yourself, if you can afford too. Write articles, letters, and e-mails about animal cruelty. Sign petitions involving animal rights. Contact your government officials about why this is important to you. Stand up for your beliefs and educate your friends and family. Teach your children to respect and love animals. Teaching the next generation to stand up for what is right is the most effective way you can help.