Happy World Animal Day! This special day was established in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologist and has now spread around the world. Here are 8 things you can do on World Animal Day and beyond to celebrate compassion and kindness to our animal friends:
1) Adopt a shelter animal
Pet-overpopulation is a serious issue. Every year, hundreds and thousands of animals are given up to shelters and many are killed simply because there aren’t enough homes for them. Despite this, many out there are still breeding animals for the sake of profit. When you choose to adopt a shelter animal, you save a life and at the same time, you send a strong message out there that you’re not supporting an industry that exploits animals. Here is a list of animal shelters in Singapore with companion animals for adoption.
2) Volunteer at your local animal shelter
Dog walker, shelter helper, animal fosterer, adoption counselor… you name it! Animal shelters are always in need of passionate volunteers like you to help forward their animal welfare causes. Contact your local shelters for volunteering opportunities and decide what best suits your interest and schedule.
3) Make a donation to an animal protection group
There are many groups out there such as the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) that tirelessly fight for greater protection and humane treatment of the animals who share this planet with us. Consider making a monetary contribution or donate much-needed supplies (check out the Wish-list on their sites) to them.
4) Speak up for Animals
Use today as an opportunity to tell your family and friends why animals deserve our respect and compassion and the importance of being kind to animals.
5) Be a conscious shopper
Animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, birds are subjected to cruel and painful laboratory experiments to develop many of the personal care and household products in the market even when animal testing these days is unnecessary. There are currently many good and effective products in the market that do not commission these cruel tests on animals. Opt for brands and products that are labeled Cruelty-Free. Shopping guides like this and this sure make cruelty-free shopping easier.
6) Equip yourself with knowledge on animal issues
Many of us are familiar with issues regarding companion animals, however there are still many animal issues out there that deserve the attention from us. Just to name a few: dog fighting, circuses, aquariums and marine parks, factory farming, rodeos, animal used for fashion. With these knowledge in hand you can help to spread awareness and educate others on what they can do to stop animal cruelty.
7) Consider Vegetarianism
Why Love One but Eat The Other? This campaign from Mercy For Animals says it all, considering the abuses subjected to billions of farmed animals each day by the animal agriculture industry and that it has been proven nutritionally unnecessary to consume animals. Whether you are considering eliminating all animal products from your diet or is reducing your intake of them, each is an important step to reduce animal suffering. There are so many delicious meat-free food in Singapore and we are quite sure that you won’t feel that you’re missing out!
8) Celebrating with our pets!
For pet owners, what’s World Animal Day without celebrating with our pets? Shower your animal friends with extra hugs and kisses this day and if you’re thinking of a special treat for them, head over to pet-friendly places such as III-Cafe for a great bonding session and good food.