Many people don’t consider how certain habits affect animals. Most people aren’t even aware of how the products they use and the food they eat impact the lives of animals.
Animal abuse isn’t the only thing that hurts these creatures. Some retailers, zoos, euthanasia charities, and food distributors, put animals in harmful situations to save a quick buck.
In this article, we’ll share some ways to be mindful about animal rights, so you can feel confident that the products and food you buy are free of animal cruelty.
Buy Farm Fresh Foods
When you buy meat, dairy, and eggs, it’s best to buy from a farm that prioritizes animal care. At many establishments, farmers lock up the cows used for milking, and stuff chickens into cages the size of shoeboxes.
Not every farmer does business ethically because it means that the cost of care would be higher. If you aren’t able to go vegetarian or vegan for any reason, at least be more mindful of where you buy food.
Seven Sons farms recommends shopping for ethically farmed products, such as beef from 100% grass-fed cows and eggs and poultry from pasture-raised chicken.
Buy Cruelty-Free Cosmetics
Many cosmetic companies test products on animals to make sure they’re safe before selling it for humans. But nowadays, chemistry is so advanced that testing of cosmetic ingredients doesn’t require the use of animals.
Companies that still test on animals choose to do so because it’s cheaper. If you want to support animal rights, make sure you only buy cosmetic products from companies that don’t conduct animal testing.
Support Neutering Charities
There are charities that neuter animals at no cost, so domestic pets don’t breed unwanted litters. Other organizations, like PETA, claim to support animal rights but instead support euthanasia instead of re-homing or neutering.
If you care about animal rights, support charities that fight the overpopulation of strays and unwanted pets without euthanizing them.
Foster a Pet
If you have time, money, and space to spare, you may want to consider fostering an animal. Fostering an animal means that you’re responsible for taking care of the pet until they’re adopted.
Many people choose not to foster a pet because it can be quite an emotional experience saying goodbye to the pet. However, many foster owners say that the experience is rewarding because it allows them to make a pet’s life better, even if it’s just for a little while.
If you want to start fostering a pet, contact a local shelter to see if they have a foster program.
Besides fostering a pet, volunteering at an animal shelter is an excellent way to care for animals. Check with your local shelter or pet daycare to see if they need volunteers to care for the pets.
Involve Your Kids
If you have kids, you should involve them in any animal care activities that you do. Teaching your kids to be mindful of animal rights will stay with them. In the future, they’ll know how to help and will be more likely to build better habits.
Write to Your Legislators
A lot of people don’t try and contact their local or state governments because they feel like they have no power. However, if there’s an animal welfare issue that you care about, make it a point to write, email, or call your local or state representatives and make your voice heard.
If you can, get some friends and family involved so you can expand your platform. When the reps notice lots of people standing behind a cause, they’ll be more likely to take action.