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Speak Out

Tell others that animals matter by writing a letter to newspapers, signing a petition, ringing talkback radio or writing to decision makers.

  • Get informed about policies and legislation that affect animals in your community and throughout the country. Find out more about an issue facing animals and resolve to find the time to send that e-mail or letter. Just think about how powerful our e-mails and letters are if even just a few hundred people participate.
  • Tell them you care. Write, email or phone decision makers about issues that are important to you. Remember always keep your correspondence polite; avoid rude, abusive or derogatory comments regardless of how angry you are. To do otherwise will diminish both your credibility and impact. No one ever changed their point of view because someone was rude to them or belittled them. If the matter is of a political nature make sure you first determine whether it is of a federal (the entire country), state or local council issue. To find your Federal Member please click here.
  • Join an animals advocacy group to receive action alerts and you’ll be able to speak out for animals with just the click of a mouse. Advocacy for animals can make a huge difference in their safety and well-being. Become an Animal Advocate – learn how.
  • Report animal abuse. Animal cruelty and abuse is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse such as domestic violence could be happening. If you see something that looks suspicious — a dog chained in your neighbour’s yard that looks underfed, a child putting a cat in a box and kicking it around the yard — don’t hesitate. Let someone know. Learn how.

Sign a petition, they really really have the power to change the world! Do your own search online or consider one of these issues:
Stop the Jananese whale hunt for good
End dolphin slaughter
Ban Single Use plastic bags
Ban Live Export
Oscar’s Law – Puppy Farms

 

Spread the Word
The more who are aware, the more who will care. Why not contact your library about doing a display or have an information stall at a local market. You can download and print a Be Kind to Animals Week poster or flyer.

 

Go Wild 
Head out and pick up litter that could end up in waterways or harm wildlife. Every year animal groups must rescue and treat animals that have been injured by careless disposal of domestic rubbish. Please remember to carefully dispose of all your rubbish in an animal-friendly way.

Picking up litter could save someone’s life!
There are hidden dangers to wildlife and pets in household refuse which, if disposed of irresponsibly, can cause injury and suffering.  Scraps of food remaining in discarded cans and jars may tempt hedgehogs and other animals to investigate; they may squeeze their heads into the container but all too often they then get stuck.

To ensure the well being of our pets and wildlife, litter should be disposed of safely and responsibly:

  • Plastic bags – these can trap and suffocate animals that climb inside.  Tie a knot in the bag and dispose of them appropriately in litter bins, or, alternatively, recycle them.
  • Tin cans – these can cut and trap animals. If it is not possible to recycle your cans, remove the lid completely, drop it into the bottom of the can and pinch the top of the can shut.
  • Yogurt pots – animals can get their heads stuck inside.  Remove the lids completely and squash together the pots.
  • All food containers that are thrown away should be washed prior to being discarded, so as to reduce the chance of attracting animals.
  • Plastic drinks can holders (four plastic rings) – these ‘four pack’ can holders can easily become tangled up around animals or even strangle them.  Cut the loops holding the binding together before you throw them away.  Alternatively, purchase drinks with a cardboard carrying box that can be recycled.
  • Glass – this can cause serious injuries to both animals and people and is also a fire hazard.  It should never be left lying around.  Glass bottles can be recycled.  Plastic bottles can also be recycled, but if this is not possible, cut the bottles in half before you throw them away – this will stop small animals becoming trapped inside.
  • Other articles that are hazardous to animals include: Elastic bands – these can trap and entangle animals.  Please cut them up before you put them in the bin.
  • Solvents and sump oil – can pollute streams and rivers if they are poured down the drain.  Some garages have collection points for sump oil, which can then be recycled.
  • Unwanted fishing tackle – hooks, lines etc can seriously injure and even kill water birds and other animals. If you find discarded fishing tackle home and dispose of it safely.

 

Get Dirty
Volunteer at an animal shelter or sanctuary. Not for profits need a lot more than just donations to continue their work helping animals. They need people’s time, skills and heavy lifting!  Why not go to your favourite animal group and see how you can lend a hand.

Spend some time at the shelter, feeding and caring for animals. Take the dogs for daily walks or offer to clean out kennels once a week.

Find out when the shelter is holding a fund-raiser and volunteer to help out. You can work at the event or help spread the word beforehand. Ask where they need help and be ready to fill in as needed.

Give the animal shelter any pet food or toys your pets don’t like, rather than throwing those things away. If you purchase things like flea and tick medication and have more than you need, donate the excess to the shelter before the expiration date.

Organize a pet food drive, a raffle or other fund-raiser to help raise money or supplies.

 

Be Constructive
If you can, plant native plants instead of non-native or introduced ones in your garden. You don’t want seeds from introduced plants escaping into the bush. Native grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees are more likely to attract native birds, butterflies and other insects, and maybe even some threatened species.

Start composting in your backyard garden or on your balcony. It eliminates the need for harmful chemicals and fertilizers which are harmful to animals and humans, and it benefits your plants!

Help your community by walking and feeding pets in need. Many people get too old, ill or have accidents and cannot walk their dogs or feed their pets! It will be a big help to the people and their pets. HELP an elderly neighbour with their garden or with some errands – after all people are animals too!

Check out our projects page for other ways to be constructive.

 

Make Your Kindness Count
When it comes helping animals one of the most important elements – perhaps the most important element – is conscious consumerism. This means that it is not just about what we actively DO; it is also what we choose NOT to do or buy that makes a difference. This week (and every week?) only use and eat cruelty-free products and fare.

Use only Cruelty-free products! How many products in your house are made from animals or were tested on animals?

  • Go through all of your grooming products. Shampoos, makeup, perfumes, shaving cream, lotions, facial cleansers, toothpaste, everything!
  • Look for “Is Not Tested On Animals” or “Cruelty Free” labels. If something is NOT labeled that, chances are high that it IS tested on animals! Take your notepad and write down the brand and product name.
  • Take all your bottles and containers that say “Cruelty Free”, “Not Tested on Animals” or “This Finished Product is Not Tested on Animals” and put them on your second notepad
  • Go onto the products websites that do not have a cruelty free label. Find their “consumer comments email” or their mailing address.
  • Contact them asking them to please stop testing on animals. Tell them you like the product but you don’t buy products that use animal testing.
  • Find the Cruelty Free products, and contact the manufacturers to say thank you for not testing on animals! They WILL appreciate it!
  • Follow through with the boycotting of the animal-testing products. Feel proud of yourself for making a difference by not participating in animal suffering.

Try the Ethical Consumer Guide, Choose Cruelty Free and even download an app to help you buy cruelty-free products or to find out what products are cruelty- free.

 

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