It’s Animal Rights Awareness Week!
This year, it is observed from June 14th to June 20th. Animal Rights Awareness Week was established in 1991 by In Defense of Animals to promote animal welfare education and provide additional protection for animals and their habitat.
The campaign advocates for humane treatment for all animals, whether pets, farm animals, or wildlife. It also raises awareness about the use of animals in medical research and testing.
Almost 560,000 experiments are verified to have caused moderate to severe suffering in the animals being tested on. Considering that number, stopping the inhumane testing on animals is something we should all try to do.
One way of doing so is switching to cruelty-free products.
If you’re open to making a change and switching to such products, check the market for new cosmetics, soaps, cleaning supplies, and sunscreen, and look for “vegan” or “cruelty-free” labels.
These are some of the most frequently tested products on animals.
Animals raised on conventional farms are also frequently mistreated. They are cramped in tiny spaces, unable to move around or roam freely.
Often, they’re injected with chemicals and hormones to help with rapid growth, bringing more profit to the producer.
Did you know that every 60 seconds, one animal suffers abuse? We shouldn’t turn a blind eye to cruelty.
So, what can we do to make a difference, not only this week but every day? Here are some things to consider:
- Purchase organic, free-range, and cruelty-free products
- Spread information regarding animal rights
- Volunteer at shelters
- Adopt, don’t shop
- Don’t buy fur or genuine leather
Social media can also be an effective tool for creating change. You may already be a strong supporter of animal rights. Still, not everyone is aware of all the ways humans harm animals. Sharing educational articles on social media can spread awareness.
Another easy way to support animals’ rights is by not wearing fur and genuine leather. During the making of such apparel, animals are enslaved, mistreated, and exposed to dangerous chemicals.
It’s important to remember that loving animals includes all animals — not just those that live in our homes. With that in mind, we should all do our part to make this planet a better home for all animals we share it with.