Animal Rights Awareness Week
Animal Rights Awareness Week began in 1991 by the organization In Defense of Animals (IDA). Their aim? To raise awareness of the mistreatment of animals around the world and to educate in the importance of animal's rights being acknowledged. In Defense of Animals began in 1983 as a call to help mistreated animals at UC Berkeley's animal laboratories. The laboratories were in violation of the Animal Welfare Act, and IDA worked to rectify the inhumane conditions in which the animals were kept and treated. Since then they have become a global organization helping animals in need in every place and in every situation.
There are many ways to participate in Animal Rights Awareness Week both locally and globally:
Buy Cruelty-Free Products
Do research into the products that you purchase to be sure the manufacturers do not test on animals and are being produced in a humane way. Check PETA’s list here to see if products you use are tested on animals.
Stop Wearing Fur
Don’t wear products made with animal fur. Read labels if you are not sure your lining is synthetic or made with authentic fur. The fur trade continues to be a leading source of the inhumane treatment of animals.
Spread the Word on Social Media
Do use your social media connections to spread the word about animal rights and welfare. Help to educate others by sharing links and information. Challenge your friends to support you in your efforts to raise awareness.
Support Global Animal Efforts
Do consider donating to a cause. There are numerous foundations in support of animal rights and working to end canned hunts, illegal food trade, and poaching. African Wildlife Foundation and International Rhino Foundation are two examples of groups that are working to end the senseless poaching of rhinos and keep them from extinction. Find a cause close to your heart and support it, even if that means sharing information on social media.
Adopt, Don’t Shop
7.6 million animals get placed in shelters every year, and barely half of that number get adopted. Shelters often have purebred dogs and cats, though it is not commonly known. Buying a dog from a pet store most often means it originated from a puppy mill. Dogs who come from puppy mills are known to have hereditary problems and are born in deplorable conditions. Read our Blog on Puppy Mills for more information. If you can’t adopt, consider being a foster parent!