I am a freelance writer living in the south of Adelaide. I am a vegetarian, humanitarian, animal activist and bird rescuer. I believe to the very depths of my soul that we are put on this Earth to look after those less able than ourselves.
Published August 20th 2014
Vote with Your Dollars - Be Cruelty Free
Use Your $Dollars to Vote for Animals Rights
Animals have been treated quite badly over the last 50 years. Since the advent of larger communities and the industry's keeping up with demand the cheapest way possible. We have seen sows being kept in crates – unable to suckle their young properly. The sows are unable to stand, walk or turn around. What a terrible life.
Hens have been kept in crates their whole lives. Not much bigger than tissue boxes. Perhaps it is even worse when they are kept in barns because they are forced to get so big so fast – that their legs break and they do not get Veterinary care.
Puppy Mills have recently been exposed – where dogs are kept in cages and used to raise litter after litter of very expensive pups. Those pups grow up with serious health problems because of the refined breeding and many cost their owners thousands of dollars.
There is an endless list of atrocities done to animals. In Adelaide we may not see it – but it is still there. In factories, in Universities and in the way animals are treated that become the meat on your table.
As consumers we make choices every single time we buy something. Our choices determine the market. We are literally voting with our $ Dollars!
Here are Ten ways you can help determine how animals are treated.
1. Adoption – Whether it is a cat, dog, bird or hen. There are places you can adopt from. There are many animal sanctuaries to choose from and a quick google search will bring up one near you. We have 3 adopted ex- battery hens. They came to Adelaide via Edgars Mission and we are very happy to have them.
The cage is used to protect the plants from the chooks!
The day we first let them out into the backyard must have been the happiest day of their lives – and we were not far behind. To watch a hen scratch, dig and peck for the very first time – out in the sunshine where they belong is amazing. Watching them free range still brings joy to my heart - 1 year on. There are many 'no kill' sanctuaries desperate for caring families to take on an abused, neglected or abandoned pet.
2. Say "No" to cosmetics and other products that are tested on animals.
Animal testing has been behind closed doors with no information about what actually happens to these animals. With the advent of social media - such as a Facebook, we are finally learning the true nature of this testing. Social Media and Animal Advocacy groups have shown cats that are kept cruelly with metal spikes inserted in their heads. I have seen rabbits with their heads locked in devices so they can't get away – while products are put in their eyes for testing. Animals are harmed and quite literally tortured so that women can look prettier, people can wear cosmetics, perfumes etc...
It is not ok. We never gave the companies permission to do this. But it seems that the only way to stop it is to be a voice for the animals. Only buy products that are NOT tested on animals.
At the moment there is a government poll out asking if Australia should ban cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Here is the site.
It takes less than 10 minutes to fill out and let the government know that you support a total ban on cosmetics tested on animals.
3. Only buy Free Range.
Yes – it does make a difference.
Yes – it is a bit more expensive.
You could opt for one meat free meal a week as well. That would make up for the extra cost as well as being an added bonus for the animals.
A site from Humane Choice that gives us an idea of better buying choices.
If a brand has some free range and some caged eggs – I wouldn't buy from them because you can be sure you are still supporting someone who cages hens.
Sows may not be kept in stalls but may still be kept in farrowing cages to give birth and for 6 weeks after. These cages are actually more limited than the sow stalls. Remember that you are voting with your $ Dollars. Vote Well!
4. Teach your children/Grand children to respect all living creatures. Do a bit of science together and find out how frogs, bees, birds effect our ecology. Fun and informative fact finding!
5. When the circus comes to town – don't go if they use animals. Take the kids to The Hahndorf Farm Barn or an animal sanctuary instead. There are often clowns and party tricks up Rundle Mall – Cruelty free and truly embracing the arts.
6. Remember Pets are for life. If your pet is likely to outlive you – provide for it in your will. There are many abandoned pets, who were much loved by deceased owners, living in animal sanctuaries.
7. March Against Live Exports – Animals are shipped from Australia to other countries in very poor living conditions. They are dehydrated, squashed, sea sick, malnourished and often abused. Live Export is unjustifiably cruel. There is more than enough proof that the farms are much more sustainable when the animals are slaughtered in Australia. There is more employment for Australians that way and the animals are treated better.
8. Join or visit online - an animal activist group such as:
9. Educate yourself. Read the ingredients list in your foods and follow the trail…
Become your very own Private Investigator and discover where your food comes from. How the animals were treated etc… That way you can make the most cruelty free choices and take control over your $ Vote.
10. Become Vegetarian or Vegan – for a day, a month, a year or for life!