People abuse and mistreat animals in many different ways. Human activities impose the greatest threat to the survival and well-being of wildlife. There are a lot of problems that animals are facing today, but there are just as many ways to protect them and to change animal treatment for the better. We are more than 7 billion people on Earth. Imagine if every one of us commits to doing one thing, no matter how small, to protect animals every day. Even minor actions can have a major impact when we all work together.
Listed below are simple things we can all do to improve the quality of animal’s lives and our environment:
1. Purchase Cruelty-Free Products:
Many cosmetics and other household products are tested on animals before they become available for sale to humans. These tests can lead to disfigurement and even death for those animals because they have adverse reactions to the products. By purchasing “cruelty-free products” meaning that they were never tested on animals, you can send the message that you care about the safety of animals. When the manufacturer’s business is threatened, they will have to listen.
2. Purchase Fur-Free Clothing:
Using real fur in fashion comes at the expense of the lives of pets and other animals. You can help protect those creatures by purchasing clothing that is completely fur-free.
3. Avoid Supporting the Illegal Wildlife Market:
When traveling to a foreign country or shopping in your local area, never buy souvenirs or products that support the illegal wildlife trade that endangers or threatens species. Along with products that are from animals, this includes ivory, tortoiseshell, reptile skins, furs, corals and seashells, and mammal or reptile teeth and bones.
4. Adopt a Pet from a Local Shelter:
The process of adaptation is very easy! Just go to a local animal shelter such as Elrifk, Refuge Pour Chat Ain Taya, Un Toit Pour Chat un Chat Pour Toi … etc to find your next pet. All the animals there are well behaved and adorable, but they need some extra care and encouragement. They have been abandoned. They are all unwanted and helpless. By adopting one of these animals, you give it a new life in a loving home and you help break the cycle of pet overpopulation and by that, you encourage eradicating “EL-GALOUFA”.
It’s common for Algerians to buy animals just because of the breed and that is a big mistake! These unfortunate animals are often in intolerable environments. They are put in cages, priced and sold as products. They are also forced to produce litter upon a litter, and a lot of them are destroyed after they become unprofitable assets. Adopting a shelter animal means you do not support such cruel practices.
5. Encourage Your Workplace to be Pet-Friendly:
Workplaces in Algeria are not equipped for pets to visit daily, but some can allow more human-pet interaction. If this sounds like your workplace, consider bringing this pet-friendly idea to your boss. You will notice that many people will benefit from the relaxing and pleasing atmosphere of having a pet at work.
6. Put Proper IDs on Your Pets:
Your pet must wear an ID that lists your name and phone number so that you can be reached if the pet escapes. Encourage your friends and family members to do the same.
7. Be a Voice for the Voiceless:
Speak up your passion for wildlife conservation and ask everyone you know to pledge to do what they can to stop wildlife trafficking. Speak out against any injustice to animals you encounter.
8.Volunteer to Protect Animals in Your Area:
Wildlife refuges, parks, associations like Algerie Elrifk- Compassion Animaux in Algiers, Himayat Alhayawane in Ain Defla province, El Salam 25 association in Constantine, often need funding and are desperate for help. Volunteering at one of these places to protect the animals might mean just educating visitors, or picking up litter.
9. Make a Donation:
Donate money to Organizations – donate money to help support the work of animals, Non-profit organizations that are engaged and active in protecting natural habitats or protecting wildlife, they need your support!
10. Drive Slowly:
When driving or walking if you see a lost animal, in distress, or wounded, stop and help. Do not assume someone else will.
11. Place Decals on Windows to Deter Bird Collisions:
Millions of birds die every year because of collisions with windows. You can help reduce the number of collisions simply by placing decals on the windows in your home and office.
12. Recycle and Buy Sustainable Products.
All around the world, countless products are harming countless animals. Plastic products end up in the ocean being ingested by small fish and killing off beneficial microorganisms. Turtles often get plastic straws jammed into their orifices as they mistake straws for food. The trash we throw away injures or kills birds, mammals, and reptiles. However, rubbish clearance and recycling can help wildlife a lot. Buying recycled paper, bamboo, and Forest Stewardship Council wood products protect forest species. In general, always ask yourself before you buy any product: “Do I really need it? “How did the production of this product impact the environment and what further impacts will there be with the disposal of this product”?
13. Protect wildlife habitat:
Scientists tell us the best way to protect endangered species is to protect the special places where they live. Therefore, You can help by planting native trees, restoring wetlands, or cleaning up beaches in your area.
Wildlife must have places to find food, shelter and raise their young. Endangered species habitat should be protected.
14. Read, learn:
Get informed and educated about what is happening to wildlife and their habitats today. Learn the issues, challenges and how you can help. Teach your children about that too!
Every day people are making a difference by creating change in their lives that positively impacts animals and nature. There is so much we can be doing to protect these animals and vulnerable species from extinction, but we must make these changes now! Our kids need to see us upgrading our behavior and taking the issues seriously. What about you dear readers, are you ready now to make a positive impact on your society to protect animals?