I created a Compendium of Compassion guide for people who are too busy to spend the time to investigate, learn, and identify an easy pathway for their journey to helping animals, and in the process, help the environment and improve their health.
A Triple Win
If you are concerned about the environment, there is an excellent film at www.cowspiracy.com that discusses the destruction from animal agriculture. Animal agriculture affects:
- Greenhouse gases
For more details, see www.cowspiracy.com/facts
About 32 trillion animals are killed just for the U.S. in 6 months in 2020.
If you eat just 1 less hamburger, you will save….
1 hamburger’s greenhouse gas emissions = 6.7 lbs of carbon or 9.1 miles driven in a car.
1 hamburger’s land footprint = .3 trees worth of land or 72.7 square feet of habitat
1 hamburger’s water footprint = 22.2 gallons, which is .2 days of personal water use or 1.1 showers averaging 10 minutes.
✓ Human Health:
As we learn more about nutrition, studies have shown how chronic diseases can be controlled or possibly reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. See www.fordsoverknives.com/the-film.
✓ Helping Animals: Every Little Bit Helps
When people think of veganism, they typically think we are only talking about food. However, veganism is a lifestyle, not just a diet. Here are a sample of 8 ways we are helping abused animals:
There is a wonderful article describing ‘why go vegan’ at www.vegan.com/why.
Animals are sentient beings. They feel pain, fear, loss and joy, just like humans. It has been proven that even fish feel.
Non-vegans can start with ‘Meatless Mondays’. The goal with a meatless Monday plan was to reduce the amount of meat that is eaten. Across the year, this strategy saves many animals.
Avoid animal entertainment. All entertainment requires dominating animals to make them behave in unnatural ways. Do you think an elephant would want to stand on its front 2 legs without having been whipped into this stand?
Raising children to love animals is the starting point. Share animal stories and gifting stuffed animals endears children to loving animals.
Everyone can look for some products that are ‘cruelty-free’. See samples on this website to make it easier to know what some of these products are. There are great cosmetics and household products that are excellent alternatives. People can buy one less leather, down, or wool product.
The number of companies that are going cruelty-free (they don’t use animals in testing or in the products) is expanding so the choices are endless. Buying reusable products can reduce the plastics that pollute our environment, suffocate animals, and in turn enter our food when animals ingest the plastics.
One can contact your government representatives to share your feelings. There are petitions on social media that you can sign and share.
Volunteering is always a wonderful achievement. There are so many beneficial ways to help, such as working at a shelter or farm, sharing petitions, doing administration for a non-profit, etc. And of course donations always help
If you see an animal in need, try to speak with your neighbors. Contact 311. For example, if you see a dog in chains, contact 311, or in a car during summers, contact 911.
“If slaughterhouses had glass walls,
everyone would be a vegetarian.”
— Paul McCartney
Animals are Sentient Beings
Animals feel joy, pain, loss, fear, just like humans. Even fish are sentient.
Checkout this heartwarming video of a diver and a fish’s yearly reunion for the past 25 years:
Animals are forced into the role of unwilling performer in venues, including:
- Marine parks
- Roadside zoos
- Movie and TV sets
- Horse & Greyhound racing
- Cockfighting and dog fighting
- For photo opportunities
- Canned Hunting
- Killing Contests
- Some zoos and aquariums
- Swim with the dolphins
- Sea World
- Dog sledding (Iditarod)
- Elephant rides
- Petting zoos
- Horse-drawn carriage rides
- Trophy hunting
- Sport fishing