Animals are used for food, therapy, rehabilitation, textiles, guides, and security. Sadly humanity hasn’t returned the favour, with WWF’s The Living Planet Report 2018 stating that half of the animal species on Earth have declined in the past 40 years due to climate change, plastic pollution, increasing human populations and deforestation.
Besides the obvious of leading a more sustainable lifestyle and donating to wildlife charities, here are some ways to directly help wild and domestic animals without adopting them all.
When animals are not ready for adoption, they need a place to be loved, which is a foster home. Mostly every animal charity requires foster caring, which is normally listed on their website. RSPCA describes fostering as ‘an incredibly rewarding experience and directly improves the lives of animals.’ There’s a wide range of animals that can be fostered, mostly kittens and puppies (win), which can be looked after from a few weeks to a few months. Animal foster parents don’t require any special skills, just a warm heart, and a safe home.
2. Buy humane animal products
If you’re a meat eater, try to buy meat free range and organic (I know it’s not always possible). The reality is, the meat industry can be pretty cruel, especially ones with high turn over for cheap meat. The prospect of eating a pig that’s spent its whole life packed indoors is just depressing. If you eat meat out, ask questions about where it’s from and boycott places that don’t source meat humanely.
The same should be done if you eat dairy, the RSPCA has a list here for brands that are committed to cruelty-free eggs.