“And just over 70 billion farm animals are raised for food every year with about 700 million of them confined on factory farms in Australia,” explained Ben Pearson, Senior Campaign Manager at World Animal Protection.
With such hard-hitting stats, it’s easy to feel like there is nothing you can do to help, but sometimes small actions can make a big difference. Here are six simple steps you can take every day to help put an end to animal cruelty.
1. Buy humane food
For many Australians, it may be unrealistic to give up meat, but it’s not unrealistic to buy beef, eggs, chicken, pork and dairy products from animals that have had a good life. Currently, in Australia, 11-12 million ‘battery’ hens are confined to small wire cages, with hundreds of thousands of other hens, which are unable to perform most of their natural behaviour. Even small decisions like buying cage-free eggs can make a huge difference.
2. Teach children compassion for animals
From an early age, children learn how to treat animals. As adults, we have a responsibility to act as role models and show the kids in our lives how to act with kindness and respect towards animals. Many psychologists believe children who are cruel to animals often grow up to be cruel to humans as well, which makes this even more important.
3. Caring for animals starts at home
Knowing what your cat or dog needs to be happy and healthy is an important part of pet ownership. Sadly, many pets suffer from inadequate care, lack of exercise and neglect. Research your pet’s specific needs before you bring them home and make sure you’re ready to give them the care they need.