5 ways you can protect animals from your home

07/04/2020

From devastating bushfires earlier this year, to concern over contracting coronavirus, many of us are feeling uncertain about the future of our world, our health and animal welfare.

Wildlife cruelty makes pandemics like coronavirus possible. It’s now more critical than ever that governments, businesses and people come together to end the use of wild animals as entertainment, food, medicine and exotic pets.

But one thing is certain: We must continue fighting to protect animals around the world.

Animals need our help now more than ever so here are five ways you can help protect animals from the safety and comfort of your home.

Chicken at high welfare chicken farm

Chicken at high welfare chicken farm in the Netherlands (Image credit: Valerie Kuypers)

1. Millions of chickens need you to be their voice

Chickens are intelligent, social animals who have feelings. They deserve better lives. KFC in the United Kingdom and six countries in Europe have committed to giving their chickens more room to move so they can perch, forage and flap their wings. They’ve agreed to use slower growing breeds with fewer health problems. They’ve also promised to give chickens access to natural light. This is all part of the Better Chicken Commitment to give chickens better lives.

KFC Australia has not committed to giving their chickens better lives. Chickens served by KFC Australia are among the millions of chickens raised in factory farms in Australia each year. Chickens deserve better lives. If KFC in the UK and six countries in Europe can commit to this, why can’t KFC in Australia? Call on KFC Australia to sign the Better Chicken Commitment.

2. Donate to end wildlife exploitation, forever.

Wildlife cruelty makes pandemics like coronavirus possible. It’s now more critical than ever that governments, businesses and people come together to end the use of wild animals as entertainment, food, medicine and exotic pets. Now more than ever your vital donation can help stop animal exploitation everywhere.

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3. Make a disaster plan that includes your pets

Disasters can occur at any time, and without a plan you could make panicked decisions that threaten the safety of your pet, yourself and your family.

By making a Disaster Plan for your family pet, you'll be prepared to evacuate fast or stay put with sufficient supplies when a disaster strikes.

Download our free Disaster Pack to prepare a disaster plan for your pet. It is vital to prepare a disaster plan for your pet before a disaster strikes – or risk potentially losing each other forever.

4. Eat more plant-based meals a week

Not only is factory farming one of the most significant contributors to climate change, but it’s also the largest contributor to animal suffering globally.

Luckily, plant-based meat alternatives are becoming more common in supermarkets and restaurants. Commit to eating more plant-based meals a week and only choose high-welfare when eating meat. By consuming fewer low- welfare, animal-based meats, we can free up resources to move to higher- welfare production and improve the lives of billions of farmed animals.

Baby joey after Australian bushfires

Flame the joey recovering from her injuries after the Australian bushfires (Image credit: Aussie Mobile Vets)

5. Sign our letter calling on the government to better protect Australian animals following the bushfires

Australia’s environmental legislation, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 is currently undergoing its once- in- a- decade review. You can be a voice for native Australian animals who need stronger protection. 

Add your name to the World Animal Protection submission and, together, we can help strengthen Australia’s national environmental laws to give better protection to Australian animals in need.

 

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Header image credit: Romi Prabowo