Archive for September, 2013
This weekend, a lot was going on in Pittsburgh. There was the unveiling of the Rubber Duck Project, Pitt football game and the Great Race. Many pet owners brought their dogs along with them to the events. Good thing it wasn’t too hot out! Dogs exercised, relaxed, and hungout with their owners in the city of Pittsburgh.
Before you contemplate getting a new pet, you should examine your options. It is more advantageous for both you, and the pet if you adopt from a shelter instead of a pet store such as Petland.
The number one reason you should adopt from an animal shelter instead of a pet store is because you will be saving an animal’s life. There are millions of animals placed in shelters every year throughout the nation. With so many animals in need of a home, why wouldn’t you purchase one from a shelter? Whenever you buy from a pet store or breeder, you are supporting the overbreeding of animals, euthanization of shelter animals, and puppy mills. Some breeders won’t tell you this, but the pet they sell to you is a product of a puppymill. Some pet stores even get their supply of dogs from puppy mills. Puppy mills breed dogs over and over until they cant have any more puppies, and they do this all for money. They have no respect for the humane condition of the dogs. By buying a pet from them, you are supporting and paying the puppy mills for their animal cruelty. Read more about puppy mills to get all the facts.
When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you not only save their life but you make it a lot better for them. In a shelter it may not be given all the attention and affection it needs because there are so many other animals. Shelter workers cant give each animal more individual attention than the others. Also you can furnish them with a steady food source, pet bed, and toys. This will be a privilege for any animal that needs a home.
When you adopt from a shelter, you will have a wide assortment of breeds of animals to choose from. Many people favor a purebred dog and would think that they only have mixes at shelters. Surprisingly they do have purebred dogs along with mixes. Although, sometimes it will take a little more time and searching effort to find the purebred you are looking for, it is worth the time if you are saving a dog’s life by adopting it. Unquestionably, saving a life should be of higher value than getting a purebred dog anyways.
Not only do they have a variety of breeds, but they also have animals of all ages from tiny kittens and puppies to older cats and dogs. They have calm pets and energetic pets. Shelters don’t just hold cats and dogs, but also guinea pigs, birds, rabbits, farm animals, etc. As a matter of fact, there are loads of shelters across the country, and they all have animals of different characteristics waiting to find a home.
The cost of buying from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying from a pet store. “The cost to adopt from a shelter is typically between $75 and $150.” Compare that to an average cost of $1200 at a typical pet store. You will also be saving money by adopting from a shelter because the pets are taken care of medically. Shelters keep their animals healthy. “Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.” When adopting animals, their health shouldn’t be one of your worries because shelters usually have already taken care of their health needs. That also means fewer trips to the vet for you!
Another concern of people when they adopt a pet (especially a dog) is whether or not it is housebroken. With busy schedules and families, not everyone possesses the time or patience to train their dog. Often shelters will have a dog housebroken by the time it is adopted. Or, if you buy an older dog they are most likely already trained and housebroken.
Many believe that animals are put in shelters because their prior owners didn’t want them because of behavior problems or other unfavorable aspects. This is untrue and can be explained. Normally, pets in shelters are victims of an owner’s death, illness, divorce, new baby or a relocation where they don’t allow pets. Or their owner didn’t know how to train them correctly. It is almost always one of those reasons that an animal is placed in a shelter, not because of something they did wrong. If you want verification that the animal is the right one for you, you can always question the shelter if they know the history of the animal. Shelters will be happy to provide it to you.
Conclusively, to choose to adopt from an animal shelter instead of a pet store proves to be the most ethical and humane option for everyone. Now it is up to you to make the right decision and adopt.
Today I would like to share the top ten animal rights issues based on their order on About.com.
1. Human Overpopulation
The human population on Earth is above 7 billion people, according to the world population clock, and it is continuing to grow. This is a major threat to animals and the environment. The actions of humans result in taking away the rights of animals. As the population grows, humans are taking more land for themselves, destroying the natural habitats of animals in ways such as cutting down forests, building cities and roads, polluting the land, etc. Humans also take animals from their natural habitats and put them in unnatural ones such as at the zoo or on circus trains. The more people there are, the more animals are being killed for food. Species are being wiped out because of human hunting and poaching.
2. Property Status of Animals
The problem is that people view animals solely as a purpose for their use. They use animals for food, clothing, experimenting, companionship and entertainment. But who’s to say that animals are human property? Many animal activists aim to give animals rights to themselves and the right to be free. Thankfully there are laws set in place to protect pets from abusive and neglectful owners.
Veganism is when one does not eat or use any animal products. This includes items such as meat, fish, dairy, wool, leather, certain cosmetics and many more! It is surprising to learn how many products on the market involve some use or by-product of animals. Being completely vegan may require some researching on the vegan’s part to know what products to stay away from and what good recipes are. The main purpose of veganism is to reduce harm to animals/ not be a part of it. If you are interested in becoming vegan but don’t know where to start, look into a vegan meetup group!
4. Factory Farming
Factory farms raise animals for the sole purpose of making a profit. Animals are forced to live in unbearable conditions and after a life of suffering are slaughtered. All of the factory farm practices in how they keep the animals from the living conditions to the methods of killing is cruel. Food industries do not care about the well-being of animals. It should be a right for all living creatures to live a life without physical and mental suffering.
5. Fish and Fishing
Fish do, in fact, feel pain. Animal rights activists find this as a reason not to eat them. Also, overfishing is an issue. “Data indicates that the world’s supply of seafood will run out by 2048.” If the population of ocean animals reduces, that will harm the entire ecosystem and natural food chain. Fish farms, which are farms where fish are bred unnaturally, are bad for the environment because the runoff contaminates ocean water.
6. Humane Meat
Many people believe that it’s ok or tolerate the use of animals for food, as long as they are killed humanely. Others disagree and say that no killing is humane and that it takes away all of the animals rights to life and freedom. This raises a question of how far animal rights should go. For those who can’t go without eating meat, they can at least feel better that the animal had a good life. This is a disagreement that splits animal rights activists.
7. Animal Experimentation
Using live animals in experiments and testing without their permission does take away their rights. If we won’t use humans for testing because of the injury or mental harm, why is it ok to do it to other animals? To say that testing on animals can be justified by the fact that it saves humans is flawed. Not only can animals react to experiments differently from humans making the experiment less supportive, but they are creatures that have feelings and suffer the way humans do, making experimentation inhumane and very low in morality.
The main issue with having pets is the overpopulation. There are up to 7 million animals in animal shelters in the U.S. People keep breeding cats and dogs or buying them from pet store chains, when there’s already millions in shelters waiting for a home. Because of the overpopulation, 3 to 4 million cats and dogs are killed every year because there just isn’t enough room for them in shelters. It is very important for people to spay and neuter their pets so they are not contributing to the homeless animal crisis. Some people even say that owning animals as pets is wrong because it takes away their right to freedom and a natural life. Although this is a valid and understandable statement, society has domesticated dogs and cats so far to the point that we can’t just let companion animals free and on the loose because they will either be picked up by rescues/ dogcatchers, killed, or unable to survive on their own.
Humans have killed wild animals for pretty much all of our existence. Presently, some do it for the meat, but that is why we have farms so that we don’t have to kill our own food. Now, most people hunt for fun. It’s an activity for them. This idea proves to be immoral. To kill an animal for pleasure is simply unethical. Some proponents of hunting argue that hunting helps control the population, but it’s obvious that they’re not hunting for that reason. Non-hunters and activists will probably always question the ethics and morals of those who hunt.
Animals are trapped/violently killed for fur, wool, silk, and leather. There are also farms in which animals are raised in cages only to be killed for fur. The practice of using animals for fur is tormenting. Animals are either trapped in the wild, dead from the trap or suffering the pain of the trap until a trapper comes and beats them to death, or they are raised in a cage and are killed through the breaking of their neck, gassing, lethal injection, genital electrocution or anal electrocution.
Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy your day and remember to be kind to others –all living creatures alike.
I would like to formally introduce everyone to the topic of factory farms. Animals around the world fight for their lives on a daily basis. The food industries that provide humans food are also responsible for the suffering and unethical treatment of animals. Animals in factory farms which are raised for eggs, meat, and milk are confined to unbearably small cages, beaten and boiled alive, kept in unsanitary space, force-fed, or not fed at all.
Surprisingly, many people have no knowledge of the term factory farm. Here is a dictionary definition:
Factory Farming: a system of rearing livestock using intensive methods, by which poultry, pigs, or cattle are confined indoors under strictly controlled conditions.
As I said in a previous post, present day farms are NOT the same as the ones illustrated in children’s books. When you’re in the grocery store and see cows or chickens peacefully grazing in a field with a bright red barn in the background illustrated on food labels, you’re being fooled. Here is what farms really look like:
I’ll discuss the treatment of individual animals within factory farms in future posts, but to get an overall idea, know that some of the ways animals are abused include being beaten, confined to small cages, being force-fed, and being ground up or boiled alive.
I think one of the main issues is the size of the living space animals are provided. They are limited to very small spaces and in some cases are confined so closely together that the animals are unable to touch the ground because they are packed on top of each other. Another issue is the disregard of animal welfare. The animals never see sunlight or breath fresh air. They are adulterated to adapt them and make them profitable for the factory farms. This includes debeaking chickens, cutting off tails of cows and pigs, feeding animals hormones and antibiotics to speed up growth, and restricting the natural behavior of the animals. Aside from these conditions animals are also beaten and handled roughly all throughout their life in the factory farm. If an animal is considered unprofitable to the animal agriculture industry they just kill it. They don’t even give it a chance to live.
With the internet, it is possible for people to watch undercover footage of factory farms. Reading about factory farms has definitely upset me and made me have sympathy for the animals, but I hadn’t understood quite how awful the conditions were until I saw it for myself. Although videos are hard to watch and photos are rough to look at, you have to face the truth of the conditions animals are forced to live in. I definitely recommend doing your own research on factory farming, and check back here at The Veiled Life every so often to learn more information.
“Any animal that has feelings is worthy of respect and care.” Brian May said this when answering the question “Why should we care about animals?” To me, it’s a really simple answer. But how do you explain it to people who just don’t get it? I would like to dig deeper into the discussion of animal rights and invite comments. After all, my sole purpose for this blog is to inspire others to care about animals. To me, as overused as the expression is, animals are people too! If you’ve ever looked into an animals’ eyes, bonded with a family pet, or just observed an animal in its natural habitat, it is clear that they’re not any different than a human being. Yeah, they look different, have different mannerisms, etc., but when it comes down to it, they think and feel just as humans do. It is a natural emotion to care for other beings. If an animal suffering doesn’t evoke a jarring emotion in you, I could only believe that you’re not a good person. It is hard to believe that in such an advanced society, animals are still being mistreated. Some people just don’t care and this is a problem. There needs to be an end to unnecessary animal suffering. We need to live side by side in peace. Factory farms, puppy mills, circuses…the lists goes on of unnatural environments for animals. It is our job to make sure animals have rights. No innocent soul deserves mistreatment. Why change nature? The world would be a better place if we let animals live their lives out the way they were meant to. If you really don’t understand why you should care, follow my blog and over time I promise you’ll see evidence of animal mistreatment that will make you cringe, make you angry or sad, or atleast stir some type of emotion in you that feels for another living, breathing thing.
Here is the video of Brian May’s full answer of why we should care about animals.
If you want to read a little more input on why we should care, take a look at:
Recently, an article was posted on the New Jersey News website discussing a billboard which has stirred up some controversy. The animal rights group, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), announced that they are putting up a billboard in Camden, New Jersey, which will show a baby chained to a stake with a metal collar. The billboard reads, “Cruel! Kids don’t belong in chains. Dogs don’t either.” People are speaking out against the billboard, feeling that it is too insensitive to depict a chained baby.
When it comes to animal abuse, people should realize that it is just as inhumane as child abuse, and if PETA needs to show a child in an abused dog’s situation to get the point across, then I’m all for it. If you wouldn’t chain an innocent child and leave it outside, then you shouldn’t do it to your pet either. Dogs suffer mentally and physically just as much as a child would.
If you leave your dog chained outside, especially without water or food, what is the point of even having it? Pets need love and attention, but more importantly, NOT to suffer while being restrained in a small space outside in extreme heat or coldness.
I think that being harsh and showing people images they don’t want to see is the only way to really make people open their eyes to animal abuse these days.