9 Ways To Be Animal-Friendly For A Better New Year

9 Ways To Be Animal-Friendly For A Better New Year

Whether your New Year's resolution is to go vegan or fight for animals, there are plenty of things you can do.
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You’ve heard of all the horrible ways animals are treated, and you don’t want to support it. With a new year beginning, now is the perfect time to make a change. If helping end animal suffering is your New Year’s resolution, there are plenty of things you can do to help.

1. Eliminate meat from your diet.

Although many of us have been raised eating meat, the truth is that there is no such thing as humane slaughter. That being said, supporting the meat industry with your dollars funds these companies that are inhumanely slaughtering animals. Going meat-free will save animals and benefit your health.

2. Use plant-based milk instead of dairy milk.

The dairy industry isn’t as harmless as it is believed to be. In order to produce enough milk, cows are artificially inseminated and forced to repeatedly get pregnant. The calves are taken away from the cows almost immediately so they won’t drink any of the profitable milk, instead, being fed cow milk replacer. The male calves are usually sold to be slaughtered for veal. Rather than supporting this industry, try a plant-based milk such as soy, almond, coconut, oat, hemp or rice.

3. Check labels and look into the cosmetic brands you buy.

Let’s be real. It’s 2018. Testing on animals is cruel and totally unnecessary. Supporting companies who don’t test on animals will urge other companies to stop testing their products on animals. Clean out your make up bag, and shop cruelty-free for the bunnies.

4. Switch your eggs out for another source of protein.

Plants have a significant amount of protein with no cholesterol. Eggs, on the other hand, contain more cholesterol than a Big Mac and are not even legally allowed to be labeled as healthy. Who wants to eat a chicken period anyway?

5. Boycott SeaWorld

Vegans and meat-eaters alike, I think we can all agree on one thing. SeaWorld sucks. A swimming pool is no place for an animal that is meant to be in the ocean. If SeaWorld cared about their orcas at all, they would at least give them a place to swim that is bigger than their parking lot. Leave SeaWorld in 2017 because animals deserve better than being held in captivity to be used for entertainment purposes.

6. Trade your fur for an animal-friendly faux fur

It’s a very small switch that is the difference between what you are wearing and who you are wearing. The same goes for leather and wool as well. That is someone’s skin, ya know. This year, choose a fashion statement that is a little less Hannibal Lector and a little more compassionate. Companies such as Gucci and Michael Kors have recently made big changes just in time for 2018.

7. Tell your friends to adopt instead of going to a pet store.

Shelters are filled with animals who need homes. If you are looking to add an animal to your family, adopting and opening your home to one of these animals can prevent them from being turned away when a shelter gets too full. It may seem like a small difference but it gives the animal a chance at a better and happy life.

8. Support sanctuaries instead of zoos.

Believe me, I understand wanting to see the animals. However, animals are not happy being in cages to be used as entertainment. Their lives shouldn’t be a job they can’t escape, and they deserve to be in a better-suited environment. Visiting a sanctuary is a much more compassionate choice than a zoo, where you are funding the very place that keeps all the beautiful animals you come to admire in cages.

9. Encourage others to act for animals.

Unlike people who have fought to get the rights they deserve, animals can’t fight for themselves, which is why it is important for activists to spread awareness. By being an activist for animals you are giving them a voice that can be heard. Speak loud and proud because no matter what anyone says, it does make a difference, and it is the only way to spark change. If we ignore what we see, we can’t expect anything to be done about it. Let’s make 2018 the year of change -- for us, the planet, our health and the animals.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.
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There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"


5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"


7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"


11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"


13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."


17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."


28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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6 Things Pet-Less Dog Lovers Know to Be True

Dog-friendly places are your go-to spots, even if you don't have a dog.

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If you're like me then you're absolutely obsessed with dogs. However, being a full-time student and working two jobs doesn't grant me the luxury of pet-ownership... yet. So, this is how I cope with trying to include animals in my lifestyle.

1. You learn all the names of the neighborhood dogs, and have your favorites

...And you get withdrawal symptoms when you haven't seen them in a while. There are three golden retrievers who live down my street, one of the families that own the oldest of the three recently adopted a Labrador retriever puppy. Walking by that house every day means that my neck is always craned, hoping for a glimpse of one of them, or seeing if they're outside.

2. You've been known to go to dog parks and dog beaches

Admittedly, it's super weird to go to a playground or kid-oriented place without a child, but when it's a dog, I think people understand that you just need some time around their furry companions. Owners have been understanding or friendly every time I've personally interacted with dogs at these venues.

3. Dog-friendly venues are immediately your favorites

Especially dog meet up events. Once again, the ones I've gone to are open to the public and including the pet-less public. Going to one of these is the equivalent of de-stressing or therapy for me.

4. You try to hang out at people's houses exclusively to be around their pets

Or else, if possible, ask them to bring their pets if they come over to your house. That's not weird, right?

5. You constantly ask for updates about your friends' pets

They're a part of the family too, and so one may ask for updates about a friends' sibling or parents, animal lovers will also inquire about their friends' pets. If your friend owns a pet, it's very likely they'll just give you updates on their own - not that you're complaining.

6. You're WAY too familiar with the question, "Can I pet your dog?"

And easily say it multiple times per day.

In conclusion, you're in a constant state of withdrawal and can't wait until the next time you're out and about to dog spot or interact with other peoples' pets.

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