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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Toddlers are pretty much tiny, drunk people.
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Being the keeper of tiny humans can be a very interesting job. You are constantly breaking up arguments, cleaning up messes, trying to keep them safe, and telling them not to do things that are well, sometimes pretty weird. They do and say the strangest things that'll make you wonder what is really going on in their little heads.

1. "No no no, don't do *something crashes to the floor* ....that."

2. "Bubbles in your mouths every body!"

3. "No, we don't eat our friend's snack."

4. "Hands to yourself."

5. "Get off of the table before you hurt yourself."

6. "Why do we even give them spoons?"

7. "We don't put toys in our mouths"

8. "Did you wash your hands?"

9. "Where do we run? Where are we right now?"

10. "Where are your shoes?"

11. "We don't talk like that here."

12. "Go tell them you're sorry"

13. "Get your finger out of your nose"

14. "Inside voices please!"

15. "Every one find a buddy."

16. "Ew ew ew, some body get me a tissue!"

17. "How did your shoes untie already? I just tied them five minutes ago."

18. "We do nice with our hands."

19. "Oh god, it's spaghetti day."

20. "Please, do not put noodles in your hair."

21. "Hold hands until we are on the play ground!"

22. "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head..."

23. "Do you have to poop?"

24. "Well you should at least try."

25. "Why didn't you go to the potty before we went outside."

26. "If I hear "Let it go" one more time..."

27. "Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog.."

28. "Mommy and Daddy will come back, I promise."

29. "No, no biting!"

30. "She had it first, you'll just have to wait until she's done."

31. "Ew, why are you dipping everything in applesauce?"

32. "Now, are you going to eat the vegetable with the ranch or just the ranch?"

33. "Then why did you say you weren't eating snack?"

34. "Put your arms back in your sleeves."

35. *Five minutes before closing* "Where are your parents??"

36. "I finally got him to sleep, everyone be quiet."

37. *You see one eye open* "Oh no..."

38. "Wow, all your kids are still sleeping!?" (We wish we said this more often)

39. "Don't eat that, it was on the floor!"

40. "Glue the google eyes on here." *puts the eyes anywhere but there*

41. "Stop fighting over who's going to turn off the lights, you'll get a turn tomorrow."

42. "Don't shove so much food in your mouth at once, you'll choke!"

43. "Chew and swallow your food before you get up."

45. "Don't touch anything until we wash your hands!"

As weird as these small people are, they are some of the sweetest beings on the planet. And although they drive you crazy, at the end of the day, they make you love your job.


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Do Fish Really Reduce Stress? Stay Tuned To Find Out

In the high stress environment college students live in, its quite surprising that more students do not have fish.

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As of yesterday my roommate and I have the tank set up for our new fish friends. We waited until the weather cooled down a bit so our new aquatic friends wouldn't boil to death in the heat and did some research on what kinds of fish would do well with our ten-gallon tank limitation. Due to space and university rules, you cannot have a tank larger than 10 gallons in the room which means that goldfish or fish in the goldfish family are unfortunately out of the running for living tank side.

I thought maybe we would be getting a beta fish as is standard for a majority of college fish, but seeing as my last beta fish jumped out of his tank to his doom and my roommate's last beta also met an unfortunate demise here we are.


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With a ten gallon tank, we have quite a few options and we seem to be leaning towards more smaller fish rather than fewer larger fish. I think it would be pretty cool to have a whole little school of fish. The key though is to find fish that will stay little. Anything that can grow up to four inches or larger is not an option. Just because the fish are small now, does not mean that they will stay that way for long.

Even though most fish will only grow to accommodate the size of the tank they live in, the goal is to provide enough space for all of our new friends to live comfortably. This means providing plants, rocks, and other decorations to hide in as well as ensuring that there are just enough fish in the tank so no one is lonely and not too many in the tank to cause sanitation issues. Often-times the more fish you have in a tank the more often you have to clean it, especially if you are reaching the limitations on both number and size.

Here we are with a tank full of water. The heater is set up. The filter is running. In four days we go to get our new buddies.

Pretty soon the experiment will begin to test and see how having fish affects both of our stress levels.

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