Animal Welfare

Why Should You Care About Animal Welfare
There is a section of people in every society that care for animals more than the others. It was this care and love towards the animals that helped in enforcing various animal rights across the world. These rights keep the animals safe from cruel practices, which several people indulge in.

What is Animal Welfare
Animal welfare is treating animals responsibly if they are under your care and humanely, even if they are not a part of your family. Whether you have an animal as your pet or you are involved in the animal business (domestication/husbandry/agriculture), you must ensure that they are provided with proper shelter, healthy, safe, given medical aid when required, humanely handled and humanely slaughtered. Follow the 5 freedoms

Why should you care about animal welfare?
Animals especially pets, are contributing members of and a part of the society we live it. They can be happy, feel pain, fear, and be stressed too. There are many other emotions they show when they are with us. Just as we love and care for our family members, we must also look out for our animals and ensure that they also get to lead a healthy, comfortable, and happy life.
All domesticated animals provide us with many things that are imperative for our survival. We must provide them with food, water, medical needs, and a comfortable space to stay. It is our responsibility to see that they have a decent and quality life.
Animals cannot ask us for things instead, they make us happy by their presence or fulfill our need for various products. They deserve to be taken care of, and being humane and providing them with their basic needs of food, water and shelter are the least we can do for them.
There can be good and bad experiences with animals in our lives. But while they are with you – comfortable resting area, fresh water, and food, medical treatments, provision of proper facilities, etc. should always be given to the animals. Several countries have laws related to animal welfare and thus protect animal rights. However, laws must not govern you, being compassionate with these animals shows that you feel for these animals and respect all living beings – this is true animal welfare.

How To Stop Animal Abuse And Cruelty?
Animals are the most beautiful creation of mother earth. They have always been our companions and helped in flourishing human civilization. We have used them without reckoning about their life concerns. As humans we dominate and exhaust nature as per our needs or greed. We never gave animals their rights or even the freedom to live without being afraid of trafficking or hunting. We destroyed their homes, snatched them away from their families, and put them in isolated closed conditions. It’s time we understood this is adversely affecting our ecosystem, hampering our future.
It is important to stop animal cruelty and animal abuse before it is too late. Today many unique species have become extinct or are on the verge of vanishing forever. We exploit them but never think of their restoration. Nature works on the concept of the ecosystem, that means we are linked together and essential for each other’s survival. Only humans can stand against humans to save animals. There are several ways by which we can contribute our part and end this species-ism. We will have to create a world where we can coexist without any conflicts.

1st step is to aware people about the importance of animals in our lives. Illegal killing leads to destruction of environment leading to misbalancing of ecosystem. We need to understand animals deserve equal rights to live and flourish as we do. It is imperative to respect their habitat and privacy. They prefer different living conditions and survival methods. Most of the time, they attack us only because they feel their survival is under threat. They don’t prey on humans until they are in their own homes.

Strict rules and regulation
The powerful authorities should come forward to frame rules for animals. They should ensure any violation of animal rights leads to a heavy penalty. They can work together with nongovernmental organizations to make peace. Ban the illegal hunting or trafficking. It is important to make sure that animals are not thrown out of their natural habitat because of deforestation and intentional forest fires. Governments should think of alternatives before destroying habitats for construction.

Animal shelters act as a 2nd home for emotionally and physically abused animals. It can also give access to all animal lovers to come forward and have somewhere for their animals to go when they can no longer care for the animals needs. Animals are innocent and powerless, so they can’t stand for themselves. Therefore humans being the most intelligent creature to walk on earth and guilty of animals’ miserable lives should come forward to help them.

Alternative to animal products
Along with animal abuse, animal killing and their improper exhaustion have become commercialized today. Animals can be tortured regularly in animal industries and testing centres. We can’t even imagine the pain and suffering they go through. They die for us so that we can live a comfortable materialistic life. They are not given good care and required space but live in cramped cages.. Thus, leading to various diseases and cruel death due to suffocation. We must switch to other alternatives instead of killing animals. Even changing our food habits can also save us from pandemics

Take the responsibility
We humans should come together to end this injustice and violence by taking full responsibility to ensure the safety and security of animal lives. Animals die and suffer daily without any good reason. Therefore if we see any kind of animal abuse happening in our locality, it should be our duty to inform the respective authorities. Today various organizations / authorities are working towards animal welfare. So, being a responsible citizen, we can let them know where an animal needs a rescue.

Why Should We Stop Animal Testing
Despite protests / demonstrations to stop animal testing, there are many drug companies -cosmetic brands that continue to test products on animals or use animal parts in products. From testing beauty products to inducing them with various diseases to test related drugs, animals have always been the lab rats for us. They have been enduring pain and sacrificing their lives for us. Here is why we should stop animal testing.

Animal Testing is Unethical
Animals feel pain and the natural instincts are to roam free, eat what nature offers. It is unethical to cage them in laboratories, causing them loneliness, fear, and pain.

It is Not as Fruitful
Animals do not contract most diseases that humans get. These diseases are injected into their bodies before the drugs are tested on them. On average, out of 100 drugs that are tested just about 95 drugs pass the test. For inconspicuous results achieved, too many animal lives taken or harmed in the process.
There are Alternatives
Despite understanding animal testing as ‘evil’ the society permitted it. Because this was possibly the only way to find cures for diseases, make cosmetics or drugs. But it cannot be denied that animal testing is cruel exorbitant. Technology is at a highly advanced stage there are good alternatives available today. There are several modern humane research methods that don’t require animals for testing. Some alternatives available and effective are the usage of ‘synthetic cellular tissue’, ‘In vitro testing’, ‘organs on chips’, and many more similar technologies. Such technologies effective, fast, accurate, and cheaper than animal testing. Moreover, the lives of animals are spared.