Here in British Columbia, Canada – and in many other parts of the world – forest fires are destroying the habitat of many wild creatures. On social media, I hear many people expressing their pain at the loss of these precious innocent creatures. I also feel this pain.
But I also feel the pain of animals being treated unethically in science through animal testing, of animals abused at events like the Calgary Stampede, and horrific abuse stories like that of Caitlyn (the dog in South Carolina who suffered horribly when her mouth was taped shut).
So today, I’m asking you to take a moment to look around you to see how you can support ethical treatment of animals…. Perhaps boycotting companies that use unnecessary animal testing… perhaps adopting or fostering a stray… or supporting a local animal rescue charity or a wildlife advocacy organization… spaying and neutering domestic pets… using your voice as an advocate for your preferred cause.
You’ll find a way to make a difference in the lives of our animal allies.
To quote Dr. Albert Schweitzer:
“Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.”