2. Make ‘outside’ wildlife-friendly
As the days get warmer and brighter, we’re drawn outdoors to soak up the sunshine, beautiful bird songs, and the symphony of cicadas. Sadly, ‘out there’ is becoming a tougher and harsher place for native animals to navigate. Safe habitat for wildlife is rapidly being destroyed, largely due to the farming of animals. With hungry and thirsty animals trying to survive on the land they too call home, we can help by providing native flora and shallow drinking stations.
Whether you have a small balcony, yard, or live close to green space, you can purchase or plant native flowers, shrubs, and fruit trees to provide resources for bees and other pollinators, and help wildlife like possums and flying foxes with food and shelter. Drinking stations can easily be made using upcycled containers filled with fresh water, with some sticks and rocks in them to help animals who may fall in, climb out safely.
Another space outside your home where you can help animals is your car! In case you ever spot a struggling or injured animal on or by the road, prepare an emergency kit to keep in your boot (including a cage or box, towels, and thick gloves) and save the details of a few local wildlife rescue contacts in your phone.
3. Organise a get-together and share animal-friendly dishes
With the sun gracing us a little longer each evening, reconnecting with friends and family just feels right after our winter hibernation of trackies and documentaries. So why not invite people over for an animal-friendly gathering, offering a spread of mouthwatering plant-based dishes? Farmed animals, despite being capable of feeling fear and pain (and joy and love) just like any other animal, are largely exempt from the laws that are meant to protect animals from cruelty. Choosing to leave them off our plates is the most impactful thing we can do to help spare them from suffering.
Want to have an animal-friendly get-together but not sure where to start? The stunning cookbook Taste for Life covers everything you need to know to host a killer (but kind!) feast. If you’re ready to start browsing right away, head over to VegKit.com, which also has Taste for Life recipes like these crowd-pleasing Garlicky Mushroom Vol-au-vents.
4. Visit a farmed animal sanctuary
Hit the road and make your way to a farmed animal sanctuary – it’s bound to leave a hoof-print on your heart! Supporting farmed animal sanctuaries through tour tickets, merchandise and donations helps to fund the rescue, rehabilitation and life-long care of animals in need – animals like cows, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens and turkeys, who are so often overlooked.
Safe and free to express natural behaviours in love and safety, the wonderful personalities of these individuals shine through – and they’re as unique and varied as those of the companion animals we share our homes with.
Consider booking a tour at one of the sanctuaries in your state. This is not an exhaustive list, but some sanctuaries in Australian states areEdgar’s Mission (VIC), Where Pigs Fly (NSW), DRU (QLD), Brightside (TAS), Freedom Hill (SA) and Greener Pastures (WA).
Can’t get to a sanctuary? Bring the (plush) animals to you! Proceeds from our symbolic animal adoptions support our work to see all farmed animals live the lives they deserve.
5. Spring clean your house – for animals!
Decluttering your home can be an act of kindness for animals in need – gently-used second-hand towels, blankets, pillows and toys can provide comfort and care to rescued wildlife or companion animals awaiting loving forever-homes in shelters. Be sure to contact your local shelters before dropping off your donations, to ensure they are currently accepting second-hand items at the time.
Plant seeds of kindness this spring
Thank you for enjoying spring in ways that are kind to all animals – wildlife, farmed animals, and companion animals. By treading gently and respecting nature while we enjoy her beauty, we can ensure springtime can be enjoyed by everyone.
Share this list with family and friends who also want to help pave the way to a kinder world – or better yet, invite them to join in on one or more of the activities!
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