What’s your 2022 New Year’s resolution for animals?
If we take one lesson from the past two years it’s that human, planet and animal health is all connected. We know our small everyday choices make an impact so here are our top resolutions for 2022. Can we count on you too?
1. Eat less meat and eat more plants
Our food choices are based on a lot of considerations – access, price, our health, taste, tradition, environmental impact and hopefully, animal welfare. The good news is that adding more plant-based options to your diet like beans and lentils or swapping out your milk, meat or eggs for a veggie alternative can often have a positive effect on all those considerations. Find out more about why eating less meat is better for farm animals, the planet and our health. And find some helpful tips for making easy plant-based swaps to your favourite dishes.
2. Show your stripes for tigers
This coming year will be the Year of the Tiger, a symbol of strength and bravery. Sadly though, tigers are very vulnerable to extinction due to poaching, climate change and the exploitative wildlife trade. Not only is the wildlife trade cruel to animals, but it’s also dangerous for people. Almost 75% of emerging infectious diseases affecting human health originate in wildlife. Canada plays a significant role in the global wildlife trade, but your voice can help. Sign our petition to the Government of Canada urging them to take action. You can also pledge to be an animal-friendly traveller and never take a tiger selfie.
3. Spread the word for animals!
One of the most impactful ways you can help animals anytime of the year is to speak up and share information about their suffering. Post on Facebook, Tweet about, make a TikTok video - just help get the word out so that others can learn about the issues and make better choices to create lasting change for animals. Not sure where to start? Use the share buttons on our website to share any page directly to your own social media accounts, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share our posts.
4. Pledge to not buy a wild animal as a pet
Wild animals like parrots, otters and tortoises might seem like fun pets, but in reality, they are extremely difficult to care for and ultimately, as wild animals they suffer. Captivity limits their natural behaviour and places both their mental and physical well-being at risk. While kept as pets, these animals often suffer from chronic stress and poor physical health from being kept in environments that can’t give them what they need to be happy and healthy. Wild animals are not pets; they belong in their natural habitat. Make the pledge.
5. Help pass stronger regulations to curb wild animal ownership in Canada
There’s a dark side to Canada’s pet laws. In most provinces, wild animals are legally allowed to be kept as pets. But wild animals suffer greatly in captivity. A life in a cage or terrarium is no comparison to a life in the wild. Until provinces change wild animal ownership laws, Canada will continue to fuel an inhumane and often illegal wildlife pet trade. Click here to take action.
6. Give animals a life they deserve by making a donation
Around the world, millions of animals like bears, elephants, pigs and dolphins are suffering every day. You have the power to help stop the cruelty and help these amazing animals lead safe, natural lives. When you donate to World Animal Protection you are helping to solve the root causes of animal suffering and move governments, corporations and people to end animal cruelty. Why not start this new year off by making a gift to help animals?