This will have both wild and domesticated sources for you to check out about
animals. I feel I need to be kept abreast of endangered animals and also, some
of the ways we can protect domestic animals which have been turned into ‘strays.’
My open heart won’t allow animals to suffer, although when given a choice, I will
give to Columbus Children’s Hospital and March of Dimes to help out children
I heard on the radio today, that April is also the month to keep abreast on
the subject of Parkinson’s Disease. I had a dear mother in law who has this
destructive disease and would donate or wear a ribbon signifying my belief
we need more research funds to ‘cure’ this rampant disease. I admire Michael
J. Fox in his continuing to perform to help let us be more aware of it, too.
I also believe in supporting the military (paralyzed veterans) and local humane
societies get my donations, too.
Did you know that there is a black bear sanctuary in America?
Located near Orr, Minnesota, there is a 360 acre location where not only bears,
but white-tailed deer, bald eagles, beavers, mink, pine martens (birds), fishers
(birds), timber wolves, red squirrels, bobcats, blue jays, owls, ducks and other
birds take sanctuary.
Did you know about the American Tortoise Rescue lobbies?
This is a source for legislation to ban the importation of non-native species of
tortoises. The location of their offices is in Malibu, California. Unfortunately,
the negative aspects of importing turtles and bullfrogs, such as salmonella,
parasites and even TB are being argued against by Asian food markets.
A recent California law was revoked due to claims of ‘cultural bias.’
Did you know there is a specific and only Association of Zoos and Aquarium
certified wold facility in the world located here in America?
The Endangered Wolf Center is located in Eureka, Missouri. They have been
breeding and re-introducing wolves into the wild for 40 years now.
The results of this center have helped to increase the gray wolf population frm
nine to 235 in managed care, with at least 75 out in the wild. The red wolf
population from only 14 to 160 in managed care, with more than 100 being
released into the wild. Every pack of Mexican gray wolves roaming the
Southwest and 70% of the North Carolina red wolves can be traced back to
Do you remember the television series that Marlin Perkins and his wife, Carol,
hosted? He is the original founder of the wolf center. Marlin Perkins was both
a zoologist and such a great star, helping many to become more aware of
the world of nature surrounding us.
I think it is very important to support farmers and their animals, too. Buying
local eggs, vegetables and meat from farmers in your area, help to sustain
the economy where you live.
Here are two resources on vegan lifestyle and farm animals’ rights:
Christian Samper, Ph.D., CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society says,
“Zoos and aquariums help the public better understand the natural systems,
that make all life possible. The hope is that what people understand, they
will appreciate and what they appreciate they will work to protect.”
(Source: Sandra Murphy, freelance writer in St. Louis, MO.)
What you can do on a personal level for animals:
1. Volunteer to walk a dog, foster a cat, make phone calls or help with
2. Spay or neuter your own pets and consider adopting from a shelter
rather than shopping at a pet store.
3. Donate to support rehabilitation of an abused animal. Donate to
other animal humane societies or dog pounds, food, blankets and
other needs. Our local Delaware County animal shelter will put on
its sign on Rtes.36/37 their monthly ‘needs’ or ‘requests.’
4. Pick up litter, especially plastic rings and other things which can
harm water fowl, when walking along beaches and near waterways.
5. Be a conscious consumer and don’t let factory farm prices
6. Tell or write companies what is acceptable or not, via purchases,
emails or phone calls.
7. Lobby politicians to support worthy animal causes.
If you have any questions about who to donate, there is a place called,
Animal Charity Evaluators who can provide a list of charities, along with
rating them for their effectiveness.
This poignant comment from Diane Sullivan, Assistant Dean and Professor
at Massachusetts School of Law will surprise or shock some of you:
“Pets are considered property, and until that changes, it’s harder to make
a difference. Farm animals have no rights at all. Animals are sentient beings
with rights commensurate with the ability to feel pain and even be valued
members of the family. They deserve far more than a property classification.”
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I feel my fellow bloggers are always thinking about animal rights. Many have dogs,
cats and other ‘critters’ along with helping organizations with animals as their focus.
Please feel free in the comments section to add your own suggestions and add
to our contemporary and pertinent discussion.
If you have a favorite cause and would like to provide a link, please feel free to do