India, the seventh-largest country in the world, is one of the most bio-diverse regions of the world containing four of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots. And protection of animals is enshrined as a fundamental duty in the Indian Constitution. It is the responsibility of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment, including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife, and to have compassion for all living creatures. The objective of animal protection laws is to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals. Be a voice for the voiceless! Watch this video by Lawyer Tanya Appachu to understand the animal welfare laws in India and how to use them to protect the animals.

5 Simple Ways To Help Animals Around You

You can make a difference for animals in your everyday lives, whether it’s by adopting a pet, choosing products not tested on animals, eating a vegetarian diet or engaging your community in animal protection issues. 

1. Put Bowls Of Water And Food

Imagine how tough it would be for the stray animals and birds, who have no recourses to protect them from the wrath of the sun! But, there are ways to ensure that our furry and feathered friends make it through the season with ease, if only each one of us becomes a little mindful. Put many mud bowls of water at convenient places for stray animals, especially during summers. You would be surprised by the number of creatures that would benefit from this simple gesture. It quenches the thirst of thousands of creatures, big and small – from dogs and cats to birds, ants, wasps, bees and even snails. Leave small amounts of food in your neighbouring areas or make it a daily schedule to feed the strays of your area. 

2. Don’t Use Animal Products

Millions of animals are killed every year in the name of fashion or beauty. Inflicting any kind of pain on the voiceless is deemed as cruelty. Animal cruelty is a global issue that is growing at an alarming rate daily.  Wearing these products sends a message that you support animal exploitation for your clothing and fashion needs, best met through natural products. Also, don’t buy endangered animal products such as ivory or other body parts of animals. Instead, buy products from vegan and animal cruelty-free brands. Find a list of 10 ethical desi brands to shop from here. Find a variety of sustainable brands for all your needs on the Red Dot Shop here.

3. Stay Alert And Save A Life 

Keep an eye on all the animals you see outdoors. Make sure that they have adequate water and shelter. If you find an animal in distress, contact humane authorities right away and give the animal water for immediate relief. Over the years, the government has initiated many private NGOs for the welfare of animals and birds. Get connected with such NGOs and be a team player in aiding the needy animals living in your society. Do not leave the animal’s side before help arrives. Intervene if you witness animal cruelty, abuse or neglect. Do what you can to stop someone from mistreating an animal. However, be sensible and don’t put yourself in danger. Report animal cruelty, abuse or neglect. 

4. Keep Bee-Friendly Plants

Did you know that bees get most of their nectar from trees? When a tree blooms, it provides hundreds of blossoms to feed on. Trees are not only a great food source for bees, but also an essential habitat. Tree leaves and resin provide nesting material for bees, while natural wood cavities make excellent shelters. With deforestation and development on the rise, you can help bolster bee habitats by caring for trees and joining tree-planting parties in your area. You should also motivate your friends and family to do the same. Also do not use chemical pesticides for your plants. Learn how to start composting at home to be more eco-conscious with your kitchen waste here.

5. Taking Utmost Care Of Pets

Bringing a new pet into your house can be as intimidating as it is exciting. No matter what type of furry friend you’re welcoming into your family, there are some basic animal care guidelines you should follow. Learn about fun ways to keep your pets fit here. Make sure to stock up on high-quality food, availability of fresh, clean water at all times, maintain a safe environment and proper shelter. Find a list of foods that should and shouldn’t be given to dogs here. Schedule regular visits to a veterinarian and most importantly spend quality time with them. Learn how to prevent ticks on dogs here. If you are new to the parenting experience, check what you must know before getting a pet here.

Animal and human sectors work together to maintain the biodiversity of the Earth. You can preserve your future by protecting animals. It doesn’t take a huge amount of effort to make a difference, and most of the examples above only require a bit of extra conscientiousness and responsibility. Learn the laws and become an advocate for animal rights. Let’s take a greater role as human beings and make sure that we take better care of these sweet, fragile beings!

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