No need to necessarily become vegetarian, vegan or vegan to work for the well-being of animals. A few very simple daily actions can make a difference and improve the lot of animals. Often it is simply about making better ethical choices as consumers. Here are some tips within everyone’s reach which, seemingly, can change everything for our animal friends.
1) Stop buying fur or down
As we know, the fur industry kills tens of millions of animals each year. Also, stopping buying them is a logical choice that many people have already made. However, it is possible to go even further by also thinking of goose or duck down. Indeed, for the stuffing of duvets and pillows, the animals are plucked alive, which does not go without hurting them and inflicting pain on them. A point to remember when buying bedding…
2) Eat less meat, but of better quality
According to 30 million friends: “in his lifetime, a French person consumes on average… 7 cattle, 33 pigs, 9 goats and sheep, 1,300 poultry and 60 rabbits!“. Of course, the question of eating meat or not is up to everyone. However, this promotes the industrialization of slaughter and gives rise to numerous health and ethical abuses (animal abuse).
If you like meat, do not hesitate to promote short circuits. This will also benefit small breeders who also make smaller margins on their products. You will thus have a quality meat at a good price. Another possibility: opt for products labeled organic, AB or Label Rouge who pay more attention to breeding conditions.
3) Fish, yes, but not just any fish!
First, be aware that many species are in danger of extinction. To prevent available fish stocks from drying up even further, some species are less risky. This is the case for Alaska pollock, saithe, line bass, monkfish, mullet, John Dory, sardines, mackerel, herring, gray or gilthead sea bream, conger…
You can also inquire about the seasonality of fish with a fishmonger. Eh yes! such as fruits and vegetables, fish have seasons. However, not respecting them can also increase the risk of extinction. Out of season, the fish can indeed come from countries that do not respect regulations and quotas. And in addition, it generates pollution, all to eat a hake that comes from the other side of the world.
4) The right choice for your can of tuna
They are found in 9 out of 10 French people. However, many are unaware that tuna fishing is not without flaws. Industrial tuna boats tend to catch everything in their large nets: young tuna that have not had time to reproduce, turtles, sharks, rays…
All these catches deemed useless are then thrown dead or dying into the sea as waste. It is therefore advisable to favor brands whose tuna comes from trolling or rod fishing (System U, Ekmül Lighthouse, etc.).
5) For eggs, pay attention to the breeding conditions of the laying hens
When you don’t have the space to have your own chicken coop, you have to go buy your eggs. If going to the small breeder in the area is not possible for you, know that the choice remains wide in the supermarket so as not to promote battery farming with all the cruelty and lack of hygiene that this can cause gallinaceae to live on!
It’s very simple: just look at the label on the box. Just before FR, the 0 indicates that the hen was raised according to organic farming criteria. As for the 1, it means that the hen was raised outdoors.
6) Sort out your cosmetics and household products
It is sometimes difficult to see clearly about animal testing, because labeling and labels are sometimes misleading. To ensure that your product is untested, rely on serious vegan labels and Leaping Bunny, One voice, Vegancert, etc., and the mention “vegan” or “cruelty free”. Also pay attention to squalane, a trendy emollient ingredient found in many serums and creams. It is indeed shark liver oil, which leads to the slaughter of three million sharks each year. A truth that is not beautiful…
7) And finally, you can improve the lot of animals by being careful about the brands of household products you buy
THE animal testing may also concern… our cleaning products! The injection of chemicals on their skin, in their eyes or in their esophagus allows brands toperform toxicity tests for their products and the ingredients that go into them. And if the animals survive there, they are then killed anyway.
The organization PETA had in this sense pinned several brands that practice animal testing: Raid, Calgon, Swiffer, Air Wick… Another good reason to turn to homemade household products!
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