Animals – Be their voice!
If you have a pet, you probably try to provide the best for it, and the thought of it suffering hurts your heart. But think about all those other animals who do suffer. Whether it be bunnies and rats, getting cosmetics rubbed into their eyes to test products, or calves taken away from their mother so we can have milk or veal. Animals go through harsh conditions that most of us are oblivious about. Luckily, with the Internet, social media, and campus communities we can educate others and ourselves through petitions, protests, and campaigning.
Get Educated. In college we strive to expand our horizons and become knowledgeable about issues in our society. Animal cruelty is a huge one, yet commonly goes overlooked. Become a member of PETA, ASPCA, Humane League or another animal activist group. You don’t have to donate to join their email list, and they will email you once a week with issues that they are fighting against. This is how I became passionate about helping animals. I’ve viewed videos and read articles regarding animal cruelty, which can be graphic, but those are the ones that leave the biggest impression.
Share your knowledge. Most activist groups make it easy to share links on social media. Engage your peers by making pacts to not support brands that test on animals or not to buy fur anymore. Perhaps even start a student group with those who share the passion of helping animals. My sister and I recently started an organization on our campus called Animal Rights Club. Together we plan events to educate students on our campus about animal cruelty and how they can stop it. We also protest at events that involve animal cruelty, such as the circus. While each of the members is passionate about helping animals and already know a little bit about the torture animals endure, we still learn more and more with each meeting. Together we share insight on ways to improve the lives of animals and educate each others of arising issues that need our attention. Nothing is going to be stopped simply by looking away.
Be their voice! Once you are educated on animal cruelty issues and know a few people who share the passion with you, start to speak up. Start petitions for change. There are petition websites such as Change.org or ThePetitionSite.org that make organizing and sharing petitions very easy. You can also browse these website to sign petitions from other animal activist across the nation to help them achieve their goals as well. There was recently a petition about not dissecting animals in high schools. There are many alternatives just as effective as dissection, such as interactive computer programs. Due to petitions, some states have restricted the use of animals in high school anatomy classes. Does your school still dissect animals? Perhaps you should start a petition on the matter!
Animals cannot speak, which is why you need to be their voice! Speak up for the cruelty they go through. Together we can educate those who are unaware and share knowledge with each other to make change. Together we can make a better life for animals. #AlwaysLearning
Jessica is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Management. She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in December 2016, and is accepted to an accelerated Masters of Business Administration program to complete her MBA the following year. Jessica is member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, Ad Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity.