As we say goodbye to the strange and difficult year that was 2020, we wish you a very happy new year and a wonderful 2021! To finish off the blog for the year and kick start the new year with a positive, we’re looking at five ways to do our bit for animals next year.
Watch wild animals from a distance
Seeing animals in the wild and thriving in their natural habitat is one of life’s great pleasures. But, remember if you are out and about, keep your distance and leave them alone. Not all animals appreciate our presence and disturbing them can startle them or interrupt behaviours such as feeding and mating.
Feed the birds
Feeding garden birds is a great way to help our wildlife especially at times when natural food sources are low. Remember to remove uneaten food and clean feeders and tables regularly though otherwise, they can spread disease. Also, make sure that any food you leave out is suitable for your garden birds and safe for your pets. While birds love dried fruit, much of it is poisonous to dogs.
Take part in Veganuary
If you have been thinking about cutting down your meat consumption or reducing your use of animal products, Veganuary is the perfect opportunity to give it a go. It’s good for the animals, the environment and your health! There are loads of hints, tips and recipes online or have a look at our blog: Why go vegan?
Think twice about your next zoo visit
While visiting zoos can be fun, it is important to remember that animals are living beings with feelings and that they are not here for our entertainment. Captive environments rarely meet the needs of animals and can be very stressful for them, causing many mental and other health problems. Respect animals for what they really are in 2021 and avoid encounters or selfie opportunities that do not put their welfare needs first.
Say no to celebrating with fireworks
If you’re thinking of setting off fireworks to bring in the new year, remember that animals find the bangs and lights scary. The best thing to do is avoid using them completely but if you are planning to set some off, prepare in advance to keep your animals safe. Bring small animals indoors if possible, provide safe and cosy spots for dogs and cats and remember to let your neighbours know so they can do the same. For more tips, read our previous blog: keeping pets safe from fireworks.
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