Used for food, milk, clothing, testing or being abused for someone’s "entertainment," this is the sad and awful fate for billions of animals in this country today. From the dog chained outside on a freeing cold day, to the animal being skinned alive for a fur coat, none of them deserve to be treated with cruelty and none of them deserve to suffer for our pleasure or convenience.
Hidden behind well worded smoke screens, many companies hide the bloody truth from consumers because they know that the reality would mean an end to their business. And we have that power. We can choose to buy clothes without fur or leather. We can pick up cosmetics that are not tested on animals, or walk by the entrance to the zoo instead of going in. These actions, although they may seem small, affect companies where it hurts them the most – their pocket. If we choose not to buy a product, they will stop producing it. It really is that simple. But is it enough?
PETA has launched the ‘Never Be Silent’ video campaign, urging us to speak up for animals since they cannot do it themselves. They use the example of your neighbor talking about the circus as an opportunity to talk to them about the mishandling of animals in the name of entertainment. Or perhaps when asked out on a dinner date, making sure that the host knows that you would prefer going to a certain restaurant as it serves vegetarian or vegan food. No one is asking that you get up on soap box (unless you really want to), but unless we tell them, how can they ever know? Use your voice, your social network, and your personal choices to speak for the animals, and let people know what’s going on.
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