5 Sad Facts About Animals You May Never Have Considered
These illustrations of sad facts about animal may seem adorable, but they reveal a truly eye-opening message about how animals are exploited.
It’s true: baby elephants suck their trunks just as baby humans suck their thumbs. And some baby elephants have good reason to be sad. At some circuses, still-nursing baby elephants (usually 18 to 24 months of age) are captured rodeo-style, roped around all four legs, tethered neck-to-neck to an anchor elephant and dragged from their mothers. In this way, their relationships with their mothers are abruptly terminated, and from this point forward, every aspect of their lives is subject to discipline.
Elephants are intensely emotional and protective, and it’s well documented that they experience great sadness over losing their young. It must horrify them to watch their babies being tormented in servitude.
Rabbits are the third most-abandoned animals in shelters. Many people think that rabbits are less of a commitment than dogs or cats. However, rabbits can need even more attention and effort than feline or canine companions. And they can live 10 years or longer, so if you adopt a rabbit, make sure that you’re ready for the responsibility of a lifetime.
Cows might look innocent, but a staggering 51 per cent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute. Additionally, a United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary in order to combat the worst effects of climate change.
The most powerful step that we can take as individuals to avert climate change is to stop eating meat, eggs and dairy products and persuade others to do the same.
Zebras sleep only with others nearby to warn them of predators. It’s an important natural behaviour that they may not be able to act on when kept in captivity at zoos.
You can help by withholding your money from establishments that profit from exploiting animals. We can protect endangered species by supporting habitat conservation, not animal prisons.
Sad thought, isn’t it? All animals, including insects, exist for their own purposes – they are not ours to exploit and manipulate for profit. Factory-farmed bees are mass-produced on bee farms, where they’re treated poorly, often injured and confined to cramped, unnatural environments.
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