Although there are more and more acres of land allocated as farms to raise animals for food, there are also those set to serve as refuge for abused animals. The difference lies in the heart of the owner. Some people look for profit from animals. Meanwhile, other people look at animals as brothers and as species with life. The latter is the case for many sanctuaries around the world. The Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Australia, and Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary in Columbia started with a common thought in mind – compassion for helpless animals.
Why does it even matter to protect the animals?
Google can give you millions of pages in a heartbeat where you can get more info and answers to this question. But the most striking and thought-provoking of these answers are the words of the Prussian German philosopher Immanuel Kant:
“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
His words are one of the guiding insights of many vegans and animal advocates today. Protecting animals is a matter of personal advocacy and understanding the difference between raising animals for food and abuse. Such is the case of Juliana, the owner of Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary, Columbia’s only animal sanctuary. When asked in an interview why she started the sanctuary, she said “if it is something we need and nobody will do it, I will do it.” Since the sanctuary’s opening in 2006, it has rescued more than 700 animals. Ultimately, it is one’s reaction after seeing animal abuse and cruelty that makes a difference. Yes, one can easily just turn a blind eye. But it is the heart that’s filled with love that does something.
Is there any way to help?
More than 70 billion animals are raised in farms for human consumption annually , despite the availability of plant-based sources for food. If you’d like to join the advocacy, see here for ways you can help:
- Help raise awareness on social media. Share informative videos on conservation and wildlife protection projects from around the world. This will boost ecotourism while promoting animal welfare.
- Minimize intake of animal-based meat, and make the switch to plant-based diet.
- Volunteer at a sanctuary. Juliana’s Animal Sanctuary offers life-changing and fun volunteering opportunities.
- Consider adopting pets. You can take them home with you. Or let them live at a sanctuary where they’ll be provided with food and shelter.
- Donate. Visit this website to look conservation projects worth-donating. Your dollar could go a long way for the food and shelter of abused animals.
- Be a certified animal rescue volunteer and professional. With this credential, you can conduct trainings, organize events, and talk about conservation to raise the public’s awareness.
As animals can’t speak up for themselves, it’s the role of human beings to uphold their welfare. Advocating for those who are voiceless can also be a life-changing move. In one way or another, protecting animals could help us grow as individuals, especially our capacity for compassion.