MWTHA Blog: Help Animal Victims of Australian Fires

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It has been hard to know what the number of animals killed so far in the Australian fires is, but HALF A BILLION has been estimated, according to sydney.edu.au. A huge number of additional animals are injured. The numbers are overwhelming animal refuges.

Even after the fires have eventually subsided, animals will die due to habitat destruction, food and water shortages. There is also an extinction crisis happening.

How Can I Help?

Many animal lovers have been reduced to tears at seeing the suffering of the animals in Australia. The feeling of helplessness is immense, but do not feel helpless anymore, as there are a number of ways you can help. One way is making a financial contribution, and although this is very much in need, it is not the only way you can help. Read on to find out the different ways you can make a difference.

Help Combat Climate Change

Human-caused climate change affects the fires, making them much worse. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (and most other world experts), human-caused climate change lengthens the Australian fires season, and fuels the blazes. This is catastrophic for animals.

An important thing to stop the Australian bush fires getting worse every year, is to look at how you can help combat climate change. You can recycle, drive an electric car, stop using disposable products, stop taking flights, install solar panels, etc, but there is one thing you can do that has more effect than all those things together: stop supporting animal agriculture.

Image: Of course the Australia fires causing such catastrophic suffering to animals is just one way climate change is causing terrible animal suffering…

Animal agriculture is more harmful to the planet than all the transport in the world put together – including all the flights. It is one of the top two causes of climate change, the other being fossil fuels.

By stopping funding animal farming by going vegan, you will be helping animals by:

  • No longer be responsible for causing unimaginable suffering of animals that experience emotions and pain similar to dogs, and even three year old children (proven in studies)
  • No longer be responsible for contributing to climate change, and as a result, no longer worsening natural disasters like the Australian fires.

You may think that you cannot do much as just one person, but going vegan is the single most effective change you can make to help combat climate change and help animals. You can find lots of help and support regarding going vegan here. If not for animals or the planet, do it for your health.

Droughts are another result of climate change. South Australia is badly drought hit so they are culling over 10,000 camels because they drink too much water. They are also being culled because they produce too much methane, even though it is a fraction of the methane produced and water used by the animal agriculture industry.

Use Environmentally Friendly Energy Companies

Another way to avoid funding the animal agriculture industry is to get your energy from planet friendly companies, such as Ecotricity. While the other energy companies use products from animal agriculture in their production of energy, Ecotricity is the only one who has confirmed it does not. The company will even donate £50 to the SydandKyd Vegan Power campaign, if you sign up, here.

Craft To Help Australian Animals

If you enjoy crafting, did you know you can use your skill to help animals, including Australian animals who are particularly in need at the moment?

There are groups to join, some specifically to help the Australian animals. Have a look here to see how you can help.

You Can Donate Funds…

WIRES is an emergency fund for wildlife who is involved in the rescuing of animals affected by the Australian bush fires. You can donate to them on the WIRES website, or on the WIRES Facebook page. You can also donate to WIRES via Paypal.

The RSPCA are in need of donations to help them rescue and evacuate threatened animals, as well as assist at evacuation centres. They will also use donations to treat injured animals and pets. You can make a donation to the RSPCA NSW here.

The World Wildlife Fund, will use donations to help restore the “Koala Triangle,” a portion of Australia’s east coast hit hardest by the fires.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is installing koala water stations in burnt areas to prevent animals dying from dehydration. They are also establishing the world’s first wild koala breeding program. You can donate to their GoFundMe here.

IFAW, The International Fund for Animal Welfare reports that they are in dire need of support to help the animals. You can donate to IFAW here.

If You Prefer To Donate Supplies…

Rather than cash, some people prefer to donate supplies. The Rescue Collective, a group based in Brisbane, allows you to do this. You can buy supplies online and have them delivered to where it is needed. The Rescue Collective is in need of food, medical supplies, bedding and more. Just have a look on their current wish list on Facebook.

Thank you for caring enough about animals to read this blog. To find out many different ways you can help animals, have a look at the website ManyWaysToHelpAnimals.com

MWTHA Blog: Earn FREE MONEY For Animal Charities Whilst Doing Your Normal Christmas Shopping!

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On the run up to Christmas people spend like mad on Christmas presents. A lot of the spending is through retailers online. Did you know that you can earn money for free for animal charities, while doing your normal online shopping?

All you have to do is start off your shopping trip at a charity fundraising website. Many, many online retailers are registered with these fundraising websites, including most chain stores. So, once you’ve signed up with the fundraising websites and decided which animal charity you would like to raise money for, all you do is click on the retailer you want to shop at. You will be taken to that retailer’s site and then you simply do your shopping as normal. It does not cost you anything extra.

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Retailers Listed On Fundraising Shopping Websites 1

You will be able to see how much you raise in your account on the fundraising site. If the animal charity is not yet registered with the fundraising sites, ask them to register.

Have a look at the charity fundraising sites that are available. Don’t miss the chance to earn free money to help animals.

If you would like 100% of the money you spend on gifts to help animal rescues, there are auctions and sales run on Facebook where that happens. You can see them all here.

And to earn even more money for animal rescues while shopping online, you can do it all through a charity search engine. <3

MWTHA Blog: The Problems With Animal Gifting

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My parents gave all their children one year a charity gift as a Christmas present. My parents know I love animals, and so they wanted to give me something animal related. By their logic, they decided I’d appreciate giving a poor family a goat. I could have cried.

What are the problems with Animal Gifting?

First of all, the animal is often shipped overseas on long and stressful journeys. Below is a cow being lifted off a boat in a net.

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secondly, the families animals are given to are poor, so poor they can barely afford to feed themselves. The animal often suffers terribly, going without necessary veterinary intervention to bring it relief. Veterinary treatment is simply too expensive. The recipients even often suffer to give even the most basic care to the animal. The animals also suffer hunger and a farm animal is another mouth to feed. They do not just live off the land.

When the family cannot afford to keep them, and if they do not die of disease, they meet a horrific end, having their neck sawed open with a blunt knife, while the terrified animal struggles to try to escape.

There are many more problems with animal gifting, including creating more problems for the recipients themselves, not just the animal. There are much better alternatives, such as crop gifting. This is much kinder and more sustainable. Find out about more of the problems of animal gifting, an see the solutions, here. Also see what you can do to stop it.

MWTHA Blog: Donations Used For Animal Experiments

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Will Your Christmas Charity Donations Be Used To Torture Animals?

At Christmas time, many people give charity gifts to each other as presents. This is where someone donates to charity on behalf of someone else. The recipient often receives a card or certificate from the charity stating what the charity donation has enabled the charity to do.

For instance, with animal charities, it may be to sponsor an animal for a year, or to spay or neuter an animal or two.

There are many charities, however, that use charity donations to torture animals in horrifically cruel lab experiments. Of course, they never publicise that fact. Luckily, there are places where you can find out which charities do this. You can even find alternative charities to donate to, that work in the same field, but do so humanely and do not fund animal torture.

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Animal experiments are an out dated and unreliable way to further human medical treatments. In fact, it is a dangerous way. Humans have died, suffered life changing problems, and suffered terrible deformities as a result of scientists relying on animal research. A cure for cancer in mice and rats was found decades ago, but human bodies react differently to treatment to animals. Humane methods have been shown to be much more accurate. Despite this, millions and millions of lab animals are abused and killed every year in medical research.

Have a look and check your Christmas present of a charity gift will not be used to fund animal torture, and see what alternative charity you could donate to in the same field instead.