Marching To Save The Animals

by Gabrielle Ozynski
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Recently the Save Movement South Africa marched for animals rights with regard to the industrial farming of them, encouraging people to become vegan and aiming for a ‘mass-based animal justice movement’.

The Save Movement describes itself as ‘a movement comprised of groups around the world who bear witness to pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals en route to slaughter’.

“The Save Movement was founded in December 2010 with the inception of Toronto Pig Save. Today there are over 660 groups in Canada, the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, continental Europe, Hong Kong, South Asia, East Asia, Mexico and Central/South America, as well as here in South Africa.”

 

The Save Movement says one of their missions is to ‘expand the existence of save groups and vigils into every community worldwide which have slaughterhouses, factory farms, enslaved mammal auction houses, or a route used by transport trucks’. This is to ‘bear witness’ to the cruelty in the transport and slaughtering of animals in abbatoirs.

See also: Fight Against The Fur Trade

In encouraging people to start their own groups they lobby for ‘peaceful and just alternatives: forever homes at farm sanctuaries and a just transition to a nonviolent, whole grain, plant based, that is – vegan – society’.

The movement says however painful it may be, ‘by collectively bearing witness and intervening on a large scale, the horror that we feel regarding the ‘animal emergency’ involving billions of farmed animals and threats to wild species will be reversed as we move towards a critical mass which will enable us to turn the tide and create one big sanctuary on the entire Earth’.

There is also a Climate Save Movement which aims to ‘build a grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis by ending animal agriculture, reforesting the Earth and phasing out fossil fuels. Animal agriculture is a key source of greenhouse gas emissions, which can all be eliminated entirely. It is also the leading source of ocean dead zones, deforestation, mass species extinctions, and excessive water use. Veganism and reforestation are critical parts of climate actions and, along with eliminating fossil fuels, are our last hope against catastrophic tipping points for our climate’.

The Save Movement has a complete and comprehensive guidebooks on how to start your own Save movement and contribute to the saving of the planet.

In South Africa we have many animal sanctuaries, rehabilitation centres for wild animals, rescue centres for domestic animals, SPCAs, advocacy and rights movements such as Endangered Wildlife Trust  Baboon Matters  Ban Animal Trading – BAT, Dolphin Action And Protection Group, Greenpeace Africa and many, many more.

Care for animals, care for humans, care for the environment – we all share the planet.

See also: Saving Lions From Canned Hunting

Easy ways to contribute to saving the planet:

If you cannot go full vegan, aim to reduce the amount of animal based meals you eat.

Eat organic and free range when consuming eggs, milk, chicken, beef etc

Don’t use pesticides, or poisons in your home.

Use eco-friendly cleaning products in your home.

Use toiletry and cosmetic products that are eco friendly and not tested on animals

Grow your own veggies, fruit and herbs

Recycle plastic, glass, paper, aluminum, metal

Try to avoid eating/using products with palm oil

Use fair trade products where possible – that don’t destroy the environment, don’t use child labour, don’t harm animals

Don’t visit any establishments that offer captive dolphin or whale shows, cub petting, walking with big cats, riding of elephants.

Don’t attend animal circuses or zoos.

Be an activist to voice your protest against and/ or boycott countries that are harming the planet with specific activities – some legal, some illegal:

Brazil and other South American Countries burning and chopping down the Amazon rainforest to clear the way for cattle farming, mining and logging. Also poaching of Amazon animals.

Japan for whale hunting, Taiji killing and capturing of dolphins for marine parks

Norway for whale hunting

Vietnam/China, Laos – Use of rhino horn, pangolin scales, perlemoen and other many other types of wildlife for bogus medicinal use, also for the use of ivory for jewellery and ornaments.

Australia, Japan and Mexico. Papua New Guinea legally kill sea turtles.

South Korea, Vietnam for eating dogs

Faroe Islands (Denmark) for an outdated ‘rite of passage’ which sees hundreds of dolphins slaughter each year.

Thailand – for cruelty to elephants for working purposes and for tourists to ride.

Our own country South Africa has the largest and only canned lion population in the world for hunting purposes. This population is fed by cubs used for petting in various animal game parks and walking with lions. Poaching of rhino and other wildlife.

Marine parks here and worldwide for their captive whale and dolphins.

Spain for bullfighting and the cruel tradition of hanging their dogs used for hunting when the season is over.

Pakistan, Vietnam, China for captive bears being used for their bile

India, Indonesia for poaching of Bengal tigers, rhinos, Asiatic lions, orangutans

Indonesia for burning of forests for palm oil.

China for capture of wildlife for zoos and circuses and cruel exhibitions where animals are pitted against each other or forced to ride horses.

USA, Spain trophy hunting. Wolf and coyote mass killing in the USA.

Countries around Africa – the bushmeat trade which has decimated gorillas and other apes, as well as buck and other small wildlife, poaching  of wildlife and burning and chopping down of forests to clear for mining, agriculture and logging.

Australia – landclearing for farming and mining decimating Australia’s indigenous wildlife such as their national animal the koala bear, and others. The lack of action against the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef from climate change, which has left the majority of the reef bleached and dead with no hope of reviving.

UAE, other middle eastern countries and in Europe, where individuals keep cheetahs and other big cats as pets.

Russia for poaching of Siberian tigers, killing animals for the fur trade

Canada and USA for  killing on a massive scale of animals the fur trade

The EU animals killed on a massive scale for the fur trade

China for the killing on a massive scale of animals for the fur trade

Worldwide: Multinational corporations and individual factories which pollute the ocean, our land and air and force people to work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions.

See also Vegan actress Alexandra Shipp uses plant based products

Some establishments that use wildlife to trade in, interact with tourists or use captive wildlife for human entertainment.

Zoos around South Africa

Pet shops around South Africa

McLaren Circus

Lion and Safari Park

Chameleon Village Lion Park

Lion Park

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in the Cradle of Humankind, which has new owners, has now stopped cub petting (September 2019), saying it’s the ‘right thing to do’. They aim to rehabilitate the park and enclosures for the benefit of the animals.

Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park and Animal Sanctuary

Cheetah Outreach

Shark diving operators in Gansbaai

Crocodile cage diving – African CrocDive

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