Thanks to humans, across the globe, our wildlife is under threat. Animals are being chained up, tortured and forced to do things that they don’t want to do – all just for our amusement. And that’s just one of the things we’re doing to them.
We’re destroying their habitats just so we can grow palm oil (although there is a way to buy products that contain palm oil without destroying the environment – more on that later), killing them just so we can pose behind them with a gun in our hands. (In most cases, it’s illegal. But not during hunting season in America…)
We’re pumping carbon dioxide and methane (but mainly carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere from cars to burning coal in order to make electricity. This affects animals due to the rising temperatures of Earth and the animals not being able to evolve fast enough.
We’re sprinkling pesticides onto our plants, which will prevent bees from doing what they do best: making honey. And if they’re not making honey, they’re not pollinating plants. And without pollinating, we wouldn’t have most of the foods we know and love.
So now you’re probably asking yourself, “What can I do about it?”
What can I do about it?
On this issue, at least, there’s a lot you can do. One thing you can do is sign petitions like this one. This petition is aiming to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in the UK. Another thing you can do is to only buy products that contain sustainable palm oil (where possible.) This means that in order to grow the plant that is needed to make it, no rain-forest was cleared or chopped down in the process. Make sure the product has a label that looks like this:
Any product with this label has been checked to make sure that the manufacturers didn’t destroy the rain-forest in order to make their product. You can find this label on products like coffee, exotic fruits and more.
You can also follow people on Twitter like Bella Lack, a 15-year-old girl who is passionate about animals and is campaigning to save them and Chris Packham, a Springwatch presenter who is also passionate about animals and is campaigning to save them.
Another thing you can do is share this blog post on social media. You can do this using the share buttons below.
So, what do you think about all this? Comments below!