Happy Earth Day!Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on April 22, 2014
April 22, 2014 is recognized around the world as “Earth Day”—a day that reminds us to care for Mother Nature and the planet on which we reside.
Why should animal lovers care about Earth Day? Here are 5 reasons why:
- Animal Agriculture Is Harming Our Planet – The farming of nonhuman animals not only harms the billions of animals we slaughter annually in the U.S. alone, and frequently leads to violations of federal and state anticruelty and environmental laws, but it is also one of the top contributors to climate change. Cutting animals out of your diet can help save the planet too.
- Predators Are Crucial to Ecosystems – Wolf hunting and coyote killing contests hurt more than just the individuals shot as “trophies.” Removing a large number of pack-members and destroying extended family systems drastically disrupts the entire region and that’s why you can take action here to help protect the Gray Wolf.
- Dolphin Safe Tuna Isn’t Safe for Anyone – Commercial fishing destroys marine ecology. Even tuna companies that claim to use “sustainable” fishing practices are still killing not only tuna but dolphins and countless non-target animals including whales and endangered turtles. You can sign ALDF’s petition to boycott tuna producers here.
- Animal Rights Make a Healthy Planet – Protecting the interests of nonhuman animals means setting a standard of care for their environment, and ours! Protecting animals means we must also protect the earth.
- Coalitions Build Better Bridges for the Future – Joining forces with groups like the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity mean uniting our purposes, strengthening our resolve, and working together to make a difference.
And that’s why we urge all animal lovers to celebrate Earth Day by connecting the health of our planet with the wellbeing of all animals, human and nonhuman.
What will you do to help celebrate Earth Day?