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Animal welfare is part of caring for the environment

Animal welfare is part of caring for the environment

By Jezebel Handel

Animal welfare must be an important part of every citizen, since it is the application of the law "let's not do to others what we don't want them to do to us." We all know that animals feel and suffer just like we do. However, many are abused on a regular basis.

What is important to highlight about this human behavior is that it affects both the natural and social environments. That is, not only to nature, but also to the society in which we live.

From World Animal Protection, we have rules that determine what animal welfare is. One of them argues that "animals must be free to express their natural behavior" (for more information, review the 5 freedoms).

Sadly, it happens that many wild animals are exploited for their skins or to market their fangs or other parts of their body with commercial appeal. In addition to animal damage, the natural environment is also damaged, since it is part of an ecosystem and each species plays a specific role in it. As a result of these aggressive behaviors, a loss of biodiversity is generated, a fact that prevents the maintenance of a healthy planet.

Something similar happens with production animals; If they are not treated well, we will have a negative effect on the environment. When the animals used for the industrial processing of meat or milk live in closed stables and are fed with grains, such as corn, generally monocultures are used (large plantations with single-species cultivation). Obviously, this is not the best way to use the soil if you think about the importance of biodiversity.

In addition, many of the animals produce methane gas with their manure, which generates sequelae in the ecosystem. This changes considerably when the animal lives in a natural state, since by trampling and digging the soil, it does nothing more than provide it with nutrients.

Finally, if we focus on the social environment, it is possible to notice that there are human behaviors that threaten animals in cities, such as cockfighting or bull racing. These behaviors promote anti-values ​​and an unfounded (and incomprehensible) enjoyment of violence, thus discouraging the construction of an appropriate social environment.

Animal welfare is associated with a holistic concept since it includes the social and the natural. When we threaten the welfare of animals, we are actually threatening the welfare of all (naturally and socially speaking).

I invite you to think about what behaviors we can improve every day to build a world in which all species can live with dignity.

World Animal Protection


Video: Animal welfare. Charmaine Tham. TEDxTheRocks (June 2021).