- Skip eating meat, fish or poultry on some days.
There are plenty of delicious and healthy alternatives
that don't involve animal suffering.
- If you do want to eat meat, then go for meat from
free-ranging animals or meat from biological farming.
In Holland over 400 million animals are kept in factory
farming. Factory farms aim to have minimal production
costs and maximum profit. Pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys,
ostriches, rabbits, etc. are crammed together in stuffy
pens. They're fattened as quickly as possible, so
that they can hardly stand on their legs because of
their weight. Then they are transported to the slaughterhouse
over great distances and under bad circumstances.
Alternatives for this animal suffering are free-range
products or eco-products, which are recognizable by
the CPE-mark for poultry, the PVE/IKB-mark with the
curl, or the EKO-mark for biological cattle farming.
- If you want to eat fish, choose 'stress-free fish'.
These fish are killed immediately after capture. Whatever
you do, don't buy bio-fish, that are raised closely
together in underwater cages. This is done with eels,
catfish, salmon, carp and trout. Crustaceans are subject
to another form of animal suffering. Lobsters, snails,
clams, cockles, shrimp and oysters are boiled alive.
Sea turtles are cut from their shells alive to make
- Skip all animal products on some days. Pay attention
to what you eat or wear.
- If you want to eat dairy products or eggs, buy biological
dairy products and free-range eggs instead of
eggs from chickens in cages. Also be careful when you buy products that have
these eggs as ingredients. There are plenty of eggs available
from chickens that have more space or that can go
- Don't eat horrible delicacies, such as frog's legs
or goose liver. Frog's legs are cut off live frogs,
and to make goose liver pate millions of geese are force-fed with great quantities of grain.
- Buy products that haven't been tested on animals.
This not only goes for cosmetics (make-up, toothpaste
and shampoo), but also for detergents and cleaning-up
- Don't have fun at the expense of animals. Be critical
when you visit a circus, zoo or dolphinarium. On no account go see the bullfights
when you're on holiday. Don't fish. Fish have feelings
too and can experience pain and fear. Of all the fish
that are freed after capture, at least 10% dies. Don't
hunt. Pleasure hunters kill around 2 million animals
each year in Holland alone. If you want to shoot,
shoot pictures with your camera.
- If you want to keep a pet, get one from a shelter.
But consider carefully which animal would best suit
you. Pets take a lot of time, energy and money.
- Take care of your pets. Make sure they get plenty
of food, space and attention.
- Report animal abuse or neglect.
- Don't buy fur. Holland still has 200 fur farms,
where millions of fur animals are kept crammed together
in wire cages.
- Don't buy souvenirs made from animal material, such as ivory statuettes,
ashtrays made of elephant's feet, crocodile bags,
etc. Rare animals are killed especially for the purpose
of making these things.
- Respect the lives of little creatures as well. Ask
animal interest groups for tips on how to remove 'pests'
the animal-friendly way.
- Keep the pets in your house healthy. Make a hole
in the ice on your pond in wintertime. Hang up birdseed
balls during vicious winters. Make your garden a friendly
place for butterflies, bees, hedgehogs, frogs, toads,
- Don't overfeed the ducks in the park.
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|Author: Bert Stoop
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