With the rise of social media, more people are aware of the plight facing animals more than ever before. One of the most widespread and accepted forms of cruelty is that which occurs on factory farms across the U.S. With the suffering of so many animals in one industry, however, it honestly can be overwhelming, trying to put it all into perspective. Luckily, thanks to the new website Animal Clock, we can get a realistic view and concrete numbers to start making much needed change.
What is Animal Clock?
What's the Point?
Prioritizing animal welfare is the first step towards ending animal cruelty. One of the most victimized groups of animals in the U.S. to date are chickens harmed by factory farming. According to the annual animal death statistics published by Animal Clock, there are over 8.8 billion chickens slaughtered yearly. When taking a look at some of the practices of factory farming, it's not difficult to see why. More often than not, male chicks are separated from the females at birth. Male chicks serve no purpose to the egg industry after they're born, and they are instantly ground up on the day they are born. If steps are taken towards prioritizing animal welfare for these factory farmed animals, there stands a fighting chance for animals all over the world.
How You Can Help
Embrace Meatless Mondays. First initiated in the United States during the Great War, meatless Mondays are a fantastic way to cut down the average consumption of animal-based products without having your family go vegan. Try introducing meatless meals to your house every Monday. Once you develop the habit, you may find yourself choosing meatless alternatives more often.
Cut down on waste. One of the biggest ways you can help reduce the amount of animal cruelty is to make sure you minimize your waste. Not only is this good for the environment, it's the easiest way to make sure there are no animals being killed senselessly. To start cutting down your waste, try only selecting enough meat for single meals at the grocery store, instead of buying in bulk and throwing the majority out.
Donate to your local and highly rated animal welfare charity. This can be on of the easiest ways to help fight animal abuse. Find a trusted local charity and donate whatever is feasible for you.
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