What We Can Do to Protect Animals
By now you may have understood that the world is changing rapidly. Technology may be more advanced for today’s generation but our actions have greatly impacted the environment. We humans may be the most dominant creatures living on this planet, but we are not the only ones living here. We must also take into consideration the other species who also live here. The current situation may seem like a hopeless case but if everyone takes even the tiniest step in saving wildlife, then we can make a big difference eventually. Here are some steps that we can take to protect animals:
- Protect the habitat. The biggest challenge in wildlife conservation is the widespread habitat destruction brought about by deforestation, farming and modern development. Because of this, irreversible changes happen such as erosion, desertification and alteration of local climate conditions. Be a land steward. Plant trees if possible to offer shelter for small animals, birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles.
- Provide water. Although wild creatures are usually capable of hunting or finding food they need in order to survive, finding water becomes some sort of a challenge for some of them especially during summer when water dries up and in winter when it’s frozen. We can help by providing a way to replenish a source of clean drinking water for these animals such as a birdbath or a small pool that they can reach. During the colder months, make sure to connect it with a small heating device to keep it from freezing. Just also make sure to place all your water sources at a safe distance to avoid predators such a cat from launching an ambush.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle. These three steps are essential in preserving the natural habitat of the animals around us. Reduce your waste and energy by buying fewer pre-packaged items, driving efficiently, minimizing electric use, walking as a form of exercise and sharing reading materials to save paper. Reuse as much items as you can. Upcycle old bottles and glass jars and use a reusable cloth bag on your next shopping trip. Recycle paper, bottles and plastic. Start by sorting your trash and filling your recycling bins in your office or apartment complex. If they have none, now is the best time to demand that they be installed in your place. If possible, avoid using materials that cannot be recycled.
- Keep your pets under control. This is important especially in the case of cats. Keep your cats indoors, especially during springtime and autumn when migratory birds are most abundant. Feral cats and abandoned cats account to many deaths of wild birds because they are natural hunters. This is why it’s important to train your cat to be an indoor pet. Not only will you save the lives of a lot of birds, but also your cat will be healthier as keeping it indoors prevents it from being infected by parasites or diseases and to protect it from accidents.
- Start a garden. Regardless of your yard size, you can still grow a few plants that can provide sustenance for insects such as bees and butterflies, as well as birds.
- Do not feed wild animals. At first glance, it may look harmless but with continued practice, animals who become dependent to humans become less wild. As a result, they become more vulnerable to illness and even predators.
- Use less fossil fuels by taking public transportation, walking or riding a bicycle instead of using a car. Doing so reduces air pollution which endangers our national parks. Conserve electricity by turning off the radio, TV or unnecessary lights when you’re not using them. Also conserve water to protect the integrity of our wetlands as they serve as a habitat for some of our birds.