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Animal House: Every life matters

This young rooster is one of the lucky ones; he now has a home where he can spend his days being loved and cared for.
This young rooster is one of the lucky ones; he now has a home where he can spend his days being loved and cared for.

With a new year beginning it’s time to look at what we’ve done to affect the lives of animals during the past year.

While some people have made life better for animals we share the planet with, there are many things people have done that have resulted in suffering and death.

One of the recent deaths was that of a bald eagle who was suffering from lead poisoning. She was found near Sydney and delivered to the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on Christmas Eve. Although Dr. Helene Van Doninck did everything possible to save the eagle’s life she died on Boxing Day night. When the bird was picked up her mate had been with her. Because he probably ate the same things she did, he has probably also been poisoned.

If people simply switched to using non-lead ammunition and tackle these deaths would stop, and Van Doninck is happy to hand out non-lead products to hunters and anglers in exchange for lead.

While some people have made life better for animals we share the planet with, there are many things people have done that have resulted in suffering and death.

One of the recent deaths was that of a bald eagle who was suffering from lead poisoning. She was found near Sydney and delivered to the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on Christmas Eve. Although Dr. Helene Van Doninck did everything possible to save the eagle’s life she died on Boxing Day night. When the bird was picked up her mate had been with her. Because he probably ate the same things she did, he has probably also been poisoned.

If people simply switched to using non-lead ammunition and tackle these deaths would stop, and Van Doninck is happy to hand out non-lead products to hunters and anglers in exchange for lead.

Hundreds of kittens and puppies were born in the area during 2016 and some of these have already died because there aren’t enough homes available. Having one cat or dog spayed or neutered can save many lives.

I have spoken to people who say they don’t take action because they can’t save all of the cats, dogs, horses, or other animals. Saving the life of one animal may not seem like a major accomplishment when there are so many who need help, but it certainly makes a big difference to that one whose remains alive.

People often don’t consider the feelings of animals not usually kept as pets, but animals like pigs, cattle, goats and poultry also feel fear and pain. I visited some hens who were adopted into a home when their optimum laying years had ended and watched them enjoy life outdoors, catching insects and having dust baths. I recently helped capture and place a beautiful young rooster in a home. Many male chicks don’t live to grow up, simply because they can’t lay eggs, but this fellow now has a home where he will receive lots of love and care.

Becoming vegan or vegetarian, or just cutting back on meat consumption, saves animals’ lives. If you do eat meat and other animal products, and don’t want animals to suffer miserable lives in factory farms, buy from places where you know how the animals are treated.

There are 365 days in 2017. If you use even one of those days to do something that will help an animal, it makes a difference. No step is too small for the animal you help.

 

Peanut was born to a sick, abandoned cat during the winter. He came close to dying before he was discovered at about three weeks of age. He is now a happy cat with a loving home.

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