When it comes to animal rights, I put my time and money where my mouth is. I don’t just say I love animals and am against animal cruelty, I do something about it.
Doing something includes: being vegan; advocating; volunteering; donating; fund-raising; supporting organisations that provide a voice for animals; and creating work to raise awareness.
My interview with My Vegan Directory provides insight into some of the reasons I became Vegan, and how it is relevant to what I do.
Click here to view my dedicated fundraising page!
Exhibition to raise awareness:
The aim of my first solo exhibition Rescued was to raise awareness for animal rescue/adoption, and also tell stories of how animals can rescue people in return and enrich our lives.
Future exhibitions will delve deeper into animal rights issues.
Motto for happiness:
You may be wondering why I use the term animal rights instead of animal welfare. These movements are related, but with quite different end goals. Animal welfare seeks to regulate the exploitation of animals (for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation) so that practices are more “humane”. Animal rights seeks to end exploitation, with the underlying moral baseline that animals are not ours to exploit in the first place.
I do use the term animal welfare in relation to companion animals, as this term is generally appropriate in the context of protecting our companions from harm (but when it comes to animals such as greyhounds being exploited for entertainment, this becomes an animal rights issue). I also support animal welfare initiatives as a stepping stone towards a kinder world. However, there is a big difference in the ultimate objectives, and I strongly believe animals have the right not to be exploited in any way.
If you truly love animals, I encourage you to do everything you can to ensure they are treated with the kindness and respect they deserve.
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