Fellow Creatures aims to promote awareness of the growing numbers of endangered, threatened and vulnerable animals worldwide and the possible solutions to stop the extinction of these animals.
Adopting a meat free, preferably vegan diet can help stop deforestation of the world’s rainforests. By far the leading cause of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in South America is due to animal agriculture. Fires are started to clear land for more cattle. Most of the soy grown there is to feed cattle. More resources are needed to raise cattle than to grow plants directly for human consumption.
Much of the deforestation of the rainforests of Southern Asia is due to palm oil production. Palm oil is used extensively in everyday consumer items such food, cosmetics, cleaning products etc… Palm oil is even used in cattle feed. Palm oil is used to make biofuel, which was thought to be a sustainable replacement for fossil fuel until it became obvious the destruction of the rainforests due to palm oil was not acceptable nor sustainable. In recent years the Indonesian Government has been reducing imports of foreign beef and has encouraged local farmers to raise more beef, and has even enacted laws to ensure increases in cattle population, saying that female cows must always be pregnant either by artificial insemination or natural mating. There is also government regulation against the slaughter of productive females
Just four commodities—beef, soy, palm oil, and wood products—drive the majority of tropical deforestation. The rainforests are home to some of the world’s most endangered animals.
The ocean’s fish and mammals are disappearing due to human consumption, pollution and climate change. Eliminating fish from your diet can help save not only the fish you eat but also the bycatch: the animals that get caught in the nets and die. Plastic is choking our oceans and the creatures that live there. Please be aware of the plastics that you use and discard and how you discard them.
How you can help…
The easiest steps the average person can take is to:
- Reduce or eliminate meat, fish and dairy consumption.
- Reduce or eliminate purchases that contain animal products.
- Drive more fuel efficient vehicles. Drive personal vehicles as little as possible. Reduce air travel. Use public transportation. Ride your bike or walk more.
- Avoid buying products made with unsustainable palm oil.
- Avoid buying products made with unsustainable tropical hardwoods.
- Reuse and recycle.
- Reduce use of plastics.
- Reduce paper waste.
- Sign petitions that benefit endangered animals and environmental concerns.
Links to endangered animal organizations:
- Center for Biological Diversity
- Last Chance for Animals
- Wildlife Conservation Network
- Humane Society International
- Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Save Elephant Foundation
- Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary
- Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary
- Save the Rhino International
- Game Rangers International
- Africa Wildlife Foundation
- Orangutan Foundation International
- World Wildlife Fund
- Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
- Sea Shepherd Global
- CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species