bears playing in water at the Libearty Sanctuary

How to show love for animals this Valentine's Day



One of the simpler definitions of love is ‘A willingness to prioritize another’s well-being or happiness above your own’. This extends to animals and our interaction with them. Your small, everyday choices can help animals and make the world a better place for them.

Whether furry, feathered, skinned, scaled, or shelled here are some ways you can show love for animals.

1. Be an animal-friendly traveller

Visitors at elephant valley project

Visitors at Elephant Valley Project (EVP) elephant sanctuary in Cambodia observe elephants from a distance.

Seeing wild animals when you travel can be such a memorable part of any travel experience. However, you may not be aware these animals often suffer unseen cruelty and abuse. You may see animals that belong in the wild being used in live shows or being offered for transport and rides. You may be approached to pose with animals for photos, or be offered animal souvenirs or by-products. Many wild animals, including lions, bears, elephants and tigers, are taken from their natural environments to be exploited for entertainment and profit. Often, the worst cruelty is hidden from view. Our guide to being animal friendly on holiday lets you know what to look out for so you can make informed decisions about animal experiences on your journey.

2. Protect more animals in need

Captive tiger cubs

Baby tigers spend the entire day in this tiny cage, while tourists pay to feed them with milk

In previous years, you’ve helped protect millions of animals around the world – from disasters, on farms and in the wild.

You could help us achieve even more by joining us - this could be through signing petitions, emailing MPs or sharing content. Your involvement could help end the cruel trade in wild animals, persuade legislative bodies to change or set policies, and transform the global food system to give farmed animals lives free from suffering.

4. Be a voice for animals

World Vegan Day

One of the most impactful ways you can help animals anytime is to speak up and share information about their suffering. Post on Facebook, Tweet about it, make a video - help get the word out so that others can learn about the issues and make better choices to create lasting change for animals. 

5.Eat less meat and more plant protein

World Vegan Day

Our food choices are based on a lot of considerations – access, price, our health, taste, tradition, environmental impact and hopefully, animal welfare. The good news is that adding more plant-based options to your diet like beans and lentils or swapping out your milk, meat or eggs for a veggie alternative, can often have a positive effect on all those considerations. Sign up to Say Yes To Less by pledging to take meat off your plate for any morning, day, or week, or even for a whole month!

Thank you for helping to protect countless animals around the world.

One of the most impactful ways you can help animals anytime is to speak up and share information about their suffering

Dolphin pod swimming in the wild

Become part of the community

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