Actions for Animals - June
Spread the message - dogs die in hot cars.
Some people still think that only those in tropical or very hot climates need to be wary of leaving their dog in a car on a sunny day. Whilst we may feel like we don't get enough sunshine in the Summer, any animal or person left in a car on even a "warm" day will definitely tell you otherwise!
On a 22 degree day (even if it's overcast) the temperature in a car can reach 47 degrees within one hour. Please share this information with friends and family and promise your dog that you will never leave him/her in a car on a warm day even for a few minutes, even with the window down.
Should you break the car window if you see a dog in distress? If you see a dog in a car and believe they may be at risk, call 999 and observe the dog for signs of heatstroke. Be aware that if you break the car window, this may be classified as criminal damage, however, the law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe that the owner of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances (section 5(2)(a) Criminal Damage Act 1971).
Pledge to stop using straws
Hundreds of millions of plastic straws are discarded every year and the majority of them end up in the World's oceans. The problem with plastic is that it doesnt biodegrade, it photodegrades into smaller pieces which are often consumed by animals (or even worse in the case of this poor sea turtle which you may have seen). According to Strawless Ocean, by the year 2050, the plastic in the ocean will outweigh the fish!
This pledge is a simple one - just ask for "no straw" at bars and restaurants and tell others why you're doing it. If you own a bar or restaurant, consider adopting a "straw upon request" policy and only offer straws if they are specifically requested.
Put your local ducks on a diet
When you're an animal lover, you like to interact with animals. We get that. But sometimes when we think we're helping, we're actually harming. This is particularly true when it comes to ducks, swans and geese. As children, many of us were taken to a local pond, river or lake to share our spare bread with our feathered friends. We didn't know that bread has no nutritional value for ducks and that we really should be offering them more healthy options, but now we do know and we need to make sure others do too.
The above image can be downloaded and printed as a poster. Will you print and display this poster near your local duck watering hole?