The Challenges Faced By Animal Welfare Advocates


Animal welfare advocates work tirelessly to protect the health and well-being of animals. It is undeniably a noble cause, but activists find their work impeded in many ways. The following are some of the biggest challenges animal welfare advocates face.

Insufficient Protections
In many states and countries, the laws in place to protect animals are not adequate. Animal welfare advocates must spend considerable amounts of their time lobbying politicians and disseminating information among the public to increase these protections. Individual companies also can make positive changes, and under pressure, many have afforded animals greater protections. However, there is undeniably still much work to be done.

Lack Of Enforcement
In addition to insufficient protections for animals, a lack of enforcement is another major problem. The FDA does not have the manpower to effectively enforce the laws in place, and many state organizations face similar issues. The solution to this problem is usually greater funding to the organizations that perform these inspections as well as law enforcement. Oversight is necessary to enforce laws and ensure adequate animal welfare.

Public Education
People may agree that animals should be treated better, but when confronted with the reality of what that would entail, advocates experience varying levels of pushback. The closure of puppy mills would mean people have less freedom to breed their dogs, providing better living accommodations to livestock will result in higher meat prices and more manpower for inspections would mean higher taxes, to name a few ideas parts of the general public do not like. Giving up meat, even some of the time, when society has become so used to it, is a hard sell.

Disagreement Among Activists
As in any major movement, there are different groups with differing ideas on what the goals should be and how they should be accomplished. These disagreements can make it difficult for animal welfare advocates to get across a coherent message and get reforms passed or change public opinion. In extreme cases, different factions within the movement can intentionally or unintentionally sabotage each other.

Animal welfare is a tricky issue that isn’t as straightforward as it appears to be. The movement faces some challenges both external and internal. Advocates must work to overcome these challenges so real change can occur and animals treated with the respect they deserve.

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How Can We Continue To Improve Animal Welfare?

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Many people love animals and strive to protect their rights and safety. This brief blog highlights several ways individuals can work to improve animal welfare.

Provide Animals A Voice
Concerned individuals can provide a voice for their animal friends. Since animals do not possess the capability to speak up for themselves, said creatures rely on humans to bring their plights to the powers that be. By speaking on their behalf, an increased number of animal concerns can be raised, which might precipitate the adoption of protective actions.

Become Educated And Teach Others
Those concerned with animal welfare are encouraged to educate themselves on issues pertinent to said creatures, as well as educate others on such subjects. The accumulation and dissemination of this knowledge could generate a growing interest in animal causes and stimulate a burgeoning desire amongst people to help them.

Preserve The Environment
A healthy and clean environment is vital to all creatures. However, clean water sources and air are more critical to animals because they live in and around said environments. Individuals can improve the environment by executing actions such as not polluting water sources and cutting down the emission of toxic particles into the air.

Instill Animal Love In Young People
Instilling the ideal approach of animal welfare into young people can elicit a lifelong impact. Children often follow the guidance of their parents and other influential adults. If their elders exhibit love and care for animals, there are a good chance youngsters will do the same over their lifetimes.

Employ Brutal Honesty
Sometimes one of the most direct and effective methods of invoking change or piquing interest in a specific cause is to utilize a brutally honest approach. In regards to animal welfare, said action might require showing graphic images of how certain animals are killed to provide human food sources or how some creatures are mistreated for entertainment purposes or sport. An “in your face” approach may be uncomfortable but said the method could certainly open many eyes.

Donate Funds
There are numerous local, national and international organizations and agencies that work to improve the lives of animals. However, many of these said entities operate off the funds they receive from donors. Donating funds to such institutions could play a critical role in ensuring said organizations continue to promote animal welfare and create programs that put thoughts into actions.

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Dogs Vs. Cats: What To Know About Owning Each Animal, And How They Differ

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If you have decided on owning a cat or a dog as a pet, it’s important to put a lot of thought into the decision before moving ahead. Whichever one you choose, keep in mind they will be with you for a potentially long period and there are many factors to consider. While it may true that cats and dogs are both domestic species, there are still major distinctions that define them and make them more suitable for certain personality types and lifestyles.

Dogs descended from wolves and are instinctively pack animals. They have the innate ability to get along with nearly any species, which is why dogs are great around a barnyard, able to befriend sheep and cows and goats. This pack mentality also means they will want to be near their pack as often as possible. If you own a dog, this means you. To them, you and your family are their packs, which means they will want to be near you at all times. Dogs, in general, do not enjoy being alone. Some get upset and develop severe anxiety that can manifest in a variety of destructive ways. If you are someone who will not be home much, then a dog might not be the best choice for you. If you are available, however, you will have constant, unconditional affection.

In addition to wanting attention, dogs also need space to move around and a time commitment for outings. Depending on their size, dogs will require a certain amount of exercise each day. They also don’t have potty training abilities and will, therefore, need you to help them take care of bathroom business regularly. Waste disposal is another issue you will need to consider once your dog has mastered using the outside bathroom. Depending on the breed, housetraining a dog can be a frustrating and time-consuming process which will require consistency on your part.

Cats are lone predators. Their sharp claws and teeth have made them genetically predisposed to take care of themselves. They are fine with being left alone for hours, provided they have food and water and a properly maintained litterbox. Training a cat to use a litterbox is exponentially easier than housetraining a dog, but it requires daily upkeep to ensure that your cat will continue using it.

Unlike dogs, who might nervously or innocently destroy something, cats have been known to act out of spite. If you get lucky, you might find a cat who is dog-like in their expressions of affection, but cats, for the most part, are content to just co-exist with their people. They don’t crave the social aspect of a pack the way dogs do. Because they are self-soothing, they also provide their entertainment. You will often see a cat frantically zing around, playing with what appears to be nothing. Having a small house or apartment is no big deal if you own a cat because they sleep 12-16 hours a day. By contrast, dogs could potentially sleep for 12 hours a day but would choose not to if they could play with their human instead. A cat would most likely choose to sleep.

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How Is Art History Expected To Evolve In 2019?

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Art is a mutable thing, and the inherently indefinable nature of creative expression means that defining the rules of what defines art history could be ruled a futile endeavor. But the fact is that art defines culture, and it puts into perspective the values and visions that give our lives meaning. Art is a reflection of how every society lives, and that means that art historians need to be willing to adapt with every passing year and to approach the full breadth of human expression with an open mind and a willingness to accept standards that were once outside the realm of their discipline.

As we move into 2019, the eyes of art historians should be on diversity. After all, human experience spans every culture. While the discipline of art history was initially rooted in a white European perspective of the world, the academic community has made significant strides in recent years. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t more progress to be had. That means drawing more distinct voices into the discipline. The cost of higher education has resulted in an art history world that’s overwhelmed by privileged white men, but the field is slowly reaching higher levels of parity. Women now represent 60% of art museum staff in prominent positions like leadership and curation, but people of color are still woefully underrepresented. But that could be changing in 2019. Black historian Denise Murrell recently had an exhibit at the Wallach Art Gallery exploring the role of black muses in the traditional art world – and while equitable representation for non-white people will not happen overnight, 2019 should see more progress made.

And while bringing in more women and voices of color can create a more rich chorus of voices, there needs to be more diverse representation in our galleries and classrooms. Many say that means creating inclusive art spaces rather than segregating cultural exhibits into separate gallery wings. Some in the community are already taking steps in this direction. One of the most important examples in the past year came from Charles and Valerie Diker, who presented their collection of Native American art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art only under the stipulation that it be presented in the American wing and contextualized as part of the broader American experience.

Art history was once a field that was largely white and homogenous, but that’s fortunately changing. We see aggressive movements to create a vision of art history that includes voices that were previously marginalized and silenced, and it’s not a trend that’s likely to change anytime soon. 2019 is bound to see more diverse voices pushing the boundaries of what’s considered art and what voices should be allowed to be canonized in the larger historical experience.

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Top Paintings In Art History

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Since art began in 4,000 B.C., it has grown to be an incredible evolution since that time. Art history is characterized by different eras that helped to shape art as it is today. Within each era emerges paintings that are both rare and exquisite. Because of their breathtaking beauty, some paintings have emerged as some of the most famous painting in the world. With that in mind, let’s examine some of the most famous painting in art history.

Mona Lisa
Created by well-known artist Leonardo Da Vinci between 1503 and 1517, the Mona Lisa is considered one of the most famous paintings in the world. The painting features a mysterious beauty that has been captivating art experts and fans of art history alike. The piece is available to view at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

Girl With The Pearl Earring
Created by artist Johannes Vermeer in 1665, the Girl With The Pearl Earring is a beautiful piece that uses the right tones to complete the painting. The painting remains popular around the world because of how realistic it looks. Like the Mona Lisa, the Girl With The Pearl Earring painting is available to visit, but at Mauritshuis in the Netherlands.

The Starry Night
Well-known artist Vincent Van Gogh created his now famous The Starry Night painting in 1889, which has helped him become such a common name in art history. What makes this painting unique, is that Van Gogh completed the painting after committing himself to an asylum, making the story even more fascinating. Those who are interesting in seeing the famous peace can visit it at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

A Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte
Georges Seurat created A Sunday On The Island Of La Grande Jatte between 1884 and 1886. It remains one of the most famous paintings because of its incredible attention to detail within the scene. Seurat’s ability to connect a classical theme with a modern twist is what led this painting to become successful. A Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte is located at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

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The Animal Adoption Process

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When adopting an animal, not only are you gaining a new best friend, but you are also giving a pet a forever home. When looking into adopting an animal, it’s important to know the facts first. Many people make the mistake of taking home a pet from a store or unregistered farm, which could possibly put you and the animal in danger. Before adopting your new friend, understand the adoption process first:

Adopt From a Shelter
The best place to adopt a pet is through a shelter or rescue. Shelters have an amazing selection of animals looking for a new home. Most have cats, dog, birds and even guinea pigs that are in need of a good home. In fact, every year 6–8 million animals will find themselves in a shelter or rescue, but only half of them will be adopted. There are sites and resources at your disposal to find the specific breed you’re looking for and which shelter it’s available. Many people fear an animal from a shelter will be aggressive because it came from an abusive family, but most of the animals have been put there due to families moving or landlord issues.

Adopting from a shelter or rescue is also much cheaper than going to a pet store. The price of vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, dewormer and other necessities for your pet are all included in the adoption fee. Shelters and rescues also provide information on pet care, suggestions for good veterinarians and some do a check-in to make sure everything is going perfectly. These are just some of the many reasons to adopt from shelters and rescues.

Stay Away From Pet Stores
With so many animals available for adoption in shelters and rescues, it’s important to stay away from adopting animals from pet stores. Not only do pets in shelters desperately need a home, but nearly every animal found in pet stores come from puppy mills. In puppy mills, puppies are raised in inhumane conditions and overbred to be sold in pet stores. When buying from a pet store, there is really no way of knowing if the animal is healthy.

Even if they come with a health certificate, this only confirms it was seen by a veterinarian for a brief checkup that does not include a check for genetic disorders, parasites or testing for diseases. They are also not tested for Giardia and Brucellosis which are known diseases found in puppy mills and are contagious to humans. They also often have worse psychological issues than animals found in a shelter. These psychological issues can cause aggression in the animal’s adulthood and it will also be more likely to run away from home.

Do Your Research
Before adopting your pet, make sure it is something you are ready for. Pets come with many responsibilities that people do not think about before buying. You must look into the place you are living now and be sure that you’re allowed to have pets. Also look at the size of your home to see if you have enough room. The breed or animal you want might be suitable for the home you have now, which is why it’s important to do your research beforehand. Make sure to take your time during the adoption process. If you don’t find the right pet on your first or second trip to the shelter, don’t get discouraged. The pet that is right for you will be waiting for you to take them home soon enough.

Great Animal Welfare Organizations

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The protection and wellbeing of animals have become the responsibility of animal welfare organizations all over the world. These organizations take action against animal abuse, give animals the opportunity to find a forever home and make sure every animal is treated humanely. Each animal welfare organization has a mission to protect animals and support detectives to enforce the law against animal cruelty.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
One of the most popular and known animal welfare organizations is the ASPCA. They are mainly known for rescuing abused animals and finding them a good home. Founded in 1866, it was the first animal welfare organization in the United States. As the first animal welfare organization, it was able to pass the first anti-cruelty statute in the United States. Since then, the not-for-profit organization has conducted countless field rescues, medical operations and behavioral treatment to save animals across the country.

The American Humane
The American Humane has ensured the protection and welfare of animals since 1877. Their very first mission was to protect farm animals against cruelty and ensure they lived in more humane conditions. Today, they fight to protect the welfare of animals and children. They believe every human and animal should be treated humanely and never to be made a victim of cruelty. American Humane ensures every child and animal is not neglected or abused and work with other organizations to ensure they are cared for and nurtured.

Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Outside of the United States, the RSPCA is the largest animals welfare charity in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1824, their first mission was geared toward the welfare of working animals. As time went on, their focus shifted to changing the laws to ensure animals are treated humanely. The worked for over one hundred years to enforce the view that animals must be seen as more than just transport, food or sport.As of today, they campaign for the better treatment of farm animals, protect wildlife, and saving animals who fall victim to testing and lab experiments.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
With offices in fifteen countries across the world, IFAW has provided hands-on assistance to animals and communities in need since 1969. The organization began in Canada and over the years spread throughout the world. They work to make the world a safer place for animals and ensure their protection. With the help of their supporters, they conduct hands-on projects for animal protection. The organization fights against wildlife crime, ensures marine and wildlife conservation, and stands up for community animal welfare.