If you want to help animals, travel!

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness”- Mark Twain

AFE Co founder preparing food for elephants at Wildlife SOS in India

Recently, I got into a heated debate on Facebook (I know, I know, but some things just really push my buttons).

A very passionate person is constantly posting single sentence memes such as “Boycott China for Animal Cruelty” or “Don’t Visit Thailand, They Abuse Animals”.

Such sentences are designed to provoke readers, enrage them, you see something about China and every single photo of the dog meat trade enters your brain, instantly you are enraged, and rightfully so.

But before you try to convince the rest of humanity to stay the heck out of China, (or any place) take a few seconds and look at your own country.

There is not one single country on earth that isn’t cruel to animals, or if there is, I’ve never heard of it.

Canada? Live plucking geese for down, fur trapping, bear hunting:

Europe? Fur farms, foie gras, bullfights.

The U.S? Puppy mills, factory farms, dog racing.

The list goes on and on and never ends. The human history of exploiting animals is long, sordid, and transcends all cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, economic backgrounds and pretty much everything else.

In general, man is horrible to animals.

So what do we do? Move into space? (don’t even get me started on the innocent chimps and dogs that were shot into space during the space race of the 1960’s).

See what I mean?

The key, in my opinion, is not to hide under the covers, but to get your animal lovin’ butt out there in the world and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Instead of boycotting Thailand, boycott inhumane attractions, visit, or better yet, volunteer, at humane sanctuaries.