Sections 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code and the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960 make it illegal to maim or cause injury to any animal. It is also punishable to injure dogs, cats, and cows on purpose. In The Enchanted Mountain, an animation movie on ZEE5 KIDS, a cruel hunter shoots an innocent fawn and injures its leg. Mudal, a kind young man and flautist, takes the fawn home to his mother and bandages its wounds. The fawn then recovers to health and takes Mudal to the secret part of the mystical mountain where eight gorgeous fairies live! Taking inspiration from the film, here’s how we can contribute to animal welfare in whatever little we can do, apart from monetary donations.
But first, watch the full animated movie here:
1. Volunteer at your local animal shelter
If you can’t donate to animal shelters, you can visit a local animal shelter and offer your help. You don’t need to have any special skills to help animals. You can do the simplest things such as feeding animals, taking dogs for a walk, cleaning cages, or participating in fundraising.
2. Report any form of animal abuse
If you know someone who beats their pets to death or doesn’t feed them for weeks, report abuse. No one has the right to practise violence against animals and leave them hungry, sick, or in pain. Don’t keep silent. Let others know how that person treats animals. This way, you may save the lives of those poor animals.
3. Stop buying items that contain animal products
Break the habit of buying things that contain animal products or have been tested on animals. Many beauty products, especially face creams, lotions, and lipsticks contain animal extracts or are tested on animal subjects, so be sure you don’t buy them. When buying clothes, look for cruelty-free brands and avoid anything that includes leather, silk, fur, and wool.
4. Switch to a plant-based diet
While a steak smells, looks, and tastes delicious, think of how an animal was killed so that you can eat their meat. Nowadays most people know the shocking truths of factory farming, but they think that’s the way it should be or they are too selfish to think of animal life. Switching to a plant-based diet is one of the easiest ways to reduce the demand for animal products and contribute to animal welfare.
5. Feed stray animals and birds
You don’t need to buy expensive and delicious foods for stray animals. They will be thankful for even a piece of bread. If you see a stray dog, don’t be afraid of it. Give it something to eat and it will be eternally grateful, wagging its tail. When you have some leftover bread crumbs at home, don’t throw them away, give them to birds instead.
6. Volunteer for animal organisations
The Humane Society, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Hope for Paws, and Mercy for Animals are some of the most popular animal welfare organisations that always need volunteers. If you don’t have any animal organisation in your city, consider helping them through social media. If you have an opportunity to contribute in person, do it whenever possible.
7. Zoos and circuses are not fun for animals
Animals in zoos and circuses are often beaten up, abused, and tortured just for business profit. They live in cages, suffer from hunger and cold, and no one cares about them. Simply imagine yourself living that way and you will realise zoos and circuses are not as fun as people think. Do not patronise such places unless you know that the organisers treat the animals with utmost care.
Animals are sensitive, emotional, and intelligent! Watch some of them in the animated movie The Enchanted Mountain on ZEE5 KIDS.
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