Animals have voices. They cry out when they are being skinned alive for their fur, being beaten and forced to perform painful tricks, or having their throats cut before being hacked apart for their flesh. Animals express their pain, but often, people don’t understand or they choose not to listen.
As animal advocates, we must raise our voices alongside animals’ and put into words what they can’t. Whether we are calmly explaining to someone at the dog park that his or her dog might be yelping because the animal’s prong collar hurts or telling a friend that her mascara was smeared into a bunny’s sensitive eyes, we have to speak up. Animals need us to.
If you haven’t yet made a New Year’s resolution, how about this: Never remain silent when an animal is hurting. Just one small voice can—and often does—save animals from cruelty and abuse. How will you use yours?