Animals today face a host of threats—to their habitats, their health, their very survival. And unfortunately, most of the problems they face are the direct result of decisions made by humankind. But even though facts such as the ones listed below can be alarming, they are also opportunities for change—and reminders that it’s not too late for us to fix things. Here are 10 such statistics, along with tips for what we can do to make things right:
7.6 million animals enter shelters each year. And every year, about 2.7 million cats and dogs are euthanized. (Source: ASPCA)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … for plenty of us. But the holiday season is not a happy one for many of the world’s winter animals, which increasingly face a variety of threats, from extinction and oil spills to hunting and habitat loss. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite winter animals, along with some smart ways we can all help winter animals survive and thrive for generations to come:
Like many of the winter animals on this list, the Arctic fox is threatened by climate change, which changes the snow line and pushes them into new areas lacking prey. But they face another danger, too: the fur trade. You can help Arctic foxes and other animals used for their fur by living fur-free and just saying no to fur. PETA offers this pledge on their website; you can also tweet your support with hashtags #FurFreeFriday and #FurFreeForever. Learn more about the arctic fox here on the WWF website.