The Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge!

Oh Dog! DeDe here! Happy Sunday!

It's good to see you again!
It’s good to see you again!

Last Sunday I mentioned that we here at Rumpydog were planning a blogger challenge. Today, I get the privilege of introducing you to-

The Rumpydog Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge!

How do you participate? It’s easy! Just write a blog post about something you do in your daily life and how it impacts animals.

The idea behind this challenge is simple: A change in action is the result of a change in thinking, and this challenge is designed to make you think about what actions you take in your daily life that negatively impact animal welfare.

For instance, we all know that when humans shop in pet stores that sell animals, they are indirectly supporting the breeder mills that sell these animals. Or when humans eat pork they support the inhumane practice of gestational crate usage.

But there are other things we do or eat that we don’t think of. In many processed foods and restaurant foods are additives we don’t question. Like raspberry flavor in sweets? You might be eating castoreum, which comes from the anal glands of beavers. That’s gross enough, but it’s HOW the castoreum is harvested that is the most gross.

Even if you eat nothing but tree leaves and dirt, your choices could have an impact on animal welfare. For instance, when humans choose to build out “away from it all,” they are also choosing to take habitat from animals for themselves.

Now this is NOT a challenge designed to get you down on yourself. However, there are little changes you can make that makes all the difference in the lives of animals. But before you make those changes, you have to be aware of what you’re doing.

One other rule: This has to be about you. No preaching! Well, except for June Buggie…. hard to tell him anything.

Are you up for the challenge? ย Great! Here’s your Challenge Button:

blogger challenge

Get to writing!

59 thoughts on “The Animal Welfare Blogger Challenge!

  1. Hmm, I will have a think about this. I don’t eat animals, which is probably quite good for their welfare, but I’m sure I am unwittingly causing harm in some other way.

  2. Awesome! I’m looking forward to taking part in this challenge! This is a great way to take a hard look at ourselves…to be honest with ourselves. This day in age, we tend to want to ignore the consequences of our actions or not bother to research how our actions are impacting others, whether directly or indirectly. I admit that I have been guilty of this many, many times!

  3. This is a tough challenge DeDe…but a great one…Momz sez she’s gonna think on it and see what change we can make…so thanks for getting us thinking

  4. Hai Dear DeDe! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I think that this is a great idea but we’re not sure how we can join…we don’t have our blog account n page to write. I clicked your picture below just in case
    but nothing has happened except the pictur got much bigger…hmmm…how I can join in
    The Rumpydog Animal Welfare Challenge…woof?

  5. When people buy pedigree dogs at pet stores, they not only support the breeder mills as you say, they are also supporting the killing of millions of animals. The number of stray dogs killed each year (by SPCA and municipal animal control agencies is about equal to the number purchased in pet stores.

  6. Hullo! This is your Purrime Ministerettes!

    We no think we shall be on the challenge, but shall be organizing that Question Time thingie this Friday.

    We stand at service of all anipals! Salute! *paws to heads*

  7. I like this idea, and will be participating, just have to think!

    Quick question though, is the blog post about what we do BAD that NEGATIVELY impacts animals, or what we do GOOD that POSITIVELY impacts animals? Maybe I’ll write about both – start with the bad, and end with the good!

  8. Cool idea ๐Ÿ™‚ Now…how does my hunting Elk and Europan Moose across the icy moon of Europa enter into this issue? Oh wolfie fleas and ticks! Not sure I want to think too wolfishly hard about that one!!

    1. There are many ways my wolfish friend! We use animals to get so many of our needs (and wants) met. Easy wrote about cosmetics and such that are tested on animals. Do you take medicines? Were they tested on animals? It’s been proven that animal testing does little to predict how medicines will react in humans. Do you wear fur? Did you know that some fur labeled as faux really isn’t?

      1. Well of course I wear fur! I’m a wolf! I would get flu and die of hypothermia in about 2 sec’s on Europa without my nice warm furry wolf coat! lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ no…joking aside I certainly get your point. I avoid fur items and certainly wouldn’t touch anything that was real animal fur. Make up I take great care to check they state not tested on animals which incidently is very restricting! But it feels so much better. I don’t think medicines should be tested on animals but sad to say if it made the difference between a life saving treatment for myself or my loved ones, and this prob goes for most honest people, I wouldn’t want it not to be done…I hate the idea but but I’d also be lying if I said I’d rather die for want of treatment than it be tested in that way. Horrible dillema but I’m sticking my neck out here and being brutally honest…and selfish I guess…but I am human…when I’m not wolf! I wouldn’t feel the same way at those times ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. What a wonderful initiative, Rumpy & DeDe! And great timing for me, too. I’m going to a volunteers orientation at one of the animal shelters here in my city next weekend. I’ll see how that’ll go and what I can share on the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. This is wonderfully thought-provoking and challenging. And I admire that you note that *every* decision has consequences, seen and unseen, and not just the decisions that seem Politically Incorrect. We’re all imperfect, but if we attempt to live more thoughtfully we can at least be less obnoxious with our imperfections! xo

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