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June 8, 2010: Oil spills and other disasters

The recent tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico has made a lot of people really nervous about the fate of wildlife in the region. Many species of animals are already falling victim to the oil spill that is making it's way throughout the water. There are a lot of people who are looking to get involved, to help all the poor animals who once again have to pay for our mistakes.

We at EFFA wholeheartedly support relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, and encourage everyone who is in the area to find out more about how they can get involved to help these animals. While events such as this are front-page news, and (thankfully) bring the awareness of the suffering of these animals to the general public, we at EFFA would like to remind everyone that millions of animals suffer and die all over the world every single day. Although they are not victims of any "major" disaster, such as an oil leak, an earthquake, etc., they are victims of other, "minor" disasters, such as abandonment, neglect, living in terrible shelter conditions, being hunted down, etc. Animals are killed and made to suffer in a variety of cruel and barbaric ways, sometimes even for our "amusement"... daily.

Besides, how many beautiful, innocent animals die daily so that humans can feed their meat addiction? This is not front page news. Many people, for some reason, believe that the suffering and deaths of cows, pigs, chickens, etc. means much less than the suffering of the wild animals in the Gulf of Mexico. We love all animals and do not want to see them suffer. While we all keep in mind the fate of the poor animals in the Gulf, and while we do all we can to help these animals, let's use events such as this as springboards to a wider compassion. Let's try to motivate ourselves to help ALL animals, to make good, conscious decisions every day that will minimize their suffering and create a better world for everyone.

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