How to Save Animals From Humans

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On “World Wildlife Day,” I thank you for sharing this post!

The animals who live among us are part of our communities; they’re residents and contributors — not outsiders or intruders. Every animal whose space we share — the deer, squirrels, bees, and birds to the foxes, skunks, rats, and raccoons — face challenges that threaten their very survival every day: noisy leaf-blowers and unleashed dogs, speeding cars and light pollution, habitat loss.

Biological diversity is declining at alarming rates, and since the underlying cause is easy to identify (human behavior) the underlying solutions are equally apparent.

A few changes can make all the difference. We can:

*Change the way we talk about them, emphasizing their rightful role and place in our communities.

*Stop planting non-native landscapes. Animals can’t survive without the plants they co-evolved with.  

*Give plant-eaters a break. Newly planted trees and shrubs WILL be tested by hungry deer, but keeping new plants protected for the first few years means they can withstand a little nibbling once they’re more mature.  

*Stop poisoning rats. If not because there are non-lethal ways to deal with uninvited critters in our homes, then because rat poison hurts everyone in the food web.

*Create wildlife corridors to allow animals to move freely through our yards without risking the dangers of the road.

Everything we do has an impact on something or someone else. It’s not that we CAN make a difference in this world. It’s that we DO make a difference. The question is: do we want that difference to be negative or positive?

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