Animal meat has been a part of the human diet long before we understood cultivation of plants and food grains. Animal husbandry was one of the prime professions before industrialisation. While raising animals for food and dairy is a need that most people can wrap their head around, animal lovers have a hard time understanding the need to skin animals for the sake of fashion. Leather, crocodile hide, furs, elephant hide, and snake-skin made in to shoes, gloves, purses, coats are endorsed by celebrities and coveted by the masses.
We at Kanabis believe that change can happen one shoe at a time. Shoes that are cruelty free.
There are many wonderful organisations that are making a difference to the way we treat animals- PETA with its SayNotoLeather campaigns and BSPCA that rescues injured or ill-treated animals. YODA – Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals is trying to induce compassion towards animals by taking canine experts and dogs to schools, interacting with kids and teaching them the joy of loving animals.
In addition to this they also have a shelter where rescued dogs and cats find treatments and homes. Pet lovers have the option of adopting four legged babies and giving them loving homes. About a year and a half ago, someone we know adopted an adorable Lhasa Apso, who was rescued from a family who had too many dogs and not enough resources to take care of all of them. The story started with a social media post from YODA about a litter of Lhasa pups that needed homes, and our friend who has wanted a pet for the last 20 years, picked up the phone and spoke with the lady who runs YODA.
The background of the pup and location was shared, along with the fact that the current owners were being pressured by YODA to give up the animals or face dire legal consequences, due to the condition the animals were in.YODA also enquired about her background, living space, prior pets etc. She went to see the pups and later described that there were 7 dogs, 2 adults (male and female) and 5 puppies, who were locked in a garage with little food, no lights or fan, some water and hardly any human interaction. Their condition was appalling to the least. The owner hemmed and hawed before he agreed to give her one pup.
Once the pup had been recused, YODA recommended a groomer to shave the pup down since he was infected with ticks and fleas, and a doctor for a check-up and de-worming. They called regularly for the next week to check up on the well-being of the dog, and then went to her house for a visit, to see how the little one was adjusting. They also made her sign an undertaking to neuter the dog at the right age. They also popped in a few times since for surprise visits to ensure that the dog is healthy and happy.
And this is just one of many stories about happy adoptions. If you’re here on the Kanabis website, apart from a shoe-lover, you might be an animal lover too! If you are ever looking for a pet, please adopt don’t buy. Wherever you maybe, there are shelters who take in abandoned animals who need homes. Ask around, go online, and find your four legged furry friend whose life you can help improve.
We all need to do our part.