Our project was based off of animals, and our projection of their god given animal rights.
Household animals such as dogs and cats are often treated horrible. Media-reported animal cruelty cases mostly involves dogs, pit-bulls in particular often involved in dog fight competitions. From household animals to street animals and wildlife animals, abuse is always taking place. Household animals are often abused by starvation or domestic violence, street animals stray through cities or streets and killed often by cars, and wildlife animals are captured without remorse. All of these actions are against animal rights and limiting their privileges of being living organisms. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals statistics shown:
• Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
• Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
• Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).
• About 649,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 542,000 are dogs and only 100,000 are cats.
• Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
• Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
• About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
This brings attention to our animal rights project. It was meant for us to voice animal’s rights and to spread awareness. Our biggest goal was to collect supporters and to fund money to animal shelters. We went through a series of ideas of how we to take on this animal project, and what will our realistic ultimate goal will be. It began with protesting through social media; we chose Tumblr. Tumblr was a great lead way to a diverse set of individuals and our posts are able to get reblogs. We started posting pictures with background information, following related blogs about animal rights, and reblogging other user’s posts. After the creation of Tumblr, we researched animal shelters and contemplated on creating a FundMe account. The funds we collect were going to be donated into animal shelters near Baltimore. Unfortunately, we did not receive any support in funding and our plans did not come through. We contacted animal shelters on how we are able to help them in funding and received no reply back. Our animal shelter and funding plan was not a success. We decided to conduct interviews on campus. There was an understanding that their interview was simply meant for this class and that it was not going to go viral. We only had a few participants but some was better than none. The questions asked involved quick critical thinking in order to measure their respect towards animals.
In conclusion, majority of our work was not a success. Our vision of having a project that would become extremely successful with a widespread of awareness to individuals was not taken likely. We lacked support from individuals, did not receive contact from shelters, and nobody was willing to donate to our FundMe. Since no one funded our FundMe account, we recommended the participants interviewed to donate to the researched animal shelters. We did receive a few followers on Tumblr and received contact with one other activist. This little bit of awareness was better than none, and the optimism thinking gives us hope that our voice for animals will spread viral. If I was given the chance to redo the project, then I would become more persistent in contacting people and reaching out to other animal activists. Through this project, I learned a lot about activism. It is tedious work that needs consistency and dedication. I personally do not see myself being an activist, and I applaud all the activists in the world. My idea of activism has changed a whole lot, and I now vision it as more than just opposing a topic. An individual must take their opposed position and their fight for equality beyond words and into action.