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10 ways to be kind to animals

Kirsty Grace on how to show compassion to our furry companions

Animals are authentic, honest, selfless and willing to share their unconditional love. They are judgement-free, always there for you and, unquestionably, your biggest fan. They rely on you for their care and kindness and, since they have no voice to speak with, they help you become a better human by teaching you to be a good listener as you have to become more attuned, gentle and perceptive to their needs and wants. Animals look to you for their daily care, so it is essential you act as their voice in times of need. Like people, animals respond well to kindness. Here are some easy ways to show them love.

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Hello, I can remember a time, not so long ago, when most people I know were afraid of bees. Along with wasps, bees would create carnage when innocently passing through a garden BBQ or picnic, as people dashed to safety, terrified of the striped stinging machines. Now, it seems that everyone loves the humble bumble – they’re viewed with reverence and affection, and their cute and cuddly depiction is worn on necklaces and T-shirts across the country. To say it’s been a turnaround would be an understatement, but why has this happened? Our perception of bees has had to change, but only because their crucial population is under threat and their plight has been brought into the public’s consciousness. We know that we have to protect them at all costs, or it will mean terrible things for mankind. But, how many other animals do we currently disregard, that we’ll only appreciate when they’re in trouble? How many of us look more fondly upon walruses, following Attenborough’s devastating documentary? This month we want to shine a light on non-human animals – the heroes who keep our ecosystems balanced, who help teach our children about the planet, and who bring our communities together. We share this Earth with so many creatures, great and small, all of whom are vital to our existence. But we need to begin to respect and care for them now, not just when the odds are against them. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor