Note: This is the second part in our Activist Spotlight series, where we shine a light on Care2 members who are making a difference in their communities.
Care2 member Peter Collins grew up in a household of animal lovers, regarding pets as members of the family. His family also cared for their garden wildlife, including foxes, squirrels, birds and fish. His compassion and dedication to animal welfare causes has driven him to embark on a quest to end animal suffering all over the world.
“There is clear evidence now that people who deliberately abuse or torture animals are a serious danger to other people, too,” explains Peter, “especially children. So authorities must take the issue seriously, and pursue, punish and keep tabs on these people to protect both animals and children.”
Peter loves how modern technology has aided his efforts. Thanks to the Internet, animal abuses in every corner of the world can be publicized. The fact that people have so much immediate power to protest injustices encourages him to keep fighting the good fight. ”People can send a quick e-mail to politicians and voice their concerns very easily,” he says.
In addition to fighting animal cruelty on his own, Peter also advocates for animal rights in the political realm. “I helped ‘Animals Count,’ the political party in the U.K. whose main aim is to persuade the established parties to do more for animal welfare campaign in the 2009 European elections,” he explains. Despite its tiny budget, the party still managed to gain a substantial number of votes.
The good news is that animal welfare activists like Peter are making a difference. ”More and more countries are slowly introducing stronger animal protection laws,” Peter reports, “and countries with no animal protection laws have wonderful people working to improve animal welfare in their countries.”
Every voice counts, which is why Peter continues to come back to Care2. He appreciates the magnificent vehicle Care2 has become for publicizing animal abuses, and is encouraged by all the work members are doing.
“I would urge people to use the ‘comments’ section in Care2 petitions,” he advises. “If petition targets see that they may lose money from tourism and trade, they may rectify the abuses. By then circulating the petition, a real momentum builds up.”
Peter’s determination to help animals in need has enabled him to lead by example. He truly lives by his own motto, which is to ”be the change you wish to see.”
Thank you, Peter, for making a difference with Care2!