7 Ways to Have an Animal-Friendly Xmas

How to assist animals, rejoice and have discover this festive season

The holidays are coming and which means it’s time to organize for the festive season. But it’s potential to have a superb, fun-filled Christmas whereas nonetheless being animal and environmentally pleasant too!

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In line with their priorities for the subsequent 10 years, the RSPCA is attempting to be as sustainable as possible. So as this weekend marks simply six weeks to go till Christmas, if you wish to have a magical vacation that can also be animal-friendly and environment-friendly, listed below are our high suggestions:

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Reindeer meals

You should buy reindeer meals from plenty of retailers and web sites however many of those comprise elements that aren’t environmentally pleasant and might truly be harmful for animals (significantly edible glitter!) So they developed some special wildlife-friend reindeer food recipes so you’ll be able to depart treats out for Rudolph and his pals, whereas additionally making certain different animals are secure!

RSPCA’s reindeer meals combine recipe:

  • A handful of untamed hen seed (which can embody sunflower hearts, bare rolled oats, dried mealworms, yellow millet, kibbled peanuts and black sunflower seeds);
  • Just a few rolled oats;
  • Some dried fruit, like cranberries (don’t use grapes, raisins, sultanas or currants in case you have canines as they are often toxic);
  • Some dried bugs (strive mealworms and waxworms);
  • Some grated cheese;
  • A touch of chilli powder to maintain Rudolph’s nostril glowing pink (don’t fear, birds can’t style it however it is going to cease squirrels and rodents from stealing the meals earlier than Rudolph arrives!)

Mix all of it collectively; sprinkle it in your garden, on a hen desk or depart it in a bowl by your entrance door simply earlier than you go to mattress. Follow our AnimalTV video tutorial on Youtube.

Glitter-free playing cards, plastic-free crackers and recyclable wrapping paper

In 2019, the RSPCA took the step to take away glitter and foil from our FSC licensed Christmas cards to make sure they had been extra environmentally-friendly. This is a part of our pledge to cut back waste and non-recyclable content material, crackdown on harmful plastics which might be impacting the environment.

We’re additionally providing plastic-free eco Christmas crackers which comprise a wood puzzle or toy present inside and use packaging that’s absolutely recyclable, utterly acetate-free and plastic-free. We’d urge buyers to examine the wrapping paper they’re shopping for and utilizing is absolutely recyclable and in addition doesn’t use any dangerous finishes resembling glitter or foil.

Second-hand items

Charity retailers have been an iconic a part of our excessive streets for a few years and, at the moment, they provide a superb solution to store. You may choose up a discount, guarantee an merchandise is recycled and used once more, all whereas supporting your favorite charitable causes!

Did you already know that it’s estimated every charity store saves 29 tonnes of textiles from ending up in landfill annually? With round 300 RSPCA charity retailers, that’s round 8,700 tonnes saved (the equal of over 1,200 African elephants!). It’s additionally estimated {that a} 10% improve in second-hand gross sales may save 3% carbon waste, 4% water waster and 1% waste per tonne of clothes; it actually could make a distinction.

Plus, our charity retailers are stuffed with hidden treasures and great items from toys and video games to excessive road style and designer items, home items, and far, far more. You may choose up your entire Christmas purchasing in simply certainly one of our charity retailers; and all whereas serving to us to proceed combating animal cruelty!

Find your native store here – and don’t neglect to donate any undesirable Christmas items to us after the vacations too!

DIY pet items

An RSPCA survey discovered that 83% of animal-lovers will purchase their pet a Christmas current and greater than half of those that took half admitted they’d be getting their furry, feathered or scaly buddy a stocking to rejoice the festive season.

We have plenty of pet-friendly items in our RSPCA shop and plenty of concepts for these house owners who would fairly make one thing out of bits and items they’ll discover round their home as a substitute:

Choose a high-welfare dinner

Make the upper welfare alternative and make a distinction for cattle by searching for the RSPCA Assured logo when you shop this Christmas to make sure you’re supporting the farmers who’re devoted to enhancing farm animal welfare. We have an enormous vary of Assured-labelled merchandise to ensure you will have a tasty Christmas from high-welfare turkey to pigs in blankets and smoked salmon.

Leftovers for wildlife

You can nonetheless assist animals as soon as Christmas dinner is over by giving your leftovers to wildlife:

  • Turkey (deboned, with out gravy, in small quantities) – foxes, badgers, canines and cats;
  • Potatoes (boiled, baked, roasted or mashed) – birds and badgers;
  • Peas and sprouts – badgers and foxes;
  • Carrots – badgers, foxes and canines;
  • Christmas cake and mince pies (unsweetened pastry) – birds (crumbed);
  • Unsalted nuts and savoury snacks – backyard birds (chopped and crushed);
  • Cheese – birds and badgers (grated).

[Processed meats (like pigs in blankets) and stuffing aren’t suitable for any animals due to high salt content.]

Make a donation!

You may assist the RSPCA work this Christmas by purchasing with them for stocking fillers, Secret Santa items or presents in your loved-ones. View their Christmas catalogue online or go to the online shop to see all the items we’ve obtainable. Or, in case you’d like to present somebody a present that’s much more significant, why not signal them up as a sponsor or make a donation of their title?

To Join the Christmas Rescue and assist their rescuers be there for the animals in want this winter, please go to www.rspca.org.uk/rescuexmas.

Visit their web site for all of their Christmas recommendation: www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/christmas.

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