Happy World Wildlife Day! 🌍 To celebrate, I talked to New York–based animal rights activist and all-around 🆒 girl Rachel Trachtenburg about what inspired her to get involved in the first place—and why she keeps fighting. Head to the link in our bio for her full story, and check our Instagram Story to meet her mom (@motherpigeonbrooklyn) and learn about how to protect urban wildlife. — @kristiedash
“Most people think that animal rights activists are really crazy. And some are! To care so deeply about animals takes up so much space in your heart and in your mind because they’re suffering on so many different levels and we exploit them in so many different ways. Whether it’s clothing, food, or makeup products, the list goes on and on and on. In this day and age, it’s extremely hard to clear your life of causing any suffering for another living being, but it’s great that in the fashion industry, for example, there are more brands not testing on animals and taking fur off the runways. It’s happening more and more, which is great and really excites me. It’s about the day to day steps, for me.
"One cause can easily turn into 20, but I mostly focus on animal rights stuff right now. An issue I’ve stayed on for a while now is to get horse carriages abolished in our city. It’s an ongoing thing that people think is romantic and a fun tourist attraction that makes money for the city, but really, it’s an awful industry, and it doesn’t make any sense to have horses go into Central Park with all the traffic. Also, my mom spreads awareness of pigeon netting, which happens a lot here in New York, so that’s an issue we work on often. It’s about appreciating the wildlife we do have here in the city.
“To me, staying vocal is the best way to feel like you’re making an impact, and local politics is the best way to understand what’s going on in your government, even though I know that’s so complicated and hard to grasp as is! Small acts like going to city hall and public hearings, understanding how bills get passed and who has the power—even if you get three minutes to speak your mind on whatever that might be, it’s empowering.” — @trachtenbirdy #radvoices #obsesseelongreads