A little boy from Australia who has been fascinated by the way animals act and feel for years has developed a project that has the potential to change the world.
“I love animals,” he says.
“It’s a huge part of my life.”
He is part of the project Animals for All, an initiative that aims to raise awareness about the way our behaviour influences the world around us and the impact it has on the world’s environment.
This is the story of how a little boy named Daniel became a passionate campaigner for animals.
Read more Daniel was a child growing up in Perth, a city with a history of cruelty to animals, but also a place where he discovered his love of animals through a local guidebook.
When he was 10 years old, Daniel began reading the storybooks of his local guidebooks.
“When I saw what animals were like, I realised it wasn’t the norm,” he said.
“Animals had to have the same rights as humans.”
He soon started learning about the history of Australia, from its early settlers to its colonial past, and how it had changed in the years since.
Daniel’s interest in animals was fuelled by the book The Animals of the World, by Australian historian and former bush pilot Steve Wilson.
“A lot of the animals were the ones that had been treated the worst,” Daniel said.
Wilson told Daniel that in the 1800s, Aboriginal people were given the right to hunt and fish, and were told to eat only meat that was slaughtered.
But this policy did not stop them from hunting and fishing as often as they pleased.
It was an opportunity for Daniel to see animals from a new perspective, and he found himself fascinated.
“What I found really interesting was that the first time I was actually doing something with animals was in a school book, and I was really fascinated by them,” he told The Verge.
“That’s when I realised that I was going to need to get involved in this cause.”
It was the right time to do it Daniel started attending school, and the year he finished he realised that he had to get a degree in animal science, and get involved with the animal advocacy movement.
“If I didn’t do that, I was not going to be able to do anything in this industry,” he recalls.
“You can’t just be an animal activist and not do anything about animals.”
As a teenager, Daniel enrolled at the University of WA, studying animal behaviour, and in his early 20s he started his first company, Animal Control International, to raise funds for animal welfare and research.
He later opened his own company Animal Protection International, which raised funds to fight for animal rights.
But, he said, he was not looking to make money from animal rights activism.
Instead, he wanted to use his business to help people change their behaviour, so that they could live happier and healthier lives.
Daniel says he has seen an increase in the number of people who have a positive attitude towards animals.
“There is a lot more awareness and more understanding of animals in general,” he explained.
“The problem with that is people often have a very negative attitude towards them.”
Daniel believes his project has a chance to change people’s lives and to save lives.
“This is something that we can help people understand and feel good about.
It’s a lot easier to do with a positive mind-set, and that’s where we really got started.”
A few years after the beginning of his company, Daniel and his partner, Tom O’Malley, started the Australian Humane Society.
The society’s aim is to help improve the lives of people and animals through education and advocacy.
It is a partnership of over 100 volunteers from across Australia who work in the field, and Daniel has been a member of the group for two decades.
“We’re a non-profit organisation, so we’re in the public domain, but our mission is to educate the public and people about the benefits of living an ethical lifestyle,” Daniel explained.
Animals for all is not just about the animals, he added.
“People also have a responsibility to the animals.
As an organisation we’ve had a lot of success in raising awareness about animals, and as humans we can do the same thing.”