Animal Rights/Stopping Animal Abuse and Cruelty
QUESTION: Hi again, Robin.
Good news! I managed to find someone who will temporarily take care of my birds until I get a place of my own. And now, I would like to address the issue of animal abuse. A few years ago, I volunteer at an animal shelter and one of the people who I worked with told me that when she was in college, she did a term paper on animal abuse and cruelty. She went into detail when she informed me that there was this one place, a farm I believe in which the workers there would skin the animals alive as they screamed in agony. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Furthermore, she never told me how it ended and I shudder to think that there is probably more places like this that mistreat animals in the most horrid ways possible. While I am for women's and children's rights, I am also for animal's rights in particular because they are helpless and unable to speak for themselves. In light of temporarily giving my birds to a friend, this has somehow triggered that story about animal cruelty and I want to do something about it.
How can I get involve to put animal abuse and cruelty to an end once and for all?
ANSWER: Hi Julian,
I am glad your birds are in a safe place and your do not need to put them through the stressful process of flying. Great news!
Thank You for caring about women, children and animals rights and for wanting to end abuse & cruelty. What you do to protect animals, should stem from your personal interests. There are many amazing organizations that fight diligently and tirelessly to stop animal cruelty. I've copied a few a lists at the end of this response for your review. I chose a diverse selection from the lists that specialize in certain areas of activism and where I have personal knowledge that they are a true and ethical animal rights organization. Click on any of the links and start to look at the education information. I’m hoping through this process you will be able to find a niche or organization that fits your interests. Many of the organizations below have chapters in every state that offer volunteer opportunities. Thanks again for caring about animals and having the courage to ask questions and the selflessness to want to become an active participant to better their lives.
Carnism Awareness & Action Network (CAAN)
Founded by Dr. Melanie Joy, the author of "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows”. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in becoming an advocate for animals or someone who simply wants to know the truth about our culture and how it affects our mind and our actions. It’s an interesting read. This organization is dedicated to raising awareness of and transforming carnism, which is the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals. Watch the home page video It’s very interesting. http://www.carnism.org
I am an animal person and when I say animal person I mean I want to touch and hug every animal I see. I have respect for all animals and I do not need to participate in the systems that harm them. I want to experience a connection with them. If you are an animal person you have known that love when spending time with an animal that is treated right, healthy and happy. it’s an amazing positive energy. Therefore I recommend vising a sanctuary. It is just good vibes for the soul.
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
( Woodstock, NY) – A artsy hip sanctuary set in the Catskill mountains. They have some of the best animal videos that will make you smile and look at farm animals with a warm heart. Many celebrities have performed at WFAS events. (Moby, Chrissie Hyde, Sean Leannon, Tracy Bonham & Charlotte Kemp Muh) This place is special, you can learn important facts about animals while physically connecting with them and just having a good time. I highly recommend a visit. Great info on their website too!
Upcoming event in NYC. –May 31st – Dance Party
- The largest farm animal sanctuary in the country. Tons of well-crafted information on their website. Another place I highly recommend visiting! They have several sanctuaries I NY and CA.
Upcoming event in California May 10 -Country Hoe Down
Best Friends Animal Society
- A sanctuary for all animals. Great educational information depicted in a positive light. They focus on rescue stories. If you are a person that has a hard time reading cruelty stories or watching abuse videos then this might be the website for you. I love their magazine! http://bestfriends.org/News-And-Features/Best-Friends-Magazine
Humane Society of the United States
The largest AR organization. A lot of information on many subjects http://humanesociety.org/
one of the most controversial organizations in the AR movement and most likely the largest AR org in the World. No matter what anyone says about them I think they have accomplished so many victories for animals. Just look at their history!
Physician committee for responsible medicine
- focused on preventive medicine and alternatives to animal research. A group of extremely skilled doctors and scientists who provide alternative options to animal testing and scientific research and education to the public and health organizations. http://www.pcrm.org
National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS)
– their ultimate goal is the elimination animal use in product testing, education and biomedical research. http://www.navs.org/science/animals-in-science
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)
- Legal System advocates. They do amazing work. Take a look at their victories for animals. http://aldf.org/cases-campaigns/victories
Animal Rescue Corps http://animalrescuecorps.org/
animal rights organization that takes direct action to protect animals. They rescue animals that fall victim to abuse ( puppy mills/hoarders) and natural disasters.
They do amazing work just watch some of their rescue operations! https://www.youtube.com/user/AnimalRescueCorps
Sea Shepard Conservation Society
Direct Action activism for all marine wildlife ( Paul Watson is well known in the environmental and animal rights movement) This group is the subject of the TV show, Whale Wars on Animal Planet. http://www.seashepherd.org/campaigns/whale-wars/whale-wars/the-end-of-antarctic-
This season looks fantastic!
HUMAN AND ANIMAL ADVOCACY
A well fed world http://www.awellfedworld.org
This is an amazing organization who have coupled human hunger and animal protection problems to find solutions that help both. They are a hunger relief and animal protection organization that partner with and financially strengthen vegan feeding programs for people in need... farm animal care and rescue efforts... and pro-veg outreach campaigns.
ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS
Mercy for Animals http://www.mercyforanimals.org
Excellent video footage and undercover campaigns. They help all animals and have some very successful campaigns and great media output.
Compassion over Killing
Another great AR organization with successful investigations and campaigns.
is also known for their undercover investigations and legal work.
ETHICS AND SUGGESTED READING <u>
Dr. Tom Regan’s book: Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights http://www.cultureandanimals.org/pop1.html
Dr. Peter Singer’s book Animal liberation
Another way to get involved it to attend an animal rights or vegetarian conference. The largest US animals rights conference is held every year in either LA or DC. This year it’s in LA, Ive provided a link below. This conference gives you a chance to meet other like-minded people and to attend seminars and hear from the most prominent leaders in the movement.
ANIMAL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS LISTS
For the Animals,
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QUESTION: Hi Robin,
Thank you so much for the useful information! :) Also, I came across a few links that contain information on animal cruelty and I must warn you that the following content contains disturbing images. I would like to know how we can bring these sick people to justice. I do think that putting these people away in mental institutions is the key towards creating a better world for ourselves and for future generations because these people are mentally sick and need to be treated. Some of course can never be released, no matter how advanced medical technology will get, but those that can be rehabilitated can be released and lead productive lives and do their part to help out by working in animal shelters and clinics.
What do you think?
I agree there is much too much animal cruelty in this world. However, making decisions that affect animals in a positive manner is our first step to stopping these actions. For me it was adopting a vegan lifestyle and becoming a much more active advocate for animal rights. You seem to be a compassionate person who is interested in “why people do what they do”. Therefore I would suggest reading Dr. Melanie’s Joys book; Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows. She explores the invisible belief system that shapes our perception of why we so wholeheartedly devote ourselves to certain animals and then allow others to suffer needlessly, especially those killed for our consumption. She calls this system Carnism, a belief system, or ideology, that allows us to selectively choose which animals we choose to eat. She explains why we numb ourselves and disconnect from our natural empathy for animals. It’s very interesting book and I believe it might help you answer questions that may arise in your exploration of animal and human interactions.
Thank You for caring about animals!
For the animals,