"The environment is everything that isn't me" - Albert Einstein
EXPLOITATION & ABUSE ISSUES
Many people and religions believe that people have "dominion" over animals or are somehow superior to them in some way. Ecodefense.com disagrees with that notion.
We believe that all lifeforms are equal to each other and that the human species (admittedly possessing amazing brains and using it in so many fascinating ways) is just another animal when it comes right down to it. ALL OTHER species can think in ways we cannot and do things we can't, so what's the difference?
What gives us the right to think we're any "better" than any of them, or worse yet, kill them? Only our egos, fears, and greed of course...
SOME FEATURED CAMPAIGNS:
Here's are a few worthwhile "animal rights" campaigns to work on... there's a lot more, but why not these?
Here's are a few of the more involved organizations working hard and making differences in the health and well being of our fellow earthlings:
ANIMAL DEFENSE LEAGUE- (ADL)
171 Pier Avenue, # 453, Santa Monica, CA 90405, * Activism Hotline- (310) 572-6443
Grassroots Animal Rights group organizing and taking part in regular nationwide anti-fur, anti-zoo,vivisection, etc- direct action campaigns.
JANE GOODALL'S SITE- ETHOLOGISTS FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (EETA) & CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBLE ANIMAL BEHAVIOR STUDIES (CRABS)
Mission statement: Our purpose is to develop and to maintain the highest of ethical standards in comparative ethological research that is conducted in the field and in the laboratory. Furthermore, we wish to use the latest developments from research in cognitive ethology and on animal sentience to inform discussion and debate about the practical implications of available data and for the ongoing development of policy. Scientists, non-scientists, teachers, and students are most welcomed to join.
501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510, (757)-622-PETA
PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS- their name says it all...
One of the more prominent and effective activist organizations covering a broad spectrum of animal right issues. Anti- fur, laboratory testing issues, pet abuse, etc, etc.
IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS (IDA)-
131 Camino Alto Mill Valley, CA 94941, (415) 388- 9641 Fax: (415) 388- 0388
"Working to protect the rights, welfare, and habitats for animals."
A powerful, highly influential and effective animals rights organization covering a variety of different issues.
LAST CHANCE FOR ANIMALS (LCA)-
8033 Sunset Blvd. #835, Los Angeles, CA 90046 Phone: (310) 271-6096, Fax: (310) 271-1890
From their statement of philosophy: LCA opposes the use of animals for scientific curiosity, entertainment, clothing, and food. LCA recognizes the use of non-human animals in medical experimentation as both immoral and of questionable scientific validity due to the tremendous biological difference between species. LCA's work advocates conscious and informed lifestyle decisions, and the organization is committed to disseminating truthful information about societal animal abuse to improve the treatment of animals.
INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE (IFAW)
(Direct quote from their site section "What we Do")
Ifaws mission is to improve the welfare of wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing commercial exploitation of animals, protection wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress. We seek to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well-being of both animals and people.
Tel: (541)344-8004 Fax:(541)344-.7688, PO. Box 1415, Eugene OR 97440
Grassroots and Hardcore, Earthfirst was known as a "movement" rather than an actual organization for many years due to their ability to create corporate headache and effect creative environmental campaigns that made a difference...without having prosecutable activists to pick on...
they still due the same stuff, but now they have a website.