Articles tagged with: animal rights

Earn Points For Rescuing Animals: 17-Year-Old Invents Animal Activist Mobile App

on Thursday, 22 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Earn Points For Rescuing Animals: 17-Year-Old Invents Animal Activist Mobile App

Thomas Skylar, a high school student who lives in Connecticut, has teamed up with peta2 to create a mobile gaming app that enables users to gain points for rescuing animals from factory farms, rainforests, and circuses. "Paintball Hero" includes helping animals like lions, chickens, alligators, cows, and even unicorns. This is not the first mobile gaming app idea the teen has come up with. Last year he launched "Saviors" (similar to "Paintball Hero") and he is already working on the next one. "Even if 100 people play it, and only one decides to be vegan, that's worth it," said Thomas. Thank you for your hard work, Thomas! 

Learn more Thomas and his app at peta2.com.

Vegan Athlete to Cycle Across Europe for Animal Rights & Plant-Based Living

on Thursday, 08 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Athlete to Cycle Across Europe for Animal Rights & Plant-Based Living

Professional bicyclist and vegan athlete, Jackson Long will take on a cross-European bike tour in an effort to raise funds for animal rights groups and showcase the strength and stamina of athletes who choose to exclude animal products from their lives. "We live in such a disconnected world...and I deeply desire a society more educated on the ethology of farmed animals and beyond so that we can gain a higher level of compassion and respect for all beings," said Long. Jackson will be sharing his voyage milestones through his social media pages while promoting healthy vegan living to those he meets along the way.

Read Jackon's interview on MarcyForAnimals.org.

CSU Student Stands Up Against Plans For New Campus Slaughterhouse

on Thursday, 04 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration

CSU Student Stands Up Against Plans For New Campus Slaughterhouse

 When the news broke that Colorado State University was making plans to build a slaughterhouse on campus for "educational purposes," as stated by Kevin Pond, the head of CSU's Department of Sciences—at least one student took a stand. Austin Joseph, a Nutrition and Food Science major at the University, penned a letter in The Rocky Mountain Collegian, a campus-run newspaper. In his letter, Joseph explains how animal agriculture is outdated and that it would be setting the students back to focus on such practices for the future. "If SCU truly has agriculture students' best interests at heart, the school should invest in teaching and researching cellular agriculture, not production methods that will soon be obsolete," he wrote. Thank you for taking an important stand, Austin. We're with you all the way! Keep going, keep fighting for the animals and for the future of our earth! ((hugs))

Read Austin's thoughtful letter via the school's newspaper at Collegian.com.

New Report Recommends Investing in Plant-Based Products per Demand

on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in News

New Report Recommends Investing in Plant-Based Products per Demand

A new report indicates that undercover investigative work showcasing the realities of the treatment of farmed animals is truly making a difference in consumer purchasing choices. Research company Packaged Facts released a new report that indicates the growing concern for animal welfare has reached a "critical mass." As such, the research firm suggests companies invest in plant-based foods. "Expect this trend to gain momentum as markets respond to the growing demand by vegans [and vegetarians]..." notes David Sprinkle, research director. 

Read the full report on PackagedFacts.com.

Animal Rights National Conference: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

on Tuesday, 28 February 2017. Posted in Tips & Ideas

Animal Rights National Conference: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

We are back at it! The Animal Rights National Conference is once again set to take place this summer (this time in Washington, DC). As the world's largest and longest running animal rights gathering—having started back in 1981—we are jazzed to again bring you some of the most prolific and informative presentations, speakers, exhibitors, and movers and shakers in the animal rights community. Created for people who wish to improve their animal advocacy skills or simply network with other animal activists, the Animal Rights National Conference includes more than 100 speakers, more than 100 free exhibits, nightly networking receptions, awards banquet, and so much more. We are excited to announce that early registration is now open. Snag your tickets soon to get the best deals!



Get all the information and details at ARConference.org.

Suing the USDA for The Animals

on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Posted in News

Suing the USDA for The Animals

It is unquestionably a unique and unusual time in the United States right now. The removal of animal welfare records from the USDA's public website fits in with one of the many decisions that has us scratching our head lately. In response to this, many groups,including Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Born Free USA, Beagle Freedom Project,  MSPCA-Angell, PETA, and Harvard Animal Law & Policy Fellow Delcianna Winders have filed a lawsuit against the USDA, to restore the records. Per VegNews, "The lawsuit alleges that the USDA violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which requires federal agencies to make all records released under FOIA electronically available to the public." It could take more than 200 days to get a response.

Learn more about what is going on with this on VegNews.com.

Ringling Bros. Circus Closing Down For Good

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. Posted in News

Ringling Bros. Circus Closing Down For Good

After being operational for 146 years Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will finally shut down for good, this coming May. The traveling show has experienced major drops in ticket sales over the past year in particular and even stopped including elephants in their shows in 2016. This has been due in large part to more awareness, from activists, articles, and protests, about how the animals are being treated and used in such an environment. If there was ever a question of "Does our voice really count? Can we really make a difference?" this should prove that in fact, it does. Let's keep working together to create positive and lasting changes for those who cannot speak for themselves. 

Read more about this in the source article on VegNews.com.

We're Hiring: Spring 2017 10 Billion Lives Tour!

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in Tips & Ideas

We're Hiring: Spring 2017 10 Billion Lives Tour!

Have you ever wanted to get more active in the involvement of helping animals? We have got just the thing! We are looking to hire passionate, dedicated, and personable animal lovers to go on tour this spring with our 10 Billion Lives crew! Whether you are an experienced activist or an aspiring one, we encourage you to apply. As one of our former tour Operators has said, "The 10 Billion Lives Tour is the most rewarding experience I've ever had. It is challenging but I went to bed every night knowing I truly made a difference that day." You will get to travel the country full-time to host pay-per-view video outreach events; it is an amazing opportunity to educate the public about the truth behind the awful reality of animal agriculture; and help provide resources for others to begin a path toward a vegan lifestyle!

Learn more and apply today at 10BillionTour.org.

Animal Rights & The Election

on Wednesday, 16 November 2016. Posted in News

Animal Rights & The Election

Massachusetts voters have elected to gestation crates for pigs, veal crates for calves, and battery cages for hens; and makes it illegal to sell animal products that are obtained using confinement methods. "Question 3's gargantuan passage in Massachusetts [with 71 percent of voters in favor of the measure] sends the strongest signal yet that the era of cage confinement of farm animals is coming to an end," said Paul Shapiro, of HSUS. And more than 60 percent of voters in Oklahoma voted no on Question 777 (the right to farm proposal)—which addressed unregulated farming practices. Even though we would much rather be reporting on the freedom of all animals, it is reassuring (in some ways) to see that slowly but surely majorities are beginning to understand that the ways in which we use and treat animals is simply not okay.

Read more from the source article on VegNews.com.

Limited Edition LOVE ACT LIBERATE Tees

on Tuesday, 04 October 2016. Posted in Products

Limited Edition LOVE ACT LIBERATE Tees

They are going fast! Our new, limited edition, LOVE ACT LIBERATE t-shirts have debuted to honor activists around the world. Show your support and help honor animal activists for World Vegan Day for Farmed Animals by wearing one of these catchy tees! The art shows a scene from last year's World Vegan Day for Farmed Animals wherein activists blocked a chicken transport truck and rescued 10 chickens, now living free at a sanctuary. Wear your activist pride as you spread the message of compassion towards animals. We've still got a few fitted and unisex sizes left!

Find product information and order today at DayForAnimals.org.

World Day for Farmed Animals: #FastAgainstSlaughter 2016

on Tuesday, 20 September 2016. Posted in Tips & Ideas

World Day for Farmed Animals: #FastAgainstSlaughter 2016

It's that time of year when we stand together to bring attention to the horrific mass slaughter of farmed animals worldwide. Through the voluntary sacrifice of food on October 2nd, we will amplify the voices of the billions of farmed animals suffering around the world. We aim to inspire others to learn the truth, and to mobilize a compassionate global community who will not wait for justice, but who will make it a reality. Share on social media, change your profile pics, and rally the troops. Let's work together to highlight demonstrate how terrible the lives of these beautiful, sentient, beings truly are. Follow the link below to register as a participant in this year's World Day for Farmed Animals. 

Learn more and sign up today at DayForAnimals.org.

Advancing Animal Protection in Taiwan

on Wednesday, 17 August 2016. Posted in News

Advancing Animal Protection in Taiwan

Sometimes it is easy to forget that pushing for the rights of animals is needed globally, not just in our home countries. This is why we were delighted to hear the news that Taiwan has introduced its Animal Protection Party - a political party designed to work with candidates who wish to fight for animal rights. Executive Officer, Hua Pei-chun said, "The party was founded to unify people and politicians who support animal rights so they can work together to pass humane legislation," per VegNews' coverage of the story. "The legislation of progessive laws requires consistent output and solidarity," said Pei-chun. The aim is to improve the treatment of both farmed and companion animals.

Learn more about this on TaipeiTimes.com.

Live Animal Medical Surgery Practice: Pigs, Dogs, & Cats

on Wednesday, 13 July 2016. Posted in News

Live Animal Medical Surgery Practice: Pigs, Dogs, & Cats

Believe it or not there are/were schools out there that required medical students to practice surgery on live animals—particularly pigs, cats, and dogs. Thankfully, the last remaining college, with locations in both the United States and Canada, has announced that it "has ceased to provide surgical skills training for medical students using live animals," noted The University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga. Instead, the school will be using simulated surgical technologies. This announcement comes after a commitment from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) to put a spotlight on these schools and this unnecessary requirement.

Read the source article at VegNews.com.

New Zealand Now Recognizes ALL Animals as Sentient Beings

on Wednesday, 20 April 2016. Posted in News

New Zealand Now Recognizes ALL Animals as Sentient Beings

New Zealand has officially changed the game when it comes to recognition of sentience in all animals! Last month the country passed The Animal Welfare Bill, which will ban animal research and testing, and prosecute people in animal cruelty cases. It will also be illegal to hunt and capture wild animals. "Expectations on animal welfare have been rapidly changing, and practices that were once commonplace for pets and farm stock are no longer acceptable or tolerated," said Dr. Steve Merchant, president of the New Zealand Veterinary Association. "The bill brings legislation in line with our nation's changing attitude on the status of animals in society." 

For more on this check out vBetweenTheLines.com.
(photo by April O'Hare Photography)

Jon & Tracey Stewart Rescue Runaway Bull, from NYC Slaughter House

on Thursday, 14 April 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Jon & Tracey Stewart Rescue Runaway Bull, from NYC Slaughter House

The InterWebs were a-buzz last week as the news of comedian Jon Stewart, and his wife Tracey, came to the aid of an Angus bull who had escaped a livestock holding area in New York City. The Stewarts picked up the bull and brought him to a Farm Sanctuary shelter upstate. "Frank [the bull] is now safe, happy and feeling much more secure at Cornell University Equine and Farm Animal Hospital, where he is being checked out before coming to Farm Sanctuary, his forever home in Watkins Glen, NY," Farm Sanctuary wrote on social media. Jon and Tracey made headlines last spring with their news to open their own animal sanctuary in New Jersey. Thank you for all you do for the animals, you two!

Learn more about the Stewart's rescue mission at NYTimes.com.

GPUS' First Animal Rights Committee

on Wednesday, 06 April 2016. Posted in News

GPUS' First Animal Rights Committee

"In a vote of 67-14, the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) National Committee passed a proposition authorizing the historic animal welfare agency that will serve to inform and advise Green Party candidates and officeholders on animal issues..." notes the coverage from VegNews.com. The agency would also mean incorporating support for animal rights, establish media outreach, and provide education to the general public on the topic of animal rights. With a focus on peace and nonviolence, and a sustainable, local, organic, plant-based food system. Well heck, this sure does sound awesome. 

Read the full source piece at VegNews.com.

March Meatout is Back!

on Wednesday, 16 March 2016. Posted in News, Tips & Ideas

March  Meatout is Back!

Every year since 1985, activists from around the world have come together on March 20th to take action for the animals. This year, we're upping the ante by inviting Compassionate Activist Network (CAN) members to join us all month long and make a huge difference for animals.

As a member of the Compassionate Activist Network, not only will you receive great rewards for your food sampling and other effective outreach, but you'll also be eligible for bonus prizes for participating in Meatout all month long! Simply create your food sampling menu, choose a location, register your event on our website (linked below), hold your event, and keep going for the entire month, if possible!

Learn more about this delicious way to save animals all month long at FarmUSA.org.

Dairy Farmer & Hunter Turned Animal Activist

on Thursday, 07 January 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Dairy Farmer & Hunter Turned Animal Activist

After more than 20 years working in the dairy farming industry—having been family-raised to do so—Chris Mills shares his story of becoming an advocate for animal rights. 

"...there was a tractor trailer hauling pigs...that was the day I made the connection. I looked these poor animals in the eyes and I knew they were being sent to their deaths....My heart sank. I felt so bad for them and I told myself that was it! I will never cause harm to another creature again! I never looked back."

In the short blog post on Greener Farm Sanctuary's website, Chris also talks of his upbringing as a trapper and hunter, then meeting a vegetarian woman who later became his wife, and how he and his immediate family are now all vegan. So awesome, Chris! Thanks for all you do.

Read Chris' full story on GreenerFarmSanctuary.ca.

Thousands Fast Against Slaughter

on Thursday, 01 October 2015. Posted in Inspiration, News, Tips & Ideas

Thousands Fast Against Slaughter

Here at the Meatout Mondays newsletter we work hard to provide you with delicious recipes, fun product news, and inspirational stories to support your vegan journey. But every year, for World Day for Farmed Animals, we invite our community to come together to focus on the big picture behind why we choose to live vegan: the 60 billion farmed animals who are raised and killed for food each year.

THIS FRIDAY, October 2nd, thousands of activists will join in on a one-day Fast Against Slaughter in solidarity with the tens of billions of animals who are routinely starved and deprived of water as they endure the hours, sometimes days-long journey to the slaughterhouse. By fasting we can see just a glimpse of what these animals endure, and we can come together to call for an end to the cruel system that treats farmed animals as products, not the caring individuals they are. Put down your fork and take a stand with us this Friday by joining the Fast Against Slaughter.

Join the global Fast Against Slaughter at DayForAnimals.org/Pledge.

International Film Festival Adds 'Animal Rights' Category

on Wednesday, 16 September 2015. Posted in Inspiration, News

International Film Festival Adds 'Animal Rights' Category

With important animal rights-related films and documentaries like The Ghosts in our Machine, Blackfish, Cowspiracy, and Earthlings (to name a few), it's hard to believe that there's never before been a category for such films, at the big annual festivals that take place, worldwide. 

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has changed that. This year, for the first time, they've added a category entitled, "Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights," and includes a "Giving Voice to the Voiceless" prize. Incredible. We're almost crying in joy over here.  It's about time these important films get more notoriety for the impact they have on us all. 

Read the source article on VegNews.com.

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