Welcome to Animal Rights Action!
This site aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to fight animal cruelty.
This site is divided in to these three main sections:
In addition there are these sections:
"The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can still do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot." ~Mark Twain, What Is Man, 1906
Across the world, millions of healthy, problem free, adoptable shelter
pets of all ages are put to death every year due to people abandoning them
and people buying newly bred puppies, kittens and other pets, and
breeding them for profit, instead of adopting existing ones that need homes.
Millions of the newly bred puppies are bought from pet shops and other sellers supplied by cruel puppy mills, (where the breeding dogs are essentially abused terribly until they die), helping this abusive trade thrive.
Animals are not generally in pounds and shelters because they have problems. It is rare that circumstances beyond peoples' control genuinely force people to part with their pet.
The vast majority of pets in shelters and pounds are there because the owner was irresponsible and used little forethought when they got the pet in the first place. These people make excuses to dump the pet when they become tired of the responsibility.
Other people can be quite blunt about how the pet is of no more use to them (some breeders, hunters and people who show their dogs at pedigree dog shows), so is just a pointless drain on money to them. Better that they take them to a rescue than how many sadly dispose of them.
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” ~ Edmund Burke
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What Is Meant By Animal Rights?
It is the belief that, because animals feel pain and fear just
like humans do, they deserve the right to the same protection from
those things as humans.
Morals, Ethics And Principles
All the creatures on the earth, humans included, share the
planet. As much as humans behave like they are the owners of the planet,
they are not.
One of the main characteristics that makes humans different to other animals is our conscience. This gives us the ability to make moral and ethical choices.
We therefore have a responsibility to make the right ethical choices. It is obviously ethically and morally wrong to exploit other animals, to cause them pain and distress, and make them suffer for our selfish gain.
Instead, humans should use intelligence they are blessed with to find a way for humans to exist harmoniously along side all other creatures.
What are Animal Rights Activists? Animal rights activists can be split in to a number of categories, including the following:
ANIMAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNERS: These people make up the majority of animal activists. They campaign against animal abuse and try to bring change by lobbying Government politicians, and using petitions, email / letter writing campaigns, boycotts, protests and demonstrations, etc. Find many more ways in the How To Help Stop Animal Cruelty and Suffering section of this site.
ANIMAL LIBERATIONISTS / LIBERATORS: These are people who rescue animals from situations where they are suffering. Their concern is not whether their actions are lawful, only that they remove the animal from the abusive situation where it is suffering.
ANIMAL RIGHTS EXTREMISTS: Extremists are very rare, but in the past have used violence to attempt to deter people who cause animal suffering, from continuing to do so.
They may also have wished for the the animal abusers to "have a taste of their own medicine". As animals have the capacity to suffer like humans, some people see this as justice being done to people that the law protects.
Many people believe that the law is far too lenient on animal abusers who break the law. The law being woefully inadequate is what many people believe drives vigilantes to act.
The Difference Between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights:
Animal rights: The belief that animals should have the same protection from abuse that humans have - since they suffer like humans - and not be used or exploited for human gain.
Animal welfare: Concerned with improving and upholding standards for exploited animals used for human gain.
It is common for animal rights supporters to also support animal welfare.
Some people mistakenly immediately associate the term "animal
rights" with extremism, violence and terrorism, even though the vast
majority of people who believe in animals having rights are not extremists or
terrorists. They are the most gentle, sensitive, compassionate and empathetic of
Another misconception is that animal rights supporters think animals should have more rights than humans, and that animals' rights should be put above peoples' rights. This is also untrue. Most believe in animals having the same protection from abuse as humans, because of animals' ability to suffer pain & fear like humans.
It is wrong to say that animal rights campaigners care more about animals than people, as many supporters are also campaigners for human rights.
Some people believe the myths about animal rights and turn against the cause and its supporters, trying to turn others against it too. People who do not believe animals are worthy of having the same protection from abuse as humans do this too.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Below: Rescue dog owner Tyler with Honey, from Second Chance
Animal Rescue Society, a no kill rescue in Athabasca, Alberta, also
known as SCARS (www.scarscare.org).
Tyler says of Honey "what a fabulous dog she is. We couldn't ask for a better-tempered or lovelier dog!"
"Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage." ~Sri Aurobindo