There are numerous different ways to advocate for animal welfare. Below is a list of ways and organizations to help make make a difference.
Local Actions Anyone Can Do
- Help Investigations
- Animal Cruelty
- Help Identify Fraudulent Organic Factory Farms
- Pass out Mercy For Animals booklets and local events.
- ACSPCA Supermarket Request Letter
- If you don’t find certified products where you shop, the best thing to do is to ask for them and show business owners that there is a market for more humane treatment of animals. Use the ACSPCA supermarket request letter which is easy to print and give to store managers in person, or to send in an email; it asks them to carry products from more humane farms and to stock up on plant-based options.
- Convince your local institution to join the Center for Good Food Purchasing
- Works to help institutions purchase food by creating a transparent and equitable food system built on five core values: local economies, health, valued workforce, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability. The Center for Good Food Purchasing provides a comprehensive set of tools, technical support, and verification system to assist institutions in meeting their Program goals and commitments
- ACSPCA Supermarket Request Letter
- Urge the USDA to keep and implement the new USDA organic certification animal welfare regulations
- Demand Congress to ban horse slaughter by passing the 2017 SAFE Act
- Join ASPCA’s petition against Ag-Gag legislation that silence and prosecute whistleblowers exposing injustice on industrial ag farms
- Demand Tyson Foods Adopt a Responsible Food Policy
- Boycott Canadian Seafood to Help Baby Seals (for Chefs, restaurants, and businesses)
- Reduce and Recover
Organizations to Donate and/or Volunteer with to Advocate for Farm Animal Welfare
- ASPCA was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world, which focuses on getting pets out of shelters and keeping them in homes, while increasing the protections of animals under the law.
- International farmed animal advocacy organisation that is dedicated to defending all animals through public education, campaigns and investigations. We work to create a more just and compassionate world for animals. We are currently active in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and India.
- Since 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has fought to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life
- An international, clandestine leaderless resistance that engages in illegal direct action in pursuit of animal rights. Activists see themselves as a modern-day Underground Railroad, removing animals from laboratories and farms, destroying facilities, arranging safe houses and veterinary care, and operating sanctuaries where the animals subsequently live. Critics have classified them as terrorists.
- Through engagement with policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public, AWI seeks to abolish factory farms, support high-welfare family farms, and achieve humane slaughter for animals raised for food, improve the housing and handling of animals in research, and encourage the development and implementation of alternatives to experimentation on live animals, and many other humane campaigns.
- Compassion in World Farming is a campaigning and lobbying animal welfare organization. It campaigns against the live export of animals, certain methods of livestock slaughter, and all systems of factory farming
- Working on exposing the routine abuses forced upon animals raised for food and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world. COK relies on an arsenal of strategies to speak out for animals that include undercover investigations inside factory farms, legal advocacy, airing 30-second pro-veg commercials on TV nationwide, working with corporations and restaurants to offer more vegan option, and so much more.
- Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) has been working since 1976 to take animals off of the menu across the world. We believe in the inherent self-worth of animals, as well as environmental protection and improved public health
- Mercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy
- Largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 5 million members and supporters. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.
Greater DC Local Organizations
Local Animal Cruelty Advocating Organizations
- Humane League DC
- Primarily advocates for farm animals through education, campaigns and rescue.
- Compassion Over Killing
- National organization with a locally active DC office working on exposing the routine abuses forced upon animals raised for food and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world.
- Collectively Free DC
- Activist community for total animal liberation through anti-speciesist messaging, creative actions, pro-intersectionality & community building.
Humane DC: DC local Vegan Organizations and Resources
Local Farm Sanctuaries
- Star Gazing Farm
- United Poultry Concerns
- Whispering Rise Farm Animal Sanctuary
To find other farm sanctuaries in the US go to Compassion Farming
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