More people are gaining awareness of the issues surround animal-based food production and looking for ways to get involved or help out. In addition to reducing our consumption of animal-based products and buying only from ethical producers, we can support the various organizations working towards the betterment of animals’ lives. Here are nine you may want to check out.
ANIMAL ALLIANCE OF CANADA: Animal Alliance is committed to the protection of all animals and to the promotion of a harmonious relationship among humans, non-humans and the environment. They use electoral politics and lobbying as strategies. Website: www.animalalliance.ca.
ANIMAL DEFENCE LEAGUE OF CANADA. ADLC is opposed to all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, including the neglect of companion animals, animals used in research and testing, trapping, entertainment and industrial agriculture. They disseminate information, support other animal-rights groups in shared causes, and lobby government agencies. Website: animal-defence.ncf.ca.
ANIMAL PEOPLE FORUM. ANIMAL PEOPLE® is the leading independent publication providing original investigative coverage of animal protection worldwide. This publication offers short news bulletins to keep you up-to-date on all aspects of animal protection and has extensive archives. Located in Clinton, Washington, USA. Website: newspaper.animalpeopleforum.org.
BEYOND FACTORY FARMING: Beyond Factory Farming is a national organization promoting socially responsible livestock production in Canada. They help communities that are dealing with problems caused by factory farms and factory farm proposals and promote alternatives to industrial livestock operations that are safe, fair and healthy for the environment, farmers, workers, animals, neighbours, communities and consumers. Website: beyondfactoryfarming.org.
CANADIANS FOR ETHICAL TREATMENT OF FARMED ANIMALS: CETFA is a volunteer organization working towards the compassionate treatment of animals raised for food by providing accurate, factual information about Canada’s Food Industry and educating the public about the horrendous cruelty which has become “accepted practice” in the factory farming industry. Website: cetfa.org.
CANADIAN COALITION FOR FARM ANIMALS: CCFA is dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals raised for food in Canada through public education, legislative change and consumer choice. CCFA is made up of many member organizations across Canada as well as individual supporters. Website: www.humanefood.ca.
CANADIAN FEDERATION OF HUMANE SOCIETIES: CHFS is a national body representing humane societies and SPCAs in Canada. They bring together those who work with and care for animals to promote respect and humane treatment toward all animals. By working cooperatively with key stakeholders they have a place on a number of government working groups and committees. Website: www.cfhs.ca.
HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL: HSI is one of the only international animal protection organizations working to protect all animals worldwide—including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife. The Canadian branch, HSI Canada works to protect all animals in Canada through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work. Website: www.hsi.org/world/canada/.
PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS: PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters. It focuses its attention on the suffering of animals in factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry, as well as other animal issues. PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns. Located in Norfolk, Virginia. Website: www.PETA.org.