What is it?
Animal rights is the ability of an animal to flourish in his or her own way, to lead a meaningful life and even enrich the lives of other animals around him or her.
Animal rights is also a movement to extend moral consideration to all conscious beings.
When an animal is exploited as a resource or treated as a commodity, those rights are taken away.
Friends of Animals envisions a world in which human animals are truly friends of animals, not exploiters or users.
How is this different from animal welfare?
Traditionally, charities have worked to regulate atrocities by trying to reduce the suffering of other animals.
Friends of Animals is adamant you cannot regulate atrocities. As animal rights advocates, we ask that people relinquish the idea that other animals can be bought, sold and treated as things. This is not the same thing as asking for better treatment; we demand something infinitely more valuable — freedom.
Friends of Animals believes in boycotting and eliminate industries that exploit wild and domestic animals altogether. For example, our public awareness campaigns encourage people to boycott the animal farming, hunting, fur and horse-drawn carriage industries as well as passing up entities that
We understand regulating the methods of exploitation won’t improve the status of nonhuman animals. By passing laws to regulate the way in which individuals are exploited, we harden into law the concept that humans have the right to use other conscious individuals as tools for research, as entertainment, as food, and so on.
Here are some ways humans ignore animal rights:
● A government agency using fertility control to manage wildlife populations. Left to themselves, animals manage and balance their own populations naturally according to how much food they have and the normal activities of predators.
● Wildlife Services trapping and poisoning wildlife to placate cattle and sheep ranchers and their doomed animals.
● Campaigns by the animal farming industry to make the public believe the grisly business of turning fish, mammals and birds into food can be done humanely. Whether non-human animals are reared intensively or free-range, their lives are completely controlled and profit is what matters most to those who own them.
● Municipalities that offer rewards of money to kill certain animals or who promote animal killing contests that target squirrels, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, crows, prairie dogs and wolves.