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There is a difference.

Animal Welfare   Animal Rights
What is it?
A philosophy of stewardship of
animals by people
  What is it?
A political movement that opposes all animal use including working dogs (for blind, etc.) and
breeding companion dogs (i.e., pets)
ToyBreeds.com, American Kennel Club (AKC), National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA), Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (RPOA)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Doris Day Animal League, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) {but not local Humane Societies}

1. Supports raising and using animals humanely and responsibly for food, fiber, labor, and medical research.

2. Manages animal populations by
hunting; keeping animals in zoos and
other educational venues.

3. Requires humane treatment and responsible use of animals on farms, ranches, circuses, rodeos, homes, kennels, catteries, laboratories, and wherever else animals are maintained.

4. Endorses a scientific approach to commercial use and management of wild animal populations and a quick death when death is inevitable.

5. Celebrates human/animal interactions and works to improve animal well-being.

6. Enjoys animal sports and animals in movies, circuses, and on stage.

7. Rejoices in the bond between humans and dogs as owner and pet.


The agenda is taken from The Politics of Animal Liberation written by Kim Barlett, Editor of the Animals' Agenda, Nov. 1987 but a minimally
modified version was part of the Green Party
Platform for 2000

1. Abolish by law animal research.

2. Outlaw the use of animals for cosmetic and product testing, classroom demonstrations and weapons development.

3. Make vegetarian meals available at all public institutions, including schools.

4. Eliminate all animal agriculture.

5. End herbicides, pesticides, and other
agricultural chemicals. Outlaw predator control.

6. Transfer enforcement of animal welfare
legislation away from the Dept. of Agriculture.

7. Eliminate fur ranching and end the use of furs.

8. Prohibit hunting, trapping and fishing.

9. End the international trade in wildlife goods.

10. Stop any further breeding of companion animals, including purebred dogs and cats.

11. Spaying and neutering should be subsidized by state and municipal governments. Commerce in domestic and exotic animals for the pet trade
should be abolished.

12. End the use of animals in entertainment.

What you can do:

  • Review the websites of groups like PETA and the domestic terrorist group (that's the FBI's
    designation) Animal Liberation Front (ALF). PETA has provided financial support to ALF terrorists
    when they were faced with legal action. Wikipedia.org describes PETA's support to ALF.
  • Another group to avoid is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Many people
    erroneously think HSUS is the parent organization to local humane society groups.
    Not so. Just ask your local humane society if they get any funding from HSUS. The answer
    will be no. In fact, HSUS charges local groups for any assistance it provides.
  • Help care for dogs by giving to your local or state Humane Society. HSUS spends the majority
    of its money on political activity, legal challenges and fund raising. Although once a worthwhile group, it has been taken over by the animal rights activists.
  • Let your local, state and national legislators know that you expect them to protect
    your right to have pets. Visit sites like the AKC or NAIA to get summaries on current
    legislation before Congress.
  • Protect your rights or lose them.

    One day, we would like an end to pet shops and the breeding of animals. [Dogs] would pursue their natural lives in the wild ... they would have full lives, not wasting at home for someone to come home in the evening and pet them and then sit there and watch TV.
    Ingrid Newkirk, PETA founder in The Chicago Daily Herald, March 1990

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