There is a difference between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights. Many people think these are the same thing, but they aren't. Please take a moment to read this article.
Animal Welfare means animals are to be treated humanely, have a quality life, and (when needed) a humane death. Animal Welfare supports responsible ownership, breeding, and use of animals in agriculture.
The ultimate goal of Animal Rights organizations is simply to end the use of animals by man – for food, fiber, or even as pets.
Animal Rights groups use the overstated and distorted information to get support and donations. These are large, well-funded, and vocal groups seeking to change laws relating to animals.
These changes seem to make sense to the general public. However, they hide the overall aim of ending all use of animals by man. The rights of animal owners are slowly being taken away, and real animal welfare is being lost in the shuffle.
The way Animal Rights groups do things are subtle and aimed at slowly reaching their goals. For instance, the effort to substitute "companion animal" for "pet" in our laws is intended to put an end to the concept of pet ownership and YOUR ABILITY TO OWN PETS!! Such smoke and mirrors tend to cloud their real goals; please visit the links below.
I encourage you that if you want to continue to own your cat, dog, or whatever animal that you love and get informed or LOSE that right.
Groups A Pet Owner Should Know
- The NAIA Trust - promotes responsible animal care and ownership and reasonable laws, policies and regulations to protect animals and the people who care for them
- CFA Legislative Committee - guides those individuals or member clubs who opposes unreasonable animal control legislation in their geographic area
- The National Pet Alliance - promotes the well-being and responsible ownership of cats and dogs
- Americans for Medical Progress - protects your investment in biomedical research
- The Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) - a nationwide, nonpartisan group of volunteers seeking to elect politicians who will oppose the "Animal Rightist" (AR) threat to our rights as Americans.
Advocate and Donate Wisely – Know where your money is actually going, what organization is behind the "furry cute face", and how it is being spent.
- GuideStar – Check the status of more than 1.7 million non-profit organizations and see how they allocate the funds that they receive – find out where your donations go!
- The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance – breakdown of where your charity dollars go. The BBB publishes standards for charitable giving and lists charity reports on all national charities which meets it standards. To inquire about a charity of file a complaint with the BBB, contact: Philanthropic Advisory Service.
- The Capital Research Center has a comprehensive online resource on corporate donation to non-profit organizations and the ability to browse non-profit profiles.
- Legal information, governmental contact information, and other useful references for advocacy.