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Animal Rights

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Why Animal Rights?
Political Action for Animals
Fur Campaign
Monthly Animal Rights Forums

Stop the Murder of Baby Seals!



Why Animal Rights?

What with all the human rights abuses and environmental destruction in the world, is animal exploitation really a top-priority issue? Read these essays to learn why animal rights is an inseparable and vitally important part of both the environmental and social justice movement.

Animal Rights Philosophy
Serious Moral Concern is Not Species-Limited

The Case for Animal Rights

On the Side of the Animals

Animal Rights/Human Rights Connections

Animal Liberation--the Social Justice Connection By Bruce G. Friedrich

Animal Abuse and Human Abuse: Partners in Crime

Animal Holocaust

Animal Rights and Conservation/Environmentalism

Rights and Environmental Ethics: An Aside

Appreciating Animals for Their Own Intrinsic Value

Animal Rights--The Fierce Green Fire?

Additional Animal Rights Essays


Political Action for Animals
New York City
Making Laws to Liberate Animals!

Political Action for Animals is a new effort to build a grassroots constituent movement to demand accountability on animal issues from our elected officials, make significant gains for animals within the legislative arena, and to use the political process as a means to raise awareness of the oppression of nonhuman animals.

We intend to mimic the strategies of opposition groups like the hunting lobby and to mobilize NYC voters in defense of animals through:

  • Endorsements and public recognition of pro-animal elected officials (e,g, NY State Assemblyman Pete Grannis) and anti-endorsements and public denunciation of anti-animal officials (e,g, NY State Assembly Majority Leader Michael Bragman).
  • An educational website featuring scorecards ranking elected officials records on animal issues, strategy guides on electoral/legislative activism, and information on current state, federal, and city bills on animal issues.
  • Neighborhood chapters that will lobby their local officials, particicipate in endorsements, and participate in electoral campaigns to make sure that pro-animal candidates win critical seats.
  • Networking with animal activiists in other cities and states to expand our legislative power base throughout the nation.
  • Skills trainings for animal activists from experienced political campaigners and lobbyists.


Fur Campaigns

Boycott Macy's
Fur District Campaigns

Since 1996, Wetlands has been at the forefront of the fight against the fur trade. Every year 40,000 animals are killed for their fur through cruel methods including neck breaking, trapping, and anal and genital electrocution. New York City is the most important city in the US to the fur industry, home to industry journals, designers, raw pelt sellers, and hundreds of retail outlets.
More fur is sold in New York than in any other American city. Wetlands has demonstrated against fur sales at hotels, individual fur stores, pro-fur propaganda in the New York Times, and the sale of "peripheral' fur items like ear muffs and fur coats by ritzy Fifth Avenue stores. Wetlands has organized numerous actions against the fur trade, both on our own and in conjunction with the Animal Defense League, Friends of Animals, and other groups. Read on to learn about some of our recent fur actions and about Animal Defense League actions that we participated in and supported.
For more information on the Animal Defense League (ADL), visit their website or email them at NYC_ADL@bigfoot.com. You can also call the League hotline for upcoming event listings at (917)724-8126.

Boycott Macy's
Click here for info on Recent Actions
Along with dozens of other groups around the country, we are actively working to end the sale of fur by Federated Department Stores, including Macy's, Stern's, Bloomingdales, Rich's, Lazarus, Goldsmith, The Bon Marche, Burdines, and the Fingerhut website, In New York City, Wetlands and ADL have waged a high-profile campaign against Macy's, the largest fur retailer in the Federated chain, including hundreds of demonstrations, almost a dozen civil disobedience actions, extensive print, radio, and television media coverage, and distribution of close to 100.000 flyers, collection of tens of thousands of petition signatures. For more information visit

Photos from a recent Boycott Macy's protest:

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Click here for a timeline of New York City Actions Against Macy*s

Fur District Campaign
In a small section of Manhattan bordered by 30th Street on the West side, 6th Avenue on the East, 27th Street, on the south and 8th Avenue on the West lies the heart of an industry that views suffering, torture, and death as marketable commodities.

Animal Defense League members blockade the entrance of The New York Fur Center at 333 7th Avenue to mark Fur Free Friday 1999. For more details on this event, click here.

The Fur District is the home of dozens of fur businesses, from retailers to pelt suppliers, from trade publications to public relations entities. As the fur industry continues to crumble, the landlords of the buildings in the district are looking to diversify their tenant to businesses with a more stable future. The Fur District Campaign will work to hasten that trend by being a constant presence in the fur district demonstrations, direct actions, and other events. Our goal is to drive the furriers out of midtown Manhattan, and strike a blow against the entire industry by destroying its epicenter.
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Fur: An Energy Waste


Stop the Murder of Baby Seals!

Facts about the Norwegian Seal Hunt In 1996 Norwegian seal hunters killed 27,000 seals. In 1997 that number was up to 38,000 seals. Many of these seals killed are less than a year old. In 1997 25,000 of the 38,000 seals that were killed were less that a year old. The seals are killed by two methods, clubbing or shooting. Many of the seals have their skulls partially crushed from the clubbing process.

In 1995 Norway justified a large-scale kill of young seals by calling it research. The test was to see which method of killing produced the fastest results, shooting or clubbing. The Asian countries are the biggest consumers of seal products. Seal skin cannot be sold in the United States. China, Korea and Japan purchase the seal skins to make fur coats. They also use the penis as an aphrodisiac.

The Norwegian government blames the seals for low fish stocks. Yet, massive over-fishing has caused this problem. Blaming seals and not addressing the over-fishing, will not solve the problem. Independent research has shown that humans are responsible for the lowered fish stocks.

The seals are being killed in large numbers just to make frivolous luxury products like fur coats and questionable aphrodisiacs".

A Bloody Shame

Each yeah Norwegian hunters slaughter 35,000 seals, most of which are not even a year old. Hunters claim that the seals are eating too many fish. Yet scientists contest that point. The fact is that any lack of fish in the sea comes from over-fishing by massive trawlers. As a result, they get their skulls crushed by club wielding hunters.

Activists are demanding that Norway, Canada, and the handful of other sealing countries, get in step with the rest of civilization and ban the seal slaughter.

For more information on Norwegian sealing visit: http://www.noahonline.org/english or email: info@bontvoordieren.nl