Today I want to touch on what I feel is a very important & needed organization. It’s called the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit who’s mission is to protect the lives & advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance & training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes. They also provide resources & opportunities for law students & lawyers to advance the emerging field of animal law.
Founded in 1979, ALDF fights for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws & more humane treatment of animals. They are supported by thousands of dedicated attorneys and more than 200,000 members. the Animal Legal Defense Fund works to protect animals by:
- Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law.
- Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases.
- Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes.
- Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws.
- Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters and a Animal Law Program.
- Providing public education through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts.
These are good humans, doing very good work. If you’d like to know more or get involved, please visit their website.
CEO Olivia ❤
This week we are introducing a new theme for Fridays. Canine Culture will feature dogs in art, literature & music. We hope you find it enjoying & enlightening.
Today we are featuring artist George Rodrigue. Born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana, artist George Rodrigue (1944 – 2013) is best known for his Blue Dog paintings, which catapulted him to worldwide fame in the early 1990s.
|“The yellow eyes are really the soul of the dog. He has this piercing stare. People say the dog keeps talking to them with the eyes, always saying something different. People who have seen a Blue Dog painting always remember it. They are really about life, about mankind searching for answers. The dog never changes position. He just stares at you. And you’re looking at him, looking for some answers, ‘Why are we here?,’ and he’s just looking back at you, wondering the same. The dog doesn’t know. You can see this longing in his eyes, this longing for love, answers.”
|— Rodrigue on the Blue Dog
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Each year, on December 10th International Animal Rights Day (IARD) is observed globally, reminding us that every creature on the planet deserves to be treated with compassion & respect. December 10th is the anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Today in many countries, laws are being drafted to demonstrate the moral imperative of extending fundamental rights to all animals & recognize them as sentient beings. IARD strengthens the animal rights cause by unifying specific campaigns under a global banner & generating solidarity between compassionate people world wide.
Want to get involved? IARDs in the past have been a huge success thanks to groups who have joined in holding candlelit vigils at places like factory farms, slaughter houses, shopping centres and other public places. Write your government representative & tell them you believe animal rights should be part of the law. There are lots of other ways you can help. You can find more info at the International Animal Rights Day website.
You can also do your part every day of the year by for example making sure when buying cosmetics or cleaning supplies that they are not tested on animals. It only takes a second to check the back of the product for the ‘not tested on animals’ symbol. Consider going vegan. Start with something little and together we’ll soon be making a huge difference!
CEO Olivia ❤
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