The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Human compassion is the only guarantee of morality"
Please unite with us, and thousands of people around the world, for the 9th annual International Animal Rights Day (IARD) - 10th December 2006.
There are 5 main ways you can make your mark on this growing, global Day of Action:
2. hold a candle-lit vigil at a site where the rights of animals are abused, or at a prominent location in your town centre (eg. town hall, or well known monument)
3. conduct a campaign stall in your high street or town centre
4. write to your local media, and online forums etc. in order to publicise the event and its rationale
Attached is a 'quick guide' to each activity. Anything you can do helps. Be part of history!
5. our friends at Animal Rights Action Network in Ireland are staging a huge rally that will march down Dublin's O'Connell Street and onwards to Dail Eireann where there will be speakers talking about ongoing campaigns in Ireland and around the world. There will be a huge banner reading "Speak Out For Animal Rights", purple balloons which symbolize animal rights, and placards that reflect the issues closest to marchers' hearts. More details can be found at: www.aran.ie/ . Please help make this march huge if you can. You pledge to attend at www.aran.ie/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Why an International Animal Rights Day?
IARD is the focus for our long term campaign for the international acceptance of the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights, which states that humanity must respect all animals' basic moral rights to 'life, liberty and natural enjoyment'. Humans' ability to distinguish right from wrong demands that we act ethically towards other sentient beings. The 10th December is the anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Now, we're seeking to demonstrate the moral imperative of extending fundamental rights to all animals.
The Declaration is supported by hundreds of animal protection groups worldwide, and last year there were over 80 vigils and stalls for IARD. IARD strengthens the animal rights cause by unifying specific campaigns under a global banner and generating solidarity between compassionate people from Auckland to Aberdeen. Everyone who signs up, writes letters to the media, conducts a candle-lit vigil or campaign stall, or spreads the message in other ways on IARD becomes a comrade with 1000s of activists worldwide in an historic movement for change.
Such peaceful and dignified actions promote the positive nature of animal rights. We are reclaiming our movement's image from the animal abusers who try to discredit us as aggressive and unreasonable. Every positive action helps make the world a better place!
This year IARD falls on a Sunday, so you might prefer to conduct your event on the day before or after the 10th - when places are more likely to be open, people around, and the media more able to cover events.
What to do now?
1. Read through the attached Action Guide to getting active on IARD, which also includes a sample letter and news release.
2. Decide what actions you would like to conduct & where.
3. Email email@example.com or write to Max Newton, Uncaged, 9 Bailey Lane, Sheffield S1 4EG to:
· Sign up to the Universal Declaration of Animals' Rights
· Tell us what actions you wish to conduct to support International Animal Rights Day
· Order IARD leaflets, posters, petitions, animal rights essay etc.
If you would like to attend the rally for IARD in Dublin, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you soon!