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Top 5 Animal Protection Campaigns

Top 5 Animal Protection Campaigns

Every year the Animal Rights National Conference gives away awards to movement leaders, exceptional activists and celebrities who help animals. This year they are also presenting an award to the best animal protection campaigns. There are two categories: vegan advocacy campaigns and general animal-related campaigns. They are opening the voting up to all animal activists, so you can vote on it too.

Here are my top 5 animal protection campaigns

Sea Shepherd’s Operation Musashi
If you’re a frequent reader of the causes blog, you already know that I am a huge fan of Sea Shepherd. As far as I see it, the best thing that happened for animals over the past year was the airing of Whale Wars on Animal Planet. Whale Wars was watched by over 1 million people and quickly became the most popular show ever to air on Animal Planet. Despite having all their footage confiscated, a second season of Whale Wars will be airing this Friday, June 5. Whale Wars was so great because it broke down stereotypes about animal activists and dramatized the struggle for animal rights. It showed a bunch of rugged vegan pirates who roam the seas confronting and interfering with illegal whale hunters. It deconstructed the notion of “eco-terrorism” and presented a wonderful picture of how direct action can be an effective part of a broad movement.

Boca & Morningstar Egg Campaigns
A coalition of animal protection groups banded together to request that Morningstar Farms and BOCA both reduce or entirely eliminate the use of battery-cages eggs. Many calls, emails and letters later, Morningstar decided to make the compassionate decision and reduce the number eggs they use by over one million. That translate to nearly 4,000 fewer hens in battery-cages. BOCA went even further. They have committed to entirely remove eggs from BOCA products by the end of 2009. This is a huge step forward for the hens confined in egg-farms.

Egg Farm Investigation
On the topic of eggs, this year an undercover investigation broke headlines in New England. An activist from Mercy for Animals spent months documenting the conditions of animals held captive in New England’s largest egg farm. The investigation resulted in Radlo foods becoming the first national egg producer to end the use of battery-cages.

Adopt-a-College
Vegan Outreach’s Adopt-a-College campaign reached an amazing milestone this year. This year Vegan Outreach members handed out over a million booklets about factory-farming at over 700 different campuses in the United States. They only have a small handful of staff, so much of that is from volunteers handing out booklets in their own cities. Since it’s inception, Vegan Outreach has given out over 3 million booklets. That’s just downright amazing.

Prop 2
Last November California overwhelming voted for some of the strongest animal welfare legislation to ever make it to a general vote. Prop 2 banned gestation crates, battery cages and veal crates. On the heels of this sweeping victory we have seen Maine pass similar legislation and Massachusetts now has a similar bill pending in the house.

What do you think are the top animal rights campaigns of the past year? Leave a comment below!

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11:40AM PDT on Jul 14, 2009

I think SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) should win the best animal rights campaign, if any of you don't know what it is, please go to www.shac.net and see for yourself!

5:49AM PDT on Jun 27, 2009

thanks for all the education and keep up the good work. emily

1:42AM PDT on Jun 14, 2009

Thank You. Let's keep up our work and hope!

8:01AM PDT on Jun 13, 2009

To ALL the animal activists in the world I want to say thank you. You are truly the only people that keep this world beautiful.

6:52AM PDT on Jun 13, 2009

thank you all ,never give up!!!!!!!!

12:34PM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

JUST WANT TO GIVE PROPS, TO THE WONDERFUL or should I say GODS MIRACLE ANGELS that are BESTFRIENDS!! THESE ARE THE HEROES THAT HOUSED MAJORITY OF "VICIOUS VICKS", PRECIOUS DOGS & RENAMED THEM VICTORYDOGS!! THEY BELIEVED IN THEM & NEVER GAVE UP!! I DO NOT BELIEVE THEIR ARE "A-N-Y" THAT WE SHOULD TURN OUR BACKS ON! THEY ARE ALLGODS CREATURES & DESERVE "SECOND CHANCES "THAT BESTFRIENDS GIVES & NEVER PUTS DOWN UNLESS SEVERELY ILL!! WATCH DOGTOWN on the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NETWORK ON FRI. EVES & U WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN! I AM SO HAPPY TO BE A PART OF THEIR SUPPORTERS! I AM WITH PETA FOR YEARS & A VEGAN ALSO BUT DO NOT BELIEVE IN EUTHANIZATION UNLESS TOO ILL & THE ABOVE LINK PROVIDED BYSARAH D. MAY BE HELPFUL IN THOSE THAT THINK LESS OF PETA! IT IS MY RIGHT TO HAVE MY BELIEFS & TO HAVE SOME DIFFERENCES OF OPINION WITH PETA! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE INGRID NEWKIRK & SHE DEDICATES HER LIFE TO ANIMAL RIGHTS! I DO NOT THINK VICK CAN BE A SPOKESPERSON FOR ANIMALS(Id rather see him hung, electrocuted, tortured, or drowned like he did to those INNOCENT BABIES NOW WITH GOD!!)HE...has to work a hell of a lot harder to EVER truly feel remorse(if even possible),then work wholeheartedly in educating others against cruel treatment of animals in dogfighting etc.!!!

6:26AM PDT on Jun 9, 2009

I think Prop 2 was one of the best ones! I'm sure and I hope the rest of the states will follow and hopefuly it spread to other countries too.

That just goes to show you that most of the people will make the right decition if you give them the choice and knowledge. Most of the pople nowadays don't know what is involved in the process. Well done to the goverment officials too for listening to their people and doing the right thing, But let's not forget that there's still alot more to be done and there are still very cruel practices in the meat industry. At least this is a great start.

3:53PM PDT on Jun 8, 2009

Christy, I share your concern with the plight of the polar bears, but, while the Natural Resource Defense Council does do some good work, I've stopped giving money to them, because they advocate for the killing of species not native to a certain area. I would not be against the removal and rehoming of these species to other areas, but I cannot condone the killing of individual animals or species, as the NRDC supports.
There are some great organizations that focus on helping the polar bears, that don't do this. Peta actually has a very good list of which environmental organization are "green meanies".
Jane A

There are other good enviornmental organizations, such as Earth Island that do good work for the environment without killing or eradicating individual animals or species.






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6:31PM PDT on Jun 5, 2009

Peta, is a wonderful organization. They rescue, shelter, give medical aid, educate, desex, expose, pressure organizations and yes, mercifully euthanise animals who are in great pain due to mistreatment eg a burned dog. They are international and have a great impact on animal welfare.
All of the campaigns mentioned are wonderful, but for me, the work of Animals Australia regarding live sheep export and having laws changed in Jordan re animal welfare is huge.

3:22PM PDT on Jun 5, 2009

I am particularly concerned over two issues: 1) the rush to slaughter wolves. Governor Palin is supporting the aerial gunning of the animals and the Rocky Mountain Grey wolf is under attack again; and 2) the slaughtering of our wild horses. Can anyone explain to me why these two issues are so favored by so many powerful people and why we can't seem to stop this?

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