Animal Rights Awareness Week 2011

In Defense of Animals' Logo.

June 20th through 26th is Animal Rights Awareness Week! 

Animal Rights Awareness Week was started by the radical animal rights group In Defense of Animals, with a goal to spread awareness about the injustices of animal experimentation as well as pet stores and puppy mills.

It has grown into a national sensation that is recognized by pet-loving community organizations, meat-free groups and even pet shops and local animal shelters. 

Here are a few ways to spread the word about Animal Rights Awareness Week, and even participate in some feel-good activities regarding animals: 

  1. In Defense of Animals has been leveraging social media to get the word out about their cause. Like them on Facebook and share their cause with your friends and family! 
  2. Provide volunteer time or resources to the new Denver Pet Shelter or other shelters in your home town.
  3. If you’re looking for a pet, adopt a pet from the Denver Pet Shelter, or the Denver Dumb Friends League. For the month of June they’ve lowered their adoption fee to just $50. 
  4. You can also foster a pet if you’re not looking for a serious commitment, but still want to show an animal some love and caring.
  5. If you can’t adopt or foster, tell your friends about it.
  6. Learn more about industrial farming and its harms—and tell your friends.
  7. If you already have a pet, enter them into our Facebook Contest—they could be famous for a whole year! Share with your friends, and tell us why you love animals.

 These are just a few ways you can help raise awareness about animal rights. In the early 90s, In Defense of Animals actually campaigned to change the concept of “animal owner” to “animal guardian” to alter the relationship between animals and humans—in the sense that, pets aren’t property, they are merely animals that we watch over. What do you think? Do you think changing the name from pet “owner” to pet “guardian” changes that relationship?

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