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Subject: Animal rights agenda
What is commonly called the animal
rights agenda is the 12 point plank
that was offered by animal rights leaders for inclusion into the Green
Party Platform in 1987. It was published in the Animals' Agenda
magazine in Nov. 1987. In the early 90s several organizations including
ALAN in Seattle, Responsible Dog Breeders' Association of Oregon and the
National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) discovered it and started
distributing it. We published it in the Hijacking of the Humane
Movement with a reference to its origins on page 152 in 1993. Since
then it has been distributed in many forms including several very
1.We are firmly committed to the
eventual abolition by law of animal
research, and call for an
immediate prohibition of painful experiments and tests. The billions
of dollars disbursed annually by the National Institutes of Health for
animal experiments should be rechanneled into direct health care,
preventive medicine, and biomedical research using non-animal tests and
procedures. In addition, the government should fund projects to develop
non-animal technologies where they do not yet exist so
that animal experiments
may be rapidly phased out. In the meantime, procedural
mechanisms must be
established to allow for greater public scrutiny of all
research using animals.
2.The use of animals for cosmetics
and household product
and alcohol testing, psychological testing, classroom
dissection, and in weapons development or other warfare
be outlawed immediately.
3.We encourage vegetarianism for
ethical, ecological, and
As conversion of plant protein to animal flesh for
human consumption is an
energetically inefficient means of food production, a
vegetarian diet allows for
wiser use of the world's limited food resources.
Livestock production is a major
source of environmental degradation. Furthermore, a
shift in human diet from
animal foods to plant food would result in a lower
incidence of heart diseases and
cancer and better health generally. Vegetarian meals
should be made available to
all public institutions including primary and secondary
education programs currently administered by the
Department of Agriculture
should be handled by an agency charged with promoting
public health rather than
promoting the interest of agribusiness.
4.Steps should be taken to begin
phasing out intensive
of livestock production, also called factory farming,
which causes severe
physical and psychological suffering for the animals
kept in overcrowded
and unnatural conditions.
As animal agriculture depletes and pollutes water and
soil resources, and destroys
forests and other ecosystems, we call for the eventual
elimination of animal
agriculture. In the meantime, the exportation of live
farm animals for overseas
slaughter must be regulated to ensure humane treatment.
Livestock grazing on
US public lands should be immediately prohibited.
Internationally, the US should
assist poorer countries in the development of
5.The use of herbicides, pesticides,
and other toxic
should be phased out.
Predator control on public lands should be immediately
outlawed and steps should
be taken to introduce native predators to areas from
which they have been
eradicated in order to restore the balance of nature.
6.Responsibility for enforcement
of animal welfare
legislation must be
transferred from the Department of Agriculture to an
agency created for
the purpose of protecting animals and the environment.
7.Commercial trapping and fur ranching
We call for an end to the use of furs while recognizing
responsibility to support alternative livelihood for
native peoples who now rely on
trapping because of the colonial European and North
American fur industries.
8.Hunting, trapping, and fishing
for sport should be
prohibited. State and
federal agencies should focus on preserving and
re-establishing habitat for wild
animals instead of practicing game species management
for maximum sustainable
yield. Where possible, native species, including
predators, should be reintroduced
to areas from which they have been eradicated.
Protection of native animals and
plants in their natural surroundings must be given
priority over economic
development plans. Further, drainage of wetlands and
development of shore
areas must be stopped immediately.
9.Internationally, steps should
be taken by the US
government to prevent
further destruction of rain forests.
Additionally, we call on the US government to act
aggressively to end
international trade in wildlife and goods produced from
exotic an/or endangered
fauna or flora.
10.We strongly discourage any further
breeding of companion
including pedigreed or purebred dogs and cats.
Spay and neuter clinics should be subsidized by state
and municipal governments.
Commerce in domestic and exotic animals for the pet
trade should be abolished.
11.We call for an end to the use
of animals in
entertainment and sports such
as dog racing, dog and c--- fighting, fox hunting, hare
circuses, and other spectacles and a critical
reappraisal of the use of
animals in quasi-educational institutions such as zoos
These institutions, guided not by humane concerns but
by market imperatives,
often cruelly treat animals and act as agents of
destruction for wild animals. In
general, we believe that animals should be left in
their appropriate environments
in the wild, not showcased for entertainment purposes.
Any animals held captive
must have their psychological, behavioral, and social
12.Advances in biotechnology are
posing a threat to the
integrity of species,
which may ultimately reduce all living beings to the
level of patentable
commodities. Genetic manipulation of species to produce
must be prohibited.
Patti Strand, President
National Animal Interest Alliance
PO Box 66579
Portland, Oregon 97290-6579
website address: www.naiaonline.org