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Animal Rights Collective

“The animals of this world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.” — Alice Walker

The Animal Rights Collective (ARC) is a group dedicated to raising awareness about animal rights on our campus and within the surrounding community. We seek to educate and stir people to action with the truth about the atrocities committed against animal as we force them to suffer for our unnecessary consumption and grotesque forms of entertainment.

We are a non-hierarchal group, meaning that our members are not arranged in any rank of authority. We do not recognize positions of president, vice president, etc. Collectives are an attempt to share power and typically operate on a consensus-driven and egalitarian basis. We believe that this allows each member of the group to feel empowered, remain autonomous, and know that their voice is equal to that of every other member. We welcome everyone to bring their thoughts and desires to the table, and our goals and campaigns will be determined by this collective energy. For more information on the specifics of this process, see our “Consensus digiZine” compiled from the Seeds of Change Co-op website.

Our events will work to cease the suffering and exploitation of animals, and to create a greater sense of community on campus. We encourage our members to volunteer at least 8 hours per semester. We will arrange some volunteer opportunities in the community and on campus, for example: leafleting, creating safe space for wildlife on campus through planting native shrubs and building birdhouses, volunteering with local wildlife rehabilitators, and/or spending quality time with animals abandoned in shelters. Members should also arrange to volunteer through their favorite group or organization. A list of groups that we have worked with, or plan to work with in the future, is available in the “Cause” section of the website.

We will work to organizing community-building events that are both fun and informative. From free vegan cooking classes and do-it-yourself workshops to hosting film screenings and protesting businesses that should be held accountable for their actions, we will establish a foundation in living cruelty-free.

As of today, the proceeds of our summer Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale were donated to Caring Rehabilitators of Wildlife (CROW), a non-profit organization based in Manassas, VA which rehabilitates orphaned, injured, and rescued wildlife. We have also volunteered with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which is a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research. Groups such as Compassion Over Killing (COK), Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Vegan Outreach, and In Defense of Animals (IDA) have been kind enough to donate outreach materials to us.

Campaigns:

  • Increasing awareness about animal rights on the George Mason Campus and within the larger community
  • Banning animal circuses from GMU
  • Establishing a Student Choice Policy so that compassionate and ethical individuals can opt out of dissection
  • Demanding more vegan and vegetarian food options on campus
  • Assisting local nonprofit organizations in their efforts by volunteering and holding vegan bake sale fundraisers
  • Creating community with vegan potlucks, film screenings, do-it-yourself skill-shares, and animal rights related outings

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The Animal Rights Collective does not discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, linguistic background, religion, or physical ability.

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BRING THE FOOD NOT BOMBS TOUR TO YOUR SCHOOL

Bring the Elect to End Hunger and Poverty presentation to your campus. Learn about the campaign to end the criminalization of poverty and Food Not Bombs support of the global protest against austerity. Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry will share the history, principles and current activities of the movement, show a video about Food Not Bombs in Africa and introduce his new book, HUNGRY FOR PEACE – How you can help end poverty and war with Food Not Bombs. This presentation is sure to inspire your classmates.

“I am still in the afterglow of your visit. I was just told by a girl that this event was the best event she has seen hosted so far at goucher. thought i would let you know. happy thanksgiving.”
Anndal – Student from Goucher College in Baltimore

“Keith, People can’t stop talking about your presentation here at ASU!”
Melissa – Student from Appalachian State University

THE ELECT TO END HUNGER AND POVERTY TOUR
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/speaker.html

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HELPFUL LINKS FOR THE PRESENTATION

The presentation Check list
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/check_list.html

Details of the presentation
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/speakers_details.html

Promoting the presentation
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/presentation_promotion.html

Video and audio of past presentations by Keith McHenry
http://www.foodnotbombs.net/listen_to_a_presentation.html

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please forward, thanks

email menu@foodnotbombs.net to be removed from our list.

Comment by anarchistcook

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This video was produced for Compassion in World Farming’s current Defend the Big Move campaign against battery cages in the EU, but its message is universally true.

Please forward and call for an end to caged-egg production worldwide by putting this video up on your facebook, twitter, or website, or by e-mailing it to your supporters.

Thanks!

Comment by Roger

Hello!

I want to let all you animal lovers know about a nonprofit group who works in India to help alleviate the suffering of animals.

Dharamsala Animal Rescue mainly rescues sick, abused and injured dogs from the streets and nurses them back to health. They are the only animal shelter in the province, this is why their work is so important! In 2006 there was a rabies outbreak and the government tried to solve the problem with poisoning all the stray dogs. Dharamsala Animal Rescue and others convinced them to approach the problem more humanely, they started a vaccination and spay/neuter program. To continue their good work they need help!

Please go here: https://www.facebook.com/DharamsalaAnimalRescue/app_101393123286933
to enter to win a Kindle and donate to a very worthy cause!

Comment by Angela Byrne




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