Animal Rights Collective Blog


Save the Frogs! Film Screening by christine
April 13, 2010, 10:04 pm
Filed under: AR Event, ARC Events, Campaign, For the Environment, Video | Tags: , ,

Learn more about amphibians and their vital role on earth, join us Wednesday night to watch the PBS documentary “The Thin Green Line.”

Frogs are the most threatened group of animals on the planet and are rapidly going extinct due to human activity. Nearly one-third of the world’s 6,450 amphibian species are in danger of extinction and up to 200 species have completely disappeared in the last 30 years.

When: April 14, 2010 – 7:00 pm
Where: Student Union II Ballroom

To learn more about amphibian conservation, visit Save the Frogs!



Great American Meatout by christine
March 20, 2010, 11:06 am
Filed under: AR Event, Local Events, Video | Tags: , ,

Join the Great American Meatout! Kick the meat habit (at least for a day!) and add some compassion to your diet. Do it for the animals, for the environment, for your health – do it today! By switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet you can save over 100 lives a year.

Check out our favorite recipes and vegan eatin’ on a budget sections for meat-free menu options!

The tortures animals in factory farms endure daily:

  • Chickens killed for their flesh in the United States are bred and drugged to grow so quickly that their hearts, lungs, and limbs often can’t keep up. Read more about chickens.
  • Hens used for eggs live six or seven to a battery cage the size of a file drawer, thousands of which are stacked tier upon tier in huge, filthy warehouses. Read more about laying hens.
  • Cattle are castrated, their horns are ripped out of their heads, and third-degree burns (branding) are inflicted on them, all without any pain relief.Read more about cows raised for their flesh.
  • Mother pigs on factory farms are confined to crates so small that they are unable to turn around or even lie down comfortably. Read more about pigs.Cows used for their milk are drugged and bred to produce unnatural amounts of milk; they have their babies stolen from them shortly after birth and sent to notoriously cruel veal farms so that humans can drink the calves’ milk. Read more about dairy cows.
  • Fish on aquafarms spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy enclosures, and many suffer from parasitic infections, diseases, and debilitating injuries. Conditions on some farms are so horrendous that 40 percent of the fish may die before farmers can kill and package them for food. Read more about fish.
  • Turkeys’ beaks and toes are burned off with a hot blade. Many suffer heart failure or debilitating leg pain, often becoming crippled under the weight of their genetically manipulated and drugged bodies. Read more about turkeys.



‘The Cove’ Wins Oscar for Best Documentary! by christine
March 14, 2010, 12:27 pm
Filed under: AR News, Video | Tags:

The Cove won the Oscar for Best Documentary for 2009!

Directed by National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyo, this documentary spotlights the shocking ritual herding and slaughter of thousands of bottlenose dolphins in the town of Taiji, Japan. The migrating dolphins are herded into a cover where they are netted and stabbed to death with spears so that their meat can be sold as food. A few are spared, in some sense, and sold off to aquariums to spend a dismal life in captivity preforming in water shows. The Cove follows former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry (“Flipper”) on his quest to uncover this brutal practice and bring it to the public’s attention.

ARC will be showing The Cove during our work party next Wednesday, from 6-10pm in Hanover Hall!



The Elephant Sanctuary by christine

During our meeting on Wednesday, the Animal Rights Collective decided that our annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS) would benefit The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. This is especially fitting because of our campaign to end animal acts and the cruelty of the Ringling Bros. Circus on our campus.

Queenie, Minnie & Lottie

The Elephant Sanctuary is the nation’s largest natural-habitat refuge, spanning over 2,700 acres. It is home to old, sick or needy Asian and African elephants that have been removed from zoos and circuses. The elephants are allowed to roam free with peace and dignity through dense forests, green pastures, and spring-fed ponds. Heated barns provide shelter and warmth during cold winter nights. The sanctuary is currently home to 15 lovely ladies.

Look out for our WVBS in April!

If you haven’t heard about Tarra and Bella you’re in for a treat! Watch the video below to learn about this unique and unlikely friendship…



Animals Make the Best Valentines by christine
February 14, 2010, 11:59 am
Filed under: Animal Cuteness, Video

Here’s a dose of cuteness to make you smile and to remember why we’re fighting for animals.



February Pay-Per-View Reportback by christine
February 10, 2010, 7:29 pm
Filed under: AR Action, ARC Events, Reportback, Video | Tags: , ,

Compassion for Animals (CfA) and the Animal Rights Collective (ARC) hosted our third Pay-Per-View session at GMU last week. Students earned $1 to viewed a four minute segment of “Meet Your Meat” to teach them more about standard farming practices. Over 35 students watched the video and several participants even refused the dollar! Thanks to CfA for helping out and coming up with this innovative concept!

Special thanks to Gabriela Galeano for being our photographer!

Watch “Meat Your Meat” and start changing your life!



Judge Allows Ringling Bros. to Continue to Abuse Elephants by christine

This past year has exposed many truths about the horrible conditions and cruelties that circus animals endure for the lavish demands of entertainment. From the newly released photos of baby elephants being abused with bulhooks, electric prods, ropes and chains, to the footage of Ringling trainers striking elephants that was exposed as part of an undercover investigation by PETA just last summer. Apparently, Judge Sullivan refuses to listen.

Pardo states that “this ruling represents a victory for the elephants,” a completely surreal and twisted testimony to her ignorance.

Ask the USDA to end the use of bullhooks and chains here.

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Judge rules for Ringling Bros. in elephant case

The Associated Press

Wednesday, December 30, 2009; 10:14 PM

WASHINGTON — A federal judge Wednesday ruled in favor of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in a case brought by animal rights activists who accused the circus of abusing elephants.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan said former Ringling employee Tom Rider and the Animal Protection Institute did not have legal standing to sue the circus, owned by Feld Entertainment Inc. Rider and the animal protection group brought the lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act.

During the six-week trial in February and March of this year, the attorney for the animal rights groups asked the judge to stop the circus from harming the elephants during performances and punishing them for bad behavior. They alleged that the use of bullhooks and prolonged chaining violated the federal law.

Feld Entertainment argued that the animals are not hurt and that the instruments are necessary to keep the pachyderms under control and protect public safety.

At the time, the judge expressed some reluctance to police circus methods and asked how the prods and chains are different from spurs used on horses and whips with tigers.

Ringling Bros. said during the trial it cannot have the Asian elephants without these instruments because there is no other proven way to keep the animals under control and protect their trainers and the viewing public.

Feld’s attorneys said their elephants are healthy, alert and well-cared for, including those that travel with the show and those that live at the company’s 200-acre conservatory in Florida.

“This ruling represents a victory for the elephants and a win for the U.S. Constitution because it reinforces that the federal court is no place to entertain a philosophical debate about whether elephants should be in the circus,” said Michelle Pardo, an attorney representing Feld Entertainment.

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This is what a victory for elephants looks like?