Animal Rights Collective Blog

Liberation Week Reportback by christine

The Animal Rights Collective invited peta2 to campus to display their Liberation Project, a series of visual panels that look back to the justifications that have been used to exploit humans in the past and how the same excuses are being used to exploit animals today. This display reminds us that “might does not make right.”

We had an overwhelmingly positive response as we handed out thousands of flyers and pieces of literature, shared and listened to some amazing stories, and debunked myths. The week finished off with a screening of “Liberation” and “Meet Your Meat,” which a group of dedicated and inspiring people attended – refusing to turn away from the exploitation that so many people can’t face and yet force animals to endure 24/7 because of the choices they make.

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls,

everyone would be vegetarian.”

– Paul McCartney


The Liberation Project on the JC North Plaza

Line & Adrianne

peta2 Liberationistas Collecting Signatures

Ringling Beats Elephants

Animal Liberation by the Clocktower

Vegan Cooking CLass

The week started off with a Vegan Cooking Class, which taught students how to make simple and cruelty-free dishes in their microwave. Here a student is mixing up microwavable chocolate cake. The recipes were from peta2’s “Vegan College Cookbook,” click here for some sample recipes.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by, helped out, and took our literature!

Read About it in Broadside

Listen to it on Connect2Mason

If you missed it, visit the Animal Liberation Project interactive gallery online.

If you missed the viewing of “Liberation” and “Meet Your Meat,” watch them here:

Student Group On Campus Unites Forces with PETA: New Organization Promotes Animal Rights

Tue, 10/06/2009 – 14:33

By Brenda Shepard, Broadside Correspondent

The Animal Rights Collective organization will be holding Animal Liberation Week, today through Thursday, Oct. 8. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to engage in conversation and educate themselves about animal rights, animal abuse and the choice to live a vegan lifestyle.

ARC, in conjunction with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, will be showing a series of visual displays, entitled the Animal Liberation Project. The exhibit looks back through a history of human slavery, showing the juxstaposition of the justifications for animal cruelty today. The exhibit will be on the North Plaza of the Johnson Center on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m.

“It’s so ingrained in our culture to eat meat,” said senior conservation biology and global affairs major Christine Kauffman. “Animals can feel and suffer just like humans do. Now we have the means to end their suffering because of us.”

The ARC is in its first semester as a recognized group on campus, but has spent many years protesting the circus at George Mason University.

Organizers of the event said that after seeing PETA’s display on the National Mall this summer, the group contacted PETA, who was receptive and excited to include Mason on its college tour of the exhibit. PETA will have representatives on campus this week to answer questions and educate people who are interested in getting involved with their cause.

Other than the visual display, other campus events associated with Animal Liberation Week will include a vegan cooking class today based on PETA’s “Vegan College Cookbook,” as well as a film screening of Liberation, in Student Union Building II on Thursday Oct. 8.

When asked why students should come and see the The Animal Liberation Project, junior biology major Jen Beidel said, “You have to educate yourself. [Animal] abuse comes from people who aren’t educated. You can tell somebody all day, but they have to want to change themselves.”

Other activities that ARC has planned for their premier semester include making bird feeders to create space for wildlife that has been displaced by construction, a Halloween vegan bake sale and a screening of the film Earthlings, according to the organization’s website.

“It’s time to start living up to our values and stop making excuses. It’s in the entertainment we watch and even the clothes we wear. Images and videos are a lot harder to forget,” said Kauffman.

All events during Animal Liberation Week are free and open to the public. ARC has weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. in Student Union Building I. For more information, visit

hello world! by christine
September 11, 2009, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Announcement | Tags: , ,

Welcome to the Animal Rights Collective (ARC) Blog. We are (mostly) members of George Mason University, but we welcome members from the greater community that are interested in animal rights.

The Animal Rights Collective (ARC) is a group dedicated to raising awareness about animal rights on our campus and within the surrounding community. ARC was founded by a group of students that came together to protest the Ringling Brothers Circus on campus and to organize events pertaining to animal rights and vegan outreach.

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. 

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, linguistic background, religion, or physical ability.

We’ll be blogging regularly about our campaigns, events, meetings, and doing our best to keep you up to speed about what’s going on with the Animals Rights Movement.

Stay tuned…

p.s. Visit our website!