How does society try to protect the rights of animals?

There are many ways in which people, individually and in groups, may try to protect the rights of animals:

  • Joining or working for groups which promote animal rights. These organisations exist to protect the rights of animals - some for domestic animals and others are concerned with all kinds of wildlife. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF UK) are organisations that people support to help protect animals and their habitats.
  • Taking part in campaigns that protest against the cruelty or mistreatment of animals, eg Animal Aid, a UK group which promotes animal rights and a cruelty-free lifestyle.
  • Supporting breeding programmes which help to ensure that endangered species do not become extinct.
  • Attending and supporting conferences locally, nationally or internationally, which increase awareness of animal rights issues eg the Conference in Assisi in 1986, which resulted in the Assisi Declarations.
  • Taking part in non-violent protests such as demonstrations, writing to an MP, or boycotting goods or stores that sell animal products.
  • Encouraging local projects that are designed to protect animals.

Individuals may also decide:

  • to be a vegetarian or vegan
  • to refuse to buy items made using animal products, eg fur coats or leather handbags
  • not to attend events at home or in other countries where animals may be mistreated, eg hunting or bullfighting