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20 June 1999 Issue
Animal Rights Awareness Week

JUNE 21-26, 1999

Animal Rights Awareness Week (ARAW) is a celebration of our relationship with
animals and a remembrance of the strong and proud tradition of animal rights.
ARAW was created to educate people about ways to bring about a more just
and compassionate world. This annual series of events explores our many
options for lifestyles that benefit both animals and humans and advances the
conviction that animal rights and human rights are complementary, not
contradictory.

The aim of this year’s ARAW is to focus on the property status of animals by
educating the public about the ways in which businesses that sell animals,
particularly “pet stores,” perpetuate a vicious cycle of cruelty, suffering and
death. We are urging people to target these businesses and their patrons to
educate the average person about how the buying and selling of animals is not
only ethically wrong but they also support the puppy mill and backyard
breeder’s assembly line production of millions of animals.

Tabling events at businesses that sell animals will also plant seeds of
awareness and compassion by educating people that we should no longer
consider animals to be property or ourselves to be “owners.” This seemingly
simple shift from “owner” to guardian, companion, caregiver, etc., will greatly
benefit animals. More animals will be adopted from shelters, fewer animals
will be abandoned, and people will have a deeper sense of respect and
compassion for companion animals who are now part of their families, not
mere commodities to be bought, sold and discarded at whim.

Please join us in a week of educating people about the cycle of cruelty,
suffering and death inherent in buying and selling animals by tabling at
businesses that sell animals. Join us in a week of working toward elevating
the status of animals while honoring the people whose foresight, hard work and
heroic dedication paved the way for today’s animal protection movement.

For more information and tabling materials, please contact IDA.

In Defense of Animals
131 Camino Alto Suite E
MIll Valley, CA 94941
phone: (415) 388 9641
fax: (415) 388 0388
email: ida@idausa.org
www.idausa.org

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