Animal Writes
1 August 2001 Issue
They Are Not Our Property, We Are NOT Their Owners

The Animals' Agenda ad from In Defense of Animals

"IDA's 'They Are Not Our Property' campaign is vital to the animal rights movement in that all exploitation of nonhuman animals revolves around the notion that they are human property. And, as property, nonhuman beings are used in every conceivable way by human society and often subjected to extreme privation and suffering as a result."
~ Nedim Buyukmihci ~ Association of Veterinarians for Animals Rights

"In the legal sense, animals are regarded as 'things,' as mere objects that can be bought, sold, discarded, or destroyed at an owner's whim. Only when animals can be regarded as 'persons' in the eyes of the law will it be possible to give teeth to the often-fuzzy laws protecting animals from abuse."
~ Jane Goodall ~ Jane Goodall Institute

"People of other genders, races, and even age groups were once treated as property in this country. Now, it is time for 'people' of other species to be accorded the same simple dignity of being recognized not as someone else's property but as beings in their own right."
~Michael Mountain ~ Best Friends Sanctuary

"In 1973, in my book The Lady and Her Tiger I wrote, 'Wild animals are not meant to be owned, any more than human beings are. No one has the right to pass a cougar or gorilla from hand to hand, not for the purest of motives. Now, 27 years later, I feel even more strongly about this issue."
Pat Derby ~ Performing Animal Welfare Society

"Our language must be altered to accurately reflect the belief that companion animals are much more than mere commodities to be disposed of at will. IDA's 'They Are Not Our Property' campaign is an integral part of the effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate the tragic deaths of millions of homeless animals in our nation's shelters."
~ Ed Duvin ~ Project Zero

"As long as people treat animals as toys, possessions and commodities, rather than as individuals with feelings, widespread neglect and abuse is destined to continue. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) strongly supports IDA's 'They Are Not Our Property Campaign."
~ Ingrid Newkirk ~ PeTA

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