Animal Rights
vs Animal Welfare


At the end of 2008 ALDF had established 131 Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters at law schools throughout the U.S. and Canada and 101 animal law classes are now being offered at U.S. law schools.
According to their website, ALDF describes itself as attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law. They specialize in "Filing groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse and expand the boundaries of animal law." ALDF advocates changing the legal status of animals from property to personhood. Included in the educational and legislative work of ALDF are model animal laws, such as making it illegal to sell or transfer an animal to a research or educational facility, and insertion of guardian to replace owner.

When and how legal rights for animals will be established is as yet unknown. We are only beginning to explore the legal theories that may be argued. Joyce Tischler, Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund Epilogue, Animal Law, Cases and Materials, 2002

"Everything we are doing lays the foundation for the one day when animals will have rights" ...."We need to get in their faces and sue the animal users so often they don't know which courtroom they're supposed to appear in next." Valerie Stanley, ALDF Attorney June, 1996

The Great Ape Legal Project

Legal Counsel Tells Court That Her Clients Would Rather See Elephants Euthanized Than in a Zoo

Citizen Standing to Enforce Anti-Cruelty Laws by Obtaining Injunctions: The North Carolina Experience, 11 Animal Law 39 (2005) authored by Professor William Reppy.

Broad Exemptions in Animal-Cruelty Statutes Unconstitutionally Deny Equal Protection of the Law, 70 Law & Contemp. Prob. 255 (2007), authored by Professor William Reppy.

Professor Reppy, Duke University Animal Law, is a long time animal rights activist, moderator at the first Animal Rights Conference on the Legal Status of Nonhuman Animals in 1999; presenter at the Conference on Future of Animal Law, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Yale Law School, New Haven, November 2004; Director of Animal Legal Defense Fund's North Carolina Animal Cruelty Project 2004; and served as a member of the North Carolina General Statutes Commission from 1998-2010.

Animal Rights Activists Want to Put an End to Dodger Dogs.

ALDF Conference to bring together animal law experts from around the world

ALDF new campaign to set up online pet abuser registries a bad idea

SAOVA. Exposing the Animal Legal Defense Fund


ARCHIVES. PETA workers on trial in NC

PETA: Sacrifice Human, Not Animal Life for Medical Research, July, 2006

The banner on PETA's home page says - "Animals are NOT ours to eat; Animals are NOT ours to wear; Animals are NOT ours to experiment on; Animals are NOT ours to use for entertainment; Animals are NOT ours to exploit.

Their message is very clear that animals are not ours - and this includes pets. Think about this. A portion of every dollar they receive furthers this philosophy.

Your Kids - PETA's Pawns

Still think PETA is a friend to animals? Read the PETA position statement on pets from their Animal Rights Uncompromised website:

We at PETA very much love the animal companions who share our homes, but we believe that it would have been in the animals' best interests if the institution of "pet keeping" i.e. - breeding animals to be kept and regarded as "pets" - never existed. The international pastime of domesticating animals has created an overpopulation crisis; as a result, millions of unwanted animals are destroyed every year as "surplus." This selfish desire to possess animals and receive love from them causes immeasurable suffering, which results from manipulating their breeding, selling or giving them away casually, and depriving them of the opportunity to engage in their natural behavior. Their lives are restricted to human homes where they must obey commands and can only eat, drink, and even urinate when humans allow them to.

PETA kills animals

PETA front, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

Dying for Liberation .. Why is PETA killing animals? by Wesley J. Smith

A PETA army of child activists


"Arson, property destruction, burglary, and theft are ‘acceptable crimes’ when used for the animal cause.” — PETA co-founder Alex Pacheco lists the “acceptable” tactics to fight for animal rights, Associated Press

"Perhaps the mere idea of receiving a nasty missive will allow animal researchers to empathize with their victims for the first time in their lousy careers. I find it small wonder that the laboratories aren’t all burning to the ground. If I had more guts, I’d light a match.” — Ingrid Newkirk, The Chronicle of Higher Education

More PETA quotes at Activist Cash