We at Raise Ur Paw, A Canadian Federally Incorporated Not-For-Profit, are working towards the removal of the label "Property" from the description of innocent animals, and extending our reach to Government Officials to support and take part in seeing and acknowledging our voiceless as sentient beings.
For way to long, the social attitude towards animals has indeed been one that is very confusing and in many cases bias -- observing some as family members/pets, and in another breathe viewing others as mere "benefits to humanity" (eg. food, entertainment, scientific sacrifices, along with other countless uses) leading to the creation of different laws and protection for different species of life.
It is these attitudes and labels as "property", that is not only showing disregard to life, but is permitting such crimes against them to be accepted (in some cases), and observing such actions against life as something "normal" or routine in our daily lifestyles (eg. animal testing, food and clothing, entertainment, sports etc.)
But in all honesty, it is this response and way of thinking that is truly interfering with permanently stoping these inhumane and cruel actions against animals, because of the loopholes that the label "property" and the words "benefits to humanity" create within our laws -- and the fact that many believe that it is morally wrong to inflict suffering, torture, pain and death upon innocent life and yet make reasons and excuse the actions against others -- even if we can clearly observe that they are visibly wrong.
Let's take a look for a moment at our Justice and Legal Systems, sure they have created such laws to protect animals -- but they too have played their roles in extending the confusion by highly limiting the type of legal protection and security that we give to our voiceless (protection of one, but excuse the actions of others), permittance to allow innocent lives to suffer due to reasons such as "benefits humanity", leaving open the inability to fully protect all species due to restrictions and excuses, giving offenders less consequences and punishments for their crimes, and even exemptions that allows & protects such industries, corporations etc. from facing any kind of punishment.
Just with these issues and concerns alone, should enhance our determination and pressure to remove the label "property" from upon these sentient beings and make the stand to increase the power of authorities, update laws and strengthen consequences against such actions, whether against an individual or a huge corporation -- cruelty is cruelty, with no exemptions or excuses.
WHAT WE CAN DO:
What we can do as a compassionate species is not only take the pledge to be a voice, but also be a stand and action taker as well, to unite as one and show that we are no longer going to excuse or tolerate such actions of inhumanity and cruelty, or consider these innocent beings as mere "property" such as:
*Extending the pressure to Government officials and urge them to remove such label as "property" from upon the innocent, update and strengthen laws, enforce stiffer consequences and punishments for acts of such crimes, and gain support from these political influences to make the stand and be a voice for animals worldwide.
*Raise Public Awareness on the issues and concerns at hand, whether through campaigning, protesting or just sharing valuable and imperative information that can increase the support and attention of society and individuals.
*Write letters or send emails to figures of influence
*Be actively involved with other animal rights organizations, or create your own group etc raising support and voices from other individuals sharing the same interests and compassion for animal rights and welfare.
*Create Petitions, flyers, posters - creative ways to gain attention against the issues at hand.
Even the littlest bit of assistance and support can make a world of difference.
RAISE UR PAW TODAY & TAKE ACTION: #LifeNotProperty
For way too long, the social attitudes of society and the Justice System towards animals has been very confusing and in some cases bias -- observing some innocent lives as family members/pets, while viewing others as "benefits to humanity", in both cases though however, these innocent souls in which co-habit the world with us fall into the same category - "Property". We as individuals of society are hoping to remove such a label from the lives of the voiceless and strongly urge that pressure is put upon Government Officials to see this issue and concern resolved for the welfare and well-being of life, and we are truly hoping that you as political figures can help us achieve this.
It is with your support and backing that will show society that indeed animals are sentient beings and not mere objects of "human benefit" - sharing the awareness that certain actions against animals due to industries, companies, and other individuals, such as animal testing, captivity, fur farming, meat industry , sport and others, should not be considered "normal" but actions of cruelty that society has been blinded too for too long. Such a change as this should also make a difference to our Justice and Legal System, considering that they too have played an active role within the confusion that has blinded much of society.
Although we do have laws that protect animals to a certain degree, the label "property" has highly limited the type of legal protection and security that we give to animals, permitting to allow innocent lives to suffer due to reason such as "benefits to humanity", leaving open the inability to fully protect all species due to restriction and excuses, giving offenders less consequences and punishments for their crimes, and exemptions that allows and protects such industries, corporations from facing any kind of punishment. This form of injustice should not be accepted or tolerated, a life is a life, and that just because we are under the assumption that we are the "Superior Species" should not give us permittance to label such innocent life to such a degrading category, or put lives through unnecessary suffering, pain, torture or death.
For us, as humanity, to truly find peace within this world we reside in, we must first create peace with the innocent and weak -- the animals, PLEASE join the fight today, and put your power to work to fight for the innocent, because no living being should be labelled as something they are not.