- Anonymous for Animal Rights
Anonymous for Animal Rights is an
animal rights groupbased in Israel[ [http://www.anonymous.org.il "Anonymous for Animal Rights" web site] ] . It focuses on several animal rightsissues: the consumption of meatand animal source foods, using animals for clothing and entertainment, and animal testing. The group started organizing protests in the 1990’s and became formally organized in 1994. The name "Anonymous" was chosen as a form of identification with the anonymity of animals in industrial farms, labs, and other industries.
"Anonymous" oppose animal-based food industries (such as
meat, fish, milkand eggs) due to the suffering caused to animals in these industries; it calls for a vegan lifestyle [ [http://www.nrg.co.il/online/35/ART1/057/344.html "The fighter for Animal Rights"] - an interview with "Anonymous" director, Reut Horn (in Hebrew)] .
Besides the opposition to consumption of animal-based products, the organization conducts
animal welfareactivities, and calls for practical steps that can reduce the suffering of animals in these industries. For example, it calls egg-eaters to move from industrial eggs, produced by henin battery cages, to free range eggs.
"Anonymous" activities are focused in three areas:
documentation, information dissemination, and legal areas ( legislationand regulation).
"Anonymous" documents cases of violation of animal rights. It regularly visits industrial farms, and compares their practices to those allowed by law, assisted by theoretical
agricultural researchand by animal rights groups in Europe and the United States.
"Anonymous" distributes printed material regarding animal rights. Leaflets and booklets are distributed in public events and in lectures in schools. The organization’s weekly publication is titled "This week in Animals Rights" and is distributed by e-mail since 2001.
The organization also maintains a
web sitethat describes cruelties in animal industries, including photographs and films that were taken in chicken coops and cowsheds. The web site also contains practical information about vegan lifestyle, including nutritional advice and recipes.
"Anonymous" are also responsible for maintenance and updates to the Israeli
Vegetarian Societyweb site [ [http://www.anonymous.org.il/veg.htm The Israeli Vegetarian Society web site] , operated by "Anonymous"] .
Legislation and regulation
"Anonymous" works with governmental units, trying to advance legislation and regulation regarding animal welfare, and the enforcement of existing regulations.
* The most well-known achievement of "Anonymous" was the protest against the production of foie gras. In August 2003, the
Supreme Court of Israelordered the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture to ban the force feeding of geese [ [http://www.jewishveg.com/foiegras.html The Israeli Supreme Court: Force-feeding of Geese and Ducks Violates the Law] ] . "Anonymous" tracks the enforcement of the ban, and fills complaints against farms that conduct illegal force feeding.
* "Anonymous" conducted a campaign against the use of animals in circuses. Following the campaign, new regulations were enacted that prohibit the use of wildlife animals in circuses in Israel. Additional regulations exist in
Tel-Avivand some other cities that prohibit the use of "any" animal in circuses.
* Activists in the organization documented
cattle dehorningwithout anesthesia in Gat. Following exposure of these findings on a television show, new regulations were enacted that prohibit it.
* Similarly, regulations were introduced regarding the protection of calves. The new regulations make
isolationof calves and the denial of drinking water illegal, and specify required levels of hemoglobin in the blood, intake of fiber in the calves' nutrition, and ventilation and footing material requirements. This achievement is a result of a campaign initiated by "Anonymous" in 2001.
* Letters sent by "Anonymous" activists led to stopping
dissections of animals in elementary and secondary schools.
Other animal rights organizations in Israel
"Anonymous for Animal Rights" is the largest
animal liberation movementin Israel. Some smaller groups splintered from it during the years, including "Ma'avak Ehad" ("One Struggle", an anarchist-motivated political group) and "Shevi" ("Animal Liberation Israel").
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