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A welcome addition to the Archive in the form of a range of materials from the National Animal Rights Association, founded in 2007 which as its website notes is ‘a voluntary, vegan, consistently anti-oppression, non-hierarchical animal rights group’ that ‘We want a world where animals are free from use, abuse, and exploitation. To help achieve this, we have many ongoing campaigns, and are constantly out spreading awareness through our protests, demonstrations and information stalls’. The website also notes that:
NARA actively campaigned for marriage equality, and the repeal of the 8th Amendment. We are also involved in many other social justice issues, such as campaigns against fascism, racism and homelessness.
Justice and freedom for one, should mean justice and freedom for all. Now more than ever, we believe Ireland is ready to incorporate animal rights in the agenda for real change – not just for reasons of climate change, but because it is ethically the right thing to do.
NARA has been involved in a range of campaigns, including Animal Circuses, Blood Sports, Laboratories and Fur. This last was one of their most successful and ‘On 2nd October 2019, the ‘Prohibition of Fur Farming Bill 2018’ was introduced in the Dáil by TDs Ruth Coppinger (Solidarity), Paul Murphy (Rise) and Mick Barry (Solidarity). After almost 2 years worth of campaigning, on the 24th June 2019, the Irish government finally agreed to ban fur farming in Ireland’.
And here is a list of objectives:
Here are just some of the changes we would like to see in Ireland:
- Ban fur farming
- Ban the import & sale of real fur
- Ban the use of animals in clothing (e.g. leather, wool, silk & feathers)
- Ban all animal circuses & shows
- Ban all bloodsports – hare coursing, fox hunting, shooting and fishing
- Ban greyhound racing
- Ban horse racing & show jumping
- Ban zoos & aquariums
- Ban all animal testing – cosmetic and medical
- Ban puppy farming & the “pet” trade
- Ban rat/mouse traps & all lethal methods of “pest” control
- Ban all animal agriculture, shut down all slaughterhouses
- Increased funding to no-kill animal rescue groups, and an investigation into the ISPCA & DSPCA (kill records and financial records)
- Convert all council dog & horse pounds to no-kill shelters
- Legally protect families with companion animals from being refused housing
- Employ 10 animal rights inspectors for each county, and give them additional legal authority to take animals deemed at risk of abuse
- Recognise animal sentience in Irish law
- Allocate funding for employment retraining programs for individuals switching from animal-use related businesses to non-animal industries
- Mandatory classes on animal rights and animal care as part of the curriculum in all schools
There’s a wealth of information on the website in addition to the materials incorporated into the Archive.