Resources

These are only some of the organizations and resources that are out there to support animal welfare and a cruelty-free lifestyle! 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • Compassion Over Killing
  • The Fund For Animals Founded in 1967 by Cleveland Armory, The Fund works on behalf of animals with legislative and direct action rescue efforts.  Mr. Armory founded The Black Beauty Ranch in Texas
  • FarmedAnimal.net This site has fact sheets, action alerts (and an email update service) and contacts concerning the interests of farmed animals.  A comprehensive, great resource.
  • The National Anti-Vivisection Society Based in Chicago, NAVS is very active in seeking alternatives to, and abolishing, animal testing and dissection.  Contact them to get a copy of Personal Care For People Who Care, a comprehensive guide to household and personal care product manufacturers that do and don’t test on animals.
  • AnimalConcerns.org A great site with dozens links to dozens of animal welfare, animal rights, and environmental resources.
  • MadCowboy.com Howard Lyman, a cattle rancher-turned-vegan and animal activist, was named as a co-defendant when Oprah was sued by the beef industry for defamation.  Mad Cowboy is Mr. Lyman’s website, as well as the name of his interesting book on his journey to a cruelty-free lifestyle.  He’s an incredibly engaging character, and his site is full of information.

ANIMAL LAW SITES

  • The Animal Legal Defense Fund   Founded in 1979 to bring animal welfare and rights issues into the legal realm, the Fund is a national collective of attorneys and other legal people who work to further the interests of animals in litigation, legislation, and the courtroom.
  • Animal Law Resource Center Operated by the National Anti-Vivisection Society, the ALRC tracks legislation, statutes, case law, and law review articles that pertain to animal law issues.
  • Animal Legal and Historical Center Operated by Michigan State University, this website provides a comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including: over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an international collection.
  • The International Institute for Animal Law   Founded “to encourage, at the international level, the development of legal scholarship and advocacy skills on behalf of animals.”
  • The Animal Welfare Act   This is a USDA site that has the language of the original statute, its amended versions, interpretative summaries, and peripheral information.
  • The Humane Scorecard  This is a comprehensive report on how every member of Congress voted on all animal-related legislation in the 107th Congress. (PDF file)
  • The National Center For Animal Law  Based at Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon, the center educates persons who want to practice animal law, and works for animal welfare.
  • The Animal Law Journal  The only law journal devoted exclusively to animal issues.  It is issued each May, and you can subscribe for $12 per year.

SANCTUARIES AND SHELTERS

  • Chicago Area Animal Shelter List Compiled by the Chicago-Kent College of Law SALDF Chapter
  • The Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago  Chicago’s 103-year-old shelter at Grand and LaSalle.  The Society provides adoption services, training and education classes, a low-cost spay/neuter and medical clinic, humane investigation services, and a wide range of volunteer opportunities.
  • Farm Sanctuary   This is a great organization that rescues and rehabilitates downed, abused, and abandoned farm animals, and lets them live out their natural lives, at one of their two sanctuaries — in New York state or northern California.
  • Black Beauty Ranch  Founded in 1979, Black Beauty Ranch is home to numerous animals of all sorts — all rescued and given this pleasant home to live out their lives.
  • Best Friends Animal Sanctuary  A large sanctuary about 4 hours from Las Vegas, that houses more than 1800 animals.  They have a great, informational website with many photos.

SHOPPING, etc.

  • Meatout Mondays A weekly e-newsletter brought to you by the Farmed Animal Rights Movement (FARM). Each issue features an easy and delicious recipe, great product ideas, health information or breaking news, and inspiration to brighten your week.
  • Pangea  Vegetarian and vegan clothing, shoes, edibles, and pretty much anything you can think of.
  • So Now What Do I Eat?  A great, large resource for those new to vegetarianism
  • Cruelty-Free Kitty A beauty blog created by a woman named Suzi, Cruelty-Free Kitty is a massive resource for finding cruelty-free cosmetics (cosmetics not testing on animals). Described as a “no-bullshit resource for animal-lovers,” Suzi reviews cruelty-free products and tools as well as lists of companies that do and do not test on animals.
  • Vegetarian Shoes  Leather-free Doc Martens, and other hip shoes & accessories.