Millions of animals worldwide are born into this world already in slavery - whether that be farm animals that are breed to be eaten, vivisection animals born to be experimented on, pets born and traded to meet mankind's emotional needs, or horses and dogs born for sport. The list of how humankind uses and abuses animals is bleak and almost endless. This room explores some of the ways that animals are used - and some of the campaigns you can join to help give animals worldwide a voice.
Here’s who you’ll find in the Animals In Servitude Room:
Animal Aid is the UK's largest animal rights group and one of the longest established in the world, having been founded in 1977. We campaign peacefully against all forms of animal abuse and promote cruelty-free living. We investigate and expose animal cruelty, and our undercover investigations and other evidence are often used by the media, bringing these issues to public attention.
Animal Equality is an International farmed animal advocacy organisation that is dedicated to defending all animals through public education, campaigns and investigations. We work to create a more just and compassionate world for animals. We believe that every animal should have a voice, deserving a life free of pain and suffering. We seek to achieve a behavioural and lasting change in society in order to prevent cruelty and protect animals.
Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals
Founded in 1953, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (The Fur-Bearers) works to end the commercial fur trade and promotes co-existence with wildlife.
We want to abolish the commercial fur trade (including trapping and fur farms), create opportunities to co-exist with wildlife (i.e. beavers, coyotes, bears, and small mammals), and to foster empathy and compassion for wildlife and the environment through school presentations and community outreach.
Bont voor Dieren
Bont voor Dieren takes action against animal abuse. The fur industry is unethical and is characterised by suffering. We aim to ensure that consumers do not buy or wear fur, that politicians take legal action against the fur industry, that fashion designers do not use fur in their collections and that stores stop selling fur products.
Buffalo Field Campaign
Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working both in the field and in the policy arenas to stop the harassment and slaughter of America’s last wild buffalo and protect the natural habitat of wild free-roaming bison and other native wildlife. We stand with First Nations to honour the sacredness of wild buffalo.
Our primary goal is to create permanent year-round protection for bison and the ecosystem they depend on - including respect for the migratory needs of this long-exploited and clearly endangered species.
Human Society International UK
Humane Society UK is a leading force for animal protection, with active campaigns to protect British wildlife including badgers and hares, to combat the slaughter of marine life, to reduce and replace animal use in scientific research and product testing, to expose and stop the sale of fur, and to reduce the number of animals suffering on farms.
Human Society of the United States
Humane Society International is one of the only global animal protection organisations working to help all animals—including animals in laboratories, animals on farms, companion animals and wildlife—and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness.
Hunting with hounds was supposed to have been banned in England & Wales in February 2005, and in Scotland, several years earlier. However, now the fuss and media attention has died down, most hunts are carrying on as they did before.
We are experienced in using non-violent direct action tactics to save the lives of thousands of hunted animals every season. From using hunting horns and voice calls to run off with the hounds at fox hunts, to standing in front of the shooting butts on the grouse moors, to wading through the rivers at mink hunts, wherever animals are being hunted for fun, hunt saboteurs will be there, protecting our wildlife from the "sportsmen" who get their kicks from killing.
League Against Cruel Sports
For as long as hunting wild animals with dogs has existed, people will have been opposed to it. The League Against Cruel Sports was founded in 1924 with the aim of banning fox hunting, stag hunting, otter hunting, hare hunting and hare coursing in the UK.
Today, sadly, we are still campaigning on many of the same issues. The League is known for being instrumental in bringing about the Hunting Act 2004 which banned hunting with hounds in England and Wales, yet we are still fighting to protect foxes, hare and deer from illegal hunting which takes place far too frequently across the UK.
Save Me is a charity that speaks out about the cruel minority in our society that feel it is their right to persecute and torture wildlife for sport. Save Me arrived on the scene during the run up to the 2010 elections. Save Me spends much of its time in Parliament lobbying MPs and trying to find a solution to the badger cull and to prevent the repeal of The Hunting Act.
Save Me will continue to fight for wildlife injustices. In short, Save Me gives wildlife a voice.