Today marks the beginning of National Justice for Animals Week, an effort launched by the Animal Legal Defense Fund to draw attention to the issue of animal abuse and urge law enforcement, prosecutors and lawmakers to protect our animals and our neighborhoods from abusers. With the theme “Fighting Animal Abuse, Honoring Animal Victims,” the week will be an annual event dedicated to raising public awareness in the US about how to report animal abuse and how citizens can work within their communities to create stronger laws and assure tough enforcement.
For 30 years, ALDF has been on the frontlines in the battle against animal cruelty, using the legal system to advance the interests of animals. With the launch of National Justice for Animals Week, ALDF embarks on an innovative way to educate the public about abuses that have become a hidden epidemic in the US. “Animal victims of abuse cannot speak for themselves, so concerned citizens and our legal system must speak up for them,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells.
National Justice for Animals Week will also be an opportunity to honor individuals who have given their time, skills and energy to ensure their communities are safe havens for animals.
There will be plenty for everyone to do this week. By signing ALDF’s Animal Bill of Rights, for example, concerned citizens can support the legal recognition of the rights of animals to have their most basic needs met and justice for animals who are abused and exploited.
Whether it’s puppy mills, factory farming, using animals in entertainment, keeping exotic animals as “pets” or anything in between, the public clearly has a lot to learn about animals. Thanks to National Justice for Animals Week, people will have a better understanding of how to recognize animal abuse ― and how to make sure abusers don’t get away with it.
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