Throughout history, there have been women who fought hard for animal rights. Women who came from all walks of life with different professions such as researchers, writers, and activists. These remarkable women took on a fantastic mission to promote change and generate progress on animal rights legislation.
Some of the women who fought for animal rights
Jane Goodall, primatologist
Jane Goodall became world famous for studying chimpanzees. She studied the interaction between chimpanzees in Tanzania, for over 45 years, and also their interactions with humans.
There she developed her work and created the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977. It is a center that protects chimpanzees and their habitats. She is still one of the most famous animal welfare activists. In fact, she continues to be a role model for thousands of people from all generations.
Women who fought for animal rights: Ruth Harrison, author
Ruth had the courage to be one of the first people to speak out against cruelty and cruelty to animals in intensive livestock farming. In the 1960s, Harrison questioned the processes used by the food industry when treating animals in his book, Animal Machines.
The “Welfarism” movement began with Ruth Harrison’s work as a basis. Its logo reads: “speak for those who have no voice.”
Marian Dawkins, researcher
Dawkins strongly believes that animals are sentient beings who can experience different emotions such as joy, fear, pain, etc. She even believes that they have the ability to think, analyze and even draw conclusions. She says it is easy to prove the level of animal consciousness.
One of Dawkins’ studies was about the behavior of chickens that were not treated well in intensive livestock farming. As a result of these studies, people now know that the stress of trapped caged hens is much higher when they lack space to move around.
Women who fought for animal rights: Lizzy Lind af Hageby, activist
The Swedish-born activist Lizzy Lind af Hageby started at the London School of Medicine in 1902. Once there, she highlighted the cruelty of vivisection on the animals used in the classrooms.
Her diary, which was later published under the name “The Shambles of Science” condemns all kinds of torture and cruel experiments that she personally witnessed. This diary created many protests and even brought one of the professors involved in such animal studies to trial.
In 1906, the Hageby Animal Society and Anti-Vivisection Society started . She later took over the Ferne Animal Sanctuary in England.
Jo-Anne McArthur and Keri Cronin
Researcher Cronin and journalist McArthur co-founded the Unbound Project. This project has been fantastic for collecting and disseminating the achievements of many women activists around the world. These are about animals and social rights in general.
There is still a lot to do
At present, there are still many areas in animal rights to fight for. Practices such as bullfighting, fox hunting, animal husbandry, laboratory animals, circuses and zoos, and even the proper care of animals kept as pets.
Animal rights are now part of the laws and regulations of many countries, which are becoming increasingly specific in the right way to treat and care for animals.
The universal declaration on animal welfare
The Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare was proclaimed in 1977, although it was written as early as 1948. It contains 14 articles that basically concern the right to exist, the right to liberty and to be treated well, and the right to die as painlessly as possible. Among them we find:
- The recognition that all animals, including humans, are sentient beings.
- All beings are part of the world and we all have rights. So we need to educate people and make them understand the fact that all life is valuable and therefore should be respected. We should also take care of and protect those who are weaker and more vulnerable. Especially if they can not speak for themselves or act in their own self-defense.
- Animals have rights. Abuse, neglect, abandonment and all other cruel methods of treatment must therefore end.
The highest priority during this century, when it comes to the goals of many organizations at world level, is the protection of animal rights.
It would be great if everyone around the world could care enough to be involved and promote these rights. But you can do your part exactly where you are by not letting animals get hurt, as well as raising your voice if someone else does.