Northwest Animal Rights Network Programs
Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants
Prompted by Woodland Park Zoo's decision to relocate a "troubled" elephant to a zoo in Tacoma, NARN is now actively watching WPZ's elephant management program. After a history of abuse (some at the hands of current employees) including beatings and chaining, and after decades of life in a tiny enclosure, all three elephants now regularly display abnormal repetative behavior and two must always be separated due to incompatiblity (both a consequence of severe confinement).
UW Watch Project
Countless animals are tortured behind closed doors in the name of science. Researchers associated with the University of Washington conduct painful experiments over and over again, frequently not conforming to animal welfare standards. Even as we speak, there are primates who have had "medical" equipment implanted in their brains and eyes for an experiment that has been going on for decades with no conclusive results.
NARN's dedicated volunteers attend Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IUCAC) meetings at the UW, hold peaceful demonstrations at the lab, sift through valuable documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and engage in outreach activities. If you would like to find out more, contact us via link here.
Ongoing Vegan Outreach and Vegan Mentor Program
Vegan outreach is a mainstay of NARN's efforts, as being vegan is one of the easiest, most direct, and most comprehensive ways to eliminate the widespread abuse of animals. Outreach efforts go on year round, at numerous events such as farmers markets, concerts, public forums, speaker tours, with considerable frequency during the summer when outdoor fairs are nearly constant. NARN volunteers distribute thousands of leaflets educating the public about the atrocities committed on animals raised for food and other abusive animal industries. NARN has also hosted events such as film screenings, vegan food-sample giveaways, educational seminars, and social gatherings that focus on the benefits of veganism. The Vegan Mentor Program is a campaign to ensure those who wish to adopt a lifestyle of compassion have the necessary long-term support and guidance from others, with the necessary resources, teaching, and counseling for a positive life-long path that affirms the life of all beings.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
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