Promoting Respect – Ending Animal Abuse
Animal Protection League of New Jersey (APLNJ) works toward the elimination of institutionalized and legalized exploitation and abuse of animals. We aim to create a culture of respect for the animals with whom we share this planet.
Through education, legislation, and outreach, APLNJ labors daily to:
- Increase public awareness of the many institutionalized and legalized forms of animal abuse
- Encourage activism in our own communities to stop or prevent cruelty toward animals
- Promote lifestyle changes to reduce and eliminate animal suffering
APLNJ advocates for the rights of all animals, but our primary issues of concern are wildlife, animals raised for human consumption, feral cats and animal experimentation.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Since 1983, APLNJ has been a community based educational organization working toward nonviolent coexistence with animals. Through our programs promoting responsible science, ethical consumerism, and environmentalism, we advocate change that greatly enhances the quality of life for animals and people, and protects the planet.
SOCIAL JUSTICE: Animals and People
APLNJ rejects the assumption that animals are born only to be killed, the view that their lives can be taken at will for human use or recreation. We reject the belief that because humans are able to kill or inflict suffering, we can or should do so.
We uphold the obvious; animals are individuals who value their own lives. Their struggles, cries, and vain attempts to escape the slaughterhouse kill floor, the vivisector’s scalpel, or pursuing hunters broadcast this to all but the most obtuse observer. Each year, billions of animals are mistreated and killed. Ending this, to the extent that we can, is not a secondary concern, or one to be put in a corner. It merits our full attention and commitment.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
– Steve Jobs, 2005 Commencement Address, Stanford
1984 is a warning, not a users’ manual.
In the United States, each of us is free to hold the opinions we choose. We can think for ourselves.
In some ideologies or social theories, “shutting down” speech, in various ways and venues, has become commonplace. Self-appointed enforcers of ideological purity are not free to bully, shame, or otherwise push fellow activists to conform, in language, thought, or deed, to said doctrine or dogma. Nor are they free to prevent others from speaking, at least not here, on APLNJ pages or under its auspices.
Animal activists are unambiguously free to express themselves however they please, to think whatever they please, and to support whatever causes, or countries, they please. At APLNJ, people come together from all different backgrounds for one, common purpose: to defend animals who cannot protect themselves.
APLNJ take a stand for free speech and against intolerance and bigotry of any stripe.