Mission Statement

We believe that animals already have rights but that they are just not recognised socially or legally yet.

We fight for changes both in social consciousness and the law.

We all follow a strict vegan diet. One cannot campaign for animal rights while consuming or using any animal-derived product. Apart from the murder and extreme suffering involved, nothing that comes from an animal is ours to take. To do so would be a rights violation in itself.

Animals are not ours to wear. As well as it being totally unnecessary, humans have no right whatsoever to wear fur, leather, wool or silk. All of these ‘materials’ were once part of a living creature, who did not volunteer themselves to become another product.

Animals are not ours to use for entertainment or profit. Animal circuses, greyhound racing, horse racing, zoos and aquariums are all animal-using and abusing industries that take advantage of animals’ vulnerability – merely to satisfy a perverse need to see, and make money out of, another species being degraded and exploited.

No form of animal testing is acceptable, whether it be for cosmetic or medical research purposes.

Testing on animals does nothing to further medical progress for humans – and even if it did, it wouldn’t make it morally right or acceptable to use animals in this way.

We also recognise rights for invertebrates (e.g. crustaceans and insects). They too are living beings who deserve a life free of exploitation and suffering. 

As a non-hierarchical group, NARA welcomes anyone willing to help in our fight for animal rights. However, we are an consistently anti-oppression group, meaning that we believe and acknowledge that both animal rights and human rights are intrinsically linked. In this regard, it goes without saying that we have a zero-tolerance policy towards anyone who is racist, xenophobic, ableist, sexist, ageist, anti-choice, body-shaming, homophobic, transphobic or oppressive to others in any way.

 

NARA are proud members of the Irish Network Against Racism.

Our Goals for Ireland

NARA actively campaigned for marriage equality, and the repeal of the 8th Amendment. We are also involved in many other social justice issues, such as campaigns against fascism, racism and homelessness.

Justice and freedom for one, should mean justice and freedom for all. Now more than ever, we believe Ireland is ready to incorporate animal rights in the agenda for real change – not just for reasons of climate change, but because it is ethically the right thing to do.

Here are just some of the changes we would like to see in Ireland:

  • Ban fur farming
  • Ban the import & sale of real fur
  • Ban the use of animals in clothing (e.g. leather, wool, silk & feathers)
  • Ban all animal circuses & shows
  • Ban all bloodsports – hare coursing, fox hunting, shooting and fishing
  • Ban greyhound racing
  • Ban horse racing & show jumping
  • Ban zoos & aquariums
  • Ban all animal testing – cosmetic and medical
  • Ban puppy farming & the “pet” trade
  • Ban rat/mouse traps & all lethal methods of “pest” control
  • Ban all animal agriculture, shut down all slaughterhouses
  • Increased funding to no-kill animal rescue groups, and an investigation into the ISPCA & DSPCA (kill records and financial records)
  • Convert all council dog & horse pounds to no-kill shelters
  • Legally protect families with companion animals from being refused housing
  • Employ 10 animal rights inspectors for each county, and give them additional legal authority to take animals deemed at risk of abuse
  • Recognise animal sentience in Irish law
  • Allocate funding for employment retraining programs for individuals switching from animal-use related businesses to non-animal industries
  • Mandatory classes on animal rights and animal care as part of the curriculum in all schools

Will you help us achieve our goals for animals in Ireland?

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NARA is a legal, grassroots level organisation that only operates within the law. Information on this website is for the purpose of legal protest and information only. It should not be used to commit any criminal acts or harassment. NARA is not affiliated to any other animal rights group. NARA has no links or involvement with the Animal Liberation Front or the Animal Rights Militia. Any articles published on this web site relating to illegal activities are posted for the sole reason of publishing news related to animal rights, and are not intended to incite or encourage similar acts.

Please feel free to contact us if you want to ask us any questions, report something or get involved.

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