preface to going out in daylight*

Animal Advocates

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by how its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Advancing Science Without Harming Animals: The National Anti-Vivisection Society tenaciously seeks alternatives to live animal testing in research labs and maintains a sanctuary for primates retired from the animal testing industry.

Alley Cat Allies: Can’t say enough good things about Alley Cat. I cut my animal rescue teeth on their Trap-Neuter-Return resources for managing feral cat colonies. If you know someone in a quandary about a stray cat, send them here.

Animal Legal Defense Fund: The motto of this organization of super-smart attorneys is Abuse an animal, go to jail. ‘Nuf said.

Animalearn Science Bank: With the help of this organization, I made it through biology and anatomy classes without having to dissect an animal corpse. They lent me anatomical models, as well as software for virtual dissection, at no charge – just the cost of shipping. When my classmates saw the alternative I was using, they abandoned the antiquated dissection modality for this humane option. The more students use this resource, the more likely that Class B animal dealers, who often pick up stray or lost animals from the streets to supply dissection companies, will go out of business. If you know a student taking life sciences courses, turn them on to Animalearn.

Leaping Bunny: Leaping Bunny makes it easy to be a humane consumer. Its Compassionate Shopping Guide enables you to search for companies committed to cruelty-free products.

Vegetarian Resource Group: Who knew that the land of crab cakes and pit beef would spawn a plant-based diet revolution? The Baltimore-based VRG provides a trove of resources for ethical diets.