The world is an ingenious equilibrium of species, of which animal species form an important and fascinating part. We humans are the most dominant species of all. Besides a comfortable position in the biological chain, this dominance gives us huge responsibility. The responsibility to treat animals and the environment with dignity, and allow them their place to live. This for our sake as much as for theirs. We will not survive without our fellow inhabitants of this world. They are the source of our food, and the ecosystem that we live in. We must respect them and treat them with dignity.
The reality is that we don't take enough responsibility. Too many animals are under human imposed pressure of maltreatment, extinction, or both. The following charities fight for these animals, and for this they deserve the moral and financial support of all.
Animals Asia Foundation - Save the Moonbears
Hong Kong based Animals Asia Foundation (and their Dutch fundraising branch Save the Moonbears) fight fiercely to stop captivity of and cruel acts against animals in Asia. The horrific practice of bear bile farming is most eye catching. Endangered species Asian black bears (also known as Moon bears) are held in captivity in tiny cages, while their belly is permanently penetrated with a steel tube, to extract bile from their gallbladder on a regular basis. The bile is used for production of traditional Chinese medicine, for which there are perfect synthetic substitutes available. The cages are so small and the animals are so sick and hurt, that they can hardly move. This is their life long horrific fate, sometimes for decades. Animals Asia fights this unacceptable cruelty against a beautiful, yet endangered animal species. www.animalsasia.org
Compassion In World Farming (CIWF)
Compassion In World Farming campaigns and lobbies for ethical treatment of farm animals, and against the live export of animals, certain methods of livestock slaughter, and 'all systems of factory farming’. CIWF was founded in 1967 by a young British dairy farmer named Peter Roberts. In that time the industrial scale animal farming industry was growing quickly. Mr Roberts disapproved the mass animal suffering which came with this development, and he started a movement to fight it. Since then, CIWF has grown to become one of the world’s most prominent activists for farm animal rights. Among their greatest achievements are the Europe wide bans on veal crates and chicken battery cages. CIWF remains a UK based organisation, and has now also offices and representatives in various other countries in Europe, North America and Asia. www.ciwf.org
Stichting AAP is a Dutch NGO that provides care, shelter and a replacement plan for exotic animals like monkies and tigers. Typically the animals under Stichting AAP’s care have been saved from (for example) illegal wildlife trade, ailing zoos in warzones, circuses or animal testing labs. After a period of recovery in one of Stichting AAP’s sanctuaries in the Netherlands and Spain, Stichting AAP’s goal is to find a new home for the animals, usually natural reserves or trusted zoos. Besides the shelter and replacement activities, Stichting AAP also campaigns with governments and authorities for better and more strict animal welfare regulation. Stichting AAP was founded in 1972 in the Netherlands, under the official name Apes Adoption and Protection. www.aap.nl