Animal Rights Groups

There are many active animal rights groups active in Toronto and the surrounding areas, including the groups listed below.

For a list of events, visit our events calendar or our Facebook page.

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Animal Justice

Animal Justice is a national animal law organization that leads the legal fight for animals in Canada. We work to pass progressive new animal protection legislation, we ensure the laws on the books are vigorously enforced, we go to court to fight on behalf of animals, and we work to develop the growing field of animal law.

We recently ran 50 billboards across the GTA, promoting legal rights for animals. Learn more at www.AnimalCharter.ca.

Animal Rights Academy

Animal Rights Academy is a continuous free lecture series on animal rights and animal related issues at the University of Toronto. It is open to the public. The format is a one-hour long lecture by a guest speaker, followed by discussion. All are welcome. It is an ongoing project of the University of Toronto Animal Rights Club, and is run by volunteers. It has been operating since 2012.

Lectures and events will be posted on our Facebook page and our website.

Animal Rights Academy

Anonymous for the Voicelesss: A global animal rights organization that specializes in street activism. We employ direct action with highly effective public outreach using local standard-practice footage of what “food animals” experience every second of every day, succinctly informative resources and a value-based sales approach. We fully equip the public with everything they need in switching to a vegan lifestyle.

In Toronto we host weekly demos, which have different roles for any comfort level.

You can follow our Facebook page or join us in the AV Toronto group.

 

 

Direct Action Everywhere

Direct Action Everywhere’s mission is to empower activists to take strong and confident action wherever animals are being denigrated, enslaved, or killed, and create a world where animal liberation is a reality. We use creative nonviolent protest to tell the animals’ story. We are not afraid to push boundaries and even polarize the debate.

Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.” (Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail) DXE is a worldwide revolution, and here is what it looks like:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knHdUlTvvwo

Contact DxE Toronto: DxEToronto@gmail.com

Education To Spread Compassion

 Education to Spread Compassion by Teachers Who Care About Animals.

In order to reduce animal suffering, environmental deterioration and health issues, we believe that an all encompassing compassionate curriculum for children is essential.  Meatless Mondays have proven to be a great catalyst to inspire critical thinking, stewardship, empathy and compassion which are necessary attributes to create change.

Our goals are to convince the Ontario Ministry of Education to:

  • adopt Meatless Mondays as an initiative in all secondary and elementary public schools
  • adopt and implement a compassionate all inclusive curriculum
Save Outreach Squad

GRASS (grassroots anti speciesism shift) focuses on speciesism awareness.

Encouraging society to acknowledge that all animals are sentient and therefore have the right to live a life free of human exploitation.

Save Outreach Squad

The Save Outreach Squad (SOS) is a branch of the Toronto Save Movement. The Save Outreach Squad grew out of a need bring awareness about the plight of the animals slaughtered at Toronto’s local slaughterhouses to the streets beyond those slaughterhouses where most people do their very best to avoid thinking about where their food comes from. Through powerful images and literature we invite the public to bear witness to the truth and join us in the fight for animal liberation.

In addition to exposing Toronto’s slaughterhouses, we organize a variety of outreach events, aimed at bringing awareness to other animal exploitation issues. We often build these actions around special events and holidays. Our events are designed to be peaceful, non-confrontational, and educational. We have weekly and monthly events as well as special events.

The Save Movement

The Save Movement is a worldwide network of groups bearing witness to farmed animals, advocating veganism, & promoting love-based grassroots activism

Contact: info@thesavemovement.org

Toronto Pig Save

Toronto Pig Save (TPS) exists to erect glass walls at slaughterhouses,encourage plant-based vegan living, and bear witness during vigils. TPS and iVegan.ca relaunched the “Why love one… but eat the other” TTC campaign, and TPS also launched the Climate Vegan campaign to educate people on the devastating environmental impact of animal agriculture.

Contact: torontopigsave@gmail.com

The following animal rights groups focus on farm animals and vegan outreach.

Toronto Vegetarian Association
Inspiring people to choose a healthier, greener, more peaceful lifestyle. Try the veggie challenge, visit the folks at the resource centre, attend the Veg Food Fest, browse the Vegetarian Directory, and recipe sites

Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals
(CCFA) is dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals raised for food in Canada through public education, legislative change and consumer choice. CCFA supporters are animal protection organizations across Canada representing over 120,000 Canadians.

Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Farmed Animals (CETFA)
CETFA’s purpose is to promote the humane treatment of animals raised for food. We exist to work towards the compassionate treatment of animals raised for food.

Farm Animal Rights Movement
FARM) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization working to end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism. We believe in the inherent self-worth of animals, as well as environmental protection and enhanced public health.

October 2nd is World Day for Farmed Animals, a day dedicated to exposing and memorializing the needless suffering and slaughter of farmed animals.

With tens of billions of animals killed for food each year, we need your voice to help us stand up and speak out! Join activist around the world inpledging to #FastAgainstSlaughter and/or requesting 200 brouchures to pass out on October 2nd.

Mercy for Animals Canada
Creating a society where animals are treated with the respect and compassion, campaigns include the rotten truth – egg production, undercover investigations, pro-veg TV ads.

 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
PETA engages in public education, investigations, legislation, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns to help animals on factory farms, in labs, in the clothing trade, and in entertainment

Other Canadian and International Animal Rights groups and organizations.

Animal Alliance of Canada
Working on legislative advocacy initiatives to protect animals and the environment, including Environment Voters, North America’s first environmental and animal protection political party

Animal Experience International
AIE is a group which helps connect animal loving people with animal organizations in need of volunteers around the world.

Animal Rights Kollective (Ark II) Toronto
Promoting animal rights in Toronto area — campaigns around farmed animals, veganism, animals used for textiles, animals in laboratories, hunting and fishing, and companion animals, including strays and over-breeding.

Compassion in World Farming (UK)

Farm Sanctuary (U.S.)
Promoting compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. Visit the farm and spend time with the animals, learn the truth behind the labels such as organic, free range

Humane Society International – Canada (HSI)
Working to protect all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, and advocacy

International Fund for Animal Welfare – Canada (IFAW)
Working for animal welfare, preventing animal cruelty and abuse, protecting wildlife and providing animal rescue

International Vegetarian Union – IVU Global
Global network of independent organizations which are promoting vegetarianism worldwide — founded in 1908

Niagara Action for Animals (NAfA) is an all-volunteer, registered charity founded in 1989.  NAfA works through public eduction and community outreach to foster a more compassionate society that respects the innate worth of all beings.  NAfA does not condone the use, abuse or exploitation of any animal for any purpose.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Marine wildlife conservation organization using direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action in matters of defending ocean species

TorontoPetNetwork.com provides a list of humane societies, rescues, and shelters for dogs, cats, donkeys, rabbits, horses, parrots, wildlife and more

Toronto Wildlife Centre
Striving to help people and wildlife through rescuing wildlife and public education.

Vegan Outreach
Promoting informed, ethical eating via advocacy booklets, including free ‘Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating’

The Vegan Society UK
The UK Vegan Society – lots of nutrition information

The Vegetarian Society (UK)
The oldest vegetarian organization in the world. Founded in 1847. Excellent environment reasons to go veg, “Vegetarians Do Not Eat Fish” campaign

Viva!
Campaigning on behalf of animals killed for food, campaigns include when pigs cry, meet the real dairy producers, stand up for chickens

We Animals
Photojournalism to challenge boundaries between humans and other animals and to encourage humanity to widen our circle of compassion.

Zoocheck Canada
Protecting animals in captivity and in the wild – zoos, performing animals, educational programs; national and international campaigns