Mandate and philosophy of Aequo Animo
Aequo Animo is a non-profit organization whose objective is to promote vegetarianism, the protection of animals, and the protection of the environment. Our group is deeply committed and highly motivated to advance the cause for the animals. In the past, we have worked for the « Comité d'Actions pour les Animaux », and have initiated and carried out numerous actions on behalf of the animals.
Aequo Animo's mandate is to perform actions that promote changes in attitudes and practices regarding animals.
Aequo Animo's methods consist primarily of informing and sensitizing the public about the ethical and environmental consequences of our consumption habits with respect to food and clothing to name only two. The actions carried out by Aequo Animo are intended to guide individuals toward making more enlightened choices that respect all animal life. The resources employed towards this goal are the following:
Distribution of a newsletter and bulletin
Web site with discussion forum
Participation in public events, conferences, expos and fairs, holding booths or information tables, peaceful demonstrations, presentations in colleges and universities, leafletting, etc.
The people at work for Aequo Animo share philosophical beliefs congruent with this mandate. We believe that an animal has a worthwhile life of his or her own, and does not exist merely to serve the interests of humans - rather, it rests on humanity, conscient of the fragility and the value of life, to show compassion towards all sentient beings.
A first step in this direction is to take into consideration the interests of animals, rather than systematically denying their interests in favour of our own. It is imperative to stop thinking of animals as objects or as resources at our disposition. Other animals, just like us, value their own existence, and they too experience a multitude of sensations and emotions. They have the desire, and should have the right, to live out their natural lives in suitable conditions that allow them full and healthy development. Animals have specific needs and a dignity of their own, and humans must stop denying this and ridiculing them and their suffering. In order to ensure the respect of animals' needs and their dignity, in order to spare them from the abuse and suffering they go through, there must be laws of real ethical value to protect them. Many humans unfortunately tend to invoke the "law of the strongest", disguised in all kinds of ideological considerations, to justify actions that, while unnecessary to the human's survival, generate untold suffering and destruction. Only respect for life in general, and specifically with respect to sentient beings like animals, should guide our individual and collective actions.
Why continue, without necessity, without moral legitimacy, to cause the suffering and death of sentient beings who simply want to live and to enjoy life? Let's try for a moment to put ourselves in their position, would that be sufficient for us to open our eyes and our hearts? Would we then perhaps understand that the circle of fraternity that many aspire to achieve for humanity must be enlarged to encompass other life as well?
Translated by Joanne Charlebois
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