ANIMALS

Actions to Help Animals | Animal Rights | Companion Animals
Dissection/Animal Experimentation | Farmed Animals
Hunting/Rodeos/Career & College info | Connecting the Issues

ACTIONS TO HELP ANIMALS VIA EMAIL OR LETTERS AND IN THE POLITICAL ARENA

Action Alerts - From American Humane. Find out what legislation is moving through the federal level and your state. Write your legislators! For teens and older.

Animals-4-Teens - Online discussion yahoo group for teens who love animals.

Citizen Lobbyist Center - From the Humane Society of the United States. Links to sites to find your legislators, information on ballot initiatives, state and federal legislation, action alerts and a listserv, and more. For teens and older.

Humane Teen Network - Join this e-mail list to get up-to-date action alerts delivered to your e-mail. Free, from Humane Teen, by the Humane Society of the United States.

Humane USA - Not just for teens. This is the nation’s largest animal protection political action committee. Scorecards on politicians and much more. 

Kinship Circle - Not specifically for teens, but it is great to use to help with those letters and emails to help animals! 

League of Humane Voters of NYC - Not specifically for teens, but is a very informative site. This organization effectively mobilizes public concern for animals amongst citizens, activists, political parties, candidates and elected representatives all over the city.

SAGA (Student’s Animal Guardian Alliance) - Assists animal welfare clubs in their goals to promote a more humane society. It has an interactive site that allows students to take part in a larger community.  Students have the ability to learn from the resources SAGA has to offer as well as from the experiences of other students around the country.  

Teens for Animals - Online discussion yahoo group for teens interested in animal rights. Lots of action alerts.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS
12 Things You Can Do to Help Animals - From In Defenses of Animals.

Animal Abuse Registry

Animal Aid - For youth.

HumaneTeen - From The Humane Society of the United States.. Information on issues, how to start a club, projects, a teen network to join and more.

In Defense of Animals - Will help you find volunteer opportunities with animal organizations in your own state.

Anti-Cruelty laws - Find what they are in your state. From Hugs for Homeless Animals. 

Last Chance for Animals - Has a teen page, including intern opportunities, information on reporting animal cruelty and other ways you can help.

Movie Ratings - Find out if any animals were harmed in the making of your favorite flicks. (Scroll to the bottom).

Rutger's University School of Law: Animal Rights Law - Not specifically for teens. Includes sections on companion animals in rental housing, anti-cruelty statutes by state, animal sacrifice and much more. In some sections, there are also links to media coverage on the issues.

Stop Cruelty - This site tells you what to do if you see a website promoting cruelty to animals, from Hugs for Homeless Animals.  

Student Action Guide - From Humane Teen, by the Humane Society of the United States. Detailed online guide to starting a club to help animals or the Earth.

Students Animal Rights Alliance - Founded in 2001, Student Animal Rights Alliance is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing students and youth towards a culture of respect for animal rights. (May not be updated regularly.)

Teens Fight Animal Cruelty - from The Humane Society of the United States. Don’t miss the music video download! This powerful PSA was made by a group of students at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. It is about breaking the cycle of human/animal violence.

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COMPANION ANIMALS
How to Find a Lost Cat or Dog - From the Pet Action League. This is not specifically written for teens, but it is one of the best articles we've seen on the subject. Also includes tips on how to protect your pet.

Internship Opportunity for Teens - At Best Friends animal sanctuary in Utah. It is the "nation’s largest lifetime-care sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals."

Pets at College: Not a Prerequisite - This article from the Humane Society of the US includes a video clip.

What to Do if You Find A Lost Pet - From Hugs for Homeless Animals.

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DISSECTION/ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION
All for Animals - Information for students on animal testing and animal rights. Includes information for college students.

Alternatives to Dissection - Lots of sources of information listed to explore.

Dissection Alternatives - From the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine with links to many resources.

Dissection Campaign Kit - From the Humane Society of the United States, for high school students. Lots of great information to help you.

Dissection Quiz - From Last Chance for Animals… get the real scoop on how many animals are dissected, where they come from, resources for alternatives and more.

Ethical Science & Education Coalition - Includes a free Dissection Alternatives Loan program, Kid’s Corner, resources for teachers, legislation information, and information about science and medical careers.

Learning Without Killing - A website with resources to help you win a campaign against dissection.

Objecting to Dissection, A High School Student’s Handbook - A pdf file from the National Anti-Vivisection Society.

Objecting to the use of animals in psychology classrooms - Lots of resources here and the answers to your questions and concerns.

Science and Conscience: The Animal Experimentation Controversy - Published by the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education, youth education division of the Humane Society of the United States. Written for teens and their teachers, copies are just $3. You can also view it online with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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FARMED ANIMALS
Meatrix - Animated flash films about factory farming.

Eat This! - Follows four teenagers as they hit the streets to find out the secrets of the meat industry. Also lots of great resources on the website about becoming a vegetarian. Don’t miss this one! Free DVD.

Farms as Factories: Issues in Animal Welfare, Environmental Protection, and Public Health - Written for teens and their teachers by the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education, youth education division of the Humane Society of the United States. Copies are inexpensive. You can also view it online (pdf file).

The Food on Our Plates - From Youth for Environmental Sanity Yes! A good collection of arguments supporting eliminating animal products from your diet.

Peaceable Kingdom and The Witness - Two powerful videos produced by Tribe of Heart. Order them and show them to everyone who wonders what's cruel about meat. (Peaceable Kingdom focuses directly on the topic, The Witness indirectly.)

Tools for Change from Youth for Environmental Sanity (Yes!) (pdf file) - Has books and videos to order, covers eating choices and more. Includes Choices for Our Future, by Ocean Robbins and Sol Solomo. These young authors share information on environmental issues and how we can each make choices to bring about a better future for animals and the Earth.

Vegetarianteen.com - "Everything you ever wanted to know about veg teen life." A lot of the content is written by teens, for teens. Information about celebrities, diet, dating, pregnancy and vegetarianism, camps, fests, penpals, music....on and on. It is an online magazine with message boards and more.

Teen Activists Guide to Factory Farms - This Grace Factory Farm Project website inspires teens to stand up to factory farms and instead promote environmentally responsible farming.

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HUNTING
Stop Canned Hunts - Learn about the cruelty of canned hunts. Watch the insider’s video online and learn action steps you can take.

RODEOS
Rodeo - By Shark (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness). This site is not specifically for teens, but it is a great place to learn about what is wrong with rodeos. Points are documented by photos and video clips.

Rodeos: Shall We Giddy Up? - A teen speaks up about rodeos in TG Magazine.

CAREER/COLLEGE INFORMATION
List of College Courses - From the HSUS that pertain to animal ethics, animal rights, and/or animal welfare. Courses are in North American colleges and universities.

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CONNECTING THE ISSUES

Global Connections
Roots and Shoots- Join this youth network started by Jane Goodall.

TakingITGlobal is run by youth and connects youth from more than 200 countries to improve their local and global communities. Topics discussed include rural youth, human rights, HIV/AIDS, etc. There are discussion boards, weblogs, instant messengers and more. “Now the world’s most popular online community for young people interested inmaking a difference, with hundreds of thousands of unique visitors each month.”

Youth for Environmental Sanity - YES! educates, inspires and empowers young people to join forces for social justice and environmental sanity. Check out their events which include Action Camps.

Make a Difference - Showing young people that they can make a difference in the world, in part, by how they spend their money.

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