Surprisingly, animal rights is not a new concept. The notion that animals deserve absolute protection has been around for thousands of years. Pythagoras uttered the following comment around 550 B.C.: "As long as humanity continues to be the ruthless destroyer of other beings, we will never know health or peace. For as long as people massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, those who sow the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
ADAPTT's mission statement is clear and unambiguous (see above). While we used to employ a wide array of tactics to facilitate substantive change, ADAPTT has realized—through hands-on activism—that EDUCATION is the most effective way to enlighten the masses. As of September 14, 2012, ADAPTT founder and president Gary Yourofsky has given 2,388 lectures to more than 60,000 people at 178 schools in 30 states and 5 Israeli cities (check out Lecture Information). ADAPTT also believes that direct action (check out Fur, Liberations, and the ALF) and radio/TV/billboard advertising are the other effective ways of achieving animal liberation. Lobbying, protesting, letter-writing, media interviews, civil disobedience, and welfare concessions/campaigns are counterproductive and simply ineffective in this day and age.
Please help free our planetary companions by reducing and eliminating cruelty from your life. Stop donating money to animal-researching charities like the March of Dimes and MDA. Instead, visit PCRM's Humane Seal of Approval for a list of charities that neither condone nor participate in animal-based research. Buy cruelty-free household and hygiene products. Visit this Web page of the National Anti-Vivisection Society for a list of companies that neither use animal-based ingredients nor test their products on animals.
Stop donating to ineffective, welfare-based animal rights corporations like PETA and HSUS. Only support grassroots animal groups like SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Condemn the bloodthirsty tradition of hunting. Curse the Ringling Bros. and Shriners next time they come to town. Throw out that fur-trimmed jacket and burn that full-length mink. Toss those leather shoes, belts and jackets. And, most importantly, go vegan and refuse to consume anything that once had a face, a mother or a bowel movement. Veganism is the only way to live in absolute peace with all of our planetary companions.
Don't get caught up in apathy and inaction. You can make a difference to thousands and thousands of innocent animals. The following quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. should give you the strength to embrace animal liberation: "Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it polite?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a point when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells him or her that it is right."