Day: February 7, 2019

New Study Explores the Reasons Behind Animal Activist ‘Burnout’,


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New Study Explores the Reasons Behind Animal Activist ‘Burnout’

Posted by Carly Day | February 5, 2019


A new study released in the journal Social Movement Studies explores the causes behind the burnout of those involved in the animal rights movement in the U.S.

The study, “Nobody’s paying me to cry: the causes of activist burnout in United States animal rights activists,” was conducted by Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, Dr. Paul Gorski and longtime activist Dallas Rising.

“Burnout” happens when activists feel the need to exit the movement, either by taking a pause or leaving the movement permanently.

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Animal activists in particular may be exposed to acts of extreme cruelty, or images and videos of abuse, day after day.  They are often fighting against powerful companies with the risk of legal action or even threats of physical violence.

Due to these and other reasons, turnover of staff and volunteers throughout the movement is high. Countless people become so physically, mentally and emotionally drained that they are forced to step away.


“I’ve been involved in the AR movement for close to 25 years and the results about activists perpetuating a culture of martyrdom, where activists’ needs are secondary to the movements’, is what most resonated with me and I think is most harmful to our cause,” said Dr. Lopresti-Goodman. “I hope our results help activists and movement leaders understand the multiple factors that contribute to burnout, and that they try and become more proactive about not contributing to it.”

By bringing these often-ignored issues to the surface, the researchers hope to find ways to prevent burnout and support those who are struggling.

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“For many years, I didn’t see what was happening to me as burnout so much as a personal failing or weakness,” said Rising. “Eventually, I started to suspect that there wasn’t anything wrong with me so much as there was something wrong in our movement and organizations that were doing harm to people. I hope the findings of this study are validating for the people who have sacrificed their physical and mental health in an attempt to protect those even more vulnerable than themselves.”

The 17 activists involved in the study pinpointed three main causes of burnout: intrinsic and/or psychological factors; the culture of an organization or the movement itself; and in-fighting, bullying, and marginalization within and between organizations.

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Animal activists are extremely passionate about their work, often to the point that it consumes their lives. As such, they may feel unable to ease off, even to take care of their own wellbeing, which can lead to burnout.

The study found that this culture of martyrdom is reinforced by organizations and colleagues, with anyone showing signs of strain labelled as weak. Many are underpaid and overworked, and feel undervalued.

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On top of the already overloaded burdens of animal activism, participants discussed the toxic culture and prevalence of sexism and racism within organizations. Eight of the 13 women spoken to blamed their burnout partially on sexism from men they had experienced within the movement.

“Most of the things that were burning out the activists I was mentoring can’t be resolved with self-care—things like racism and sexism they were experiencing from other activists or awful working conditions within the big animal rights organizations,” says Dr. Gorski. “I hope this will start a conversation within animal rights groups about what we need to do to change the culture of the movement and the culture within the big organizations to help sustain activists.”

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The million dollar vegan campaign for Pope Francis !



Pope Francis has been offered a $1 million donation to a charity of his choice – if he follows a vegan diet during Lent.

The Million Dollar Vegan campaign – which is backed by a host of celebrities, environmentalists and scientists – wants to ‘highlight the devastating impact of animal agriculture’ including deforestation and biodiversity loss as well the suffering it causes to billions of farmed animals.

Campaign supporters include musician Moby, actor Mena Suvari, and scientist Joseph Poore of Oxford University. It has the backing of environmentalists George Monbiot and Chris Packham. Paul McCartney, a long-time vegetarian and co-founder of the Meat Free Monday campaign, also supports Million Dollar Vegan.

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A letter written to the pope by 12-year-old animal rights and environmental campaigner Genesis Butler with the help of the Million Dollar Vegan team – will be printed today in national newspapers in 15 countries across five continents.

In the letter, Butler urges Francis to try a vegan diet for Lent, highlighting the connection between climate change and pollution, and the inefficiency of animal farming and how it contributes to world hunger, the extinction of wildlife and the suffering of farmed animals. These are all issues that Pope Francis has spoken out on in his 2015 encyclical letter Laudato Si.’

“Farming and slaughtering animals causes a lot of suffering and is also a leading cause of climate change, deforestation, and species loss,” Butler wrote in the letter.

“When we feed animals crops that humans can eat, it is wasteful. And with a growing world population, we cannot afford to be wasteful.”

As part of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign – which was created by Veganuary Founders Matthew Glover and Jane Land – a petition has also been created to ask the pope to try vegan for Lent. If he agrees, the Blue Horizon International Foundation will donate $1 million to the charity or charities of the pope’s choice.

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“We are launching this deliberately bold, audacious campaign to jolt our world leaders from their complacency,” said Matthew Glover, the CEO of Million Dollar Vegan and Co-founder of Veganuary.

“For too long they have failed to act on evidence of the damage caused to people and the planet by animal agriculture. Worse, many have defended and subsidized that very industry. But the evidence now is stark and compelling, and we cannot afford for them to remain silent any longer.

“We are thankful that Pope Francis has spoken out on these issues and that is why we are humbly asking him to try vegan for Lent and set an example of how each of us can align our principles of caring and compassion with our actions.”

Million Dollar Vegan is encouraging people of all backgrounds to try vegan for Lent and has produced a free Vegan Starter Kit – written in multiple languages and with country-specific content – that is available to download.

You can find out more about the Million Dollar Vegan campaign here


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India: February 2019 – Just Some of the Latest Rescues From ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’.


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Thank you for helping stretch the beauty and goodness of animal rescue into other parts of India. We’re growing the animal help movement thanks to you through our First Aid Training Program. 

We currently have a wonderful group of 8 trainees who have come from all across India. Some were inspired by the Animal Aid rescue videos and have already started helping injured and ill animals in their regions. They’ve come to acquire the training to safely handle, dress wounds, understand infectious diseases, treat mange and to learn how to document cases, share results, recruit volunteers and get the donations they need for medicine. 

If you are a resident of India and would like to learn how to help injured animals in your city or region, sign up today! 


Puffin’s head was hit by a motorcycle–and he wouldn’t give up 

Our hearts were breaking when we saw a small puppy laying unconscious on the road near a pool of blood. A motorcycle had hit him in the head, and he seemed to be taking his final breaths. We didn’t know if we could save him, but we had to try. We rushed him back to Animal Aid’s hospital and began his treatment with medicine to reduce the swelling in his brain, and treat his pain and shock. His brain injury was serious and even after a few days, when he regained consciousness, he wasn’t able to stand or eat without help. We surrounded him with love as he slept for many days, waking up only for syringe feeds. But gradually, his wakeful moments increased, and we watched a flower unfolding in his extraordinarily sweet nature. Because of your help, we saved him. Meet beautiful Puffin today. 

When you love someone, you never need to give up hope.   

Please donate today for street animal rescue.


Saving Moshe  

A dog with a terrible head wound absolutely undulating with maggots staggered on the road when we rescued him. The maggots had consumed much of his forehead and the tissue surrounding his skull. We worried that they had bored through his skull, and rushed to treat his pain and begin the process of removing the worms and necrotic tissue, cleansing and bandaging the enormous wound. 

His agony must have prevented him from eating; he was extremely thin and exhausted. But medical treatment, food and love saved his life. Meet magnificent Moshe today.

Please show your love for the most vulnerable, and donate today.


Huge relief for little Iris, rescued with an intestine bursting out of a wound 

Hiding and frozen in fear, this darling little girl waited with her insides coming out of an enormously swollen wound site. We rushed her back to Animal Aid for emergency surgery to save her life. We cleaned and surgically repaired her dangling intestinal tissue and extensively damaged muscle. After recovery, it took only a few hours for this whirlwind of a girl to get back into her stride. 

You can be the person who saves the next little one.  Please donate



Dog with shredded leg sobs when seeing rescuers 

Her bone was shattered and protruding, the leg hanging by just a thread of skin. But still, this incredibly dear girl wagged her tail and cried out for help when she saw her rescuers, almost as if she realized that without them, she couldn’t possibly survive. 

Watch this extraordinarily charming, adorable dog face her life’s greatest challenge, and cause everyone to fall in love with her in the process. 

Somewhere right now a street animal is desperately hoping to be rescued. Together we can get to her in time.

Please donate today.



Celebrate the Caregivers: Mangi Bai  

8 years ago Animal Aid was given one of the greatest

gifts in our history: Mangi Bai Gameti, who from her first moments on the job,

dove in to help every animal she could.  


Watching over the health, safety, treatment and play for about 30 disabled, old but cheerful dogs on two sites, Mangi Bai is one of the precious souls who notices a dog with an itchy ear, nails that need to be cut or a new cough; she’s a whiz at bandaging a dragging foot; she can coax the most reluctant eater into enjoying a meal and she keeps the area of “her” dogs immaculate. She has trained many new staff and serves as an inspiration even to the most senior caregivers and volunteers. Wherever she goes, the animals’ eyes stay fixed on her because they know she is their beloved safety net.