A Dire Need

"If animals could speak, mankind would weep."

Anthony Douglas

Lambs marked for slaughter desperately try to get back to their mothers. (Photographer Unknown)
Lambs marked for slaughter desperately try to get back to their mothers. (Photographer Unknown)

The numbers are staggering – over 9 billion land animals are slaughtered for food in the U.S. annually, and over 60 billion worldwide. Every animal we factory farm for food, without exception, suffers in unthinkable ways in the brutal and gruesome process of being raised, slaughtered and butchered. There are the atrocities suffered by great apes, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, and other wildlife, hunted for trophies and mutilated for tusks and horns. Poaching is rampant, as is habitat destruction, which is rapidly driving orangutans and other animals to extinction. The last male northern white rhino on Earth died in 2018. Animals are tormented in laboratories; used for entertainment, for clothing, and for marketing; and on and on.

ADP is deeply committed to reducing animal suffering and cruelty, which humans are inflicting with appalling and increasing intensity and breadth. The 2018 Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index (VACI) tracks the animal welfare performance of fifty countries selected among the largest producers of farm animal products in the world.

Factors considered include:

  • Recognition of animal sentience
  • The importance of animal protection as a societal value
  • Laws against causing animal suffering and cruelty
  • Protecting animals used in farming and animal research
  • Protecting animals in captivity and in the wild
  • Protecting companion and recreation animals

Of the 50 VACI countries, the U.S. ranks - shockingly - 49th.

There is obviously a great deal of very difficult work to be done, as underscored by our country's standing as more cruel, more inhumane and more abusive than at least 48 other countries. And we're fortunate to have a growing community of remarkable advocates and animal protection charities fighting this institutionalized abject awfulness. In the very fraught process of changing the way society treats and views animals, these advocates face great resistance and seemingly overwhelming obstacles - securing highly-skilled legal services should not be one of them.

We want the animal protection community to know who we are and what we do. We want them to understand that they have an ally and partner at the ready, who will provide them with excellent legal and related services at the most reasonable of prices - free.


     Photo Courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals Media

Quotes, Writings and Videos


"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Every animal used in every experiment in every laboratory has its own life story. It has felt strong emotions, love and hatred and been devoted to others of its own kind. It is a subject, and is therefore violated by being treated as an object. Have we the right to tear this being away from its fellows and all that gives its life meaning and put it in a sterile, hostile, aseptic environment to be tortured, maimed and ultimately destroyed in the name of anything, far less the service of our species? Or lacking the right, do we have only the power?”- Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

"One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If animals could speak, mankind would weep.'" - Anthony Douglas

"The question is not, 'Can they reason?' nor, 'Can they talk?' but rather, 'Can they suffer?" - Jeremy Bentham

"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals."- Albert Einstein

"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” - Charles Darwin

“The keeper of the Indian elephants positively asserts that he has several times seen tears rolling down the face of the old female, when distressed by the removal of the young ones.”- Charles Darwin

"Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." - Albert Schweitzer

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mohandas K. Gandhi

"If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution - and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity." - Jane Goodall

"There is no research more valuable than our own integrity and ethical coherence, and our treatment of animals is a direct reflection of our value toward life and one another." - Professor John P. Gluck

Photo Courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals Media
Photo Courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals Media


Things I Wish I Had Known When My Dog Died Jen A. Miller, The New York Times, March 23, 2017.

Poached Why international conservation efforts are failing to protect wildlife. Paul Goldstein, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, March 13, 2017

Dr. Dave Cooper at the Frontline of Rhino Poaching  A vet talks about the effects on him and others of attending on a daily basis to rhinos being slaughtered and mutilated. Farmer's Weekly, February 14, 2017

Ivory is Not Beautiful, It’s Barbaric   Nicky Campbell, The Guardian, February 9, 2017

I Saw a Gorilla Shot and Killed Before My Eyes: A Primatologist’s Plea to Save Great Apes   Shelly Masi, The Conversation, February 2, 2017

Most Primate Species Threatened With Extinction, Scientists Find   Carl Zimmer, The New York Times, January 18, 2017

Killing Animals at the Zoo  Ian Parker, The New Yorker, January 10, 2017

Unthinkable Today, Obvious Tomorrow   The Moral Case for the Abolition of Cruelty to Animals. Matthew Scully, National Review, December 19, 2016

Poaching’s Bloody Human Toll   Being a wildlife ranger can be extremely hazardous to your health.  Joe Walston, The New York Times, December 5, 2016

How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests in Peril   “The problem is that every time an area is destroyed and orangutans are under real threat, we have to look for areas to release them, and that’s challenging,” she said. “We’re running out of places where we can release these orangutans."  Hiroko Tabuchi The New York Times, December 3, 2016

Argentine Judge Declares Chimp Has Rights And Must Be Freed From Zoo In an historic ruling this week, Argentine Judge María Alejandra Mauricio declared that Cecilia, a chimp, isn't a thing, but rather a being who is "subject to nonhuman rights."  Stephen Messenger, November 4, 2016

Peter Singer Quotes (author of Animal Liberation)  Peter Singer authored Animal Liberation, which is widely recognized as a formative influence on the animal liberation movement.

A Forgotten Step in Saving African Wildlife: Protecting the Rangers   Rachel Nuwer The New York Times, November 28, 2016

Second Thoughts of an Animal Researcher John P. Gluck, The New York Times, September 2, 2016

Close to the Bone:  The Fight Over Transparency In the Meat Market   Ted Genoways, The New York Times, October 5, 2016


Heartbreaking Video of Captive Elephant Holding Her Trunk for Comfort Reminds Us Why Circuses Must Be Shut Down

Watching Pig Rush to Save Friend On Slaughter Block Will Change How You See These Animals Completely

Why Can't We Protect Elephants Where elephants go, unfortunately, hell seems to follow.

Watch What Happens When Pedestrians are Offered $1 to Watch Video  Pedestrians lined up in NYC’s Union Square to watch a four minute video in exchange for $1, but many were so profoundly affected by what they saw that they declined to take their reward and instead engaged with the advocates on hand about transitioning to a vegan diet.

Ted Talk: Dr. Melanie Joy.  Toward Rational, Authentic Food Choices.

Saddest Slaughterhouse Footage Ever Shows No Blood Or Slaughter   No blood or gore, but soul-crushingly grim.

Shirley and Jenny: Two Elephants Reunited After More Than 20 Years

This Grieving Cow Visits Same Spot Every Day and Waits For, Blocks And Follows The Very Bus That Took Her Calf's Life Fours Years Earlier

I Am A Ranger looks at amazing rangers who are working to help save our wildlife, their stories and why they are committed to protecting these animals.

Baby Elephant Reunited With Mother After Being Separated by the Tourism Industry for 3 Years.

360° Orangutan School | National Geographic takes you inside the International Animal Rescue sanctuary in the forests of Borneo to see what it takes to teach a baby orangutan to be an orangutan.