Advocacy

Our members and supporters know Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation as a place where suffering animals have long been able to find compassionate and appropriate care. Together we’ve been able to save many lives and educate a broad portion of the regional population about the plight of these creatures. Our mission to end the suffering of non-human animals doesn’t end with wildlife rehabilitation, however.

WRR urges people to work to end animal testing and the wildlife “pet” trade, for instance, and to push their lawmakers to toughen state and federal penalties for animal cruelty. We encourage fellow animal lovers to transition to plant-based diets and become more aware of the horrors of the factory farming system.

View the advocacy topics below and discover what more you can do for the animals we all love and respect!
Just as wild animals have adapted to live in our human-altered environments, there are many ways we can adapt our behaviors to make the world a better place for animals.

Activist Toolbox

What You Can Do to Help Animals in Captivity Learn About the USDA All commercial activity involving animals is governed by USDA. The appropriate agency in USDA is controlled by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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Animal Abuse

There are many different reasons why individuals abuse animals. Animal cruelty covers a wide range of actions (or lack of action), so one blanket answer simply isn’t possible.

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Testing & Research

Tortured for Business Every year, thousands of new cosmetic, personal care and household products are introduced into the marketplace. Virtually all of them have been animal-tested at various stages of their development.

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Animals in Entertainment

Cruel Spectacles Animals are abused and exploited in a variety of forms of “entertainment.” In circuses, elephants, lions, tigers, and other animals are sentenced to a lifetime of misery in order to provide a few moments of human amusement.

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Canned Hunts

Spreading Like a Disease Canned hunting is the killing of an animal in an enclosure to obtain a trophy. The animals are sometimes tame exotic mammals; some, in fact, may have been hand-raised by the canned hunting operation or a breeder.

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Pseudo-sanctuaries

There are many places that call themselves sanctuaries – but not all of them are legitimate. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) defines a sanctuary as a facility that rescues and provides shelter and care for animals who have been abused, injured, abandoned, or are otherwise in need.

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Factory Farms

Factory Farming: The True Costs Despite overwhelming scientific evidence presented during the past two decades demonstrating a relationship between meat consumption and disease, the amount of animal flesh consumed in the U.S. has not dropped. In fact, it has increased slightly.

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Plant-based Diets

Eating for Life Leading health experts agree that going vegetarian is the single best that thing we can do for ourselves and our families.

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