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Peoria Area Voices for Animals is a volunteer-run group for anyone interested in animal rights and/or veganism in the Peoria, Illinois, area. Through peaceful activism (demonstrations, leafleting, food sampling, letter writing, speaking out on behalf of non-human animals, and tabling at local events), we work to:
1) Educate people about the extreme suffering and oppression of non-human animals caused by the decisions humans make every day;
2) Inspire people to align their actions with their values by adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle and ending their financial and moral support of animal exploitation; and
3) Provide social support to those interested in a vegan diet and lifestyle and those interested in becoming active for our fellow Earthlings.
We promote peace and compassion for all living beings--human as well as non-human animals. It is our goal that all animals be recognized as living beings who have inalienable rights to live a natural life free of harm at the hands of humans.
We recognize that, despite what any outdated law states, no individual—of any species—is a thing or piece of property to be bought, sold, owned, used, abused, or discarded. We recognize the fact that an individual's body, her milk, her eggs, her flesh, her skin, her hair, and her life belong to her—not to us.
We reject and oppose the violence and the violent lies of speciesism. We reject speciesist language that reinforces speciesist lies about non-human animals. Therefore, we refer to individuals of all species as "he" or "she" rather than "it" and as "someone" rather than "something."
We recognize that we are “guardians” but never “owners” or “masters” of our animal companions. And as guardians, we rescue or adopt those in need but do not buy, sell, or give someone as a gift. As guardians, we welcome our animal companions into our families and commit to providing healthy food, needed medical care, and a safe, loving home for the life of our companion.
Anyone who shares our goals and/or wants to learn more about veganism and animal rights is welcome to attend our events, including our monthly vegan potlucks where we share delicious food and lively conversation.
If you are interested in learning more about animal rights and/or veganism, or would like to get involved with Peoria Area Voices for Animals, please e-mail or call: Monica (691-5328); Doris (637-5205); or Tonya (673-4353)
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