Animal Rights Just Got One Step Closer: Announcing Compassionate City!

We are thrilled to launch the Compassionate City campaign! An ethical revolution is stirring, as citizens of the world recognize that all animals deserve respect and compassion. Today, we launch a campaign that has the power to change the world for animals. Everyday people, along with leading animal rights organizations Direct Action Everywhere, In Defense of Animals and The Save Movement, have joined together to bear witness, save life, invest in peace, and enshrine animal rights


Horrific acts of cruelty are routine across the world, yet are often disguised by powerful corporations that profit on ignorance and fraud. In this campaign, we will bear witness to the suffering of animals, and bring transparency and integrity to communities. Cities will formally acknowledge the consciousness of animals, require warning statements on or near products of violence, and ban fraudulent “humane” animal products.

The slaughter of animals is one of largest mass killings in history, and, if it continues unabated, threatens all life on this planet, including human beings. The campaign will end the slaughter of animals and build communities focused on rescuing, and not taking, life. Cities taking part will ban the slaughter of animals, provide sanctuary for exploited animals, run Carnivores Anonymous meetings, and protect the act of animal rescue.

Hundreds of billions of dollars are given to companies that exploit and kill animals, in one of the largest corporate welfare programs in history. Campaigners will reshape economic priorities to deter violence and support a peaceful world for all sentient life. Each Compassionate City will end subsidies for animal-exploiting corporations, promote animal-friendly alternatives, and create a regulatory system that protects all sentient life and funds sanctuaries for victims of violence.

Social movements over the past 200 years have expanded our moral universe beyond the frontiers of race, gender, and nationality. We will enshrine the constitutional right of all sentient beings to be free from violence and exploitation. The final goal of Compassionate City is to pass a resolution in support of the 28th Amendment to the Constitution, granting animals legal personhood and the right to live safe, happy, and free.


With your help, we are starting a tidal wave of change for animals, one neighborhood, university, or city at a time, and encourage everyone who cares for animals to get involved. Our first goal is to gather one million signatures to get the United Nations to include animal rights in its Universal Periodic Review.

Join us now to be a part of animal rights history. Sign the petition and start the revolution to make every city a Compassionate City: