Animal Rights and Welfare Publications 1896-2009

Creator
Animal Rights Network
Size
86.5 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00440
Access to materials

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Use of audiovisual material may require production of digital listening or viewing copies.

The Animal Rights and Welfare Publications records contains magazines, journals, newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, testimonials from federal hearings, books, annual reports, articles, comic books, leaflets, videotapes, catalogs, a screenplay, and an audio CD. All publications were collected by the Animal Rights Network for their relevance in the treatment of animals. This includes a broad range of publishers and organizations, from animal rights groups, animal shelters, wildlife sanctuaries, laboratory animal providers, animal liberation groups, hunting enthusiasts, political activists, fur trappers, pet dealers, animal breeders, vegetarians, laboratories that experiment on animals, educators, societies for the protection of animals, and pet lovers.

In 1979, several Connecticut-based animal rights activists withdrew from Friends of Animals, Inc., to found the Animal Rights Network (ARN). ARN joined forces with the animal rights magazine Agenda, and together they worked to unite local, national, and international animal rights groups to achieve common goals. In 2001, the board of directors determined that the role of ARN as a movement building and networking tool was no longer necessary, and formed a new organization called the Institute for Animals and Society (IAS) "to advance animal advocacy issues in public policy development by conducting scholarly research and analysis, providing education and training, and fostering cooperation with other social justice movements and interests." IAS merged with the Society and Animals Forum to create the Animals and Society Institute in 2005.

Biographical/historical note

In 1979, several Connecticut-based animal rights activists withdrew from Friends of Animals, Inc., to found the Animal Rights Network (ARN). These founders included Esther Mechler, Doug Moss, Sunshine Beyer, and Patricia Valentino. Shortly thereafter, ARN joined forces with the animal rights magazine Agenda, whose staff consisted of Jim Mason, Peter Singer, and Kim W. Stallwood. Together, ARN and Agenda worked to unite local, national, and international animal rights groups to achieve common goals. The organization was set up as a democratic institution with executive officers and a board of directors accountable to the ARN General Assembly. Branches functioned as autonomous units, deciding for themselves on which local and national issues to focus.

ARN's main objectives incorporated the central issues confronting the animal rights movement. These objectives included live animal experimentation, exploitation of animals for sport and entertainment, intensive breeding and slaughter of domestic animals for food, and irresponsible pet ownership. The group used its financial resources to develop advertising campaigns and publications in order to educate the public about animal rights issues.

ARN has a history of producing animal rights publications. In 1980, the group produced two publications, Agenda, a "journal of animal liberation," and Animal Rights Network News, a newsletter that published news and events related to the animal rights movement. A year later, the publications merged under the title Agenda. In 1985, the publication's title changed to The Animals' Agenda. In 1997, the magazine merged with The Animals' Voice, but retained the name The Animals' Agenda.

In their research of animal rights and welfare, ARN subscribed to a great amount of publications from a wide variety of groups and organizations. This included both those who shared similar interests with their causes, such as societies for the protection of animals and animal care groups, as well as those whose work ARN opposed, like animal experimenters and hunters.

Scope/content

The Animal Rights and Welfare Publications records contain magazines, journals, newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, testimonials from federal hearings, books, annual reports, articles, comic books, leaflets, videotapes, catalogs, a screenplay, and an audio CD. All publications were collected by the Animal Rights Network for their relevance in the treatment of animals. This includes a broad range of publishers and organizations, from animal rights groups, animal shelters, wildlife sanctuaries, laboratory animal providers, animal liberation groups, hunting enthusiasts, political activists, fur trappers, pet dealers, animal breeders, vegetarians, laboratories that experiment on animals, educators, societies for the protection of animals, and pet lovers.

Physical description

147 archival boxes, 2 legal boxes, 8 cartons.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by title of the publication. There may be some issues/volumes missing within each date span.

Use of these materials

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The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Animal Rights and Welfare Publications, MC 00440, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Animal Rights Network Records, MC 00351

Source of acquisition

Received from Animal Rights Network, 2003.

Processing information

Processed by: Laura Abraham; machine-readable finding aid created by: Laura Abraham, March 2013.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Animal Rights and Welfare Publications, MC 00440, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.