Documenting the International Animal Rights Movement: Wim DeKok Animal Rights Collection

Cover of Der kleine Tierfreund, 11 November 1973.

Cover of Der kleine Tierfreund, 11 November 1973.

The Wim DeKok Animal Rights Collection (MC 00566) consists of publications, leaflets, clippings, articles, correspondence, and photographs from national and international animal rights organizations. Wim DeKok is president emeritus of the National Council for Animal Protection, an advisory board member of ACTAsia for Animals, president of World Animal Net, and a board member of the Species Survival Network and the European Alliance for Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries. For more than 35 years, while working in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, he has been active in and collected papers and documents on animal welfare and the animal rights movement.

Materials in the collection, compiled by Wim DeKok, originated in many countries, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia. Consequently, they are published in a variety of languages, most notably English, German, French, Dutch, and Spanish. There are also materials in Arabic, Czech, Danish, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Posters of Victor, the baby red fox, were part of a NO FUR campaign of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).


Newsletter of the Japan Antivivisection Association (JAVA), December 2013


Brochure from the Borneo Orangutan Rescue Foundation (BOS), 2004


Topics include animal cruelty, vivisection, the meat industry, strays and pet keeping, whaling, fur, and bullfighting. The collection also includes correspondence from Professor Sjoerd Hofstra (1898-1983) of the Netherlands, former Chairman (1961-1973) of the World Federation for the Protection of Animals.

To learn more about the Wim de Kok Collection, pleae refer to the collection guide. For information about other collections at NCSU relating to animal rights and animal welfare, you can browse these collection guides.  For more information or to request access to materials, use our online request form