In BVU we share the conviction that animals are enslaved by humans. Turned into slaves, deprived of freedom. Enslaved in: circuses; zoos; bullfight; horse riding; tourist attractions (elephants and monkeys); as guide dogs; police dogs; vivisection; fur and leather; meat and dairy industry, etc. Our cause is with mutual strength to win their freedom. To do away with their enslavement.
In 1992, Switzerland amended its constitution to recognize animals as beings and not things. The dignity of animals is also protected in Switzerland.
New Zealand granted basic rights to five great ape species in 1999. Their use is now forbidden in research, testing or teaching.
In the interests of future generations, Germany added animal welfare in a 2002 amendment to its constitution, becoming the first European Union member to do so.
In 2007, the parliament of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous province of Spain, passed the world’s first legislation granting legal rights to all great apes.
In 2013, India officially recognized dolphins as non-human persons.
In 2014, France revised the legal status of animals from movable property to sentient beings, and the province of Quebec in Canada is considering similar legislation.
The story goes on.. It’s up to you and me how it’s going to be written.