If the images of animals suffering in puppy mills, factory farms, zoos, laboratories, and fur farms leave you feeling sad and helpless, it’s important for you to know the power YOU can have, as an individual, to help them.
Animal Justice Academy (AJA) will teach you how to become an informed, vibrant, and effective champion for animals through political engagement, effective communication, media, diet, public outreach, resilience-building, and your own unique communities and social circles.
Starting exactly where you are, you’ll learn tonnes of different ways to advocate for animals—from meeting with your political representative, to getting vegan food offerings at local restaurants and grocery stores, to creating captivating social media content, to learning how to have effective conversations about animal issues with your family and friends.
Whether you’re completely new to animal advocacy or a veteran activist, vegan or omnivore, young or not so young ;)…the next six weeks will give you new tools, ideas, community, and momentum for making vital change for animals.
Over 80 teachers/speakers. Animal protection luminaries from the worlds of media, politics, grassroots organizing, business, racial justice, nutrition, law, art, food policy, and health and wellness. Including…
Dr. Melanie Joy • Camille Labchuk • John Lewis (AKA Badass Vegan) • Jo-Anne McArthur • Elizabeth May • Gwenna Hunter • Anita Krajnc • Nathaniel Erskine-Smith • Dr. Charu Chandrasekera • Jack Norris • Amy Soranno • Nahanni Fontaine • Isaias Hernandez (AKA Queer Brown Vegan) • Dave Meslin • Amy Symington • Sailesh Rao • Lesli Bisgould • Jenny McQueen • Peter Sankoff • Dr. Tushar Mehta • Kimberly Carroll • Lesley Fox • Tashi Nying • Rob Laidlaw • Michelle Rojas-Soto • Jessica Scott-Reid • Geoff Regier • Pamela Fergusson • Stephanie Redcross • Liz White • Gabriel Wildgen • Angela Lee • and so many MORE brilliant beings
NOTE: We’re adding new panelists to the curriculum every day, so keep coming back for updates!
In this first week, you’ll get a solid foundation in animal issues. We’ll discuss the concept of animal rights and animal protections, the major areas of animal suffering, the damage of animal exploitation, our biggest challenges in animal protection, and different types of animal advocacy organizations in Canada and beyond.
We'll be exploring how to be effective and inclusive animal advocates at work, at school, in our neighbourhoods, institutions, and social communities. You’ll learn about effectively engaging those in your close circles, intersectionality, getting more vegan products on menus and shelves, building diversity in the animal movement, and influencing businesses and institutions to be more animal-friendly.
Let’s get political! We'll explore simple ways to get involved politically on the federal, provincial, and municipal levels to help promote animal-friendly and plant-based political initiatives and legislation.
The animal exploitation and abuse that happens in North America is mostly behind closed doors or not fully understood by the majority of society. We explore a variety of ways to keep government and corporations accountable and how to reach the public. For those wanting to do demonstrations, public outreach, and other protest actions, you’ll get tips for planning, knowing your rights as an activist, and handling interactions. We’ll also prepare for a special mass action around ag-gag laws.
You’ll be learning how to use social media and traditional media to uber-amplify animal issues and messages. We'll explore building a social media following, writing letters to editors and opinion pieces, starting a vegan business, how to do a tv interview, producing engaging social media content, and the power of visual mediums in animal advocacy.
We’ll explore how you can be the most effective and enduring advocate for animals possible. We’ll look at how to have an optimal activist mindset and cultivate emotional and physical wellness -- from practicing healthy boundaries to processing the pain of doing this work to tips to optimal vegan eating to bringing mindfulness to activism.
We ask that you set aside at least a couple of hours of time each week in your schedule during the program for learning. If you want to do the program full-out, you’d be looking at 7 hours of modules and panels per week.
You can do the video/audio modules whenever you’d like, but we’d love as many people as possible to show up for the live online events and participate in the private Facebook group to build that sense of community and energy and honour our speakers’ contributions.
How much you decide to participate is up to you…just keep in mind that this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to grow yourself into a truly powerful force for animals.Do I need to be Canadian to do Animal Justice Academy?
We are based in Canada, but we welcome international folks to the program! There will be quite a few references to situations in Canada, but the lessons and tools are pretty universal.
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We made Animal Justice Academy free so it can be available for everyone, but if you’d like to support our efforts to help advocates make a larger impact in the lives of animals, please consider donating to Animal Justice Academy.DONATE