Elated’s founding philosophy is that consumers have the power to save the lives of animals through ethical decisions. By ‘consumers’ we mean you and me, right now, right here, in the mainstream community. We don’t have to move to a commune, or live in a vegan bubble. In fact, it is far more beneficial for animals, if we stay in touch with society and practice mainstream veganism. We create the demand for vegan products by purchasing them.
Elated’s definition of ‘ethical decisions‘ requires the moral baseline for any decision to be: the animals’ bodies and their lives are not ours to exploit. If you care about animals the least you can do is to not eat them, wear them or buy them.
- Help people transition towards a vegan lifestyle.
- Empower consumers to make ethical food choices.
- Offer guidelines to follow a healthier, plant-based diet.
- Create a demand for cruelty-free products.
- Free farm animals by reducing the demand for animal products.
- Encourage people to acknowledge the sentience of farm animals.
- Stimulate a paradigm shift away from viewing animals as property.
- Educate people about the true lives of farm animals.
- Debunk the myths surrounding ‘humane‘ animal products.
- Raise awareness for the environmental implications of stock farming.
- Function as an information resource for vegans and people who want to transition towards being vegan.
The driving concept behind all Elated’s actions is compassion towards animals and humans. We do not endorse violence towards property or other sentient beings. Violence and prejudice are the problems. Compassion and enlightenment are the solutions. Compassionate direct action engages in vegan education as the most effective and enduring way to save the lives of animals.
We also strive for the abolition of all animal suffering. No animal suffering is necessary. No animal suffering is acceptable. True compassion protects the rights of animals to life, freedom and bodily integrity absolutely. There are no compromises and no betrayal of their trust.
We believe all animals are sentient beings who are self-aware and conscious of their lives as well as their presence in this world. We believe that animals have the right to be classified as moral persons and not as property.
Animals have the right to life, freedom and bodily integrity.
These rights are absolute.
Any animal exploitation results in the violation of these rights and will not be condoned on any grounds. It will definitely never be promoted.
In accordance with this principle, we do not support incremental animal welfare reforms as they promote prescribed methods of confinement, mutilation, rape, kidnap and slaughter. Elated will never take part in any campaign that sanctions any such exploitation of animals. Instead, we strive for the abolition of all animal ownership.
The Six Principles of the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights
— Prof Gary L Francione
- The abolitionist approach to animal rights maintains that all sentient beings, humans or nonhumans, have one right: the basic right not to be treated as the property of others.
- Our recognition of the one basic right means that we must abolish, and not merely regulate, institutionalized animal exploitation—because it assumes that animals are the property of humans.
- Just as we reject racism, sexism, ageism, and heterosexism, we reject speciesism. The species of a sentient being is no more reason to deny the protection of this basic right than race, sex, age, or sexual orientation is a reason to deny membership in the human moral community to other humans.
- We recognize that we will not abolish overnight the property status of nonhumans, but we will support only those campaigns and positions that explicitly promote the abolitionist agenda. We will not support positions that call for supposedly “improved” regulation of animal exploitation. We reject any campaign that promotes sexism, racism, heterosexism or other forms of discrimination against humans.
- We recognize that the most important step that any of us can take toward abolition is to adopt the vegan lifestyle and to educate others about veganism. Veganism is the principle of abolition applied to one’s personal life and the consumption of any meat, fowl, fish, or dairy product, or the wearing or use of animal products, is inconsistent with the abolitionist perspective.
- We recognize the principle of nonviolence as the guiding principle of the animal rights movement. Violence is the problem; it is not any part of the solution.
We are Here to Help You Make a Difference
Please take the time to discover the difference between animal rights and animal welfare, the true meaning of ethical decisions, and how you can do something meaningful for animals. The animals are counting on you.
Elated is here to help you make a difference.