Rocky Mountain Animal Defense

Boulder, Colorado

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Rocky Mountain Animal Defense, a non-profit organization founded in 1994, to help eliminate the human-imposed suffering of animals in the Rocky Mountain region.


Rocky Mountain Animal Defense is a non-profit (501-C-3) organization founded in 1994. Our mission is to help eliminate the human-imposed suffering of animals in the Rocky Mountain region.

RMAD is a volunteer-based organization with a small paid staff. RMAD's volunteer board of directors provides guidance to the organization.

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Our work covers six general areas: animals as food, animals as companions, animals in "research," animals as clothing, animals in entertainment, and wildlife. We advocate for these issues in the following ways.

Public Education
This is the foundation of all our efforts. Whether we're speaking to a college class, staffing a table at a festival, posting a new web site, or demonstrating outside a fur store, our message is the same - animals are suffering and together we can stop it.

Research and Investigation
A week doesn't go by without calls coming in to RMAD regarding incidents of animal abuse. A skunk is beaten to death by a gang of children. A veterinarian looks the other way while an animal collector accrues more and more dogs. We work with individual citizens and law enforcement officials in making every effort to see that justice is served.

Activist Mobilization
RMAD's email list serve and phone tree are at the ready when animal abuse occurs. These systems alert people immediately to the need for action.

On-the-Ground Assistance
RMAD responds to emergencies regarding animals in trouble. We've helped get cats down from utility poles, chickens out of abandoned egg farms, prairie dogs out of the way of bulldozers, and rattlesnakes off of roads. We support the work of several animal sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitators, and they, in turn, serve as a great resource for us.

Legal Efforts
Animals are given very little protection under the law. And, often, the scant laws that do exist are poorly enforced. RMAD has been a party to several lawsuits demanding proper law enforcement, including recent suits challenging the poisoning of wildlife in Colorado.

RMAD supports municipal, county, state, and federal legislation designed to help eliminate the human-imposed suffering of animals. In 1999, for example, we helped citizens of Estes Park, Colorado, ban the exhibition of wildlife within city limits, thereby stopping a zoo from being built at the eastern gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Added by Vegetarian Society of Colorado on Sep 23 03 (last updated Apr 15 06)

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