Weymouth Animal Rights is all about action. We believe that the best way to save non-human animals from abuse is to put ourselves directly between them and those who would cause them harm. We act as a voice for the voiceless, and we call those who exploit others to account.
WAR activists take part in protests against all kinds of animal abuse across Dorset and also further afield. Please get in touch if you would like to join us.
We also encourage people to arrange their own protests and actions. Whether you stand on your own, get a group of friends together, or assemble a crowd, taking action is the only way to secure animal liberation.
FIND A TARGET
The first thing to do is decide who/what you are actually going to protest about. Perhaps there is an abattoir in your town, or a sealife center you walk past every day. Maybe you feel particularly passionate about a specific issue such as the sale of fur, or the industrial abuse of fast food. It is best to carry out a protest with a specific purpose; ideally with the long term aim of closing your target, but raising awareness of an issue, encouraging a boycott, or simply letting non-human victims know you are there for them are great reasons too.
Once you have a protest target in mind, you can consider contacting them to explain your position. With shops that sell a litte fur for example, a compelling argument may be enough to resolve the situation. If a company makes most of their money from animal cruelty, your arguments will be ignored.
We also have a range of pre-designed posters and stickers that you can print off here. If none of those are suitable, please get in touch with us using the form below, and we will help design something for your protest.
When interacting with the public, remain polite and calm at all times.
Banners are a great way to get your message across, and can be made simply with an old bed sheet and some paint (make sure you put something under the sheet so the paint doesn’t mark the surface underneath!).
If you want to make some noise, megaphones are a brilliant way to amplify your voice and are widely available. Whistles, drums, and air horns are also great for drawing an extra bit of attention.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not consider a publicity stunt? Perhaps you could arrange a ‘die-in’ where you lie on the ground and cover yourself in ‘blood’ (make sure it is non-toxic, washable, and obviously not real). Or else you could try performance theatre, or a banner drop from a roof.
Another way to promote the rights of animals is by placing posters and stickers in prominent positions. There are several you can download on this website, and the more people who can be reached, the better.
If you aren’t local to Dorset, or your planning a holiday, you can also use this amazing resource to find animal rights groups all around the world.
WAR is an active hunt saboteur group, and we regularly go out to ‘sab’ the hunts.
Hunt sabotage is exactly what it says on the tin; our aim is to actively disrupt the event, and prevent any wildlife from being killed. Our primary tactic is to take control of the hounds if they start following the scent of a fox, or other animal. To do this we copy the hunt master, by using their voice calls and horn sounds. We also operate a ‘gizmo’ which plays a recording of the hounds in cry (the noise they make when they find a scent). When they hear this, the pack will do as they have been trained and follow it; pursuing our gizmo, and not their prey.
The essential oil ‘citronella’ is also used (highly diluted) as a pungent spray, which masks the scent of foxes and other wildlife. When sprayed along hedgerows, it acts as a barrier to the noses of the hounds, without causing any harm to them or the environment.
Hunting (and therefore sabbing) takes place several days a week from Autumn until Spring, and lasts for a full day. We advise you wear comfortable clothes and boots which you don’t mind getting damaged, but will keep you warm and dry whilst traipsing through muddy fields. Black and camo are popular sab colours. You may also want to bring a scarf/mask if you don’t wish to be filmed by the hunt supporters.
To find out more, please let us know.
Hunt supporters can become highly confrontational, and have been known to assault saboteurs, but as a group we stick together and support one another to keep ourselves, and our wildlife safe.
To keep WAR active, we rely on your donations. Protesting, hunt sabotage, and organising campaigns all costs money. Every penny we receive goes directly towards helping save lives.