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Who We Are

The New Hampshire Animal Rights League works for the fair treatment of all animals, in New Hampshire and beyond. We are an all-volunteer organization, working on behalf of animals since 1977.

What we Do

We operate under the simple premise that animals are here with us, not for us. Animals exist for their own purposes, and their most basic needs — such as the need to avoid suffering — deserve the same consideration as is afforded to human beings.

Wild animals have a right to an environment in which to live, breed, and raise their young, free from harassment by humans.

Farmed animals have a right not be to treated as commodities, but as beings capable of feeling pain, fear, and joy.

Companion animals have a right to adequate food, water, and shelter, and opportunities to engage in natural behaviors.

Wild animals belong in the wild, not held captive in zoos, aquariums, or marine parks.

Lab Animals​

Animals have a right not to spend their lives in barren cages, awaiting the next painful experiment or procedure.

Fish have a right to spawn naturally and move about freely in the oceans and lakes, which are their rightful homes.

Many of the harms inflicted on animals involve complicated systems over which we have no direct control. But we do have control over what goes in our mouths, what we wear, and which products and services we purchase. With that in mind, here are some ways you can start helping animals right now: 

  • Align your diet with your values. If you love animals, don’t eat them.
  • Dress compassionately. Choose vegan leather, vegan wool, down alternatives, and other synthetic or plant-based fabrics and materials.
  • Skip the zoo, rodeo, marine park, etc. Don’t support businesses that keep animals captive for profit or entertainment. To see animals, visit a shelter or farm sanctuary.
  • Adopt or rescue animals — never buy. The world is full of homeless companion animals, so don’t support those who profit from bringing new ones into the world.
  • Shop cruelty free. Avoid products that may have been tested on animals (look for the cruelty-free logos).

Whether or not you become a member, there are lots of ways to stay in touch and take action for animals:

  • Join our mailing list to get news, action alerts, and information about upcoming events.
  • Meet up with us at events and demonstrations.
  • Write letters to the editor and comment whenever you learn of injustice to animals.
  • Follow us on social media and share our posts.

What We Do

“For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they moved finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear…”

— Henry Beston, American writer and naturalist