New Website, New Logo, and a Note to Our Supporters
A post from Laura Baker
I’m very happy to officially announce the launch of our new website! You may have noticed it has been in development for a while as we were in the process of migrating some things over from our old site. I hope you all like the new look, and you can expect more frequent updates and some new sections to be added over the next several months. In addition, our logo recently received a bit of a makeover as we sharpened it up a bit and changed the “I” to the state of Indiana to more accurately represent our grassroots origins.
My goal has always been for each of our members and supporters to feel a sense of ownership in this organization. I often correct people to use the words “we” and “us” when talking about the things we have accomplished for animals. Due to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, this organization has grown faster than any of us ever expected! It turns out there are many thousands of Indiana residents out there who love animals and want to be part of helping them. We always cared about animals, but we existed as a fragmented group of people looking for a way to do more.
To me, the Indiana Animal Rights Alliance has given us a way to speak collectively about these topics we care so much about. It is easy for one voice to be ignored or drowned out by those who seek to benefit from animal exploitation. But together we can’t be ignored and we can ensure that people will no longer be able to turn their backs on animal suffering. I truly believe it is the most pressing social justice issue of our time and the small things we do daily are making a big difference.
Sometimes the thought of all the animal suffering in the world and the slow pace of change can be overwhelming, but we can shake that off by dreaming about a different world where the virtues of kindness and compassion overtake the current norm of exploitation and killing. Every little thing we do every day is a step toward building that new world. Every leaflet you hand out; every minute spent holding a protest sign; every call to a state legislator; every tweet; every time we pull the curtain back and expose some form of animal use for the violent, needless activity it is.
I assure you all that in every decision we make, we do what is the best for animals even if that decision isn’t popular. Truth is more important than egos, donations, or worrying about whether someone may not like what we say. If we are ever unsure about an answer, I just step back and try to make the decision the animal would make if they could.
On behalf of the animals, thank you to everyone for everything you have done, and everything you will do to move this world toward kindness.