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Empatia - about us

Empatia is an association that works for the benefit of all animals: both the ones people have chosen as friends and yet often neglect and those methodically exploited and killed by humans for food, other consumption purposes, entertainment, hobby, sport, pseudo education, education, rehab therapies, scientific experimentation, etc. We disagree with such segregation and we suppport animal rights. Our main aim is to advocate a respectful approach towards other beings, which translates into a comprehensive veganism (not limited to diet). We do not forget humans, who, after all, also belong to the Animal Kingdom. Our activities include creative and non-violent education and providing information regarding these issues.

More about aims, reasons and methods of work
The truth is that it's difficult to find a section of reality free from commodification of animals despite the fact that Polish Animal Protection Act opens with the following statement: "The animal as a living being able to experience suffering is not a thing. The human owes him/her respect, protection and care" (1)

Unfortunately, it turns out that a vast majority of animal suffering takes place within the framework of the currently binding law, which only regulates the so called welfare of animals (animals in the Act are limited to vertebrates only), i.e. the way they are treated in various areas of animal exploitation. The Animal Protection Act allows to breed and kill animals for the purposes of the food industry (meat, dairy and eggs) despite the fact we don't need animal products to live and stay healthy. The Act also sanctions killing animals for fur or using them for entertainment of humans (product and services so obviously redundant that no specialist education is needed to assert it). Even the most trivial needs of humans (taste, convenience, fashion, entertainment) are put above the most vital needs of animals (life, freedom, avoiding suffering and pain). In light of the current law, rights of animals other than human beings practically do not exist.

That's why we deal with many aspects of this problem, from the choice of diet, its ethical and health implications to the attitude to animals in science and art, to exploitation of animals for human entertainment and fancy, to pathological aggression of humans towards "pets" and lack of understanding of their needs.

The main area of our activity are rights of animals other than homo sapiens. Since animals are sentient beings, able to feel pain, fear, stress, suffering, pleasure and experience many other emotions and mental states and due to the fact that science tells us more and more about them and we can see a kinship with them when it comes to sentience, we believe that instead of contempt and exploitation we owe them respect and care. We propose veganism as the most complete way to manifest this attitude.

Deep down we feel that contact with the world of other animals may be enriching and teach us a lot, also about ourselves. We share many characteristics with other animals and we own perhaps one unique (or at least rare) feature – the ability to make ethical choices. We will struggle for a model of ethics that knows no species boundaries, just like suffering knows no such borders.

We organise our activities in a number of ways. Sometimes they are long-term and multi-level campaigns, other times they are swift responses to current news. However, they are always free of violence.

History of Empatia association
Empatia as a association was formally founded in 2004 and included in the National Court Register with no. 0000183743. An informal group Inicjatywa Empatia had started its activities in February 2003 intending to become a formal organisation.

Empatia is a result of cooperation of a variety of people. We differ in terms of age, interests, location, temperament and opinions on various topics. What we have in common, though, is a fundamental opposition to the culture where rights are taken away from anyone because he or she is different (e.g. in terms of species, sex or nationality). However lofty it may sound, that's the way we think.

At a certain point we came to the conclusion that working together in a formal organisation is much more effective than individual, chaotic struggle. It was like a revelation to see how much we could do if we really wanted it and made an effort to achieve it. We don't mind being unconventional. We tend to be uncompromising and take seriously what we do. We are a strong group of mature people, vegetarians and vegans for many years, able to argue our case in a persuasive, composed and reasonable way without losing a label of radicalism. We also know how to advertise ourselves :-)

The first thing we do however is to try to live our everyday lives in accordance with our principles. Work should each time be started from the beginning and the beginning is after all within ourselves.

If you'd like to be up-to-date with our actions, plans and new texts on our website, see the news in English.

"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to." Mark Twain.

References:
(1) Article 1 sentence 1 of the 1997 Animal Protection Act (consolidated text)
http://isap.sejm.gov.pl/Download?id=WDU19971110724&type=3

Note: Although, in accordance with scientific knowledge, we consider the human being to be an animal as well, for the purposes of verbal conciseness in this and many other texts published on www.empatia.pl, wherever we say "animal/animals" we mean an animal/animals other than homo sapiens.

 


 

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