• Who We Are

    Southern Oregon Animal Rights Society (SOARS) is a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals used for food, experimentation, entertainment, and sport. Our purpose is to inform and inspire people to adopt a compassionate lifestyle. We seek to create change through education, legislative awareness, and direct action.

    Mission

    • To educate and inspire people to adopt a lifestyle that embraces compassion for all living beings.
    • To expose the often horrific conditions and suffering endured by animals that are raised for food production, and the corresponding environmental impacts that these “factory farms” create.
    • To raise awareness about the suffering of animals used for experimentation and product testing.
    • To bring attention to the exploitation of animals used in the entertainment and fur industries.
    • To inspire people to take action and make a difference.

    Upcoming/ongoing Events

    • Join us the 1st Saturday of each month for our monthly meeting.  We meet from 10 am-noon at the Talent Fire Station at 5811 S. Pacific Hwy, Pheonix, OR
    • Tune into the KSKQ 89.5 FM on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 1 pm to hear SOARS member Lin Bernhardt interview community members, fellow and budding activists, experts in health and all-things-animals and various other courageous and interesting souls.  If you happen to miss the broadcast you can catch some episodes on Sound Cloud.  Please visit our Facebook page for links to those interviews
    • We finally have access to our archived RVTV archives of Animals Matter.  Follow this link to view compelling interviews by SOARS member Alissa Weaver:  https://archive.org/details/roguetv?and[]=animals%20matter
    • Hello Activists! Please join in exposing Wildlife Services and their barbaric practices and the slaughter of our native wildlife. This elusive Federally funded organization uses indiscriminate and inhumane means to eliminate "nuisance" animals. In the process family pets and endangered species are also killed, maimed and wounded. Since the year 2000 50,000 non-target animals have been killed across the US. Even more atrocious is the fact that this is occurring at the taxpayer's expense. Join us in convincing Jackson County Commissioners to end their contract with WS until there is transparency of practices and humane and non-lethal alternatives are utilized to address wildlife conflicts. We will be protesting this coming Thursday, April 6th at noon at the Jackson County Courthouse in front of the steps, 10 S. Oakdale Ave. (corner of Main and Oakdale) Medford.

     

     

  • Why Care about animals?

    The issues facing animals seem overwhelming, but compassionate choices by just one person make a huge difference and reduce suffering.  Anything you can do to help is a good step. 

    The Issues - see why we care about animal rights

    • An estimated 20 million animals are killed in the name of science each year in the US. About 90% of those animals are not protected by any federal laws.
    • A meat-based diet significantly increases one's chances of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and certain cancers.
    • Approximately 40,000 people die each day worldwide due to hunger and hunger-related causes. If Americans reduced their intake of meat by merely 10%, 100 million people could be fed using the land, water, and energy that would be freed from growing livestock feed. In fact, 70% of US grain production is fed to livestock, and more than 50% of US water is used in their production.
    • Animal agriculture is a chief contributor to water pollution. America’s farm animals produce 10 times the waste produced by the entire human population.
    • Twenty thousand pounds of potatoes can be grown on one acre of land, but only 165 pounds of beef can be produced in the same space.
    • Because of over-harvesting, all 17 of the world’s major fishing areas have reached or exceeded their natural reproduction limits.
    • Rain forests are being destroyed at a rate of 125,000 square miles per year for space to raise animals for food.
    • Chickens in factory farms are kept six to a cage – the size of a half a piece of newspaper, where they're unable to spread their wings or roost. Their toes are amputated while fully conscious prior to slaughter.
    • Leg-hold traps, still legal in Oregon but banned in many other states, cause excruciating pain to wild (and sometimes domestic) animals. According to the federal government, one-quarter of all trapped animals chew off their legs in order to escape the trap.
    • Between 5 and 6 million dogs and cats are killed every year in the US because there are not enough homes for them.

    What you can do

    • Educate yourself on the issues. Browse our website for book reviews, recipes, and links to other organizations that want to help alleviate animal suffering.
    • Reduce, or better yet, eliminate meat, dairy, and eggs from your diet.
    • Buy cruelty-free products.
    • Don’t buy exotic or wild animals as pets.
    • Don’t buy pets from pet stores or breeders. Instead, adopt from a shelter.
    • Vote, write letters, and lobby your legislators for laws that help animals.
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