• 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

    • Please join us for a special screening of the movie Hungry for Change.
      HUNGRY FOR CHANGE will be shown in the Gresham Room of the Ashland Public Library on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 6:30pm. Please use the back doors.
      *Sample gluten free vegan delicacies by Yes! Bakery and TonTon's! See the flyer for complete details.
    • Join us the 1st Saturday of each month for SOARS Monthly Meeting.  We meet from 10am - 12pm at the Talent Fire Station: 5811 S. Pacific Hwy. in Phoenix, OR
    • Tune into the KSKQ 89.5 FM on the 2nd Friday of each month at 1pm to hear interviews with 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 SoundCloud
    • Please follow our Facebook Page for SOARS events, animal rights news, and vegan recipes.
    • We finally have access to our RVTV archives of Animals Matter.  Follow this link to view compelling interviews by SOARS member, Alissa Weaver. 
  • 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 - Why should 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 can you 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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