I am 15 years old and I founded Animal Warriors out of a deep-seated desire to encourage people to show compassion and empathy for other species. Moreover, to cherish the living creatures that we share our planet with will establish a base of altruism on which we can build upon for other pressing moral obligations such as equality.
Nowadays, with the vast and ever growing population, it is all too easy to accept that others will correct the wrongs and that any contribution we make is diminutive, and will pale next to the great legends of our time, such as Jane Goodall and David Attenborough. However, this deeply ingrained belief needs to be uprooted and rejected. With the assault of bad news that litters modern society, everyone is in dire need of something positive and meaningful to spur them on and inspire them to do good.
The aim of Animal Warriors is not to change the way that we exist, but to embrace it and consequently, construct a world where we can coexist with animals without the restrictions and maltreatment that exist today.
But animals? Surely there are more important moral and political issues that we face today that need to be addressed? How could we possibly devote precious time to providing equality for animals when there are more pressing issues? You may ask. The answer is lengthy and complex and therefore I will simply tell you that 'compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." - A Schopenhauer
Moreover, surely compassion towards all creatures should not be a superfluous act that we consciously decide to perform, it should be a quality implanted within us during childhood, and nurtured throughout our lives so that the seed of compassion is able to blossom into a mighty entity.
Animal Warriors is here to plant that seed in adolescents, nurture it in teens and help to excavate it in adults. Many people have managed to do this themselves and therefore Animal Warriors is there for them as a community of like minded people. They can perform their 'good deeds' and will be recognised by us and become official Animal Warriors. It is this simple incentive that can stimulate and awaken people's humanity.