APRL was instrumental in passing Proposition 2 in California in 2008, a landmark ballot initiative banning the most extreme forms of factory farm confinement. This paved the way for similar measures in many other states. APRL also promotes a plant based diet. By reducing or eliminating animal products, we can help animals, achieve optimal health and protect the planet. In collaboration with Vegan Outreach, APRL has educated hundreds of thousands of people about the benefits of a vegan diet. APRL is also a proud sponsor of VegWeek, a national annual campaign that encourages people to adopt a plant-based diet prior to Earth Day.
Thanks to APRL, dedicated volunteers, and a handful of other organizations, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits. The amendment to the municipal code would make it unlawful for any person to sell any live dog, cat or rabbit in any pet shop, retail business or other commercial establishment unless the animal was obtained from a city or county animal shelter or animal control agency, a humane society or a non profit rescue organization. This led to Gov. Brown signing statewide legislation that bans the sale of commercially raised dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores, protecting both pets and consumers while providing greater visibility to shelter animals.
To produce foie gras (fattened liver), ducks are force fed large quantities of food through a metal pipe to expand their livers to over ten times their natural size. The ducks are slaughtered at the point where many of them begin to die from the process. APRL was instrumental in passing legislation in California to ban the sale and production of foie gras starting in 2012. The San Diego City Council commended APRL for its work on this issue and encouraged San Diegans to boycott this cruelty. APRL also successfully worked to pass resolutions supporting the ban in San Francisco, Solana Beach, West Hollywood and Berkeley. In 2007, APRL sponsored an independent poll showing that over 85% of San Diegans support a ban on foie gras. See StopForceFeeding.com for more information on this campaign.
APRL has advocated to protect the San Diego seals since 2004 and has been instrumental in passing local and state legislation to ensure this Harbor Seal rookery will be protected. In 2007, APRL sponsored an independent, scientific poll that found strong support for protecting the seal rookery. APRL has won numerous lawsuits to protect the seals, and now the city installs a roper barrier on the beach during pupping season (December 15-May 15), when the seals give birth and nurse their pups on the beach. Visit our press page for more information on this campaign.
San Diego and many other cities use poison to kill squirrels, gophers and other wild animals. Poisoning wildlife is inhumane, causing animals painful deaths lasting hours or days. Poison is also unsafe, threatening non-target species and predators. APRL volunteers have documented squirrels dying after being poisoned in Balboa Park in San Diego. APRL worked with the City of San Diego to install hundreds of "no feeding" signs and worked with the City of Del Mar to eliminate poisoning in Seagrove Park. APRL promotes the use of humane, non-toxic and environmentally friendly solutions to wildlife control.