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Dr. Jane Goodall has said that “every species plays a role in the whole majestic mosaic of life.”

“…the animals which you slew and at your feasts, were also you.... Life is one in them all, and yours is but a portion of this same common life,” the old sage tells the King of Esarhaddon.  Leo Tolstoy, “Esarhaddon, King of Assyria.” 

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. …For the animal shall not be measured by man. …They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” Henry Beston, “The Outermost House: A Year of Life on The Great Beach of Cape Cod”


When the poet and nature writer Diane Ackerman was asked if she preferred whales to bats, she replied, “I prefer life.” 

Arts Advocacy To End Animal Cruelty 

Mission: Bringing an end to animal exploitation and suffering

through advocacy, awareness, and the arts

Why privilege one species (humans) over all other animal species, when we all breathe and share the same earth?

We are in a pivotal moment with respect to species outside of our own, with an extraordinary opportunity to create a profound kinship with those whom our fates are tied, with whom we share a spirit of consciousness. Over the last three years, more than 30 countries have formally recognized other animals including gorillas, lobsters, crows, and octopuses as sentient beings. Aren’t they all sentient?

 Arukah Animal International envisions a world where we don’t differentiate between all who live, all who breathe, where we transcend all borders, to be the equal of all living beings, in our astonishing variety and diversity, that we are in fact all a part of a natural evolution of life forms. We are in fact not a thing apart.

 Arukah Animal International sees more-than-human animals as creators of their own lives, as subjects, to thrive, to live, in all their richness and complexity, their individual and insistently singular and purposeful selves in all their marvel, flooding us with wonder.

Arukah Launch Live-Streamed

It was a dream conversation about more-than-human animals from wide-ranging perspectives and on a variety of topics—from California’s Prop 12 to pluralism to using art, literature, poetry, and music for inspiration to falling in love with a pig to seeing animals as individuals—an exhilarating flow of ideas and capaciousness in thought, indelible, rare, and magical.  Incandescent stories told. The celebrated Esther the Wonder Pig was even there! Our other esteemed guests included Marc Bekoff, Jeff Sebo, Dana Ellyn, Annie Potts, Steve Jenkins, and Claudia Hirtenfelder. To watch the entire event, click here  


Arukah means Healing, Restoring, and Repairing

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