"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals." George Orwell, Animal Farm
Famous friends of the Guardian Campaign include:
Mary Tyler Moore
"I like [the] term guardian as opposed to master or owner. It is an honor that is bestowed on some of us and we need to treat it that way"
--from The Pet Press, Sept-Oct. 2002
Actress & Singer
"With love from me, "Biggest," and "Lovey." I am their guardian, and they are my angels!"
Dr Jane Goodall
The Jane Goodall Institute
"In the legal sense, animals are regarded as 'things,' mere objects that can be bought, sold, discarded, or destroyed at an owner's whim."
President, The Roar Foundation
Director, The Shambala Preserve
“For over thirty years, we, at the Shambala Preserve, and The Roar Foundation have thought of the big cats who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected, as thinking…feeling..beings. We have always thought of ourselves as guardians of these magnificent beings, who have all been born in captivity to be sold as “pets”, which they are not. One of our goals has been to educate the public to treat all animals as part of life on our planet."
"The way I see it, much like the idea that the world is flat, the idea that animals are "property" is outdated and just plain wrong. My furry companions are living, breathing beings capable of thoughts and feelings.However, left to their own devices they would not survive long in this modern world. So, I am their Guardian. And while under my care, I "guard" them with great joy, compassion, and humility. It's incredible. Their responses well prove that guarding for love is far better than guarding against hate any day."
Video used here with the kind permission of Dr Elliot Katz
Ed Begley, Jr.
"I support your efforts [to promote guardianship]."
Founder of Veteran Horse Welfare
"I wish this campaign every success. It's fresh and positive and I can see it being of great assistance to the efforts of charities and organisations dedicated to animal welfare, rescue and rehoming in the UK."
International Smooth Jazz Saxophonist
"When I had my first pet, I was just a young boy with Asthma.....so I had a very hard time being around my pet without being put in the hospital. As I got older, my Asthma subsided due to learning and playing the saxophone....so much so to the point to where I could finally have a pet. I noticed that after having my "pet" for so many years, that the term "pet" just didn't fit. My dog, to me, was more like a part of my family......he was part of my family! So, I changed the way I viewed him....and the way I viewed myself. Therefore, I challenge anyone and everyone to adopt and become a "guardian" to an animal. The rewards will be immediately noticeable on both sides!"
Founder of the Pia Berrend Organisation and Vice-President of the European Society of Dog and Animal Welfare (ESDAW)
"I would be honored to be a supporter...and I send you my best regards from Luxembourg. BRAVO for this great campaign!"