Protecting Animals

Protecting Animals
Promoting Compassion


Animals Used for Food

99% of meat, milk and eggs produced in the U.S. come from massive factory farms where animals are confined so tightly they cannot even stand up, turn around, or fully extend their limbs or wings.  We work towards eliminating the suffering of animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.  A vegan lifestyle is good for the animals, your health, and the planet.  

In collaboration with Vegan Outreach, APRL distributes tens of thousands of pamphlets each year with helpful tips, health information, Q&A and vegan recipes.

We promote compassionate living through events like cooking classes, movie screenings, restaurant outings, and potlucks.

Companion Animals

Hundreds of thousands of dogs suffer in puppy mills in this country.  They are locked in small cages where they must endure below freezing weather and sweltering heat. These dogs never go for a walk, never get a belly rub, and receive little to no vet care. They have been turned into breeding machines, bred over and over again until they die,  are dumped in a shelter, or are killed by the breeder.  We work on educating the public by holding several peaceful protests at Orange County retail stores that sell animals from mills.  Informing customers will curb demand and help shut down puppy mills.We also promote pet adoption. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year and approximately 3 to 4 million are euthanized (60% of dogs and 70% of cats).

Cities in Orange County that have passed a ban on the retail sale of dogs and cats with the help of APRL:

  • Irvine, California
  • Laguna Beach, California
  • Aliso Viejo, California
  • Huntington Beach, California
  • Dana Point, California

Pet stores that have closed after APRL protest campaigns:

  • Barkworks at the Shops Mission Viejo, Westminster, West Los Angeles
  • Russo's at the Irvine Spectrum
  • I Heart Puppies in Corona Del Mar


Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages.  Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. Many people are not aware that more than half the fur in the U.S. comes from China, Where millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death and sometimes even skinned alive for their fur. Through education, participation in the boycott of stores and implementing laws to ban fur we can stop this cruel industry.

Animals Used in Entertainment

Animals being transported thousands of miles in traveling circuses and petting zoos spend a lifetime of misery and confinement. They are never allowed to move in a natural state or live in a natural setting.

Elephants spend up to 18 hours per day with one or more legs in heavy chains and unable to move.

APRL works with local government towards ending the use of exotic animals in circuses and ending elephant rides at State and County fairs and Zoos.


Big Steps for the animals with the help of APRL:

  • In 2011 APRL and other animal groups worked with the City of Santa Ana to stop the elephant rides at the Santa Ana Zoo.
  • In 2012 both Orange County and Los Angeles County Fairs did not renew their contracts for elephant rides.