Dharma Voices for Animals is the only international Buddhist Animal Rights and Animal Advocacy organization in the world.
DVA’s teachers, members, and supporters span the globe, and thanks to our growing international team of volunteers, we engage in advocacy, education, and outreach efforts around the world. Please feel free to contact us with inquiries.
Our greatest evil currently is that every day we are involved in a feud with animals, such as killing and consuming fish, shrimp, crab, etc…on a daily basis. It is only when we fall ill one day or when we are grieving for our own ill or dying child do we realize the pain that animals endure.
~ Venerable Master Hai Tao of Taiwan, renowned Buddhist monk, worldwide vegan advocate, and strong supporter of DVA
I think it’s very important for people to recognize that just as we ourselves wish for a sense of well-being and happiness and don’t want to be made miserable, so does everybody we meet. We’re actually very connected, including animals, in our wish for inner well-being and not to be hurt. What if people just thought about that, you know, just sitting in a theatre or on a subway? What if we were conscious that all the people around us, whatever they might look like, in their heart of hearts, really want to feel okay? What if your first thought for everybody you meet is not judgment but “May you be well and happy”? If we could manage that much, it would change the world, wouldn’t it?