Animal Rights New Jersey

The College of New Jersey

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do you do in the animal rights club?
A: Check out the news section to see what we have done and what we are planning.  Or come join us for one of our meetings.

Q: Is it okay to eat meat and still join the club?
A: Absolutely.  You don't have to be a vegetarian or vegan to join the animal rights club. 

Q:  Is this club affiliated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

A:  No, we are completely independent of PETA.  However, a lot of the literature that we distribute is printed by PETA.

Q: What is animal rights?

A: The fundamental principle of animal rights is that nonhuman animals
deserve to live according to their own natures, free from harm, abuse, and
exploitation. This goes further than just saying that we should treat
animals well while we exploit them, or before we kill and eat them. It
says animals have the RIGHT to be free from human cruelty and
exploitation, just as humans possess this right. The withholding of this
right from the nonhuman animals based on their species membership is
referred to as "speciesism".

Q: Being a vegetarian is a personal choice, so why should it be forced on anybody else?

A: Few people would argue that beating your dog or lighting a cat’s tail on fire are personal choices, yet what happens to animals on factory farms and in slaughterhouses is every bit as gruesome and every bit as cruel. Eating meat supports these abuses. Saying that abusing animals and killing them for their flesh are private matters is the same as saying that beating our children is a personal choice. Just as child abuse involves victims who have no choice, eating meat, dairy products, and eggs also involves victims who have no choice. Just as you can choose to beat your child, you can choose to eat meat. If you do, you’re hurting someone who is powerless to stop you. This should not be your “personal choice.” No one has the right to hurt others under the auspices of “personal freedom.”