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An Unnatural Order

In 1993, when Simon & Schuster published the first edition of this book, the world in many ways was very different. The Berlin Wall had only just fallen; the Soviet Union had collapsed, leaving the United States as the sole...
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Full Circles

Essay by Laura Moretti, Founder and Editor, The Animals Voice Magazine I began my activism for animals on the dirt roads of La Paz, Bolivia, when I was 10 years old. I did that by liberating animals from slaughter, by...
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Laura Moretti’s photo of a whale named ‘Liner’ appeared
on a very early cover of The Animals Voice.

The Animals Voice was first published as a six-page newsletter for the state of New Jersey—when Laura Moretti, its founder and editor lived there—as a means to unite the state’s humane organizations for that ‘strength in numbers’ philosophy Laura so believes in. She published three issues before she and the staff of then-Agenda magazine met over a meal in Bridgeport, CT. Seems they all had the same idea: to foster unity among animal defenders nation- and worldwide with a magazine.

Laura then suspended production of The Animals Voice in order to devote her time and effort to redesigning Agenda and helping to get it rolling on a national level. The new look worked and Agenda became a household word among animal rights activists who, until then, had felt alone in the world with their feelings and thoughts about animal rights.

Agenda then outgrew itself; its new editors and production goals forced Laura to abandon it and return to her personal passion: The Animals Voice.

Renaming it The Animals Voice Magazine: The California Connection, Laura began producing the publication for the state of California, to unite its some 300 animal welfare and rights organizations; Laura had just moved back to her high school hometown and immediately set to work on the magazine. Six issues into production and the magazine found a new publisher in activist Gil Michaels, a generous businessman in Los Angeles who published it internationally for six years.


Still kicking, but in a different way…

For more than 30 years, The Animals Voice Magazine remained true to its original purpose: to be independent of any organization so it was free to report the news, campaigns, goals, philosophies, and other outreach messages from any and all groups working on behalf of animals around the world.

It also retained its promise to ‘not hold back’ when it came to exposing the atrocities committed against animals. Its photography, as well as its editorial, was strong.

More than 100 issues of The Animals Voice Magazine were published since its inception. On more than one occasion, the magazine had to suspend production—either because it didn’t have the funding to continue at that specific time or because its founder and editor, Laura Moretti, had to time-out, such as when she suspended magazine publishing for half a year in order to teach herself web design and production. Now, as did the magazine, the web site reaches a worldwide audience.

The Animals Voice debuted online in 2000. With a generous grant from Sudhir Amembal, a former publisher and Board of Directors president of The Animals Voice, Laura was able to teach herself web design. Nearly 25 years ago, The Animals Voice arrived online.

Like its magazine, The Animals Voice web site remains true to its promise to animals: to be independent of any organization, so that it can bring its worldwide audience the news of every organization, the campaigns and action alerts of every organization, the struggles and the victories of every organization. The Animals Voice is beholden to no one—except animals.

The Animals Voice was first published as a six-page newsletter for the state of New Jersey—when Laura Moretti, its founder and editor lived there—as a means to unite the state’s humane organizations for that ‘strength in numbers’ philosophy Laura so believes in. She published three issues before she and the staff of then-Agenda magazine met over a meal in Bridgeport, CT. Seems they all had the same idea: to foster unity among animal defenders nation- and worldwide with a magazine.

Laura then suspended production of The Animals Voice in order to devote her time and effort to redesigning Agenda and helping to get it rolling on a national level. The new look worked and Agenda became a household word among animal rights activists who, until then, had felt alone in the world with their feelings and thoughts about animal rights.

Agenda then outgrew itself; its new editors and production goals forced Laura to abandon it and return to her personal passion: The Animals Voice.

Renaming it The Animals Voice Magazine: The California Connection, Laura began producing the publication for the state of California, to unite its some 300 animal welfare and rights organizations; Laura had just moved back to her high school hometown and immediately set to work on the magazine. Six issues into production and the magazine found a new publisher in activist Gil Michaels, a generous businessman in Los Angeles who published it internationally for six years.


Still kicking, but in a different way…

For more than 30 years, The Animals Voice Magazine remained true to its original purpose: to be independent of any organization so it was free to report the news, campaigns, goals, philosophies, and other outreach messages from any and all groups working on behalf of animals around the world.

It also retained its promise to ‘not hold back’ when it came to exposing the atrocities committed against animals. Its photography, as well as its editorial, was strong.

More than 100 issues of The Animals Voice Magazine were published since its inception. On more than one occasion, the magazine had to suspend production—either because it didn’t have the funding to continue at that specific time or because its founder and editor, Laura Moretti, had to time-out, such as when she suspended magazine publishing for half a year in order to teach herself web design and production. Now, as did the magazine, the web site reaches a worldwide audience.

The Animals Voice debuted online in 2000. With a generous grant from Sudhir Amembal, a former publisher and Board of Directors president of The Animals Voice, Laura was able to teach herself web design. Nearly 25 years ago, The Animals Voice arrived online.

Like its magazine, The Animals Voice web site remains true to its promise to animals: to be independent of any organization, so that it can bring its worldwide audience the news of every organization, the campaigns and action alerts of every organization, the struggles and the victories of every organization. The Animals Voice is beholden to no one—except animals.

Gil Michaels made news when he published
The Animals Voice Magazine internationally

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Are Social Media Undermining Vegan Advocacy?

By Rayane Laddi A few months ago, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that one of his favorite past-time is “to create some of the highest quality beef in the world”. Indeed, he keeps a cattle of wagyu and angus beef on the...
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Hindsight: On Civil Disobedience

Tom Regan interview by Laura Moretti • The Animals Voice • January 17, 1987 While speaking at the Schweitzer Center in Berkeley, CA, on behalf of animal rights, author/activist Tom Regan granted us an interview in return for a leisurely...
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Animal Exploitation—The War Analogy

In my public talks over the years, I’ve frequently focused on how other animals are treated by the major animal abuser industries—commercial animal agriculture, biomedical research, entertainment businesses, including circuses and greyhound racing, for example. While what I will be...
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The Torch of Reason

“Tom Regan’s impassioned speech combined the gentle torch of reason with the warrior’s sword of justice.” —Michael Bell, World Day for Lab Animals, April 24, 1988, Last Chance for Animals (LCA) rally at the foot of the Federal Building, Westwood, CA...
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The Case for Animal Rights

How to proceed? We begin by asking how the moral status of animals has been understood by thinkers who deny that animals have rights. Then we test the mettle of their ideas by seeing how well they stand up under...
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Animals Are Not Our Tasters

WE ARE NOT THEIR KINGS Heaven forbid that we should do to humans what now is being done to other animals. But heaven help us to stop doing these things to these animals. The last thing animals need are new...
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