OAA strives to protect Ohio’s animals from cruelty, abuse, and neglect. OAA works through education, science, and advocacy toward a world in which all animals are respected and protected. We collaborate with citizens, stakeholders, and policymakers throughout the State of Ohio to champion humane policy and coexistence.
The Need for a Statewide Organization to Address Animal Welfare: The Missing Link to Moving Animal Welfare Forward in Ohio
The animal welfare movement is centuries old and is grounded in philosophy and social justice principles. In many respects, however, it would appear to be a young movement both nationally and statewide in comparison to other more recent social-welfare efforts. For example, the environmental movement was launched in the 1970s when federal laws were passed and national organizations were formed to advocate for the implementation of those laws. Ohio played a significant role as a catalyst when the Cuyahoga River caught fire and became a national media event that was emblematic of the need for change. However, it wasn’t until state and local environmental organizations were created in the 1980s and 1990s that the movement evolved to accomplish the implementation of those laws.
The key to success was the presence of state and local organizations to speak to state and local policymakers about the needs and challenges on the ground. These organizations had the ability to network all critical parties of interest into a consolidated voice with shared goals, enabling the environmental movement to develop consensus-based solutions.
The animal welfare movement continues its work to pass animal welfare legislation through national organizations. Following the successful lead of other movements, a statewide animal welfare organization needs to exist to address the implementation of protections at a state and local level. A number of other states have already formed state organizations to address this need, and it was time for Ohio to do the same. The Ohio Animal Advocates was created to fill this critical niche in Ohio.