Ann Olson, Founder of Animal Folks, presented to our club. She discussed animal abuse and the resources available to the public to learn how to report it.
Animal Folks Mission & Vision:
Animal neglect and cruelty have been happening for centuries. We don’t expect to change attitudes about animals overnight, but we’re at least going to try and provoke discussion.
We believe animal neglect and cruelty are cultural problems (i.e., beliefs and behaviors by individuals) and institutional problems (i.e., outdated systems and processes governing animals at state and local levels).
Our mission: To protect animals and prevent animal cruelty by creating a modern system of animal law enforcement in Minnesota.
Core to this mission is system reform — we assess what is needed systemically to develop innovative and sustainable reforms for the improved enforcement of animal law and prevention of animal cruelty in Minnesota.
To achieve the above, Animal Folks focuses on five core programs:
• Animal Cruelty Research
We collect data on animal cruelty issues and cases, and define problems associated with animal neglect and cruelty in Minnesota.
• Civil and Criminal Justice Program
We file civil and criminal (cruelty) complaints and build relationships with local and state authorities throughout Minnesota.
• Animal Law Resources
We develop training programs, processes, forms and other resources for use by authorities in the investigation and enforcement of animal law.
• Legislative Action
We write and support state and local laws that provide humane treatment of animals. Includes lobbying and advocacy.
• Outreach and Education
We provide information and education about animal cruelty and actions through websites, literature, and booths at events.
Please read more about Animal Folks at http://www.animalfolksmn.org