PHILADELPHIA--()--Drivers on Business Route 1 in Bucks County Pennsylvania in recent days have been seeing a unique and unusual message from Responsible Policies for Animals (RPA).
“People must understand that nonhuman animals are persons deserving of equal treatment and fulfilling lives. Without justice, there is little fulfillment. Without rights, there is little justice.”
A 12-by-48-foot billboard promotes RPA’s message “Justice for all animals: The way forward!” in giant letters. Below the message is RPA’s website: www.RPAforAll.org. The billboard, which is located south of Tyburn Road, faces south and can be seen by northbound drivers, will run through December 30, 2012. It will then move to Business Route 1 north of Tyburn and run there through July 14, 2013.
The message promotes RPA’s goal of establishing unalienable equal autonomy, ecology, and dignity rights of all animals. RPA promotes rights of all animals—the way rights originally came to exist, explains the organization’s founder David Cantor. “People must understand that nonhuman animals are persons deserving of equal treatment and fulfilling lives. Without justice, there is little fulfillment. Without rights, there is little justice.”
“Injustice toward nonhuman animals is a root cause of nearly all misery in humans and other animals,” Cantor says. “The more we can do to establish justice for other animals, the more we will improve everyone’s quality of life.” He says the problem is not cruelty or diet—as addressed by conventional animal advocacy—but innovation going back to prehistoric times when humans could not know their actions would unleash disease, war, poverty, and other misery in perpetuity.
A tax-exempt educational nonprofit organization based in Glenside, Pennsylvania, with no paid directors or staff, RPA operates on individual donations and foundation grants. One of those donations, from a couple who wish to remain anonymous, makes RPA’s billboard possible. The same gift will also fund a digital highway sign and two advertisements in major online university newspapers.
Cantor, 57, founded RPA in 2002 after full-time employment with other national animal organizations since 1989. Cantor has published four book chapters, many articles, and more than 100 letters in Time, Utne Reader, E, The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, Philadelphia magazine, and many other publications as a full-time advocate for animals and their rights.