Los Angeles is full of animal advocates and animal activists. There are several big organizations here including PETA, Animal Defenders International, In Defense of Animals, Last Chance for Animals. SPCALA, Animal Acres, Gentle Barn, Best Friends, and many others --as well as scores of rescue groups to help shelter animals, and all animals in trouble, as well as a growing number of thriving vegan restaurants.
So opening an animal advocacy museum is an awesome new expression of the ever- increasing consciousness of people that animals are not here to be exploited or abused or eaten. Finally it seems to be dawning on the human mind that we share this earth with other species and that our history of killing and taking full advantage of those other sentient, innocent beings is deplorable.
On Saturday, March 30 the Animal Advocacy Museum opens its doors. The opening will be modest in terms of space and location but with the enthusiasm and generosity of the thousands of big-hearted Angelenos could easily and hopefully grow into an large and substantial establishment. It will become a resource about wildlife, farm animals, fur animal as well as domestic animals. It will contribute to the wave of new thinking about animals, which will change the fate of millions of our four-legged, furry and feathered friends.
Well-known activist Patty Shenker, World Fest Lifetime Achievement winner as well as co-founder of Animal Acres, major contributor to PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) barns and fences for retired and rescued elephants as well as many other animal causes, has been dreaming of this day for a long time.
“The goal is to educate people to what is happening to humans is because of what has been happening to animals, and get them to become an activist for them.”
The space will be used for events and fundraisers, for animal causes and also for other human rights causes as well.
Co-founder with Patty is Prabhat Gautam, also well known in activist circles in Los Angeles. He is a major resource for many activists. He puts people together, shares information and available resources, and has aided more than a few start up groups to get their feet on the ground. He explained that many people would want to have this sort of museum, although there are many different approaches. So they decided to act on his philosophy, “Things are imperfect, so just do it! There are a billion things we can do to make it better so let’s just start. Let’s get it open and it will grow from there.”
Saturday’s opening exhibit will be an art show featuring works from Patty’s private collection, including the strong and to-the-point images of Sue Coe, as well as work of Scotlund Haisley and Howie Cooke.
Although the museum will be free of admission charges most of the time, there is a big opening planned, and tickets must be purchased in advance.
Animal Advocacy Museum
280 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Launch Party is Saturday, March 30 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Tickets MUST be purchased in advance because all guest names will be on a check-in list.
Get Tickets Here: http://animaladvocacymuseum-eorg.eventbrite.com/
5pm VIP Reception (for VIP Ticket Purchasers)
6pm Program Begins at Events Hall (for everyone)
Music and Speeches By: DJ Nametag, Fresh Juice Party, Paulina Logan, TorreySummer, Dave Simon, Shira Scott Astrof, Prabhat Gautam, & Patty Shenker
VIP reception and private mseum tour from 5-6pm. $100
General admission from 6-10pm $ 25
Event Sponsorship $500
Georja Umano is an actor and animal advocate.