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FocusAnimal rights
Area served
Key people
Eladio Ferreira, Director
Sara Lago, subdirector
Websiteequanimal.org (in Spanish)

Equanimal is a Spanish non profit animal rights organization. Comes from the fusion in 2006 of "Alternativa para la Liberación Animal" (Spanish:"Alternative for Animal Liberation") (ALA, 1986) and "Derechos para los Animales" (Spanish: "Rights for Animals") (2002).[1]

They focus on anything they consider against animal exploitation, such as animal testing, fur farms and the use of fur as clothing,[2] the abandonment of animals, circuses that use animals and zoos, hunting and fishing[3] or bullfighting.[4]

The methods they use are mainly awareness through media campaigns,[5] protest acts in public places such as embassies,[6] demonstrations[7] and sometimes open rescues.[8]

Since 2007[9] they are involved in the sabotage of the "Copa Nacional de Caza del Zorro" (Spanish: "National Fox Hunt Cup"), which is held every year in Galicia, in which they pursue the hunters making noise with megaphones to scare foxes and thereby prevent them from being killed.[10][11]

Along with this, under the actions that have had most impact are those consisting of enter in the ring at the end of a bullfight[12][13] or with banners in the Cibeles catwalk during a parade.[14]

Occasionally they worked with similar organizations in situations such as protests for seal hunting in Canada.[14] Equanimal became a part of the International farmed animal organization Animal Equality in 2012.

See also


  1. ^ Equanimal: en defensa de los animales Archived 2007-10-16 at the Wayback Machine Número 43. 05/12/2006 al 20/12/2006 Periódico Diagonal (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Protesta contra el uso de pieles de animales para vestidos humanos La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Miles de cazadores se manifiestan por el campo, la caza y la conservación en Madrid 01/03/2008 20 minutos (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Los antitaurinos se cuelan en el ruedo de la plaza de toros de Las Ventas 06/05/2008 20 minutos (in Spanish)
  5. ^ La Facultad de Magisterio de Segovia acoge el estreno del documental 'Earthlings' 12/02/2008 20 minutos (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Activistas españoles de la Fundación Equanimal protestan en Bruselas contra la matanza de focas en Canadá Europa Press
  7. ^ ONG denuncian en Madrid el maltrato y la explotación animal 10/12/2006 20 minutos (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Equanimal libera a siete gallinas de una granja industrial de casi 100.000 aves a cara descubierta. Archived 2009-09-28 at the Wayback Machine 14/10/2007 www.rescate-abierto.org Archived 2009-03-18 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Equanimal se suma a la espantada del zorro el día de la copa nacional 08/02/2007 La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Incidentes entre cazadores de zorros y ecologistas acaban con un detenido 28/01/2008 La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish)
  11. ^ «Es una matanza, no una competición deportiva», afirman los ecologistas 24/01/2009 La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Los antitaurinos saltan al ruedo 18/05/2008 Público (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Asalto al ruedo: El antes y el después 01/10/2008 Ecodiario (in Spanish)
  14. ^ a b Protestan desnudos contra la masacre de focas en Canadá 15/03/2007 20 minutos (in Spanish)