The Estonian Society for the Conservation of Animals

The Estonian Society for the Conservation of Animals is a non-profit association that unites animals in spring 2000, whose mission is to ensure and improve the welfare of animals in need, and prevent animal ill-treatment. The mission is implemented through direct assistance to animals, public awareness and training of people, participation in legislation and animal welfare monitoring.

The Estonian Society for the Protection of Animals is a member of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the United Kingdom, one of the world's largest animal protection organizations in the United Kingdom since 2004. Since the summer of 2005, the ELS has also been a member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), an international animal protection organization operating in Great Britain.

In 2005, the European Network of Leading Animal Protection Organizations and Wildlife Experts ENDCAP (The European Network for Enduring Wildlife in CAPtivity) was created, combining the common goal of ending the use of wildlife for abandonment and the use of wildlife for entertainment purposes. Estonian Society for the Protection of Animals (ELS) is a founding member of the ENDCAP network.

The EUSR had close liaison with the Estonian Academy of Animal Protection (now the association has ceased to exist), Finnish and Latvian animal protectionists. In 2006, ELS became an observer member of Eurogroup for Animals, a European Union lobbying organization.

In 2009, the Society entered into a non-profit organization "Corruption Free Estonia", joined the charity program launched by the Estonian Professional Association and was admitted to the Estonian Association of Non-Profit Organizations (EMSL).

At the beginning of 2011, ELS joined the European Network for Farm Animal Protection (ENFAP) network, which was set up to draw attention to farm animal welfare issues across Europe. The predecessor of the ENFAP, ECFA (European Coalition for Farm Animal Removal), was founded in 1993 to keep the European Union ban on caging in cages, bringing together associations from 13 Member States.

The company has nearly 300 members. The members actively participating in the various projects of the Society are all over Estonia 40.

As of May 1, 2004, the Estonian Society for the Protection of Animals has been included in the list of non-profit associations and foundations with income tax incentives, which means that a person can deduct the amount donated to the EUS from their taxable income.

The Estonian Society for the Protection of Animals values ​​honesty, equality, dignity, openness, solidarity, cooperation, diversity, and credibility, and operates on the basis of these values, implementing the Code of Ethics for NGOs. Cooperation is based on a charitable partnership, mutual respect and recognition. The responsibility of the EU Court is to contribute to shaping a safe, balanced and caring society.

The first animal protection agency began operating in Estonia in 1869. The animal protection agency of the present time defined animal protection as follows: to combat animal torture (beating, overdoing work, etc.), and to harassed animals found on streets above the shelter.

It can be said that animal protection has a similar meaning today, although the scope of activities has expanded, focusing on preventive and educational activities. Generally, animal protection societies around the world protect animals from acts that cause physical or mental distress to animals. Livestock activists are based on the conviction that animals have instincts, interests and nature based on biological needs and are able to sense pain.

The ELS starts its activities to ensure the welfare of each individual animal. Animals are all creatures who are able to sense pain or torture, such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Animal welfare is the creation of a condition in which the physical, behavioral and psychological needs of the animal are satisfied. The ELS believes that the life of each animal must be respected and protected. The philosophical starting point of the activity is the recognition that the welfare of the animal must be ensured regardless of whether the animal or its welfare is in any way useful to humans.

The ELS only uses legitimate and peaceful means to achieve its goals.

This text was extracted from https://loomakaitse.ee/, "about us" page