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Merged intoAnimal Equality
Merger of
  • Alternativa para la Liberación Animal ("Alternative for Animal Liberation")
  • Derechos para los Animales ("Rights for Animals")
FocusAnimal rights
Area served
Eladio Ferreira
Sara Lago
Websiteequanimal.org (in Spanish)

Equanimal was a Spanish non-profit animal rights organization, formed as a merger, in 2006, of the organisations Alternativa para la Liberación Animal ("Alternative for Animal Liberation"; founded in 1986) and Derechos para los Animales ("Rights for Animals"; founded in 2002).[1] In 2012, it merged with the International animal rights organization Animal Equality.[2]


Equanimal focuses on ending animal exploitation, such as animal testing, fur farms and the use of fur as clothing,[3] the abandonment of animals, circuses that use animals and zoos, hunting and fishing,[4] and bullfighting.[5]

The methods they use are mainly awareness through media campaigns,[6] protest acts in public places, such as embassies,[7] demonstrations[8] and sometimes open rescues.[9]

Since 2007,[10] they are involved in the sabotage of the Copa Nacional de Caza del Zorro ("National Fox Hunt Cup"), 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.[11][12] They also pursue actions that have had the most impact such as entering the ring at the end of a bullfight,[13][14] and protesting with banners in the Cibeles catwalk during a parade.[15]

Occasionally they have worked with similar organizations in situations such as protests against seal hunting in Canada.[15] Equanimal became a part of the International farmed animal organization Animal Equality in 2012.[16]

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  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. ^ "Igualdad Animal y Equanimal se unen para defender a los animales" [Animal Equality and Equanimal unite to defend animals]. Igualdad Animal (in Spanish). 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2022-07-10.
  3. ^ Protesta contra el uso de pieles de animales para vestidos humanos La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Miles de cazadores se manifiestan por el campo, la caza y la conservación en Madrid 01/03/2008 20 minutos (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Los antitaurinos se cuelan en el ruedo de la plaza de toros de Las Ventas 06/05/2008 20 minutos (in Spanish)
  6. ^ La Facultad de Magisterio de Segovia acoge el estreno del documental 'Earthlings' 12/02/2008 20 minutos (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Activistas españoles de la Fundación Equanimal protestan en Bruselas contra la matanza de focas en Canadá Europa Press
  8. ^ ONG denuncian en Madrid el maltrato y la explotación animal 10/12/2006 20 minutos (in Spanish)
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ Equanimal se suma a la espantada del zorro el día de la copa nacional 08/02/2007 La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Incidentes entre cazadores de zorros y ecologistas acaban con un detenido 28/01/2008 La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish)
  12. ^ «Es una matanza, no una competición deportiva», afirman los ecologistas 24/01/2009 La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Los antitaurinos saltan al ruedo 18/05/2008 Público (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Asalto al ruedo: El antes y el después 01/10/2008 Ecodiario (in Spanish)
  15. ^ a b Protestan desnudos contra la masacre de focas en Canadá 15/03/2007 20 minutos (in Spanish)
  16. ^ "Animal activists win repression case against the fur industry". Animal Equality UK. 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2022-07-10.

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