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Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) is an organization of those committed both to practicing the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma) and to speaking out when animal suffering is supported by the actions of those in Dharma communities and by the policies of Dharma centers. We want to be the voice of the animals who cannot speak our language and are unable to ask, “Why are you paying people to do this to me?” or “Why are you supporting my suffering?” We want to support those who are willing to speak out about the harm we cause other sentient beings when we eat them, use their body parts as clothing and in other ways, or use household and personal hygiene products that are tested on animals. While DVA recognizes the challenges of living in a complex, modern society, we wish to promote the choices that provide the greatest reduction of animal suffering. It is our intention to be inclusive in honoring the different views of those who sincerely intend to minimize the suffering of animals.

Become a DVA Member at no cost and support the efforts to raise awareness of the suffering of animals in the Dharma community.


Our petition signed by 1430 people around the world, urging passage of Sri Lanka’s animal rights/welfare legislation,  is now complete.  We are waiting for the new Sri Lanka Ambassador to the U.S. to begin his term before  presenting our petition to him.  For details:

DVA is very pleased to introduce our two new Board members: Tashi Nyima, a monk in the Tibetan tradition and a physician, and Dr. David Higgins.


Become a DVA Member and become a voice for animals. Membership is free. We also encourage you to sign our current Petition. You may also read and reply to one of our Articles. We value your privacy and will not share your email address.

How to discuss animals and the Dharma issues with your Sangha.

Featured Article

Observing the First Precept
by Professor Mahinda Palihawadana

Professor Mahinda Palihawada lives in Sri Lanka. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Ceylon. He has been a professor of Sanskrit at various universities and has also lectured on Sanskrit numerous times.


Video Highlight

We highly recommend this video to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering of animals. This video contains graphic content.

Glass Walls