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DVA Advisory Council member, Geshe Thubten Phelgye, student of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monk, member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile for ten years, international scholar, and professor at Eastern Washington University in the USA:

“After witnessing the slaughter of an animal for the first time, I cried and made a vow to be a voice for him.”

Why DVA Needs Your Financial Support

As the only Buddhist Animal Advocacy organization in the world, we are uniquely positioned to use the relationships and contacts we have developed in the Buddhist world during the past six years to make our voice on behalf of animals even stronger. But, we need your financial support to make it happen.


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DVA Sri Lanka Match Campaign

Dharma Voices for Animals is happy to announce the launch of our latest and biggest campaign – The Sri Lanka Project. The Project will encourage the 15 million Sri Lankan Buddhists to transition toward a compassionate plant-based diet.

Sri Lanka, an island nation of 21 million people including 15 million Buddhists, holds a unique place in the Buddhist world. Buddhism has been the major religion on the island since its official introduction in the 3rd century B.C. by Arahant Mahinda, the son of the Emperor Ashoka of India – the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any nation.

Since that time the Sangha (Order of Monks) has a largely unbroken lineage, and Sri Lankan monks and lay people have played a prominent role in spreading Theravada Buddhism to Asia, the West and even Africa. Buddhism is the official religion under the nation’s Constitution.

DVA just kicked off our Sri Lanka Project on October 20, 2017, with an audience of 600 people, including the national media, at our second annual Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference at the Buddhist Cultural Center in Colombo. The Speaker of the Sri Lanka Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, made a public speech covered by the national media, extremely supportive of DVA and our mission, while widely respected monks, the Venerable Omalpe Sobhitha Thero, the Venerable Siri Vajiraramaye Nanasiya Thero, and the Venerable Olanda Ananda, also gave public talks, pledging their full support for DVA and our Project.

Over the past six years DVA has developed a strong presence in Sri Lanka with influential chapters in both major population centers, Colombo and Kandy, and strong working relationships with the top monks. In addition to our recent Animal Rights Conference in October, DVA has held two other major events there: the inauguration of our Colombo Chapter on October 18, 2015 and of our Kandy Chapter two days later. The Speaker of the Parliament and many of the top monks also gave their support at these events. All three of DVA’s large media events have received widespread, favorable television, newspaper, and internet media coverage.  For example, a major national newspaper, the Daily Mirror, published an editorial  which was extremely supportive of DVA and our message promoting vegetarianism/veganism for all Buddhists. http://www.dailymirror.lk/92061/repeat-of-olcott-era-dharma-voices-for-animals

Our Sri Lanka Project is now underway! Our Project Director, attorney, animal activist Keshinie Bandaranaike, is working closely with our Social Media Organizer, the Venerable Bibiladeniye Mahanama Thero, 1) to reach our goal of one million Facebook “likes” and 2) to make personal contact with all Sri Lankans by offering countless in person public talks, workshops, and forums throughout this island nation.

In order to fund our Sri Lanka Project we need your support. We must raise $78,000. We have already raised $26,000 and have also secured a dollar for dollar match for the next $25,500. Raising the $25,500, with our match, will get us to our $78,000 goal!

With a dollar for dollar match of the next $25,500 in donations, your gift of $25, $100, or $500 becomes a gift to DVA of $50, $200, or $1,000.

The GIFT you make today will go twice as far to support DVA’s important work in the Buddhist country of Sri Lanka to reduce animal suffering.

No gift is too small.

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DVA General Fund

Your gift will help:

1) Generate connections with many of the countless Buddhist Centers in the United States and other Western countries using our “Eyes and Ears.” This program evaluates these Centers and then comes up with a plan of how to best support them in lessening their use of animals and animal products.

2) Support our newly created, detailed plan for action in the Buddhist country of Vietnam which will target the almost 60 million Buddhists there.

3) Enable our Buddhist teachers, monastic and lay, to travel and give teachings on cruelty-free eating to their large group of followers. The Venerable Thich Thanh Huan, a Vietnamese monk and a leader of the powerful Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha, which has tens of millions of members, visited the US as DVA’s guest from June 23 to July 3, 2017 to advocate for animals and to plan the campaign targeting his home country which will be directed by DVA.

4) Help stop the rapidly growing dog meat industry in countries such as Vietnam and South Korea.

5) Strengthen our 27 chapters worldwide and grow their number so we can be even stronger advocates for animals. For example, the presence of DVA chapters in Sri Lanka and Bhutan enabled us to receive “on the ground” information and support for our ongoing campaigns in both countries.

6) Help DVA host the second Asian Buddhist Animal Rights Conference on October 26, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka which will feature renowned Buddhists and Animal Rights activists as speakers and will be covered on national television.

7) Pay for DVA’s second film which will serve as an introduction to our organization. The first, Animals and the Buddha, created by acclaimed film maker Keegan Kuhn of Cowspiracy fame was also made possible by our generous supporters, has been widely acclaimed, viewed by over 100,000 people, and translated into ten languages.

8) Support our social media campaign in the US and Buddhist countries.  For example, we plan to make videos of the top monastics talking in their native language about DVA’s message which will be made available to countless people through social media. We have a wonderful plan of attack and the cooperation of the monastic communities.

A monthly gift provides a consistent stream of revenue which allows us to best plan our projects.  No gift is too small.

Imagine a world in which animals are not considered food in Buddhist communities throughout the world. Make your GIFT to DVA now so that you can say you were part of that achievement.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

DVA is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

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We understand that much of our work needs to be done in Asia where over 98% of the approximately one billion Buddhists live and where seven of our Chapters are located.  Since the overwhelming majority of Buddhists live in Asia, the overwhelming majority of the animals killed to feed and clothe them live in Asia.  If we don’t do this work in Asia who will?

No gift is too small.

The GIFT you make today will support DVA’s important work to reduce animal suffering worldwide.

A monthly gift provides a consistent stream of revenue which allows us to best plan our projects.  No gift is too small.

Imagine a world where Buddhists are setting a shining example for the rest of the world that animals should not be considered food.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

DVA is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

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