WE ARE THINKING ANIMALSWe believe animals are sentient beings
and share the same natural right as
humans to inhabit this planet.OUR VISIONTo ensure that other species and their habitats
are integral to every decision
we make about the planet.
MISSIONTo promote an understanding of the vital role
that animals play in our lives
and in the viability of the planet.
PLEDGEWe pledge to coexist
with all other species,
treat them with respect,
and protect them from
human-generated threats
to their survival and well-being.

Thinking Animals United is an educational, communications, and coalition-building

organization whose purpose is to galvanize worldwide support

for the care, protection, and conservation of animals.


Our mission is to promote an understanding of the vital role that animals play in our lives
and in the viability of the planet.



The Rethinking Animals Summit brought together a diverse group of experts from around the world to discuss global biodiversity loss through the lens of the human and environmental impact of our treatment of other species. The Summit looked at the consequences to human health, global security, world financial systems, environmental sustainability, and individual well-being. In addition, the Summit  spotlighted people and organizations trying to mitigate this impact.

The nature of our relationship with other species has enormous and quantifiable impacts on our health, on the environment, global security, our economies, and the viability of the world that our children will inherit. Furthermore, the nature of our relationships to other species and their environments have qualitative moral, ethical and psychological implications for us as a civil society and as individuals. We cannot afford to ignore the need to change our perceptions of the importance of other species in our lives, nor the need to reconsider the nature of our dominion over theirs.

The care, protection, and conservation of animals world-wide touches all 17 of the  Sustainable Development Goals, and if the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to be successful, it is imperative that other species be considered in its implementation.

2019 Summit Speakers

2019 Summit Photos

2019 Summit Videos

Photographs from Summit 2019

Our Volunteers: Elise Bogner, Michelle Sanders, Robin Huffman, Nik Makharadze, Elizabeth Fagan

USAID Trafficking slide

'Transforming Economic Landscapes' Tim Scott, Brian Von Herzon, James Workman, Jim Procanik

Tim Scott

Tim Scott + guest

Jean Halloren presentation

Scott Hajost, Tadzio McGregor, Skipper Darlington

Steve Kohn

Steve Kohn

Steve Kohn

Stefanie Spear

Economic Impact of Selective Infectious Disease Outbreaks

'Tools for a Safer Future' Steve Kohn, Eric Dinerstein, Alex Dehgan,  David O'Conner

Guest, Patrick Ramage , Jill Levine

Scott Hajost, Glenn Prickett, Bruce Rich

Royden Saah

Ron Maxwell

Ron Maxwell + Scott Hajost

Ron Maxwell + Mary Melnyk

Rachel Dreskin

Patrick Ramage

'Endangering the Environment'

Lelani Munter

Nick Makharadze + Eric Steinhauser

Neil Carter

Neil Carter presentation

Max Elder

Max Elder + Brian Von Herzen

'Transforming Economic Landscapes' Brian Von Herzen, James Workman, Jim Procanik, Tim Scott (not shown)

Jill Baron

Jill Barron

Jean Halloran

James Workman

Hellen Amuguni

'Achieving Health + Sustainability' Aysha Akhtar, Neil Henderson Carter, David Welsh, Max Elder

'Consequences for Human Health' Jason Patlis, Jean Halloran, Hellen Amuguni, Jill Baron

'Consequences for Human Health'  Jason Patlis, Jean Halloran, Hellen Amuguni, Jill Baron

Rosie Wardle, Max Elder

'Challenges to Global Security' Lydelle Joubert, Rachel Dreskin, Lindsey Moran, Sara Walker

Glenn Prickett + Isabel Jarrett

Glenn Prickett

After seminar crowd

More of our scrumptious food

Our delicious vegan food

IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Eric Steinhauser

Claire Smith, Glenn Prickett , Eric Steinhauser

Eric Steinhauser + Brian Von Heren

Eric Dinerstein

David Welch

David Welch presentation

Scott Hajost + David O'Connor

Curt Stager

After seminar crowd

After seminar crowd

After seminar crowd

After seminar crowd

'Is Food Hijacking Our Future?' Roundtable Discussion,

Claire Smith

Keynote Presentation - Carol McKenna

Carol McKenna, Guest, David  O'Connor

Carol McKenna

Carol McKenna and Janet Maro

Bruce Rich, Skipper Darlington, Scott Hajost

Brian Von Herzen

Bonnie Wyper

Astrid Tuuli Grace Determan

Alex Dehgan

Alec Dehgan, Todd Kuiken, Richard Schiffman


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We need to ensure that other species and their habitats are integral to every decision we make about the planet.

Lecture Series

See videos and learn about the amazing world of animal thinking, emotions, and behavior from world-renowned scientists.

See Lectures & Videos


Interviews with, and Blogs by Conservationists, Scientists, Animal Advocates, and Innovators.

1. What industry ranks as the second largest industrial polluter on the planet?

A. Factory farming
B. Automobiles
C. Apparel
D. Energy production

Carbon Footprint Pop Quiz

Toward … and Away from Farmageddon

Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming, an award winning author, ornithologist, photographer, naturalist, and animal advocate talks in our Wild Voices interview about the global effects of industrial farming.

Learn about the work of the Animal Issues Thematic Cluster (AITC) at the United Nations, founded by Thinking Animals United in 2017, to ensure animals are included in the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Agenda.

We believe animals are sentient beings who share the same natural right as humans to inhabit this planet.

Northern Muriqui
Brachyteles hypoxanthus


In compiling this list, we looked at the IUCN’s Red List most critically endangered species in the world (the top 4 of 9 criteria) and cross-referenced these species with the CITES Appendix I (of III) of the most trafficked mammals in the world. These distressing lists cover all species in all countries in the world. Amphibians and birds will soon be added.


Rare Bolivian Glass Frogs
seen for first time in 18 years!

These tiny Glass frogs have just been found in Central and South America. Their skin is so translucent that their internal organs can be seen through their bellies!

These amphibians weigh just 0.7-0.8g and measure 19-24mm.

Full article on BBC News: https://bbc.in/39Lxies


Wildlife Whistleblowers

Thinking Animals United partners with organizations that share the same desire to educate the public about the many roles that animals play in our lives, and help them find ways to become engaged in the global effort to save other species and their habitats.


Do you know which animals are endangered in your US State?  Or who to call if you see any illegal activities related to them?

We have put together, BY STATE, a list of  places you can call if you see illegal activity involving wildlife in your state. We have also included a sample of some of the pages of the State of Virginia’s site so you can see some of the information that you can expect to see in your state, although each state is different in their presentation and information offered.

They deserve respect and to be protected from all human generated threats to their survival and well-being.

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Videos from the 2019 Summit available here.

International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of threatened species, including animals and plants, has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species. It uses precise criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of thousands of species and subspecies. These criteria are relevant to all species and all regions of the world.

These are the categories the IUCN Red List is set upon

– Extinct (EX) – beyond reasonable doubt that the species is no longer extant.
– Extinct in the wild (EW) – survives only in captivity, cultivation and/or outside native range, as presumed after exhaustive surveys.
– Critically endangered (CR) – in a particularly and extremely critical state.
– Endangered (EN) – very high risk of extinction in the wild, meets any of criteria A to E for Endangered.
– Vulnerable (VU) – meets one of the 5 red list criteria and thus considered to be at high risk of unnatural (human-caused) extinction without further human intervention.
– Near threatened (NT) – close to being at high risk of extinction in the near future.
– Least concern (LC) – unlikely to become extinct in the near future.
– Data deficient (DD)
– Not evaluated (NE)

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is a multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals. It was drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of the species in the wild, and it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 35,000 species of animals and plants.

Roughly 5,000 species of animals and 29,000 species of plants are protected by CITES against over-exploitation through international trade. Each protected species or population is included in one of three lists, called appendices (explained below). The Appendix that lists a species or population reflects the extent of the threat to it and the controls that apply to the trade.

– Appendix I, about 1200 species, are species that are threatened with extinction and are or may be affected by trade. Commercial trade in wild-caught specimens of these species is illegal (permitted only in exceptional licensed circumstances)

– Appendix II, about 21,000 species, are species that are not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in specimens of such species is subject to strict regulation in order to avoid utilization incompatible with the survival of the species in the wild.

– Appendix III, about 170 species, are species that are listed after one member country has asked other CITES Parties for assistance in controlling trade in a species. The species are not necessarily threatened with extinction globally.