Animal Liberation Wave (ALW) is
a movement of citizens that recognize non-human animals as sentient beings
and take action to liberate them from the suffering caused
by the Korean society.
We campaign for a society that recognizes the animals’ right to be free from pain.
Humans have hitherto considered non-human animals as essentially different. We treated
them as chattels or machines, and used them for companionship, food, entertainment, and
experiments for the greed and pleasure of humans only.
But when it comes to the capacity to feel pain, humans and non-human animals are
essentially the same. Animals also feel the moist earth, fresh breeze, warm sun, and cool
waves, and by instinct seek comfort rather than pain. Animals also feel pain with their well-
developed nervous system, and express it in a manner similar to ours, e.g. avoidance,
scream, and alarm.
A just society does not treat equal beings unequally. It does not allow anyone the right to
discriminate and cause pain to others no matter how ‘superior’ or ‘special’ one is in
appearance, language, intelligence, rationality, or class. It does not take away the right to
protect oneself from pain merely because one lacks the ability to declare or argue for one’s
Animal Liberation Wave goes further than paternalistic protection of animals, and campaigns
for a society that recognizes their right to be free from pain. It will create a massive wave of
animal liberation through civil actions and practices so that more animals can live a happy
life free from artificial spaces and distinctions.