Karuna For Animals is an all volunteer, yoga-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 by Erica Settino after years of her working in domestic animal rescue, advocacy and welfare, and witnessing the sadly prevalent disconnection in the movement. Also a yoga practitioner and teacher for almost a decade at that time, Erica began using the ancient teachings of yoga as the foundation for her activism.
Utilizing her varied and eclectic education and experience, Erica draws from both her traditional education, in which she holds a BS in Psychology (Human Behavior and Development) and an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing, as well as her longtime study and practice of the science of yoga, in an effort to promote awareness around the injustices that animals of all species face at the hands of humans every single day.
With the inception of her organization, Erica was able to extend her activism and educational efforts in a much more inclusive way. No longer having to settle for advocating for only some species when it is much more just and morally consistent to speak out on behalf of all. To that end, it is the aim of the organization to advocate for the rights of all living beings. Our assertion being that the only way in which this can be successful is to promote veganism not just as a dietary preference, but as a way of life.
Our members and supporters seek to promote compassion (karuna), nonviolence (ahimsa) and freedom from suffering (moksha) for animals of all species--including humans! It is our mission to raise awareness and funds for the rights of all animals through a dedicated practice of the science of yoga, the promotion of veganism and vegan education, community outreach, humane education, events, and workshops. It is our hope that our efforts will aid in cultivating the awareness that our differences are not reason to harm, exploit, and enslave. But instead should be cause for great celebration. In Erica's words, "We are all uniquely perfect. And when looking at what really matters, completely the same."
We hope that you will join us on our peaceful march to end pain and suffering, and instead promote and celebrate the interconnectedness of all beings, great and small. Go vegan today. Not just for some, but for all.
More Information can be found at karunaforanimals.com.