THE EFFA STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
1. We believe that we need to create a fairer relationship with (other) animals. Our current relationship with the rest of the animal world is unfair. We have been on the wrong path for a long time, one in which we have been using our superior intellect to exploit other animals for our benefit instead of finding ways to coexist with them harmoniously. This selfish way of treating other animals must change. Abusing animals, killing them for food or for sport, using them for our clothes, research, or entertainment, abandoning pets - all of these things have to be left behind if we want to progress as individuals and as a society.
2. We believe that there are negative consequences to mistreating and killing animals. We believe in cause and effect, and that positive actions will have positive consequences, while negative actions will have negative consequences. The great amount of suffering that we cause to millions of animals around the world daily creates a lot of negative energy. This negative energy is responsible for many of the problems that we face in our lives. As long as we keep causing other animals to suffer and die, and as long as we keep ignoring their suffering, our lives will not become better.
3. We believe that helping animals has positive consequences. Helping other animals is very important. In the same way that the bad treatment of animals creates negative energy, the act of helping them creates positive energy. This is especially true because animals are innocent beings, and helping an innocent being is one of the most noble things one can do. The more positive energy one creates, the more positive consequences there will be.
4. We believe in the importance of Animal Empathy Enlightenment. Animal Empathy Enlightenment is a type of compassion that resides deep inside you, one that makes it easy to make decisions about what is right and what is wrong when it comes to our relationship with other animals. This is true empathy, a realization of the suffering of other animals, and the desire to do all one can to help build a better relationship with them. We believe that with the right guidance, and with the right choices, most people can attain AEE. There are three things that you can do to help you get there: cut down on or (preferably) stop eating meat, to investigate and to contemplate the way animals are mistreated, and to do all you can to help animals, in any way you can. These are noble actions that will help in fostering the type of compassion that will help you to eventually attain this higher level of understanding.
5. We believe that vegetarianism and veganism represent progress for the world. The fact that we kill other animals for food is one of the biggest problems in our current relationship with the animal word. Doing so is both ethically wrong and physically unnecessary. Most of the animals whose meat we currently eat, though not as intellectually advanced as we are, feel pain and have emotions just like we do, which is reason enough not to kill them. The meat industry downplays or ignores this fact, and often even causes these animals to suffer in terrible conditions before slaughtering them. By eating meat, we are saying that all this doesn't bother us, when in fact it should. We should spread the word about the benefits of a meat-free diet in order to help others attain a higher level of consciousness.
6. We believe that hurting, abusing, or killing animals in the name of religion, culture, research, or sport is unacceptable. Sports in which animals are made to suffer and die should be prohibited.
7. We believe that any step in the right direction is a good step. We value every step that someone takes to improve his or her relationship with other animals. It is important to remember that most people don't attain a higher level of consciousness overnight. For many people, the road to a compassionate way of life is a gradual one, involving many such steps. While we should always encourage people to take even more steps towards a better interaction with the rest of the animal world, we should not forget to acknowledge and praise the progress that someone has already made.