Open rescue is a form of nonviolent direct action in which activists enter animal farms and other facilities, document the conditions, and rescue animals. These rescues are open as the activists do not hide their identities from the public.
A committed band of activists is on a mission to change the world for animals. But they need your help. With Eddie Lama of The Witness, distinguished critical theorist John Sanbonmatsu, and activists from 31 cities in four continents, DxE is setting out to show the world that we are no longer afraid to say what we believe: that every animal has an equal right to be safe, happy, and free.
WORLD'S 1st INT'L COORDINATED OPEN RESCUE Activists from four different countries (Australia, Germany, Sweden and USA) participated in the world's first coordinated open rescue. The activists entered farms across three continents, documented the conditions, and rescued 37 animals from exploitation. This rescue is the first action of the newly formed coalition Open Rescue International.
March 5th was chosen as International Open Rescue Day as it is the date of the first open rescue to ever take place, conducted by Animal Liberation Victoria in Australia in 1993. International Open Rescue Day was first observed in 2017.
Open Rescue International is a coalition of animal activist groups, organizations and networks participating in open rescue. The coalition was formed in late 2016 with the intention of sharing knowledge and skills and increasing awareness of open rescue. We are looking for additional groups to join our coalition - let us know if you'd like to join us.
This site serves as a historical record of the open rescues the coalition has released, as well as open rescues other groups have released and have requested to be on this site. Have an open rescue you'd like to be featured on this site? Let us know.