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Code of Ethics

By joining NCAP, members agree to endorse and abide by this Code of Ethics. Members have a duty to report suspected infractions to the Executive Board. The Executive Board shall inquire into alleged infractions and has the power to terminate the membership of an organization judged to be in violation of the Code.

1. NCAP recognizes that the animal protection movement comprises a wide range of organizations with differing policies about animal use and different approaches to animal advocacy. Because NCAP’s mission is to support organizations within the entire animal movement in their efforts to improve the treatment and status of all animals, we welcome organizations from across the spectrum.

2. Despite the diversity of the movement, members of NCAP share a set of core values. We envision a world in which every human and every sector of society treats animals with respect and compassion, and in which animals are free from human exploitation. We believe that this vision can be fulfilled best if the efforts of all organizations and individuals in the movement involve collaboration, cooperation, coordination and mutual support conducted in a spirit of trust, respect, and fairness.

3. NCAP supports the use of nonviolent tactics in advancing the mission of the animal protection movement. Member organizations must agree not to engage in physical violence, threats of physical violence, and property damage (including bombings and arson). Animal rescues, civil disobedience, economic pressures (including boycotts) and incidental property damage incurred in the course of these activities do not constitute a violation of this code.

4. At its meetings and events, NCAP will offer only vegan food and products that do not involve the exploitation of animals.

5. Member organizations must agree to offer a vegetarian — preferably vegan — option at its organizational functions where food is served.

6. NCAP encourages cooperation, coordination and networking in the animal protection movement. When multiple NCAP members together wage a campaign or bring a project to successful conclusion, participating members shall give due recognition to contributions made by others; no NCAP member group shall claim more than its fair share of the credit, unless by agreement of the participating members.

7. In the giving and taking of criticism, NCAP members engage in constructive debate and avoid invective, especially in the media and/or public sector. Good-faith criticism is to be encouraged for the development of ideas and tactics. Appropriate channels of criticism include direct oral and written communication.

8. If members find themselves involved in a dispute, efforts shall be made to resolve the dispute amicably and in the spirit of trust, respect, and fairness. Members agree to deal with disputes directly with the organization(s) involved and are encouraged to seek mediation or arbitration.

9. Members agree to give reasonable advance notice to other NCAP members when their organization takes a position or issues a policy statement that is known to be controversial among other organizations in NCAP.

10. When disputes involve differences between NCAP members regarding a related campaign or project, members commit to attempt to deal with differences with other member groups directly and with mutual respect, before publicizing differences. If not resolvable, any publication of differences is done to ensure that information disseminated about the differences or about other organizations is fair and accurate and distinguishes clearly between fact and opinion.