Although this year was filled with unfortunate events, from school shootings to the Boston bombings, this year also brought us much joy. The United States Supreme Court struck down the largest federal anti-gay law in the country paving the way for equality. The number of states that gave LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people equal rights doubled this year and societal acceptance reached a record high of 65 percent.
Laws that prevented factory farm workers from reporting animal abuse were abruptly struck down and SeaWorld's extensive history of animal abuse was one of CNN's main focuses of the year.
For animals and humans, 2013 brought many victories. Below we bring you one organization that helped fight for these victories.
As this year comes to an end, we reflect back on what occurred in 2013. As we looked over thousands of social change organizations, one in particular stuck out to us. The Global Conservation Group, located in a small Wisconsin town did more to positively impact the world than most other organizations we reviewed.
Here are just some of the accomplishments and activities the GCG did:
1. Paid the veterinary bills for hundreds of low-income individuals.
2. Launched a national campaign to end Tennessee's cruel frog stabbing fundraiser.
3. Spayed & neutered cats.
4. Gave out thousands of dollars worth of vegan food to encourage a healthy and sustainable plant-based diet.
5. Organized animal rights demonstrations around the United States.
6. Launched animal rescue efforts after tornadoes devastated miles of homes in Washington, Illinois.
7. Advocated for LGBT equality in parades, community events, and online campaigns.
8. Asked Michelle Obama to go vegan - in person, when she visited their hometown of Watertown, Wisconsin.
9. Won the Pollination Project Award.
10. Exposed and shut down a cruel exotic animal seller: "Paws, Claws, and Exotics Too"
11. Rescued hundreds of animals and investigated thousands of animal cruelty cases.
To watch their 2013 Year in Review video, click here.
Those interested in making an end of the year contribution to the Global Conservation Group can Click Here.