Introduction: Using 3D Printers for Animal Rights Activism

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The objective of this instructable is to help create awareness regarding the Animal Rights issue, help trigger change in consciousness, and by doing so, we can slowly help restore the respect and freedom non human animals deserve, and had before we arrived and started enslaving/exploiting them in the way we do today.

Because Information can trigger change in consciousness and the perception of reality, information is extremely valuable, and misinformation extremely dangerous.

By using low cost 3D printing technology, or even if you don't have a 3D printer, we can all take action and help create awareness: for example, joining us in by using cardboard or any other materials you have access to.

Step 1: Compassion Respect and Dignity

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Please keep in mind that my intention of writing this instructables is not to offend or disrespect anyone, i just want to take advantage of the place and time and do something for the animals who are suffering. So please remember, this is about Compassion, Respect and Dignity.

Step 2: Why Should We Care

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Animal Rights: All non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and their most basic interests - such as the need to avoid suffering.

Human health: Several scientific studies show that the consumption of "animal products" are associated with many human health problems, such as high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis, colon and stomach cancer, and the list goes on an on.

The meat industry: Making profit on animals lives. By purchasing meat products, we are most likely paying for the next animal to be killed, feeding and perpetuating the industry and consequently the suffering and enslavement of animals.

Most people eat animals because of habit and tradition, not because they like killing the animals. Keep in mind that in a 100 years from now we are all going to be dead, so we should try our best, to do our best with the little time we have here on earth. In my opinion, killing 150 billion[1] water and land animals every year for profit, is not our best.

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Step 3: Symbolism - 3D Printed R.I.P Symbols

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Death is the only certainty in life, so when we die, some of us are going to be buried in the ground, cremated, donated to science institution, and so on.

For the people being buried, most of them will have a tomb or a cross on their tombs.

To be honest i don't know the meaning of the cross on a tomb, i wasn't around when they started this tradition. But that is not important now, what is important is that most people associates it to the identification of the positioning of a dead person in the ground and also a symbol of respect.

Be Creative And Create Your Own Symbols

Step 4: Target - Dead Bodies Everywhere

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Supermarkets are displaying and selling dead mutilated animals, so they are a big part of the problem.

The idea is to 3D Print some R.I.P symbols and position them in front of every dead animal we can find, as a tool to get people thinking and debating the issue of animal rights. Hopefully this gesture will make people rethink what they are doing, instead of automatically putting the animal "product" in their shopping baskets without even thinking what the consequences of their actions will be.

Hopefully the symbols can provoke thought and debate.

Some examples of the places we can put the 3D R.I.P. symbols are: in front of sausage cans, packed animal flesh, tuna cans, leather clothes, etc.

Step 5: Help Us Create Awareness and Debate

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How can you help create awareness and debate:

- 3D print a R.I.P symbol you like ( 5 to 10 cents per symbol) (remember it has the potential of saving many animal lives)

- Leave the symbol in any place you find dead animals or dead animal remains (supermarkets, etc...)

- Take photos and publish on the social media with #3DRIPSYMBOLS

- Help in any way possible to spread awareness

Step 6: Disclamers

This instructable is entering the 3D printing competition as well as the meat contest (if it manages to pass). We are doing this in order to maximize visibility within 3D HUBS and all 3D printing press, to generate debate and awareness regarding animal rights.

If we win a prize in a contest (which is unlikely due to the simple nature of this instructable), we will sell the prize, and with the money, push it towards helping lives of animals (donating to the local animal shelter or local animal hospital) or an even better option that has not yet come to mind.

Participate and Start printing,

Tap into the hidden powers inside your 3D Printer

and change the world into a better place for all animals

humans and non humans


hugo1284 (author)2015-06-17

it gets me in the mood to grill some delicious chicken!

aldricnegrier (author)hugo12842016-10-16

AD8BC (author)2015-06-17

I'm hungry now.

aldricnegrier (author)AD8BC2016-10-16

sirtad401 (author)2016-03-22

This post was tasty.

aldricnegrier (author)sirtad4012016-10-16

tkirby3 (author)2015-06-27

This is incitement of an actual crime on a grocery store's own private property. Tampering with that private property is vandalism, a criminal act.

aldricnegrier (author)tkirby32015-06-27

Hello Tkirby3,

As i see it, the real crime here, is the stores selling dead corpses of animals that have been disrespected and violated. Crime is a concept created by man, imagine if the animals prosecuted us for the crimes we do to them. Fighting for animal rights and putting a 3D printed object on top of a dead corpse are not crimeinal actions, it is a sign of respect. Maybe, someone will do the same on your grave, in sign of respect. The only difference, is the that the animal corpse and the human corpse are stored in different places.

tkirby3 (author)aldricnegrier2015-06-27

I like to eat meat and I consider it an act of respect for the animal. Also, it is a crime to tamper with someone's property without their permission. This instructable is an incitement to an actual crime, the crime of vandalizing private property.

aldricnegrier (author)tkirby32015-06-28

It is not vandalism if the "private property" is the result of a crime. The dead corpse in the store is a result of crime to a animal, positioning a 3D printed part on top of a corpse is not vandalism, it is a sign of respect. The same way that when you die i can position the 3d printed part on your grave, it would not be considered vandalism in any court of law, because the intention behind it is genuine, it is for respect.

ŁukaszP3 (author)aldricnegrier2016-02-17

Meat production is not considered crime in any court of law.

aldricnegrier (author)ŁukaszP32016-02-17

You are right, it is not a crime, but in 150 years from now i bet you it will be ...

No, this IS vandalism.

Vandalism - "action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property"

There is no property being damaged, this instructable is about respect and dignity, nothing to do with vandalism. The association with vandalism has no logic behind it.


When you die, i can position the 3d printed part on your grave, it would not be considered vandalism in any court of law, because the intention behind it is genuine, it is for respect. There is no law stating i can not pay my respect to you.

tkirby3 (author)malexander152015-06-27

If it even starts this will eventually degenerate into actual food tampering. It already encourages people whose judgment is suspect to touch someone else's property and place objects on it.

lenny25 (author)2015-09-03

Firstly, You're hijacking a DIY site to push your agenda that has nothing to do with improving people's skills in making stuff. Yes you argue that you're imparting knowledge, but that's not the kind of knowledge this site is meant for. I have lots of views on politics, religion, etc, etc...but this is not the place for me to push those ideas.

Those are really cute pics though, but they are little one sided. I've always wondered why it is that vegans only ever show you pics of herbivores that have smiles photoshopped onto them? They never share animal pics of predators doing what comes most naturally to them. Or pics of animals like these, tearing each other to shreds, not for food, but for enjoyment/sport, hunting practice or just plain greediness...just wondering where the outcry is for these innocent victims?

aldricnegrier (author)lenny252015-09-15

Hello lenny25, thank you for your thoughts. I appreciate your effort on commenting.

being rude, this channel is mine and i can submit any content i what.
If you think it is hijacking the site, that is your opinion. In my
opinion it is showing how to pay respect to animals using a 3D printer.
The instructions are very simple, but they exist, so this is a simple

It is by far, the best instructable i have on my channel.

mrandle (author)2015-06-17

Wouldn't it be much much much more practical to use paper or cardboard? You could even make a sort of business card on the back for your organization. Sure 3d printing is cheap ish but now you're just wasting plastic!

aldricnegrier (author)mrandle2015-06-17

Thank you, for the idea,

I mention cardboard in the introduction.

3D printing is a hot topic, so this will move faster in the media if we use a 3D printed part.

The more exposure the better.

spinerex (author)aldricnegrier2015-06-18

what do you have to say about humans having canine teeth? hmm

aldricnegrier (author)spinerex2015-06-29

This instructables is about animal rights, not about human anatomy. In my opinion the question is off topic.

alex_the_creator (author)2015-06-21

Well people have to eat food, would you rather see the life of an animal go, or a human?

Yes we have to eat, that is not the point here, the point/problem is the way the animals are treated.

alex_the_creator (author)2015-06-21

And also with pets, they probably have better lives being provided with their needs.

aldricnegrier (author)2015-06-21

I would like to thank Mr.Tarun Tampi for the great article:

This animal rights activist has come up with a unique way of using 3D
printing to literally ‘create’ awareness. His instructable takes
activism to a new level, using a technology that is now commonly
available in cities and towns around the world. This level of activism
goes a step further to reach the masses, beyond banners, posters,
pamphlets, television ad’s, radio messages, and social media. To bring
attention to the issue of animal rights, aldricnegrier has designed a
symbol that can be 3D printed and used by those who support the cause.

aldricnegrier (author)2015-06-17

Thank you for your comment.

If i had a "sticker machine", which i don't, i would not
try the sticker idea, because it is more invasive to the
"product", you would have to glue it to the products,
risking damaging/dirtying them. On the other hand i have
3D printers, that i can use for this purpose.

You couldn't have said it better, (Quote) "the animals are
produced for food", now i understand why you (Quote) "fail
to see why this needs to be posted". It did not occur to
you that you used the word "produced" without hesitating,
you are referring to living animal, that have emotions,
senses, that feel pain, that can cry and scream.

How would we feel if some other species of animal produced
us, our family, our friends, and the majority of human
population for food? They would force impregnating the
females (including our mothers and sisters), and feed a
high protein diet in order to output a better yields, all
of this in a prison like environment.

This is exactly why i posted this instructable, in order
to open discussion and create awareness.

Regarding your point A) How did you conclude that humans
where designed to eat meat?
I did not understand point B).
Regarding your point C) i think you are basing your
conclusions on speculation, take a look at some
interesting facts:

Regarding the contests entries please read step 6 to clarify any
confusion. We entered to maximize exposure. We tried to enter the meat
competition (main target) without success.

That is the problem with activists...
They only see their side of things and simply condemn all others.
All aimals, including humans, have a sense of pain, can have feelings and so on - noone denies this!
You simply misuse this contest and this website to raise your personal opinion on a topic that has nothing to do with either.
You also seem to fail to understand evolution in terms of what an animal eats (for the human term).
We eveloved and all throught history, down to the first humans found you see evidence of them eating meat....

really would not mind seeing an Instructable with your printed part for
the right reasons, your only reason is a campaign but neither this
contest, nor the printed part.

Let's play your phantasie world:
Everyone stops breeding animals for consumption, noone eats any animal anymore.
The result would simply be that most of humanity would go away as we all die of starvation.
Keep your activism to yourself or write a blog about it but don't use a 3D printed part as an excuse to start a animal rights campaign this way.

Deleting your posts will not result in a fruitful discussion. Please post your initial comment so our conversation can have meaning.

If you carefully read the contest's information you can read the following:

"Show us what this exciting new technology inspires you to create"

Regarding starvation, i have already answered before.

PS: If people keep activism to themselves ... it whould not be activism.

I deleted it as I added more text, so there is nothing else to post.
Ok and what do you create?
As I said before your topic is not about the creation of the tag but only about animal rights activism - and this is no place to post it.
Again I say you misuse the contest(s) for only one thing: Your personal opinion on animal rights.
If there is ever a contest on animal rights, protecting animals, changing chicken farms and so on you tag is well placed.
There are placed to raise your voice on animal rights, I highly doubt a 3D printing contest is the right place.

The creation is a 3D Printed R.I.P. Symbol for animals to create awareness. The contest is about 3D printing, so i think the connection is obvious, feel free to participate with your ideas.

gadget-man (author)aldricnegrier2015-06-20

By the way a cross is not a R.I.P. Symbol.

aldricnegrier (author)gadget-man2015-06-20

Great observation, thank you for pointing that out. My mistake.

gravityisweak (author)2015-06-19

I admire your wish to do something to create change and spread awareness of something you believe in. While I don't personally take the same viewpoint as you do, I respect your right to argue your points in an attempt to educate people on your point of view in the hopes that they will see it your way. I will say that I don't think seeing a headstone on my chicken would prevent me from buying it. Most people that eat meat are aware that they are eating an animal that has been killed for them to eat. We are animals after all, and I wouldn't try to guilt the lion for eating the gazelle.

chrisjlionel (author)2015-06-18

People will think we were fools if we do such things.I don't give a **** about them. Good work keep going.

Thank you for your support chrisjlionel.

welcome. you've got my vote.

joshcube (author)2015-06-18

Great instructable. I don't necessarily agree with your politics, but I highly respect your use of non-destructive protest to stimulate thought and discussion. I also applaud the use of technology for such expression. Keep on printing. :)

aldricnegrier (author)joshcube2015-06-18

Thank you joshcube, i appreciate your thoughtful comment.

Dave2340 (author)2015-06-18

I'm curious, do you have a dog or a cat? If so what do you feed your furry loved one?

cstrong278 (author)2015-06-17


aldricnegrier (author)cstrong2782015-06-17

Yes it is real, 150 billion animals a year.

snake818 (author)2015-06-17

makes me want a steak even more. in my opinion this is you using a site and competition for your campaign and in the process planting your litter in a manner that will cause a business to suffer. start your own website or hand out pamplets......if i caught you doing this in my store, there would be consequences......

aldricnegrier (author)snake8182015-06-17

Thank you for sharing your opinion, in my opinion the more damaging consequences is not the impact of a small
3D printed part in the store financial balance, the real damage is
caused by the "product" the store are selling ( 150 billion lives a year

emunah21 (author)2015-06-17

Congratulations for such powerful, simple and beautiful initiative!
Actually, there is no human need to continue this murdering and suffering...
I will for sure do mine and share it :)

aldricnegrier (author)emunah212015-06-17

Thank you emunah21, cant wait to see some photos :) if you share them here, i can update this instructable adding your photos, if you don't mind of course.

Eisad (author)2015-06-17

Great project.I respect your thought about animals and all the people like you.But lets think that all animals would be free and evryone was a vegitarion what would happen then.Animals would over populate.

crank_girl (author)Eisad2015-06-17

that's simply not true. first off, lots of animals are bred for consumption so if we stopped breeding them there wouldn't be so many. secondly, the size of any popukation is dependent on various factors such as availability of food, water and shelter, environmental toxicity, availability of mates, and the number of predqtors in the environment. if we stopped eating animals then the population would be kept in check by some other factor.

we humans have been around, in relative terms, for the blink of an eye when compared with other species. nature managed to keep populations in check long before we arrived and started eating things.

i'm a conscientious omnivore so have no vested interest in promoting a vegetarian lifestyle - i just dislike sloppy, unscientific rhetoric.

aldricnegrier (author)Eisad2015-06-17

Thank you Eisad. You point out a interesting question, and i think nobody knows the answer to what would happen, but at least we know that they would have their rights respected, unlike now.

waterdaughter (author)2015-06-17

Kudos for simple and clever design, with high visual impact. It requires no chose the perfect symbol!

My only other comment would be a gentle correction in your spelling. Bury is the term for interring a body. Berry is a fruit. I believe you meant "buried". I only mention this so that your excellent idea is not overshadowed by folks pointing out a spelling error.

Good luck in the competition!

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