Open Your Eyes

How You Can Help

Monitor. Document. Report. Three simple steps will start you on your way to helping animals on the Los Angeles Pierce College farm.

Monitoring: How?
Use the property map to choose an unmonitored area or assist a monitor in an area already under observation. Click the "Monitor this area" link in the info window of any Google Map marker. This will open your default email program with our Lend-A-Lens address and the subject pre-filled.

You can also fly to us in Google Earth. When you click "Monitor this area" in a Google Earth map marker, a Geo page will open with more information.

We'll send you back more details for your chosen area, tips for monitoring, and the type of information you'll record. And always, if you observe animals in an area without a map marker, please let us know.

Documenting: Lend-A-Lens
After you've received monitoring information for an area you'll document your observations. What we look for in Lend-A-Lens contributions is content, clarity and consistency. Your words and images must accurately reflect health, welfare, housing, or management conditions for animals on the Los Angeles Pierce College farm.

We don't waiver on this stipulation. Farm animal production and holding facilities have a historical, unvarying, knee-jerk response to documentation that differs from the carefully crafted image they're selling: "it's fake, it's staged, it's a one-time occurrence." We'll let you be the judge of that one—up close, in person and over time.

Reporting: What's next?
Send your monitor's report to us for inclusion in the blog. We choose content for publication every week. Your personal information stays safe with us. We don't publish or share it with anyone unless you give us specific, written permission. If you're deeply concerned about the identifiable information in your electronic communication with us, we can tell you how to keep in touch so that even we can't determine who you are. Email for details.

Use our Links to let the Los Angeles Pierce College administration and Los Angeles Community College District administration know what you've discovered, as well as those entities and organizations that investigate animal health and welfare concerns at the local, state, and federal level.

In the case of taxpayer-funded entities such as community colleges, their governing boards, and local, state or federal governmental departments, those operating budgets and payrolls are underwritten by you every April 15th. Politely remind them of it if need be.

NGOs sometimes respond to citizen input more quickly, more thoroughly, and with a clearer understanding of concepts such as pervasiveness, ethics, and accountability. Open Your Eyes.