What's in a name?
It's an important question we ask; NAIA is considering changing its name -- and if we end up doing this, we'd better do it right!
Aside from the fact that the day will surely arrive when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics comes knocking on our door, demanding their acronym back, there is also the fact that we have long felt our name represents only the "alliance" aspect of our group -- not what we actually do and stand for.
Yes, we are an alliance -- from farmers, to animal trainers, to scientists, to veterinarians, to pet enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes. But what do we do? What do we stand for? And how can that be captured in a name?
Here is NAIA in a nutshell:
For the last twenty years, we have been helping people make better choices in the care and treatment of their animals, while educating the public to the threat posed by animal rights extremism. We have engaged in public education campaigns and collected data vital to understanding animal population trends; we have fought legislation that harms responsible pet owners or pushes the animal rights agenda while promoting laws that strengthen the human-animal bond and punish cruelty.
What sets us apart from so many other animal organizations is that our focus isn't first and foremost on animal cruelty; we believe the vast majority of people love and care for their animals to the best of their ability, and are eager to improve when presented with new tools, resources, or information. No, we don't cynically raise funds off of sad-faced cats and dogs that can only be saved by a $20.11 monthly donation, nor do we assume everybody who works with animals is abusive until proven innocent. We don't bemoan the human-animal bond: our most vital mission is to preserve it.
With that in mind, send in the acronyms! Let us hear your suggestions!