"I just realized that if it's really compassion that drives you, maybe it's not enough just to stop eating animals but you maybe should boycott the whole animal industry, because it's not what you as a compassionate being would want. So actually you should go one step further and become vegan." - Patrik Baboumian, the German strongman, vegan
Protein or meat alternatives are proving to be a viable market for Australian growers and manufacturers as more consumers turn to plant-based diets. The alternatives, known as meat analogues, are full of protein and are often substitutes for people who do not eat meat. Dean Epps, general manager of Life Health Foods, Australia's largest manufacturer of analogues, said the demand for protein alternatives that looked and tasted like meat was "coming from people who have aggressively reduced their meat". "Nearly half of Australian adults have actively tried to reduce meat in their diet to improve their health or lose weight," he said. Mr Epps tracks the trends of Australians' meat consumption through independent surveys and comparisons of national studies.
The Brown Dog Affair by Peter Mason
When the brown dog memorial was erected in London during 1906 as a simple protest against animal experiments, it caused an extraordinary national controversy. A deliberately provocative monument to a martyred mongrel, it became an anti-establishment emblem supported by a radical coalition of suffragettes, trade unionists and members of the fledgling labor movement.
Animals deserve rights, regardless of how they taste or how convenient it is to experiment on them. Like humans, animals are capable of suffering and have an interest in leading their own lives. They are not ours to use for food, clothing, experimentation, or entertainment.
As an activist, you can educate people in your community and positively affect their attitudes and lifestyles. You just need the desire to generate positive change and to believe that your voice and actions matter...