"Do you know that one must kill 200 chinchillas for a fur coat? I was appalled by this in 2006 and I believed that all chinchilla farms in our country would be closed! Today, 9 years later, I've expected that we would be smarter. This is why I support Chinchi, and I strongly believe in reason and happy outcome of this campaign." - Robert Boskovic, Croatian actor and director
In a recent interview with Conan O'Brien, actor Jesse Eisenberg talked about how his family puts a compassionate – and vegan — spin on Thanksgiving. Though Eisenberg claims to be "95% vegetarian", he shared with O'Brien that his family celebrates a vegan Thanksgiving meal, which they so adorably call, "Thanksliving." The "Social Network" star told the comedian that his family adopts turkeys each year and honors them by displaying their pictures on the dinner table as they chow down on their plant-based feast. Then, his sister reads a piece on the terrible conditions in which turkeys are kept until they are brutally slaughtered. If everyone was aware of the horrific conditions that 67 million of these smart, inquisitive birds must endure for your holiday meal, more families would happily reach for the tofu like the Eisenbergs do.
Bad Hare Days by John Fitzgerald
For those few dedicated people trying desperately to save the gentle creature from the horrors of the cruel sport of hare coursing, the struggle was painful and fought against great odds. The author writes about one of the "world's most barbaric blood sports" continuing during a deadly period for the hares, the 1980s.
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...