"The fact that the meat on my plate was once a living, breathing creature became something I could no longer ignore or justify as food." - Owain Yeoman
Although there is only one orca whale currently being held captive in the city, Ontario's local government has made an announcement that will, hopefully, represent a victory for imprisoned orcas worldwide. As of this week, Ontario will no longer allow orca whales to be held in tanks for profit. The campaign to change Ontario's laws and protect captive orcas has been spearheaded by Phil Demers, who worked as senior trainer at the Marineland amusement park. Ontario's positive legal changes come in the wake of a groundbreaking 2014 bill which banned holding wild-caught or captive-bred orcas for entertainment purposes in California.
Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights by Tom Regan
"Tom Regan delivers a searing indictment of the way we treat animals in the world we have made for ourselves, and presents a trenchant case that animals have or should have rights in the same way that human beings have." – J. M. Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature
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...