"During my medical education, I found vivisection horrible, barbarous and above all unnecessary." - Carl Jung, MD
Wang Yan used his fortune to buy out a dog slaughterhouse so he could set up a shelter for strays dogs instead, saving 2,000 canines in the process. This extraordinary story begins tragically. Yan, who is from the Jilin province of China, lost his dog in 2012. "I went looking everywhere, but all to no avail," he told the Shanghaiist. "Finally someone let me go into (a local slaughterhouse) to try my luck there." Unfortunately, Yan didn't find his dog at the slaughterhouse, but what he did find was just as heartbreaking: horrific scenes of dogs suffering needlessly and being brutally killed. Yan knew he needed to do something to help the poor pooches. Yan, who made a significant amount of money from a steel manufacturing business, bought the slaughterhouse for $400K. Not only did he buy the slaughterhouse, but he also established a shelter for stray dogs. Since its inception a few years ago, Yan has saved the lives of over 2,000 canines.
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...