"The world stands at a parting of the ways and those who suffer know this with deeply anxious hearts. One way leads to destruction. It is the way of the tolerance of cruelty, if not the active engagement in it. It is the way of hunting for sport, the way of vivisection, the way of killing for self-adornment, the way of killing animals for food, the way of making slaves of animals without thought for their happiness and well-being. This is the way the world has been treading." - George S. Arundale
In response to a horrible attack on sea lions at a Laguna Beach rehabilitation center, California officials are pushing for harsher penalties for animal cruelty. The push for the new laws comes after someone dumped chlorine into a pool where 17 sea lions were being treated at the Pacific Mammal Center last month. The attack obviously angered the community and animal rights activists and prompted the new bill authored by five legislators. According to a fact sheet issued by one of the legislators, Assembly Bill 1543 would seek restitution on behalf of the animals injured at places such as the Pacific Mammal Ceneter, levying a $5,000 fine per count of animal cruelty. The monies received would go towards the victims. The new fine would be an addition to the $20,000 penalty for animal cruelty that can already be imposed under state law.
Making a Killing by Gareth Patterson
In this, his seventh book, Gareth targets the ugly world of trophy hunting in Southern Africa and in particular the growing "Canned lion hunting" industry. "Canned lions" are captive bred animals, sometimes hand reared, which are confined in fenced areas for wealthy clients to shoot. The lions may even be drugged to make the killing even easier.
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...