"Starfish get captured and murdered as 'preventative maintenance' because they eat clams/oysters which businesses rather sell. They dredge the starfish from the bottom with gigantic mops in which they get them entangled and are then dunked in a huge vat of 200oF boiling water, and tossed overboard!" - Norwalk News-Trader
The Pen Pals animal shelter in northern Louisiana is a unique one: it’s run by a prison official and staffed with inmates. The not-for-profit, no kill shelter is located in on the grounds of Dixon Correctional Center in Jackson, Louisiana, and is filled with love and some much needed peace. The prisoners do everything for the animals seven days a week — from cleaning up their poop to walking them to helping out in operations performed by veterinarians from Louisiana State University. Since 2010, Pen Pals has found forever homes for 625 dogs and 451 cats, and currently houses about 80 dogs and a dozen cats. The prisoners, who are never sex offenders or abusers of animals, often assist with the adoption process, even off grounds. The connection between the inmates and animals has been so profound that Carmaleta Aufderheide, a graduate student at the University of Oregon, is now at Dixon studying the impact of this human-animal bond. It’s certainly a situation that has benefitted both the animals and inmates, something that was well documented in the recent documentary, ''Dogs On the Inside''.
Rattling the Cage by Steven M. Wise
In this ground-breaking book Steven Wise, animal rights activist who also teaches animal rights law at Harvard and has worked with the world's most prominent primatologists, provides a wide-ranging and informative discussion about why basic legal rights should be extended to animals - beginning with chimpanzees and bonobos.
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...