"Only about 10% of wild animals eat other animals." - Howard Lyman
Psychological thriller The Vegetarian, written by famed South Korean author Han Kang, was awarded the Man Booker International Prize at a ceremony in London early last week. The honor is awarded to one work translated from a foreign language to English—both Kang and the novel's translator Deborah Smith shared in the $72,000 prize—and The Vegetarian beat out works from other notable authors including one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people on the planet Elena Ferrante and Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk. The Vegetarian's surreal storyline revolves around Yeong-hye, a South Korean housewife who stuns and appalls friends and family by rejecting South Korea's strict societal norms when she refuses to eat meat, eggs, and dairy. The story was called "compact, exquisite, and disturbing" by chairman of the judging panel and literary critic Boyd Tonkin, who praised Kang's "uncanny blend of beauty and horror."
Veganist - Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World by Kathy Freston
Filled with compelling facts, stories of people who have improved their weight and health conditions as a result of making the switch, and Q&As with the leading medical researchers, Veganist concludes with a step-by-step practical guide to becoming a veganist... easily and gradually. It is an accessible, optimistic, and illuminating book that will change the way you eat forever. No less delicious, still hearty and satisfying - just better for you and for all.
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...