"My strength needs no victims. My strength is my compassion." - Patrik Baboumian, junior bodybuilding championship, strongman, Strongest Man of Germany, vegan
Punk singer and athlete John Joseph is living proof of the possibility of transformation. As a teenager he was homeless, addicted to drink and drugs – he "spent all of '88 on crack" – shot, stabbed and banged up in jail. Now, 35 years on, he is a vegan athlete with five Ironman triathlons under his belt – and he puts his metamorphosis down in part to his meat-free diet. Veganism hooked him – and inspired him to write a no-nonsense book on the subject with the name Meat Is For Pussies. Joseph has the sort of strength and endurance many people assume is only attainable with a carnivorous diet. Read here what he tells Metro.co.uk why he believes meat is for pussies.
The Brown Dog Affair by Peter Mason
When the brown dog memorial was erected in London during 1906 as a simple protest against animal experiments, it caused an extraordinary national controversy. A deliberately provocative monument to a martyred mongrel, it became an anti-establishment emblem supported by a radical coalition of suffragettes, trade unionists and members of the fledgling labor movement.
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...