"They say that exhibiting (dolphins) has educational value, but the only thing it teaches is the fine art of human cruelty." - Ric O'Barry, former dolphin trainer for the RV show "Flipper"
Looks like the Big Apple is returning to its roots. New York, once known for its strip steak, was declared 2014's "Most Vegan-Friendly City" by PETA in a special ceremony at City Hall on Sept. 17. The commemoration took place on the steps of City Hall and featured actor Alan Cumming, a New York resident and famous vegan. Cumming, alongside PETA, presented City Council members a Manhattan skyline replica carved entirely from vegetables, including butternut squash, taro root, radishes, eggplant, broccoli, carrots, lemongrass, banana leaves and beets. It was designed by food artist, James Parker. "New York boasts more than 140 vegetarian restaurants, countless veggie-friendly establishments, and the first vegetarian public school," says City Council member Corey Johnson. "The trend in green cuisine is healthful, draws food tourists, and employs thousands."
The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence - Edited by Andrew Linzey
The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence brings together international experts from seven countries, to examine in detail: the relationships between animal abuse and child abuse, the emotional development of the child, family violence, and serial murder. It considers the implications for legal and social policy, and the work of key professionals. Sections include critical overviews of existing research, discussion of ethical issues, and a special focus on the abuse of wild animals.
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...