"I spent ten years building that industry up [i.e. capturing and training dolphins], and I spent the last thirty-five years trying to tear it down." - Ric O'Barry
The people have spoken and one of the biggest fashion retailers in the United States has heard it. After a petition asked Gap Inc.'s piperlime.com to stop selling fur products, the company has announced it will do just that. "Your opinions and views matter to us," wrote Debbie Mesloh, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Gap Inc. on the change.org petition page. "That is why, effective immediately, Piperlime will no longer sell real fur products, whether they are made by our company or not. This is an expansion beyond our existing policy of prohibiting real fur in our branded products."
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...