"Natue gives man clean sweet vegetables; but unrefined man cuts the throat of crying animals and gluts his stomach. His heart becomes hard and the hand that cuts animals cuts tomorrow the throats of brother men in the battlefield. If war must stop in the world, blood-soaked food must stop and men must become vegetarians." - Kavi Yogi Maharshi Shuddhananda Bharat
Indian security forces have seized more than 2,400 animals being smuggled into the neighbouring Nepal for a Hindu festival in which thousands of animals are sacrified, activists said Monday. The Gadhimai festival in Nepal's Bara district takes place every five years and includes a two-day ritual in which animals are sacrificed to appease the goddess Gadhimai. "Our volunteers and other organisations are working to stop animals being illegally transported to Nepal for sacrifice," Navamita Mukherjee, a Humane Society activist, told AFP. Security forces "have confiscated 2,422 animals to date in four (Indian) states," Mukherjee added. The festival began this year on November 15. The sacrificial slaughter is set for November 28 and November 29.
Raising the Peaceable Kingdom by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
The challenge that bestselling author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson set for himself was formidable: to create a true interspecies peacable kingdom within his own household. He hoped to learn if several different species raised together from an early age could live peacefully side by side. So he took into his home seven young animals - a kitten, a rabbit, two rats, two chickens, and a puppy - and set about observing the whole process of socialization from the very beginning.
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...