"I am now a vegan, but I have been a vegetarian since I was 14 years old. Even in my early twenties, I had it in my contract that I would not wear any makeup tested on animals. In one of the 'Baywatch' episodes, I asked the producers to write me out of a Sea World scene, as I abhor marine parks, zoos and circuses, and they did. I will always appreciate how very respectful the producers were of my beliefs." - Alexandra Paul, "Baywatch" actress
Kids who spend time cuddling up with Fido or Fluffy are more likely to turn their noses up at meat later in life, a new study suggests. Those children who have formed attachments to their companion animals may develop empathy toward other animals, too, which can result in greater avoidance of eating meat, the researchers suggested. "Once an individual feels empathy toward animals, it makes it harder to eat animals," study author Hank Rothgerber, a professor of psychology at Bellarmine University and a vegetarian for more than 12 years, told Live Science in an email. In the study, Rothgerber and colleagues asked 273 people if they ate meat, and, if they did, how much meat they normally ate, as well as whether they owned an animal in childhood and how attached they were to their animals.
The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights by Ingrid Newkirk
Every day in laboratories, on factory farms, behind the big top, and in industries across America, animals are subjected to abominable treatment. In The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights, you'll learn hundreds of simple ways to stop thoughtless cruelty. The tips and resources Ingrid Newkirk provides will connect you to a whole community of others who respect animals enough to make kind choices.
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...