"While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered animals, how can we expect any ideal conditions on the earth?" - George Bernard Shaw
"The Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder recently spoke to the Huffington Post about animal rights and how youth can generate social change. In the interview, he succinctly lists ways we can all participate in improving animal welfare. Says Somerhalder, "Animal cruelty is one of the most unfortunate and barbaric demonstrations of human beings manipulating ill conceived notions of 'power' over other species. There is a lot we can do to fight this. We need to support companies that we know do NOT test on animals, work with local shelters and rescues who aid many of our abused, neglected and abandoned creatures, refuse to support factory farms, fight for anti-cruelty laws on all levels of government, and even keep a watchful eye on our neighborhoods looking for reportable signs of animal cruelty. A lot of influence can be made too by setting a good example of what reverence for life should look like."
Secret Suffering - Inside a British Laboratory by Sarah Kite
The front page of a leading national newspaper giver shocking details of animal tests in one of Europe's largest laboratories. It is based in the findings of an undercover investigator who worked in the laboratory for eight months earlier this year. Her name was Sarah Kite and in this booklet she gives a personal account of the secret world of suffering she uncovered.
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...