"Suppers have killed more than doctors have ever cured." - Spanish Proverb
California Governor Jerry Brown signed state assembly bill AB 96 into law on Oct 4, which officially bans the sale of virtually all elephant ivory and rhino horn in the state. Though California made it illegal to sell ivory in 1977, state law still permitted the sale of older ivory imported more than four decades ago. However, the new bill finally closes that loophole. According to the new law, the selling of elephant ivory and rhino horn, including most antiques, is now illegal. Current owners can sell ivory and rhino horn up until July 1, 2016. After that, penalties reach up to a $50,000 fine and a year in prison.
Into the Deep by Ken Grimwood
Grimwood's fascination with cetacean intelligence, encounters with dolphins and research into intraspecies dolphin communication gave him the inspiration for Into the Deep (William Morrow, 1995), about a marine biologist struggling to crack the code of dolphin intelligence. It features lengthy imaginative passages written from the point-of-view of several dolphin characters.
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...