"Imagine what it would be like to have everyone disown you and throw you out on the street. Don't do to others what you wouldn't want done to yourself, be it people or animals!" - Ivan Decak, singer of the Croatian band Vatra
Legislators in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, have banned the production and sale of foie gras, a delicacy made from the fatty liver of force-fed ducks and geese. City councillors said animals go through a great deal of suffering for the production of the pate. Foie gras, originally a French delicacy, is produced worldwide. Several countries, including Britain, Germany, Italy and Argentina, have banned its production. But the sale of the pate is still allowed in most of them. The Sao Paulo city council has set a fine of 5,000 reais (£1,000) for restaurants and bars that break the new law - which will take effect in 43 days.
Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals by C. Ray Greek, MD and Jean Swingle Greek, DVM
"In this comprehensive, compelling, and troubling book, the Greeks make one point absolutely clear: the necessity is not animal experimentation; the necessity is to stop it." – Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat
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...