"To be an animal lover is great. To be an animal protector is greater!!" - Richard Calore
In light of Mexico's upcoming ban which will prevent animals from being used as performers in circuses, the country is now faced with the challenge of finding homes for over 2,000 tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras and other exotic animals. Although the ban does not technically take effect until July 8, many circuses, in the face of huge financial losses, have already shut their doors and are beginning the difficult task of relocating animals who, in many cases, were born and raised under big top tents and have no experience in natural habitats. While exotic animals across Mexico languish in their cages in the yards of closed circuses, government officials are rushing to evaluate facilities which could potentially house the displaced animals. However, zoo officials are less than thrilled with the proposed solution. Private zoos in Mexico have offered their help, but agree that the transition will be very challenging.
Rattling the Cage by Steven M. Wise
In this ground-breaking book Steven Wise, animal rights activist who also teaches animal rights law at Harvard and has worked with the world's most prominent primatologists, provides a wide-ranging and informative discussion about why basic legal rights should be extended to animals - beginning with chimpanzees and bonobos.
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...