"Livestock farming is one of the biggest destroyers of the planet. When you see the Amazon being cut down for hamburger cattle, that's pretty obvious. And it's all done in the name of something that benefits humans, when in fact it's the opposite. It's all about attitudes, no one thinks they're the one who has to change." - Paul McCartney
A new class action lawsuit has been filed against SeaWorld in Florida which accuses the marine park of keeping its killer whales drugged and suffering from sunburn in shallow pools. Joyce Kuhl of south Carolina is suing SeaWorld in Orlando following a visit in 2013, demanding reimbursement for a $97 ticket and for millions of other visitors via a federal class action lawsuit that could, if successful, cost the park billions of dollars. Kuhl has accused SeaWorld of Florida and its sister parks of a "campaign of misinformation" to contain alleged orca mistreatment and poor conditions, and said she wouldn't have bought a ticket had she known the "true facts". According to the Orlando Sentinel, she claimed the company was spinning an illusion which "masks the ugly truth about the unhealthy and despairing lives of these whales".
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...