"The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world." - Paul Farmer
On April 9, IKEA started serving vegan Swedish meatballs at its stores' restaurants. According to IKEA's Managing Director of Food Services, Michael La Cour, the store's "original vision was to create a better everyday life" for people like college students and families that want to have beautiful furniture without breaking the bank and "the same concept applies for food," he says. "IKEA in general wants to be a modern, forward-thinking company and we want to do the same with our food." As people have gotten more concerned with what they're eating and their overall carbon footprint, IKEA has adapted and "the veggie ball is the first example of the journey on which we will continue," he states.
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...