"Natue gives man clean sweet vegetables; but unrefined man cuts the throat of crying animals and gluts his stomach. His heart becomes hard and the hand that cuts animals cuts tomorrow the throats of brother men in the battlefield. If war must stop in the world, blood-soaked food must stop and men must become vegetarians." - Kavi Yogi Maharshi Shuddhananda Bharat
A Taiwanese animal rights group was named a co-winner of the 2014 Lush Prize in London Friday for raising public awareness about the use of animal testing in the manufacturing of cosmetics. The Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shared the award, which comes with 50,000 pounds (US$78,345) in prize money, with Humane Research Australia, a non-profit organization that challenges the use of animals in research. The two winners in the public awareness category were chosen from a short list of 11 groups from such countries as the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Sweden. The Lush Prize, with prize money totaling 250,000 pounds, recognizes contributions or excellence in five categories that also include lobbying, training and research.
Raising the Peaceable Kingdom by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
The challenge that bestselling author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson set for himself was formidable: to create a true interspecies peacable kingdom within his own household. He hoped to learn if several different species raised together from an early age could live peacefully side by side. So he took into his home seven young animals - a kitten, a rabbit, two rats, two chickens, and a puppy - and set about observing the whole process of socialization from the very beginning.
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...