"If you wouldn't wear your dog - please don't wear any fur!" - Goran Visnjic
Sonar from Russian submarines operating in the North Atlantic could be to blame for the tragic rise in sperm whales beaching on British shores. According to conservationists, manmade sound waves can drown out the noises that marine mammals rely on for their survival, causing serious injury and even death. The finger is now being pointed at Moscow amid reports of increased activity by state-of-the-art Russian submarines. It comes after another sperm whale was stranded on the Norfolk coast - the sixth on British shores in recent weeks. Sperm whales would usually be living around the west coast of Norway, where they feed on squid. But they appear to have become disorientated during their journey south, possibly as a result of underwater military activity. Dr Simon Ingram, lecturer in marine conservation at Plymouth University, said: "This is a very large number compared to what we've seen before. This incident is quite extreme even historically, even going back to pre-whaling records. It is potentially very significant."
The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence by Andrew Linzey
This book is essential reading for all those who have a stake in the debate, either because their academic work relates to the issues involved or because their professional role involves contact with the abused or the abusers, both human and animal. It is an authoritative and comprehensive volume on the link between animal abuse and human violence.
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...