"To say that you behaved like animals is offensive to the animal creation because animals of the farmyard and field have an innate sense of decency." - Mr Justice Cusack
Palestine's first vegan eatery, Sudfeh, opened recently at the Al-Quds University in Adu Dis, Jerusalem. Sudfeh serves cruelty-free meals to students in an effort to promote animal-rights and veganism on campus. "We decided to open this cafeteria, which will be the first of its kind, offering vegan meals free from any animal products," the university's president Abu Kishek said, "to be a part of the global system and to contribute in raising awareness about animal welfare." Local animal-rights organization, Palestinian Animal League (PAL), launched a successful crowdfunding campaign last year to help pay for the costs of building the cafe. Sudfeh is part of PAL's "Youth for Change" program that gives young people a platform to present their ideas about social responsibility and animal welfare. The cafe was conceptualized by a group of 14-year-old girls from the al-Awael School in Ramallah, and is currently the only vegan cafe in any Arabic-speaking university.
Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals by C. Ray Greek, MD and Jean Swingle Greek, DVM
"Sacred Cows and Golden Geese is replete with valid data and substantial information clearly affirming and confirming that vivisection is futile, cruel, and deceptive. It is not a necessary evil; it is evil period." – Moneim A. Fadali, MD, FACS, author of Animal Experimentation: A Harvest of Shame
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...