"I am now a vegan, but I have been a vegetarian since I was 14 years old. Even in my early twenties, I had it in my contract that I would not wear any makeup tested on animals. In one of the 'Baywatch' episodes, I asked the producers to write me out of a Sea World scene, as I abhor marine parks, zoos and circuses, and they did. I will always appreciate how very respectful the producers were of my beliefs." - Alexandra Paul, "Baywatch" actress
Leonardo DiCaprio has friends in high places, which comes in handy when he's trying to raise money to save the planet. The award winning actor raised $25 million on Wednesday to protect the environment and endangered species. The charity gala was held in the Riviera seaside resort of Saint-Tropez and the 500 guests, which included Academy award winner Marion Cotillard and soap star Joan Collins, paid between $7,000 and 130,000 to get in and participate in the auction for a good cause. Before the bidding began, DiCaprio took the spotlight to explain just why raising funds was important. He reinforced the idea that the planet's flora and animal species are being decimated at a rate not seen since the age of the dinosaurs.
The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights by Ingrid Newkirk
Every day in laboratories, on factory farms, behind the big top, and in industries across America, animals are subjected to abominable treatment. In The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights, you'll learn hundreds of simple ways to stop thoughtless cruelty. The tips and resources Ingrid Newkirk provides will connect you to a whole community of others who respect animals enough to make kind choices.
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...