Animal Rights & Protection

Animals are not ours to use and abuse. All the uses that animals are put to can now be met through cruelty-free means. By disregarding animal life, we disregard human life, for in killing and abusing other sentient beings we destroy our humanity, integrity, health and the planet.

Anna Breytenbach Speaks to Spirit the leopard (Nov 2013)
Breytenback is an expert in interspecies communication. We can all communicate to animals but because we do not believe it is possible we usually don't even try… unless we have a pet, in which case animal communication is taken for granted! Her website is www.animalspirit.org.

The Vegetarian MythEdgar Kupfer-Koberwitz's writings on animals and suffering
"I refuse to eat animals because I cannot nourish myself by the sufferings and by the death of other creatures. I refuse to do so, because I suffered so painfully myself that I can feel the pains of others by recalling my own sufferings. I feel happy, nobody persecutes me; why should I persecute other beings or cause them to be persecuted? I feel happy, I am no prisoner, I am free; why should I cause other creatures to be made prisoners and thrown into jail? I feel happy, nobody harms me; why should I harm other creatures or have them harmed? I feel happy, nobody wounds me; nobody kills me; why should I wound or kill other creatures or cause them to be wounded or killed for my pleasure and convenience? Is it not only too natural that I do not inflict on other creatures the same thing which, I hope and fear, will never be inflicted on me? Would it not be most unfair to do such things for no other purpose than for enjoying a trifling physical pleasure at the expense of others' sufferings, others' deaths? These creatures are smaller and more helpless than I am, but can you imagine a reasonable man of noble feelings who would like to base on such a difference a claim or right to abuse the weakness and the smallness of others? Don't you think that it is just the bigger, the stronger, the superior's duty to protect the weaker creatures instead of persecuting them, instead of killing them? 'Noblesse oblige.' I want to act in a noble way." — Written in the early 1940s by Edgar when he was imprioned at the Dachau concentration camp in an essay he wrote called, Animals, My Brethren.

The Real Matrix - 101 Reasons to Go Vegan - James Wildman (Feb 2013)
This presentation by James Wildman of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (arff.org) covers the reasons and benefits of giving up animal products and eating a vegan diet, and the dietary falacies that keep people believing that they need to eat meat, dairy and eggs.

Gary Yourofsky Gives The Best Speech on Stopping Eating Animals (Apr 2014)
Yourofsky is a vegan animal liberation activist who gives just about the best pro-veganism speeches around. No thinking and feeling person can listen to what Yourofsky has to say without being changed in some way. If you won't become vegan for the animals' sake, do it for health!

Paul McCartney's Glass Walls - Official Video (Oct 2011)
If slaughter houses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian. Videos like this one allow us to have x-ray vision into what is normally hidden — the terrible cruelty of the meat, dairy and egg industries. If we want to be truely compassionate (and healthy), a vegan diet is compulsory.

Those Poor Baby Seals
Suki—03/2010
Whether it involves baby seals or women, men seem to have a proclivity to hurting and killing those who are more vulnerable. Suki looks at the seal shame of Canada and the academic repression of women's suffering. [more →]
The Vegetarian MythCopenhagen Zoo Butchers Baby Giraffe / Feb 2014
If you needed a reminder of what zoos are really about, this is it. Copenhagen Zoo has just butchered a healthy baby giraffe in front of young children to "combat interbreeding". Despite Marius being offered a place at other zoos, a private buyer offering €500,000 for him, the possibility of him have a vasectomy, and the possibility of returning him to the wild, Copenhagen Zoo decided that the best course of action was to kill him with a bolt gun, butcher him in front of children for "educational reason", and then feed the flesh to the lions. And in case you think this is just a one-off incident, Danish media reports that Copenhagen Zoo destroys 20-30 animals a year, including bears, tigers and zebras. Zoos hide behind a veneer of "ethical conservation" but at the end of the day they are no better than circuses. Boycott all zoos immediately and stop this need to take out children to gawk at animals in cages, let alone allowing them to watch animals being butchered. Even safari parks are no better: recently, Longleat Safari Park put down two lions and four cubs rather than bothering to find them new homes. What a disgrace. If you love animals, visit them in the wild and if you are unable to do that, watch a wildlife television program. And please don't eat them!
Falconberg describes her Hall of Shame of human barbarism towards animals, and imagines a world free from the killer apes that foolishly believe they are the crowing achievement of life's evolution. [more →]
Rats are so unvalued by humanity that they are either exterminated or tortured in labs. But there is another side you will only see if you know one personally. [more →]
The terrible cruelty that all nations inflict on animals can often be found in our own neighbourhoods, and the results of that cruelty can often be found in our own refrigerators. [more →]
Falconberg describes the horror that goes on in slaughterhouses and the blasé way this horror is perpectrated, and she draws parrallels with the 'fuck meat' prostitution industry. [more →]
This is a great collection of facts and figures about why it might be a good idea to go vegetarian. [more →]