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.
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!
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!