Archive for October, 2013
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Wayne Pacelle: a name some of you have heard of and others have not. If you do not know this name, you should definitely familiarize yourself with it, as this person is an extremely intelligent and inspirational figure in the animal rights world.
Pacelle is the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. He became the HSUS president in 2004 after many years of working with other animal rights groups. Aside from leading a major organization, he has wrote a book and numerous articles, led many animal rights campaigns, lobbied to pass animal protection laws, and appeared on television shows advocating HSUS and animal rights, including appearances on The Ellen Show. Most importantly, he is a major voice for animals and their protection.
A graduate of Yale University, Pacelle became a vegan and was a radical activist already in his young college years. After college, he became the director of an activist group called Fund for Animals and continued to work his way up to the Humane Society of the United States where eventually he became president and CEO.
Pacelle has been spotlighted for his work on animal issues in newspapers and magazines nationwide and has even been profiled in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He’s been on most of the major TV programs such as Good Morning America and The Today Show. All of these major achievements happened because of his passion for protecting animals, which inspires many supporters around the world.
Often the greatest challenge of the animal welfare movement is to remind people of the things they already know to be true-that to mistreat any animal is beneath us, that cruelty of any kind is dishonorable and inexcusable, and that we all have duties of kindness and self-restraint in the treatment of our fellow creatures.”
If you would like to get an idea of the information Pacelle has to share, you can read his daily blog, Wayne Pacelle: A Humane Nation, on the Humane Society website. Also, be sure to check out his popular book, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.”
As someone who has made a career out of speaking for a good cause, Pacelle is someone that you’d be foolish not to look up to.
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I strongly believe that the way a person treats animals reflects their character and says a lot about their morals and intelligence.
What do you think?
Thank you to everyone who completed the Veiled Life’s animal rights survey! The main purpose of this survey was to get an idea of what The Veiled Life’s followers’ opinions are on animal rights. Twenty-one people responded. Here are some of the results:
Respondents were asked if they believed that animals should have rights.
Respondents were asked if they believed animals are equal to humans. (A lot of thought goes into this one.)
Respondents were asked if they think it is right to use animals for entertainment such as in the zoo or circus.
Respondents were asked if they think it is right to use animals for fur.
Respondents were asked if they believed animals should be experimented on for scientific research such as cures for cancer.
Respondents were asked if they would consider a meat-free diet.
Of the people that took the survey, 70% were female, and 30% were male. About 85% were between the ages of 18 and 24, and almost all of the respondents have completed some college education.
No matter what, the topics of animals rights are always up for debate, and people will always have different opinions on the matter. It’s interesting to see what people think, and perhaps after learning more about the way animals are used, they will change their opinions.
Bullfighting is still legally practiced in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and parts of France. In bullfighting, a bull is forced into a public arena and taunted by a matador with a cape. Then men on horses throw lances into the bull’s back and neck muscles, so the bull cannot lift his head. They twist and gouge the lances to make sure there is a significant amount of blood loss to weaken the bull. Then it is distracted and stabbed with brightly colored darts. The men run the bull in more circles until he becomes dizzy and stops chasing. Finally the matador appears and uses his cape and sword to provoke a few exhausted charges from the dying animal, and then tries to deliver the deathblow with his sword. In bullfights the bull always dies at the end. It is either killed by the matador or slaughtered if it survives.
All of these cruel practices, and for what? Humans actually get entertainment from an animal suffering. Surely there can be a better way to entertain people that doesn’t involve torturing and killing innocent animals.
Why is it more amusing to watch a dog chasing a hare than to watch one dog chasing another? In each case the essential activity is running — if running is what amuses you. But if it’s really the thought of being in at the death and seeing an animal torn to pieces before your eyes, wouldn’t pity be a more appropriate reaction to the sight of a weak timid, harmless little creature like a hare being devoured by something so much stronger and fiercer?
–Thomas More, Utopia, 1516