Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Animal Rights Awareness Week
June 21-25 is Animal Rights Awareness Week. Started in 1999, the purpose of this event is to educate the public about the ways in which we interact with animals and to increase awareness about the basic needs and rights of animals.
Throughout history, prominent individuals like Mahatma Gandhi, Alice Walker, Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer and Leonardo da Vinci have a expressed a deep concern for the rights and well-being of animals. They urged others to view animals as viable individuals with feelings, interests and needs of their own.
Yet today more than ever, human civilization inflicts great harm and suffering on the world's creatures through industries and attitudes that exploit animals and destroy wildlife.
The response to this injustice is the crystallization of the animal rights movement. It has become the vehicle for millions who seek justice and compassion for animals. Animal rights is an affirmation of all life, an affirmation of humanity's ability and need to nurture and protect the sanctity of life in all species, human and non-human alike.
For more information about animal rights, please visit In Defense of Animals at www.idausa.org.
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