Written by PETA
Sunday is World
Kindness Day, and even if you don't need a reason to be kind, consider doing
something extra-nice for animals. It doesn't take much effort to make a world
of difference for animals, and animals who need help could be right in front of
you. Take a look around your neighborhood and see if there's a chained dog
who needs fresh water, or take this opportunity to clear your closet of leather
and your refrigerator of eggs,
and other animal products.
To recognize World
Kindness Day, we're giving away a signed copy of PETA President Ingrid E.
Newkirk's book Making Kind Choices,
which includes an introduction by Sir Paul McCartney
and is chock-full of simple suggestions to help animals every day, including
how to deal kindly with mice in your home, how to help birds get through the
winter, advice on caring for your animal companions, cruelty-free shopping tips,
and more. To enter, post a comment below telling us how you are kind to animals,
and the winner will be chosen at random from comments submitted that are animal-friendly.
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by Heather Faraid Drennan
Animals... When I think of that, I have two feelings. One feeling I get is happiness. They are my best friends. They are what I've lived for all of my life. The second feeling I acquire is much more bitter. It's sadness. I cry sometimes. It's hard to live knowing that billions of animals are going to die this year. They don't have a chance... It fills me with a morose feeling that makes me sick to my stomach. Anger fills my blood stream. I became a vegetarian for a reason. Not for health reasons. Not for attention. I became vegetarian because these animals mean a lot to me. I may not be able to put it into the right words, but I would die for the animals. I want them to live in peace, in happiness, but most of all... Freedom. People judge me, poke fun at me, and have even made me want to commit suicide. They crack stupid, naive jokes about my beliefs. They have their freedom of speech. But so do I. I stick up for myself, and the animals. I have recently written a poem for my thoughts. I named it, "Animal Rights."
People think they can walk all over the animals of the earth.
But they have feelings just like us ever since their day of birth.
They have every right to live, and be satisfied, and feel pleased.
The animals of the earth have every right to be left alone and be free.
People don't seem to care anymore about what happens to these lives.
They don't care that they get cut open and bleed out and brutally die.
They will have their necks slit and they will be dropped in boiling water.
While struggling to not give up and try their hardest to live just a bit longer.
Animal rights are a big deal in this relentless world we survive.
They've made me want to stop it all, and it all made me realize...
We as God's people are an embarassment to the nations.
We ship innocent, helpless lives into an execution station.
These lives struggle for their breath and every drowning thought.
Animals only have their short lives to live, and that's all they've got.
We as God's people need to face the fact that we are a situation.
Not a good one in any way, shape or form, but a wrong fixation.
Not a lot of people actually take their time to finally notice and see.
That we are merely a sliver in this world, and we deserve to bleed.
I may sound crazy, and I know for a fact that I sound totally insane...
I don't mind helping the world open a few holes and dig your graves.
Thank you for letting me comment.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.