Did you rescue a stray dog and sense his or her gratitude? Did you see an undercover video or pick up a leaflet? Did a loved one tell you about a personal experience with an animal that moved you?
For many of us, turning into a tried and true animal advocate started with a single moment. It might have been something as personal as looking into your cat's eyes and having him or her reach out and touch your face with a paw, eating your first vegetarian meal and realizing that no animals suffered in any way for it, or grieving over the death of a beloved animal. Nearly all of us can recall a first inkling or even a single moment when we came to the realization that animals have just as much right to live a life free of pain and cruelty as we do. One could call it a breakthrough moment.
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Please complete the form below with your personal story about the instant that the fight to end the suffering of animals became important to you. We'll regularly publish some of the most moving stories on this site as a way to inspire others to take up the cause of animal rights in their own lives.
By telling others about what that important first moment meant to you and how it inspired you, you'll be helping PETA improve our work to save animals' lives. You'll also be providing encouragement to people who have yet to experience an epiphany of their own.
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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.