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Our grandchildren will ask us one day, 'Where were you during the holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrific crimes?' This time around we won't be able to say, 'We didn't know it was going on.'
~  Helmut Kaplan, PhD

Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a point when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells him or her that it is right.
~  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Writing With I-M-P-A-C-T
    Kinship Circle - Whether you are a voice for animals, children, human/civil rights, political freedom or world hunger — your words are a direct line of communication with decisionmakers. The following nuts-and-bolts of a compelling letter gives you tools to be heard…
  • Advertising 101 For Animal Advocates
    Kinship Circle - Coca Cola. Budweiser. PETA. Yep, PETA. Whatever your opinion of the animal rights titan — People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals is now a household brand. Even your Republican in-laws recognize PETA as a buzz word. All nonprofits and businesses…
  • Help For The Helpers
    Kinship Circle - As an advocate for animals, my job is to expose cruelty and apathy. I am their witness, from the impersonal thrust of a slaughterhouse knife to the final moment they are dismantled limb by limb. I am beside the homeless when a gas chamber…
  • The Multi-Billion Dollar Lie: Animal Experimentation
    Kinship Circle - This film and transcript give you tips to argue for hastened development of animal-free research. Bottom line: Data from animals artificially induced with human disease/injury is non-predictive, dangerously misleading, and indefensibly cruel. If you care about taxpayer waste, human health, medical progress and animals — get the facts to make animal research flaws a mainstream concern…
  • The Campaign That Changed Everything: SHAC USA
    Kinship Circle - A movie and talk inspire you to bear witness and and act as one, again. As a past spokesperson for SHAC USA (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) I marched with many to close Huntingdon Life Sciences — a corrupt lab that kills an average 500 animals daily to test pesticides, fertilizers, cleaners, cosmetics, sweeteners, drugs. SHAC USA formed as part of the global SHAC UK campaign to shut down HLS. In 2006, its leaders were imprisoned for the crime of free speech. But we can recharge the fight. Watch this video, share, and rise up…
  • Mommy's A What?
    Kinship Circle - In the eyes of the government and some conservative watchdog groups — Mommy is potential terrorist material. Please don't tell my family. They'll be very upset. Yet even under oath, I'm sure they would profess: "Yes, she can mouth-off. No, she is not a threat to homeland security…"
  • Move Over Al Quaeda! Animal Defenders Top Most Wanted
    Kinship Circle - Neighbors probably thought a mass murderer lurked along tree-lined streets. As they rose to eat harried breakfasts and tackle the morning commute, U.S. Air Marshals circled the sky in a noisy helicopter. At 6:00 a.m. 15 gun-toting FBI agents and assorted Secret Service…
  • Inner Landscapes: The Emotional Voice Of Animals
    Kinship Circle - At 8:45 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 smashes into the World Trade Center's north tower. Fifteen minutes later United Airlines Flight 175 shatters the south tower and forever seizes a nation's invulnerability. Amid a frantic tangle, Salty leads Omar Rivera from the 7lst floor…
  • Seriously Off Topic — The Day The 70s Died
    Kinship Circle - Readers of a certain age will mark June 25, 2009 as the day the 1970s died. Within 48 hours, we lost an Angel and an Icon. Farrah Fawcett succumbed to cancer and Michael Jackson ended in cardiac arrest. My profound sense of loss embarrasses me. I've got Jackson Five on TV and Farrah on computer. My youth sits in my lap, like some creature released from a dream…
  • With My Own Eyes: Activist Undercover
    Kinship Circle - Matt loops a noose around the fox's neck and dangles the animal before Dan, who evaluates the coat. This one's a "kill," so the men carry him to the electrocution area. Dan shoves a probe into the fox's rectum and taunts him to bite down on a metal conductor in his throat…
  • Activist's Diary: Tales From The Trenches
    Kinship Circle - An ebony sky coiled through downtown St. Louis as Colleen Tilford videotaped. The 28-year-old mom had secured a babysitter so she could follow Ringling Bros. Circus handlers on their post-performance walk with the elephants. Crouched in the dark, she recorded…
  • Perspective: The Animal Rights Movement
    Kinship Circle - As an animal rights activist I've endured my share of critics, from the smart-alecky to the magnificently peeved. Mainly, I've survived bad one-liners: "Vegetables have feelings too," or "So you think insects should have the right to vote?" "Get a life." The uninformed inform me…
  • Vigilante Vegan: Ending Cockfighting And Other Depravities
    by Susan Gordon - I used to be against the death penalty. Then I got involved in animal rights and saw, first hand, and with stomach churning frequency, how common human evil is. Now, while still opposed to capital punishment in the abstract, I long to be the judge, jury, and executioner for…

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