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  • Letters
    number If your letter is selected for publication we will notify you Letters to the editor opinion and editorial columns and articles submitted to The Arizona Republic may be published or distributed in print electronic or other forms Send a letter to the editor using our convenient online form http www azcentral com arizonarepublic opinions sendaletter html Letters can be sent via U S Mail to Letters to the Editor

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  • PETA tips
    store managers know that you won t be back until the store catches up with the times Use animal rights stickers on all outgoing mail and put them anywhere else they ll be seen PETA notes that We are not suggesting that you put them on tollbooths escalators pay phones drive in order boards or bathroom stall doors Honest Encourage people with fur coats to put them in permanent storage with PETA They can get tax deductions and their coats will be used to educate and stop cruelty List your legislators phone numbers in your address book so that you can easily contact them about animal rights issues Ask grocery stores to designate a cart for shoppers to use to donate dog and cat food to the local animal shelter Persuade your neighbor or coworker to spay or neuter their animal or pay for it yourself Locate and join your local animal rights group PETA can help or start one yourself Complain to the sponsors of circuses rodeos or other cruel events Take tasty vegetarian food samples to work along with recipe cards to hand out Stock your car with an animal rescue kit nonperishable food for hungry strays bottled water a cardboard cat carrier a leash a towel a bandage to use as a muzzle and emergency phone numbers of vets and animal shelters Ask the editor of your local newspaper to run a photo of a shelter animal up for adoption each week The Arizona Republic already does this yea Sign a young friend up for a free subscription to Grrr PETA s kids magazine Hold a yard sale Donate the proceeds to PETA or a local animal group Leave Animal Times and other animal rights literature in the seat pockets on planes People are always looking for

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  • Phx by location
    Southern Arizona Around Arizona Multiple Locations Phoenix Mesa Scottsdale Chandler Gilbert Tempe Cave Creek Not up for going out Click here for links to veg n recipes Home Events Calendar Links Local Groups Activism Volunteer Opportunities Dining Out Local Businesses

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  • Phx by cuisine
    Contact AZVegan Veg Friendly Restaurants By Cuisine Metro Phoenix area American Continental Cuisine Japanese Chinese Thai Vietnamese Mexican Southwestern Coffee Tea Houses Pizza Greek Arabic Vegetarian Restaurants Indian Ethiopian Vegetarian Friendly Grocery Stores Italian Not up for going out Click here for links to veg n recipes Home Events Calendar Links Local Groups Activism Volunteer Opportunities Dining Out Local Businesses Vegan Debates Bulletin Board About AZVegan Contact AZVegan AZVegan com

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  • pet food
    by making them eat a veg diet Well unless you let them go to the store by themselves to pick out your own food they are at the mercy of your decisions no matter what you do We choose their food We can choose meat or we can choose veg either way it is totally up to us Cats are just like lions and tigers they are carnivores and need meat Well there are thousands of years of domestication between your cat and a lion They are not the same But again it comes down to the fact that cats can be vegan so their similarity or dissimilarity to lions and tigers is somewhat irrelevant Wouldn t they prefer meat Isn t it more natural for them These are all the same questions that people ask me when I tell them that I am vegan If these questions aren t enough to stop me from being vegan there s no reason they should stop my cats and dogs from being vegan Once you get past the fact that cats and dogs CAN be vegan all the other questions can be answered the same way you would answer them for yourself Further info resources From the Veg for Life website Like humans dogs are omnivores able to digest and utilize a wide variety of foods While dogs require a higher ratio of dietary protein and calcium than humans these nutrients are available via a well balanced vegetarian diet Numerous pet food manufacturers provide tasty nutritionally complete foods for dogs So long as you provide adequate levels of protein calcium and all around nutrients getting your dog to go veggie is typically a smooth process Cats are true carnivores and switching them to a vegan diet may prove more complex Cats require

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  • Christianity
    support kindness and compassion that s something you should change Hunters should hunt with a camera Have you ever thought about becoming a Buddhist or a Hindu They seem more concerned with animal rights My faith is not a function of my mercy and compassion for animals The reverse is true My concern for compassion is a product of my faith That said I agree with Gandhi and the pope that what s important is not your professed faith but how you live your life Tell me how you got involved in the animal rights movement I became a vegan in college after reading Francis Moore Lappé s Diet for a Small Planet because it helped me realize how a meat based diet contributes to environmental devastation and global poverty as well as animal suffering After college I spent six years working in a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Washington D C While I was there a friend of mine sent me a book written by Dr Andrew Linzey a theologian at Oxford University who argues that animals were designed with certain needs desires and species specific behaviors and that animals have the same capacity for pain and suffering as human beings Any introductory physiology course will teach you that birds mammals and fish have basically the same capacity to suffer as human beings Linzey s perspective is that denying animals the life they were designed to have and inflicting pain on them for our convenience is categorically unethical Linzey believes that causing pain to an animal is the moral equivalent of causing pain to a human being The logic of Linzey s argument spoke to me on a deep level And of course if animals have the same right to be free of pain as humans do then we certainly can t eat them or experiment on them or rip their skins off to wear them as clothes or beat them into doing senseless acts in circuses and rodeos It was really Linzey s argument that caused me to become a animal rights activist and work for PETA Animal pain is as important as human pain God s design for animals is as important as valuable as God s design for humans God created every animal with needs wants and a design for its life God designed pigs to root around in the soil and play with each other God designed chickens to make nests lay eggs and raise their children Jesus compared his love for humanity to a hen s love not instinct love for her brood God designed all animals with a desire for sunlight fresh air fresh water and so on and he designed all animals to grow at a certain rate that won t tax their limbs and organs But all of these things are denied to animals who are turned into food by the meat industries Scientists are playing God by manipulating animals to grow so quickly that their hearts lungs and limbs

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  • Feminism
    to create a demo and she or other women want to volunteer for the demo then to be given equal consideration as feminism dictates these women have a right to contribute to the movement in this way In fact when people say that PETA uses women they are relegating women to the very role we have fought to be rid of namely things that need to be ordered around and kept in their place It s ironic that none of the activists offended at my sexy costume spoke to me My male companion was the only one to hear their objections I may have been considered too submissive and un opinionated to have an answer and they respect women too much to discuss the issues with me They may have been afraid to hear what I might have to say Maybe they thought I was chained up and gagged by PETA since they were using and objectifying me Did they think that I was nothing more than a sexual piece of meat who didn t know what was being done to her or able to make her own choices This thinking further perpetuates the idea that women are incapable of taking care of themselves and taking on very serious activism for animal rights So I ask each of you when you see women dressed sexily for activism do you see a victimized woman with nothing to offer the world other than her body Or do you see a woman who intelligently and freely chooses to use her body to make a point Your answer may lead you to your own hidden sexism We all have different ways to contribute to animal rights activism PETA s eye catching demos are just one way to further the message that animals are not ours to eat to wear or to experiment on I found my role as the tiger in a cage wearing nothing but body paint underwear and pasties to be a very moving experience Yes I was very self conscious and very cold But I have never really understood what it must be like to be an exploited animal in a circus until that moment I have never known what is a lifetime of suffering for tigers in circuses until my experience in that cage being gawked at and laughed at The only difference was that unlike the animals I was able to emerge from that cage unharmed I am grateful for that experience whether or not it was effective to convince my onlookers of the evils of animals used for entertainment I am angry that others would have it that I should not have been allowed to participate in that demo In fact I am a better person having done this demo I saw many young girls looking at me with wide eyes in my Sexy Santa costume This to me is a true test of my feminist ideas If I can look at what I am doing and think

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  • PETA
    animals it seeks to protect PETA s controversial campaigns have worked to the organization s advantage Specter 2003 reports quoting philosopher Peter Singer whose book Animal Liberation 1975 is both widely credited as starting the animal rights movement and impelling Newkirk to start PETA While Newkirk constantly risks alienating and offending people even her constituents through radical campaigns she believes her tactics work overwhelmingly for the good of both the organization and the nonhuman animals PETA fights to protect PETA s passionate pursuit to protect nonhuman animals is uncompromising and perceived public relations calamities work for the benefit of both PETA and its social justice mission Newkirk s response to the PETA controversy reveals not only the type of trademark candor that makes PETA both respected and reviled but her commitment to the organization s overall mission The truth is that extremism and outrage provide the fundamental fuel for many special interest groups Newkirk said We are complete press sluts It is our obligation We would be worthless if we were just polite and did not make any waves Specter 2003 Breathless in its mission Specter 2003 PETA s response to a potential publicity predicament is reflected in its thirteen word mission statement Animals are not ours to eat wear experiment on or use for entertainment and embodies the extremism the organization is known for along with its passionate conviction to abolish all forms of animal cruelty And no where does PETA s passion prove more powerful than their current concentration on American corporations annual rendering of billions of cows chickens pigs and more into meat As PETA believes this is the most widespread and heinous abuse of animals Newkirk continually meets with dozens of top PETA strategists to actualize the first part of their mission making Americans meet their meat and make the connection between the sentient creature confined in a factory farm and what s for dinner While Newkirk has been called many things in her long career with PETA and has the popular image of a monster Specter 2003 she exemplifies the ideals of successful nonprofit leadership as nonprofit organizations are reflections of their leaders Steckel Lehman 1997 particularly those with the vision and passion to take an idea and turn it into a social reality As the leader behind one of the nation s most successful animal advocacy groups Newkirk and her mission are living proof that social justice movements must always have somebody radical enough to alienate the mainstream For every Malcolm X there is a Martin Luther King Jr and Newkirk and PETA provide a similar dynamic for groups like the Humane Society of the United States Specter 2003 PETA s passionate conviction to social change is more than a focus on notoriety however controversial campaigns not only grab the public s attention but also play a major role in capturing public support for animal rights in general And support is growing As the best known animal rights group on the planet PETA raises

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