"I've worked with PETA
for over ten years to make people aware of animal rights. I grew up on a farm in Ireland, so I've always taken care of animals, starting with Mindy, the miniature black poodle I had when I was 6; on our walks in the bogs, she'd fly over stone walls, her little ears flapping. I think we have to pay more attention to how we treat animals: the great apes trained for our entertainment, carriage horses left outside in intense heat and cold, polar bears confined in zoos. Animals can't talk, so it's up to us to speak for them."
How you can help:
You can learn more
about switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet, check out lists of companies
that do and do not test their products on animals, find out
what to do if you spot cruelty to animals, join an Action Team
, or follow PETA's letter-writing guide
to get tips on how contact your local newspapers, businesses, and legislators.