Written by Jeff Mackey
Nobel Prize–winning physician, theologian, and vegetarian
Dr. Albert Schweitzer once said, "The man who has become a thinking being
feels a compulsion to give every will-to-live the same reverence for life that
he gives to his own." It was Schweitzer's "reverence for life"
that inspired our pals at PETA
not only to sponsor the attendance of a vegetarian student at this week's Albert Schweitzer's Leadership
for Life International Youth Leadership Conference in Dublin but also to place an ad in
the event's program in Schweitzer's honor.
Albert Schweitzer: © LOC, LC-USZ62-30537 Background: © iStockphoto.com/Hiroyuki Akimoto
Harley, the sponsored student, has been vegetarian ever since
a friend urged her to watch some PETA videos, from which she learned about the
cruelty of factory farms and slaughterhouses. During
her sophomore year, Harley petitioned her high school to introduce more vegan
options to the cafeteria, collecting 320 signatures from a student body of 400
time he was a child, Schweitzer was horrified by the violence he witnessed
against animals and would likely be even more disgusted by today's factory
farms and slaughterhouses. Chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, and fish are packed
into small cages, filthy sheds, or putrid fish farms for their entire lives—at
slaughter, animals often have their throats cut open while they are still conscious or are scalded to death or skinned alive.
might not make you a genius—but it will make the world a better, more
compassionate place, which is rather brilliant, don't you think? And PETA can
help you get started!
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