Written by Jeff Mackey
Today would be the 156th birthday of George Bernard Shaw ("Bernard"
to his friends), which is an occasion worth noting. If you're not familiar with
the work of this independent-minded Irish playwright and provocateur, you're
missing out. Shaw managed to speak truth to power with such humor, clarity, and
intelligence that the powerful ended up laughing with him, not at him.
We aim to do something similar here at The PETA Files, so we're
sure that Bernard—a vegetarian and an opponent of experimentation
on animals—would have felt right at home here. Sadly, that can't happen, so instead, we'll share
a few quotations from Shaw that still resonate with animal rights advocates
Are you a dedicated Shavian? You can support a cause near and dear to the great man's heart by supporting PETA's work to make the world a kinder and fairer place for animals.
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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.