Animal guide begs for compassion

Kathryn Tenbarge

  Rory Freedman does not shy from controversy. The outspoken animal rights activist is the author of “Skinny B—-” and other opinionated guides to veganism.

  Her newest piece, “Beg,” combines humor, loving anecdotes, and cold, hard realities in a desperate plea for the welfare of animals everywhere.

  The mother of three dogs, Freedman shares her own unique insight, which makes her case both compelling and persuasive. Her acidic commentary may turn off some readers, but its her urgent tone that keep them turning pages.

Some of Freedman’s tips for animal lovers include:

  • Stay away from films and entertainment with animal stars. More often than not, they are mistreated and abandoned after their “fifteen minutes of fame.” Freedman even makes the case that no animal can be trained without some form of punishment or degradation.

  • Stop wearing and buying fur, leather, and other animal products. Even so-called harmless products, like wool, can result in painful procedures and substandard living for sheep and other species.

  • Do not attend zoos and circuses. Freedman insists that no animal should be taken from the wild and kept in captivity for the enjoyment of humans, even if they are there for “educational” purposes. She goes on to say that research done at zoos are usually done for profit.

  • Stop eating meat and animal products. This step is a given. “Beg” offers plenty of information of what really happens during the food process, and the heartbreaking torture forced upon billions of animals each year.

  • Get educated. Finally, and most importantly, Freedman urges an end to willful ignorance. Her battle cry is one of education rather than misinformation, twisted facts, and straight-out lies that she and many others feel the mainstream industries are perpetuating.

For more information on “Beg” and Freedman, visit the book’s website.