Monday, March 09, 2009

Paul Harvey. Animal Welfare Advocate. Rest In Peace and Honor.

Paul Harvey (1918-2009) was a great supporter of animal rights. If you are not familair with his name, you would recognize his voice. Paul Harvey was considered the most listened-to commentator in America. Twenty-five million people listened to him in a week. Imagine your influence if that many people lent their ears to you. Well, Paul Harvey put it to good use in many ways, not exempting animal welfare. He was considered a good friend of the animals. Here are some quotes from him:

"How dare we limit food stamps for poor people and heating oil for old people, yet waste - absolutely, utterly waste - four billion dollars a year on useless, duplicated, unnecessary medical experimentation on live animals? … [t]he issue is purposeless suffering, and whether you should be paying four billion dollars a year to perpetuate it."

"To wear fur is to make a living creature give up its life, often with pain, exclusively to adorn oneself."
Farm pigs and calves in confinement must have enough space in their pens to extend their limbs, and to turn around, and to lie down. So on Proposition 204, Arizonans, on Proposition 204 … vote YES

In Defense of Animals' Mike Winikoff has a recollection of Paul Harvey from the early 1990s: “I was working with Milwaukee activists to help some horribly abused elephants named Lota and Moola,” said Winikoff. “Mr. Harvey called and simply asked ‘what can I do to help?’ I asked him to keep the national spotlight shining on the Milwaukee elephants in the months ahead. And he did his biting commentary on the treatment of these elephants helped change the way Milwaukee and the whole country thought about captive elephants.”

Did you know Paul Harvey received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005? That's the highest award a private citizen can have in our country. Goodbye to you, Mr. Harvey. Thanks for all you've done for the animals.

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