Striking at the Roots

I was excited when my copy of Mark Hawthorne’s Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism came in the mail the other day. (I ordered my copy from Food Fight! because supporting vegan businesses is animal activism too). I’ve had the pleasure of reading Mark’s writings about animal advocacy for several years, as he was a cherished contributing writer for Satya. There I learned he loved bunnies, had a sense of humor and wrote compelling and moving pieces that inspired and resonated with animal activists.

Striking at the Roots also blends his gift of writing with his commitment to animal advocacy. Like many others, I found this book to be an indispensable resource to both the novice and seasoned activist—who both struggle to be effective against the overwhelming forces contributing to animal abuse. Mark examines different forms of animal activism from writing letters, leafleting and tabling to undercover investigations, animal rescue and rehabilitation. You meet activists working in each of these areas, and see the changes their individual efforts have made. The end of each chapter provides helpful links for further exploration. In an age of increasing infringements on civil liberties, it becomes necessary and important for all social justice activists to know their rights, and these rights in several countries are spelled out in the appendices of this book.

I was touched by the dedication : “For a certain cow in India, who showed me a kinder way of living.” That cow not only impacted Mark, but also those his writing has influenced. Striking at the Roots will no doubt help empower and sustain many in their pursuits of a kinder way of living—and acting.

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~ by sangamithra on March 16, 2008.

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