Monday, June 25, 2012

Quite possibly the BEST speech about animal rights of our time.

My wife (Lindsay, of Kiss Me, I'm Vegan!, who recently wrote a post on this) and I watched a video last week, a video that I saw ONE posting of on Facebook, a video that looked interesting and like a good view.

What we didn't realize was that this video would become, in our eyes and now possibly the eyes of the 17,000 people that have viewed it online (not to mention the many who saw it in person), one of the best animal rights speeches given.  The St. James Ethics and Wheeler Centre in Australia hosted a debate in March, "Animals Should Be Off The Menu."  Philip was one of the three who spoke in favor of taking animals off the menu.  The video is only 10 minutes and with the rate of its views, shares, and commentary, is a must-watch as it's guaranteed to be an influential resource for compassion of our time.

Stop here. Please watch. And please share. 

After you've viewed the video, if you'd like to learn more about Philip Wollen or watch the full debate, read below.

About Philip Wollen: Philip is an Australian philanthropist. He is a former vice-president of Citibank and was also a general manager at Citicorp. At age 34, Australian Business Magazine named him in the top 40 headhunted executives in Australia. In 2005 he received the Order of Australia and in 2007 he won the Australian of the Year award. The following was said about Philip by the National Australia Day Council: 

"Through his kindness and generosity, Philip Wollen brings crucial help to many charitable causes and inspires others to share his humanitarian values and ideals. His achievements in the business world mark him as a man of action and he channels this energy into practical outcomes for the causes he champions through the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust. Philip promotes kindness towards all other living beings and strives to enshrine this as a recognisable trait in the Australian character and culture. The measure of his support can be seen in the extraordinary list of organisations the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust supports, benefiting children, animals, the ill, the environment and aspiring youth. Essentially a private man, he seeks no personal publicity but is not afraid to step into the limelight for a just cause."

Philip lives with his wife Trix and his four dogs in Melbourne, Victoria.

The full debate is below, for and against speakers & audience opinions/questions.  Enjoy!

All the best and yummiest to you.

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