March 28th, 2013 by Christy Griffin
Our very first William Dewitt Dyer Activist Award will be given to Linda Middlesworth for her outstanding commitment to animal advocacy. As a vegan mentor, Linda helps people transition to a vegan lifestyle. She is the chief organizer for the Sacramento Vegan Society and the co-organizer for Sacramento Animal Rights Advocates. Linda is well-known throughout the animal protection movement and has been a powerful local leader for over twenty years. She is active in many of IDA’s campaigns: she organizes outreach events, spearheads Sacramento’s annual Fur Free Friday, and recently spoke at a wolf rally at the California state capital on IDA’s behalf.
“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to make all people understand that animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves… The basis for peace is respecting all creatures… That’s the basis, the beginning for peace…We know we cannot defend or be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them – exploiting them in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.”