Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his anti-apartheid work, published his first major statement on the subject of animal welfare. The famed human rights campaigner has turned his eye on animal rights, saying there are "other issues of justice--not only for human beings but also for the world's other sentient creatures." HuffPost has a transcript of the statement, which appears in the foreword to the Global Guide to Animal Protection:
The matter of the abuse and cruelty we inflict on other animals has to fight for our attention in what sometimes seems an already overfull moral agenda. It is vital, however, that these instances of injustice not be overlooked.
Tutu also likened injustice toward animals to that suffered by powerless people:
I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged.