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School kids in Gloucestershire, England, will receive a free book this Christmas to help ‘inspire compassion for animals’. 

Hekmat Kaveh – a retired architect, and Father of three vegan daughters – has donated more than 100 copies of Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion – which is written by PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk 

The book shows how our. ‘modern world is leaving animal exploitation in the dust’ and offers ‘easy steps’ to show readers how they can ‘help make the world a kinder place’ no matter their income or occupation.

‘Educating the young’

“Animals cannot speak for themselves, and the only way we can help animal-kind in the long term is by educating the young,” Kaveh said.

“As an educationalist, I believe that books will have a longer impression than social media and advertising, as they will remain in libraries, in schools, and on coffee tables for many years. 

“I taught my girls about animal cruelty, and the care and compassion we need to show animals, from a very young age. Each of them has become a more caring and loving individual as a result.”


Kaveh continued: “I believe respect for life in all of its forms, human and otherwise, will teach us to understand life’s struggles, and as a result, we will have more empathy and understanding for those who have suffered all forms of inequality – and this will make us all better human beings.”

PETA Director Elisa Allen added: “Thanks to Mr Kaveh’s generosity, the message of Animalkind – that animals are awe-inspiring fellow members of the ‘great orchestra of life’, who deserve to live free from harm – will now be reaching people all over Gloucestershire.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.