Author pens book as voice against cruelty

Kim Stallwood and his dog Shelly

Kim Stallwood and his dog Shelly

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A new book championing the welfare of animals has been published.

Hastings author Kim Stallwood, of Swan Avenue, penned

The book describes his journey from a meat-eating slaughterhouse worker to a vegan and activist.

Mr Stallwood’s dedication for the animals’ cause was sparked during childhood – an elderly lady rescuing dogs, having to take part in dissection during biology lessons, and seeing dolphins swimming desperately around a tiny aquarium. When he was a student he worked one summer in a chicken slaughterhouse and saw what he describes as ‘institutionalised animal exploitation’. He became a vegetarian in 1974 and a vegan two years later.

Since 1976, Mr Stallwood has held leadership positions with animal welfare organisations, such as Compassion In World Farming, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, RSPCA, and Vegan Society in the UK, as well as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Animals and Society Institute, and Minding Animal International in the USA, where he worked for 20 years.

He said: “We may not be able to save the world. But we can save the world that is ours, including the animals we share the planet with.”

Mr Stallwood’s book has received the support of Dr Brian May, legendary guitarist and founding member of Queen.

He said: “I was honoured to be asked to write a foreword for Kim Stallwood’s definitive book about the journey of men and women towards decency.

“I believe this book is important enough to be essential reading for anyone who has begun to listen to what their conscience says, as regards how we, as humans, behave towards the other beings on Earth, whether human or nonhuman.”

There will be a reading and book signing with Mr Stallwood at Book Buster in Queens Road on Saturday (September 20) at 5pm, with copies on sale for £15.99.