Coretta Scott King's belief in animal rights
February 14, 2006
Last week, thousands of mourners waited for hours in freezing rain at
Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church and the state capitol rotunda to pay
their respects to the "first lady of the civil rights movement," Coretta
Scott King, who died on Jan. 30. President Bush and former President
Clinton led the list of dignitaries at memorial services.
Coretta Scott King was much more than a devoted wife and partner of the
celebrated civil rights leader. She traveled throughout the globe on
behalf of peace and nonviolence, racial and economic justice, minority
rights, religious freedom, the poor and homeless, educational
opportunities, nuclear disarmament, and ecological sanity. She helped
found, dozens of organizations advocating social justice, received
honorary doctorates from over 60 colleges and universities, and authored
three books and a nationally syndicated column.
Coretta Scott King was also a vegan, who eschewed all products of animal
suffering, including meat, dairy, eggs, leather, and cosmetics containing
animal ingredients or tested on animals. Her strong belief in peace and
nonviolence extended to the violence perpetrated against billions of
innocent, sentient animals in America's factory farms and slaughterhouses.
Her passion for justice extended to the most downtrodden living beings on
the planet — the animals bred, abused, and killed for food, fur, research,
Coretta Scott King truly practiced what she preached. And for that, I