Saturday, October 23, 2010

The award couldn't have gone to a better person...

You gotta love Queen guitarist Brian May. Not only is he a rock 'n' roll legend, he's also a renaissance man who received a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Recently, May was given an award by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), an international organization with branches around the world dedicated to improving the quality of animals everywhere. May has been heavily involved in such organizations as the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Center in Camberley, England, and he helped create the "Save Me" campaign to end animal abuse.

May was thrilled to receive the award from the IFAW. He made a powerful statement that was both eloquent and moving: "Fighting for the welfare of our wild animals is not a task that any of us want to have to do. We do it because these magnificent animals live, breathe, see, hear and feel pleasure and pain like we do, but they do not speak our language, so in the world of humans, they have no voice." (Source.)

May is also a vegetarian and he played a key role in the founding of a group called Animals Matter to Me. As May explained the group's purpose last year:
“Animals Matter To Me represents the biggest ever global animal welfare initiative, linking the entire animal welfare movement with ONE STRATEGIC GOAL: global recognition that animals are sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and suffering." (Source.)
It's hard to think of somebody who deserves this award more than Brian May. He brought so much joy to so many people for so long with his fantastic music. And now he's fighting on behalf of the voiceless. Bless him for all of his hard work.

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