Rukmini Sekhar: What made you take up the cause of animals?

Rob Laidlaw: I’ve always had a strong empathy for animals ever since I was a child. In 1979 I went to the Toronto Festival of Festivals [now the Toronto International Film Festival]. They were screening a film called The Animal Stone. It was a two-and-a-half hour film showing what humans did to animals: food production, animals in entertainment, laboratory research and testing, and many other similar issues. At the end of the film there was a call to action. And from the very next day, I decided to take up the cause ...


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