Win a Copy of ‘Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals’ by Rory Freedman!

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Rory Freedman, PETA favourite and co-author of international bestseller Skinny Bitch, is back with a no-holds-barred look at how we can better protect our closest companions. Beg is bound to influence the choices and actions of readers to improve the lives of animals – a battle cry to animal lovers everywhere.

The straightforward approach of the book shines a light on the treatment of animals the world over. From puppy mills and animal homelessness to the pains of declawing and tail-docking, Rory explains the many dangers that companion animals face at the hands of humans and what we can do to help improve their lives!

Rory admits that her love for her dogs borders on the obsessive, so we thought it would be great to give copies of her new book to three equally devoted animal guardians. She can pick out her pups from a line-up by breath alone (pew!), but do you have a bond worth boasting about?

This competition has now closed. Thank you for all of your inspiring comments!


  • kim duddigan commented on June 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I became vegetarian and a Reiki practitioner to help the plight of animals. They seem to know thisand I have had cats, dogs, hedgehogs, pigeons and others turn up at my garden asking for healing or refuge. None are turned away.

  • Amy Kennedy commented on June 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Most people notice babies and children; I notice animals. As a parent would hear a baby’s cry from across the room or park, I hear a bark. I’ll follow that bark until I find the animal is not in distress. A bird with a broken wing in the garden? Stop the presses until I get it to the Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s a passion greater than me and moves me in all aspects of my life. Its grown over the years from a general animal lover to a full-fledged activist, rescuer, fosterer and to the coordinator of the Staff Pet Group at my job – one of the UN agencies in Rome, Italy. We assist staff members in adoption, fostering, vetting and all aspects of owning a pet overseas as an Ex-Pat. We coordinate fundraising for shelters and animals here in Italy, where the futures are grim for many, many animals. My goal is to (re)-educate and and spread knowledge about the treatment of animals one pet at a time. Oh, and I decided to walk the walk I talk – became vegetarian then vegan over 10 years ago. My own dog Pete is one lucky pooch – rescued off the street here 6 years ago. He’s the love of my life!

  • Hayley Jones commented on June 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I feel like my life is dedicated to helping any animal in need. My beautiful rescue cat Lucy has three legs after being badly treated and suffering a brake due to being kicked. She is my priority and I would change anything to make her happy, I also would only ever get a rescue pet in the future after volunteering many years at the RSPCA. People think I’m crazy because I stop in the street to pick up worms that are going to be trodden on, or slugs or in fact anything I come across. I have sat with a seagull for hours whom had a broken leg waiting for it to be rescued while people yet again looked at me like I was mad. I have studied a degree in conservation and now I am moving onto a hons in zoology so that I can stand up for animals in my working life. It’s not a hobby, it’s my entire life meaning!!!

  • Gillian Young commented on June 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Gosh what can I say, I have always loved animals Horses, Pigs, Dogs, Cats, Monkeys, Elephants, Bears, big Cats, being raised with them and seen them up close to appreciate them, when you learn more going through life, more animals, then the exploitation, vivisection and experimentation that you wouldn’t think a human being would be capable of doing, you tend to try to raise awareness to close cruelty down also we have raised and set free several species they still keep coming, and I make our own pet food so our animals have a choice of good healthy foods, they are after all a big part of family no less than any family member, <3 & Peace

  • Judy Penfold commented on June 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I have had a close bond with animals since I was a child but none so deep as with my darling rescue Irish Setter who I had for a too short ten months. He sadly went to doggie heaven on Monday after giving me the most love and kindess during his short time with me. I will never ever forget this Angel boy, my heart is broken. I carry out home checks for a dog charity in West Sussex and have seen many a sad unwanted dog end up happy and loved, maybe for the first time, people should really consider giving a rescue dog a home.

  • Jenni Williamson commented on June 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    People mock me because I won’t kill anything (and I mean anything – ants, wasps, spiders, etc.). I fear for a world where we kills things that are an inconvenience to us, and a world where we abuse animals for profit. I would love to read this book so I can continue to educate people in an educated, day to day way. I sometimes think that we haven’t evolved very far when I read about the abuse of fellow species and I am doing everything I can to not be a part of this.

  • susan morrow commented on June 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    My beloved dog, Ella died two weeks ago. She wasn’t just a ‘pet’ (I hate that term) she was part of our family as much as anyone else is. Ella was a remarkable animal and we were able to build a very equal relationship with her. Yes there was a ‘pack’ and I was sort of alpha dog, but only because I was the food giver. Ella often ruled the roost, getting quite irate if we didn’t open the door quickly enough for example (she would stand there looking annoyed). Some may think that is ‘poor discipline’ I believe that it is allowing a dog (or any other creature) to be who they are, to allow them to express themselves, to be a dog. There is a lot of pressure to ‘train’ dogs, to make them obedient and yes you do have to make sure in public they do not pose a threat, absolutely. But at the same time, you need to find a balance, to let the dog be a dog. We also let Ella have jobs. Things like sitting by the open sliding doors and watching for potential threats (she did once let a mouse in though…). Just like humans, dogs need to be satisfied in their lives and feel needed and loved and useful. Ella suffered for the last 5 years of her life with all sorts of illnesses, but she was an incredibly happy and content dog, that anyone who met her commented on as being so. I miss you so much my wonderful girl.

  • Anita jones commented on June 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    We sold our house and moved onto a narrowboat we now rescue animals and our boat is lovingly reffered to as the ark, at the moment we have a deaf great dane a mastiff cross a staffie cross and a jack russell, thirty mice and this years fledglings have just left, love them all xxxx

  • Sarah Andrews commented on June 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve been vegetarian for 23 years. Last week I got up numerous times in the night to feed my cat who was ill and would only eat food if he could lick it off someones fingers (yes, he’s seen a vet). I only have a single bed – but I share it with my boxer cross dog. My boys are my best friends. I’m also cat sitting three times this year for friends in London, who know I will care for their furry family as if they were my own. When I can I walk dogs for Manchester Dogs Home. I won’t shop at Harrods, Kooples (fur) or Fortnum and Mason (Fois Gras). I put food out for the birds and I’ve planted wildflower seeds for the bees (that haven’t grown – but I did try). I just love animals and I don’t see their lives as any less valuable than my own.

  • natalie overton commented on June 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    hello, we are the only voice for animals, and they do indeed feel pain endure death because of us humans. It is wrong, not only is it cruel but eating meat is bad for out health and the planet! People can be far too obsessed with their own greed to even care about the suffering of living things! They live in their bubble where it is ‘normal’ to eat meat and we vegan/vegetarians are the crazy ones! And either don’t think about how the animal died or don’t care.
    I go out of my way with various campaigns (peta, rspca and many more) by donating money, signing petetions and raising awareness via social media.
    I have 2 dogs (king Charles cavalier) named Tilly and Toby who I love very much, unfortunately where I live now I wasn’t allowed pets so I visit them at my Dads as much as I can, pay the vets bills, haircuts and the food etc.
    I love all animals and hope one day more people realise the dangers and cruelty involved in the meat market! 🙂 Peace + Love, Natalie

  • Rebecca Woods commented on June 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I do very little. Other than just treat animals in the same way that I would like to be treated. I wouldn’t want to be eaten, so I don’t eat them. I wouldn’t want to be hit or hurt, so I don’t ever hit or hurt any animal. When I am lonely, scared or in need of a cuddle then my family help me out. I do the same for animals.
    I have to confess, also, that, generally speaking, I prefer the company of animals to humans. And that, I think is because, generally speaking, animals are kinder, warmer, more affectionate, less judgmental and more intelligent. They certainly know how to have fun, generally speaking, in a way that doesn’t tend to harm or impact on others or themselves (think binge-drinking for example).
    Animals are just incredible. So much more so than us humans.

  • Vivien Sadler commented on June 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I have 2 dogs and 5 cats and a guinea pig (compliments of my daughter, now working for TOLFA animal rescue in Pushkar India). I treat and speak to my animals in the same way I would like to be treated and spoken to, including telling them where I’m going and apologising when they can’t come.
    I have been vegetarian for 25 years, I try to help animals wherever I can, e.g. pass on messages about lost animals, rescue local animals and wildlife as needed, including giving them reiki and driving some distance to take the wildlife to an amazing wildlife rescue centre to be treated and released.
    Like many others have said, in many ways I prefer animals company to that of people. Something I read and try to live up to (although its not easy) is ‘Be the person your dog thinks you are’

  • Sarah Firminger commented on June 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I foster for a dog charity & ended up adopting the puppy in my care.
    She’d been locked away for her few months on this earth & was extremely emaciated. With lots & lots of love, patience & of course food she’s now my best friend (even after she’s chewed my shoes!!). She’s been with me nearly 3 months now & is just over 6 months old.
    I treat animals the way that i would like to be treated & most of the time i prefer the company of animals to humans!

  • Soraya Aslam commented on June 27, 2013 at 12:38 am

    When people ask why I’m a (lifelong- thanks mum & dad!) vegetarian, my stock reply is ‘I wouldn’t like someone to take my children away from me, abuse them, then brutally murder them, so I won’t do that to some other creature’s children’. My kids are vegetarian and happy to be so! I teach my children to love and respect all animals and to treat them and their space with respect. If we have a spider in the house we carefully take her outside, we take a detour if the ducks on our local towpath are walking with their ducklings, we don’t go to zoos, safari parks or anywhere animals are used for entertainment. I respect animals and teach my children – the next generation- to do the same.

  • Lorraine Gouland commented on June 27, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I am in the Merchant Navy. Many land birds get blown out to sea and try desperately to hitch a lift on a ship. I am there to try and get them to safety. Many racing pigeons have survived to fly again because I’ve raided the cook’s store of pearly barley and lentils and snuck it to my bathroom where I have stashed the bird until we get to land.
    I have fought vets to prevent them euthanasing injured birds and given the birds a home until they died of natural causes (and kept an eye on their quality of life).
    I became a vegetarian for ethical reasons 21 years ago.
    I will rescue any injured or threatened creature. If I don’t know enough about their care, I will learn.
    My sister has a cat of 21 years of age and between us we take on rescue dogs. Currently I am sharing my life (and as I type, my bed) with Eric a two year old rescued Doberman who was days away from being put down. He is an affectionate, gorgeous sod with an attitude problem but we love each other and I will give him the best care that I can because I never ever want him to feel the pain and anguish that he suffered in his early life.
    Whoever wins your books gets my congratulations simply for caring for all life. And those that don’t win get my appreciation for caring anyway.

  • Julie Black commented on June 27, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I have two Hungarian Vizslas at present, Hattie and Misty. Misty I have since a puppy and Hattie was a neurotic re-home, it has taken 3 years for her to finally realise she has a forever home with us, after a lot of let downs in the past!.. I had a dog once in my twenties called Bonzo, alsation cross, I have him up for rehoming when I moved to Germany. I have never forgotten him even though he is running with the Angels now. i was never blessed with children and adore all living creatures and humanity has a responsibility to all of them. Like Rory i adore dogs, i even keep a spare leash with him just in case I see a stray, i have helped 3 this year. but i love all animals and even refuse to tread on a snail rather than crush it! I wish i had the strength to be a Vegan!. But the love i get from my girls is amazing and it doesn’t matter what I look like, what colour I am – they just love ME! And that applies to everyone dog lover or not!

  • Amy Lee commented on June 27, 2013 at 1:35 am

    It was just past 11.30am after I had finished work. I was on my usual route to the bus stop. I got stopped half way by a cat that gave a tiny meow and was walking towards me. I stroked him, then watched him go on his way. However, as I stood there, the cat was walking in circles in the middle of the road. I grew more concern about his safety… he continued to walk around in circles. As I picked him up to put him onto the path, I notice a strong perfume scent on him (he must have just come out of a house I thought). While he was in my arms, his whole body fell heavy and he relaxed into a sleep. By this time my bus had long gone. I decided to take him home with me, especially because he didn’t have a collar on, although you can clearly see the imprint of where he had been wearing one. Luckily that night, I got a lift from my parents.
    The following morning I posted ‘Cat Found’ posters around the area in the hope for the owners to call me. During the two days I looked after him, he did not eat, he did not drink and he did not go to the toilet either. He was riddled with fleas and the flea dirt was so thick, you could barely see his skin. I combed out most of it and tried to drip water into his mouth.
    It broke my heart to see him like this, so I took him to the vets. They took him in for the night to run blood tests and to put him on a drip. They also called the RSPCA to see if they’d help with the bill.
    The next day, I receive a call from them. He had to be put down because he showed no signs of recovery. That happened a couple of months ago and till this day, I have still yet to receive a call from the owners.
    I am an artist who produces work inspired by animals. The underlining idea reflects my lifetime devotion to bringing awareness to animal equality. I hope my work will speak louder than words.

  • catherine heap commented on June 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    i feel i have helped suffering animals throughout my life. such as within my family we have looked many abandoned dogs and cats (not all straight forward) but offering them a life i feel the animal would not of had if we had not wanted it. we loved then the animals (mainly dog and cats) and treat them with the respect they deserve.

  • dog groomer new york commented on June 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    The only thing I wish were different about this book are the title and package, which are so specifically geared toward dogs that I worry cat people and others might feel it’s not for them (as more of a cat person, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I didn’t already admire Freedman and her work). It would be a shame if this ends up limiting the audience because this book shows the reality of how far we all need to go in how we treat animals and also offers amazing resources, tips, and ideas for positive change.

  • Anneka Dalrymple commented on July 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I don’t claim to be a saint, but i do claim to have acknowledged that all living beings are equal. And so i treat every creature with as much care and respect as i do every person. (It is highly possible the respect would be lost on any anti animal morons!).
    When i met April, our white and tabby cat, i thought she was a bit of a flirt. In fact i would probably use the word tart. April ran into the back of the shop i work in three times. Each time i had managed to reconnect her with her owner, who eventually came in and said “She’s escaped again, if you find her, you can have her”. Evidently, the previous owner’s of April did not deserve her love. After much worrying, i was working as usal and spotted a white fluffy creature sucking on a dried up water bowl outside a local shop. The rest, is history. So began a long standing love affair between cat and human friend. I don’t feel i go out of my way for April, i simply think i give her everything she is unable to give herself. As humans we domesticated these creatures, and so, if we have chosen to create this change for that species, the least we should do is provide them with absolutely everything they need. All the extra hugs and kisses? She doesn’t need them no, probably doesn’t even want them most times! But she gets them, every single day. I love my cat, i have never known a love like it. Moving snails off the path, safely escorting moth’s out of the house, moving out of the way of pigeons on the pavement, these are all a given, this is what everyone should do in the same way you dont kick a child out of the way or stand on an old lady who’s just fell over. By doing all these things every day, i feel i do April proud, she is an animal as are the snails, the pigeons, the moth’s, she just happens to be my best friend too.


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