I used to be the same way, so I can’t say I don’t completely understand it, but…
How can a person look at a being, a being with a life, with children, with a heartbeat, a brain, and say to that animal, you have something I want, and because I am bigger and more powerful, and I know how to use a weapon, I am going to take that thing from you? What we are really are saying is, I want soup made from your fins. I want your ivory to make my jewelry. I want every single inch of your being so that I can adorn my feet, and so the skin that used to be on your face, can now be used to hold my money.
When we use ANY animal product, when we abuse any animal who trusts us to be their guardian, when we end a life because we can, then we prove ourselves uncaring, unloving, and cold and cruel. Why do we think we have the right to tear apart families? Why do we feel we have the right to take a mother’s milk which nature intended for their offspring, not ours? Where is it written that animals are here for our convenience? And when they get too old, or too sick, or when we want a steak, it’s okay to take that life, or throw that life away? Literally? Like out of a speeding car?
This is not to say that if a beloved pet is too sick or injured to ever recover, it’s not okay to peacefully end their lives. That would be the more compassionate thing to do, rather than letting them suffer. But how can we take an animal into our homes as a “pet,” and raise that being along with our own human families for years and years, and then, the first time we find them to be “inconvenient,” dump them into the woods somewhere? Or shoot them, or leave them to starve, freeze to death, or fight? That same pet that provided a head on your lap when you were in front of the television, or that pet who slept at the foot of your bed each night, or scared away potential danger, or loved you unconditionally somehow becomes inconvenient? Somehow they no longer deserve to have your guardianship? They have served their “purpose” and are now expendable?
Animals, pets or otherwise, are not food. They are not “things.” They are not punching bags. They are not clothing for our bodies. They were not born on this earth for our use and abuse. Regardless of what your “holy” book may say.
Until each of us makes the commitment to treat ALL non-human beings, all wild, domesticated, sea and factory-farmed animals as we ourselves want to be treated, we’ll never grow any stronger, kinder, or more compassionate as a people. As long as it has a heartbeat, as long as it has a face (regardless of how “unpleasant” we may find that face), that being has a right to find the peace and happiness they need to make their lives complete. Just like we do.
There is really only one choice, choose a life of compassion. Go Vegan.
(Wow, I just saw when I posted this that it is my 400th posting! I wonder what number it would be if I counted all the ones I wasn’t happy with and trashed without posting them? Hmm. Okay, not an impressive feat for those of you who are much more prolific, but still…)
Wow! One of my blogging friends has nominated me for the Liebster Award! This is so completely new to me. I put stuff out there on my site, hoping people will read it, and lives will be changed, but getting nominated for an award for it somewhat validates what I am trying to do. So thank you! This truly means a lot to me.
What is the Liebster Award?
- The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
- Each blogger should answer the questions the tagger has set for them.
- Choose eleven new bloggers to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
- Create eleven new questions for the chosen bloggers.
- Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
- Each blogger should post eleven random facts about themselves.
- No Tag Backs!!
My Random Facts about myself:
- I have four cats, all rescues.
- I have traveled all over Europe.
- I was born in Detroit, but I have lived in (besides Michigan, obviously!), New Hampshire, Kansas, California, Washington, Texas, Mississippi, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
- I wish I had the money and the space to rescue hundreds of animals.
- I want to rescue and save all of the black cats who suffer simply because of their color. And to obliterate such ignorance.
- I come from a family of 10 kids.
- I write.
- I love reading, the movies, and books. And books. And did I mention, I love books?
- I think we continue to grow and evolve our entire lives, and I am SO looking forward to where I am going next.
- I could not be more passionate about saving and rescuing all animals, and ending the stupid, senseless, unnecessary slaughter of ALL animals.
Questions I was asked to answer in the nomination announcement:
- If you could transform into any animal what would it be? An animal cruelty fighting eagle who sees all
- What is your favorite book of all time? A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
- What is your favorite food? Just about any meatless Asian meal
- How will you be celebrating Earth Day this year? Finding a new way to be even kinder to nature
- What is your favorite thing to cook? A big pot of soup
- What is your favorite outdoor activity if money was not a problem? Castle tour of Europe (see my Pinterest page, email@example.com)
- Where is your favorite vacation spot? Europe (that narrows it down, huh?)
- What kind of vacation do you prefer; beach, adventure, spa? Art tours
- What is your least favorite chore around the house? Scooping out the litter box (that’s why I leave it to others)
- What is your favorite holiday and why? Thanksgiving. Well for the extra sleep, of course.
- Do you feel like you make a difference in the world no matter how small? Yes.
I could nominate a lot more…
My Questions for the Nominees to answer (feel free to skip a question if it is too personal):
- When was the last time you rescued or came to the aid of an animal?
- What is your favorite book of all time?
- Are you Vegan, Vegetarian, Carnivore, or other?
- What is your favorite movie of all time?
- What is your favorite meal?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- What is your favorite color?
- How long have you been blogging?
- What do you like most about being a blogger?
- What hobbies do you have besides blogging?
- If you could end factory farms, would you?
We all need to keep writing, and us smaller bloggers need to stick together. Even when we become HUGE!