So, I did to go to the Nonhuman Animal Rights Demonstration in Old Montreal. I made my way there on my own. I was hoping to have some company, but hopefully, next time.
My trusty GPS lady guided me (did I tell you that I am directionally challenged?) without any mix-ups. I always laugh at her funny pronunciation of our French Street names. Sometimes I have to see the street name itself before I can understand what the heck she is trying to say-like Hotel de Ville, for instance. I knew I was at the right place when I passed in front of the demonstration while looking for a parking spot. I parked the car, paid for the parking and headed up the hill toward the sound of chanting through a mega phone.
The demonstrators were lined up on the top of Notre Dame facing Place Jacques Cartier. There was a square behind them where many people milled about, sometimes watching, sometimes chatting with their confreres and sometimes joining in the chanting. When I crossed the street to watch the front of the demonstration, I could see people wandering up Place Jacques Cartier with coffee and treats in their hands, pushing strollers, holding hands, looking about. Many stopped to take a look, to pause to listen and then to stroll on by. Cars would honk occasionally as they drove by-honks of support, I presume. People would cheer and clap in response.There was always one police cruiser or two, changing position on the street, but not interfering. No one seemed bothered by their presence. As I sat and listened, I jotted down some of the points these passionate people were making.
Animals are not objects.
Animals have feelings.
Animals have rights.
Animals have beating hearts.
Animals are living beings.
We are demonstrating to raise human consciousness.
Under Quebec law, animals are considered to be furniture.
We want legal status for animals.
We want puppy mills to close.
We would like you to sign our petition.
We appeal to M. Couillard to make this the first order of business in the new government.
VEGAN GRAMMIE ANNIE’S VEGAN VIEW
Raising awareness is such a key step in changing social injustice. I think that peaceful demonstrations, such as the one I attended yesterday, can help awaken people to the compassion in their hearts.
This awakening can lead to making different choices in how we live, how we eat, how we view all nonhuman animals. If we all do what we can do, we will become part of a wave of change that benefits all beings on this earth, the place we call home.