One of the main things I do in my advocacy for the liberation of nonhuman beings caught in our various industries is to write on this website. Let’s face it folks, I know that this alone will not get the job done. I am simply not that powerful. I often say to the people in my life that I would love to have a magic wand-for urgent matters just like this one. I would never use it for the petty and mundane problems that we face in our daily lives. But there have been times when I wished so fervently that I could wave away the pain and loss someone I love is experiencing. Alas, I have no such wand in my possession, so I must resort to avenues that are real and concrete.
I mentioned in a recent post that I plan become more effective at my advocacy by reading more of what the experts in this field have to say. And I am doing so. I have one book under my belt, which I am planning a re-read to be sure that I understand what I think I understand. But what the heck else can I do? My first choice is to live and work for six months at a Farm Sanctuary, specifically Edgar’s Mission, in Australia. But practically speaking, I have some joint issues that would likely get in the way of this dream and (this is a big and) I could not bear to be away from my grandchildren for that length of time. Just not gonna happen. So, I am searching for a shelter nearby where I could help take care of some of the smaller residents. Haven’t found one yet, but I am confident that I will.
So, back to the writing. It never occurred to me that I could write to TV stations, Radio Stations, Newspapers, Magazines and other such forms of Mainstream Media. But I have this new friend, a vegan advocate like myself, who does just that. Her name is Karen Messier and she is doing much to spread the truth about the violence inherent in denying nonhumans their inalienable right to live their lives according to their own purposes. She gives excellent talks and has organized a great Veg Group in St-Anne de Bellevue, Quebec. If you live in the area, and even if you don’t, I encourage you to contact her through her Facebook Page.
Karen recently wrote a thought provoking article which was featured in the Montreal Gazette, the subject of which is the “meat and dairy industries”. Even after reading it, it didn’t occur to me that I could comment directly, but after Karen pointed out to me that I could, I did. Talk about an Ah-Ha moment!
Two Saturdays ago, I had a message from Karen alerting me to the following:
If you have a moment, check out my Facebook page. CJAD Travel Show has been promoting SeaWorld this morning. Simply gushing about it! You can text the station or call the host (Chris Robinson) of the show.
Now, I had never heard of this show, since I am not a big radio listener or traveler, but I do know lots of bad things about SeaWorld, so, my interest was piqued. I checked out the site and scripted a message about SeaWorld and why supporting it after all the recent mounting evidence against it, is not cool and simply wrong. Once I got going I could not stop. I cited several reasons, with links, to support my view and clicked to send. Here is an excerpt from my comment, which you can find in its entirety in Posts to Page on the Chris Robinson Travel Show Facebook Page.
There is no reason for any human agency to look at conservation and education regarding live beings who would do just fine if left to live freely in their own habitat. SeaWorld is using conservation as a cover for their multiple million dollar business which kidnaps, enslaves, manipulates sentient beings for our viewing pleasure. It is interesting to note that SeaWorld’s attendance and profits have dipped since the release of Blackish.
I am delighted to report that many like minded people shared their disagreement with the show’s complete disregard for all cetaceans whose liberty and quality of life have been snatched from them for our viewing pleasure and for SeaWorld’s bottom line. I encourage you to take a moment to check out all the comments and to add one of your own. Karen calls this armchair advocacy and tells me that it can be very effective. So, bring it on.
Annie’s Vegan View
We have a voice and we can use it to advocate for the liberation of enslaved nonhumans.
We can tap into our deepest values and kindness and compassion in order to find and use that voice.
We are vegan, not because we are kind and compassionate, we are kind and compassionate and therefore are vegan.
May all beings be happy and free.