I guess that it is safe to assume that we all enjoy personal achievement in this life as well as accolades from friends, family and the world at large. And I am no different. But I had a different motive when I created this website for myself and for others of all species, both human and non human. I wanted to be better able to navigate the sometimes murky waters of being vegan in a non vegan world. I wanted to become informed, to ascertain for my myself exactly what I do and do not believe and know to be true. I wanted to answer with some authority the questions, queries, curiosity and often flippant and derisive remarks of people who view my veganism as an affront to their way of life, traditions, wants and perceived pleasures. I wanted to be able to get the word out, to sow seeds of inspiration and to help people understand that paying for these products of cruelty makes them complicit in and responsible for the deaths of billions of animals and trillions of aquatic animals every year. I wanted and still want other species to be free, to live their own lives as they see fit, to raise their children without fear, to love their families and to be respected and honored by humans. To this end, I have become a “somewhat” knowledgeable pebble in the collective shoe of non vegans.
I have been at it for just over two years and I have learned the following:
The right to personal choice can never be used as a justification for the exploitation of other species.
Clarity, not condemnation paves the road to a vegan world.
All vegans are plant based eaters, but not all plant based eaters are vegan.
Veganism is both a means and an end.
If we fast forward to the last year of my journey as a blogger, I am pleased to say that the websites and vegans I have contacted have shown interest and have actually published several of my articles and recipes. Now this is great news for me and for the animals for whom I advocate. I do it for them, even though being recognized does tickle my fancy on some level. I am super pleased that the way I write speaks to some people. I am always hopeful that my views confirm what they already know and give them the courage to carry on in their advocacy and/or present them with a perspective that gives them pause for thought and perhaps some new ideas about how to deepen their resolve. And of course, it goes without saying that changing people’s hearts and minds and saving animals, even if if only one at a time is huge for me. A life saved is a life saved and a heart changed and open to kindness and compassion is a heart changed and open. This is how progress is made.
I would like to share with you the websites and vegans which and who have picked up some of my articles. it is my hope that you will check them out, read them, comment on them and share them widely-not for me and my tickled fancy, but for all the ducks, chickens, turkeys, foxes, chimps, birds, horses, bees, dogs, cats, pigs, badgers, fish…who are relying on us to help them out now and forever, Amen!!!! I will also be giving these featured posts a permanent home on my Home Page Menu. I encourage you to click on the Menu Tab entitled Publications from time to time for an update on new publications. If you have any suggestions for any other publication or website that might be interested in my two cents, by all means, please let me know.
- Saying Goodbye To The Cat Who Changed My Life
- I Was A Hypocrite About How I Treated Animals
- We Choose To Ignore Farm Animal Abuse
- Coconut Rice with Beans and Sausage
- Anne E. McGuigan – Veganuary People Bio
- Shortbread – Recipes
- Mexican Rice – Recipes
I AM A VEGAN: One Movement, Many Voices – M. Butterflies Katz (editor)
On a related note, I do believe that 2016 will see the galvanization of vegans, animal rights advocates and activists working to bring to mainstream media and the world even more attention to our goal of animal freedom.
I encourage everyone to:
Support your fellow activists by sharing and commenting on, where possible, their websites, YouTube Videos, books, published articles, books, Facebook pages and other social media.
If you have a website or blog invite others to contribute articles.
Attend lectures, symposiums, lectures, vigils, marches and Veg Fests sponsored by devoted and dedicated vegans and animal rights activists.
Join those who are chalking, creating advertising campaigns, leafleting and the list goes on.
If you have forged friendships with other vegans in your neck of the woods, invite them to a Vegan Potluck and discuss how to work together to achieve our common goal. Be open to other ideas about how to go about this.
Annie’s Vegan View
Be guided by the knowledge that we all want the same thing.
May all beings be happy and free.