This past Saturday was my second kick at the can (2015 being the first) attending in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, World Day for the End of Speciesim – Journée Mondiale pour la Fin du Spécisme. Both events were successful and somewhat different with participants holding signs, passing out info, engaging interested passersby, showing the film Earthlings, giving heartfelt and informative speeches, offering plant based fare, chalking and generally just being there, one of the most important elements.
This year’s event took the form of a collaboration between Résistance Animale and Mouvement de Libération, two grassroots groups in Montreal who advocate for the end to speciesism and the emancipation of all species trapped in and affected by our various death for profit industries. At latest count, we were 70 strong, with people of all ages showing their support for those for whom we stand united.
I cannot say enough good things about the short and long term benefit of the collaboration of all advocates, activists and vegans. We are one voice, standing with and for the persecuted in what must be described as the only social justice movement in history in which the victims cannot advocate for themselves. I had a feeling, an inkling at the beginning of the year that 2016 would see the galvanizing and solidifying of this movement, as well as a growing awareness and mainstream coverage. There are so many signs of this happening as we speak and this vegan and AR activist could not be happier and more encouraged.
Here is a short list of the oh so good news!
Marc Ching founder of The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation recently reached out to Anita Krajnc of Toronto Pig, Cow and Chicken Saves, offering to attend one their vigils, to bear witness, to learn, to share. It was, without a doubt, a heartfelt and monumental day for AR activism.
Team Vegan is an online Facebook Group which promotes collaborative activism – definitely worth checking out.
Vegan Publishers is not a new face on Facebook, but one which continues to promote vegan writers of books. They and the author, Ren Hurst have hit it out of the park with her compelling book, Riding on the Power of Others. Ren is an accomplished former horse trainer and rider as well as hoof care specialist who shares with us her journey to veganism. We are given an explicit and gut wrenching view of the cruel practices and training required to dominate domesticated horses, who essentially are held in captivity and forced through learned helplessness, to accommodate the wishes and perceived wants of humans. Her informative videos confirm that it is possible to share a symbiotic relationship with other species through mutual respect and the non violent setting of boundaries.
VegFests are cropping up all over the world through the hard work of dedicated vegans and AR activists who seek to include and share the wisdom of experts in the movement. Marcia Katz (Butterflies), who has been a vegan for more than 37 years, took on the daunting task of organizing and executing the South Florida VeganFest, which took place on August 27th, 2016. Reportedly, it was one of the first of its kind in the area and showcased speakers such as Casey Taft of Vegan Publishers and Sarah Woodcock of TAVS.
Anita Kranjc of Toronto Pig Save is garnering much needed international attention and mainstream coverage during her trial, after having been charged with criminal mischief for giving water to pigs in a truck bound for the slaughterhouse.
Absolute Vegan is a fantastic website teeming with ideas for effective advocacy, such as sticky notes and chalking. There are links to articles, websites, speakers, all of whom and which promote veganism and the emancipation of all species through non violent direct action.
Farm Sanctuary helped Indiana-based animal advocate Lynn erect a very effective billboard under an existing Arby’s sign. How cool and collaborative is that?
Toronto Pig Save recently shared widely, a petition created to stop a “Greasy Pig” contest slated to be part of the entertainment at an Ontario Fair. Despite an outcry from supporters of what essentially is child abuse for both the baby pigs and the human children involved, the event was cancelled.
Annie’s Vegan View
When we are humble, we internalize the concept that this social justice movement is about those for whom we advocate, thereby opening the door to collaboration.
Collaborative efforts harness the strengths and talents of individuals whose passion and sense of justice guide their ethics and their daily lives.
Kudos to all my vegan and AR activists who work together to bring about the emancipation of all species currently trapped in and affected by industries which intentionally harm living, sentient beings for profit.
May all beings be happy and free.