I wasn’t sure that I would have the time to write two posts before Xmas, but with one just published, here I sit, in front of my computer, thinking about my final thoughts of 2014. It is true, nearly a year has gone by since I first published, on my fledgling blog, my dialogues about vegan life. I am having a website Veganniversary of sorts, even though I am not sure how significant this is.
So many devoted advocates for nonhuman beings have been at this for years. I admire them all. Even though their approaches are varied, their goal is the same – nonhuman animal liberation from enslavement, fear, torture, misuse, manipulation, isolation from their families and murder. These are harsh words and I gulp as I write them, but everything I have learned over the past year bears out their truth. I am only bearing witness to the facts. I have not seen, firsthand, what others document. I am not on the front lines, but I believe what I see, watch and read in photos, videos, movies, articles and impassioned speeches.
I have met some new friends, who are vegan like me, and who believe in a vegan world filled with kindness and compassion. It is uplifting and encouraging to know that there is an active and kind advocacy going on in my neck of the woods. Thanks to Cindy, Jimmy, Lily, Mélanie and Karen. And thank you to my family who support me in this endeavor. I am sending out a special thank you to my daughter who started me on this path of discovery and enlightenment. And who could forget my grandchildren who inspire me daily to be my very best?
I have learned much and I have cried many tears for mothers separated from their babies, for bulls and horses callously used for entertainment, for dolphins hunted, captured or murdered in Taiji, for elephants beaten and deprived of food in circuses, for fowl crammed by the tens of thousands in sheds, for foxes and mink imprisoned in rows of wire cages for the sake of their fur.
And I have learned about hope. The hope that things are changing. The hope that people are dusting off their kindness and compassion, that they are no longer looking away, that they are saying no to the enslavement of nonhuman beings for our wants, not needs.
I would like to share with you some of my views of veganism, kindness and compassion and I invite you, most earnestly, to join me on the right side of this socially accepted wrong.
Clarity, not condemnation paves the way to a vegan world.
Indoctrination begins at birth and is a process by which we learn and absorb our culture and its rules.
All vegans are plant based eaters, but not all plant based eaters are vegan.
Choosing to be vegan is a choice that is really a need.
Once we know the truth, we must not turn away.
While standing alone with your conviction, remember to celebrate if you are joined by even one other voice. Two voices speaking in unison is one hundred percent stronger than one.
The problem is not the abuse, as heinous as it is. The problem is our callous use of nonhumans for our wants, not needs.
“Saving even one life may not seem to mean very much, but it means everything to the being whose life is saved.” Norm Phelps
Until there are no more dogs or cats out there needing a good home, I will continue to live side by side with my nonhuman animal companions.
Life affirming actions like choosing kindness and compassion are never lost.
Protecting the integrity of the definition of being vegan will help people to choose veganism for the sake of the nonhuman animals and the suffering they endure at our hands.
Veganism is not about us or for us even though it does benefit us.
Annie’s Vegan View
To my readers, and Friends on Facebook and Twitter, thank you for listening, for commenting and for sharing your views.
Most importantly, please accept my heartfelt thanks for your advocacy on behalf of the victims of our choices.
Happy Holiday and see you in the New Year!
May all beings be happy and free.