Holy smokes! This is my second Easter as a blogger for all of our furry, and not so furry friends caught in all of our death for profit industries. And yes, all of these industries cause the death of the individual, whether it be for egg or dairy or flesh or honey, for farmed and wild fur, for wool, silk and leather, for vivisection and even for entertainment and sport.
One might think that the beings used for entertainment are not slated for death in order for their en-slavers to profit monetarily. I would argue this is not the case. These animals are living a kind of daily death, deprived of their natural habitat and families, often forced to perform tricks for our amusement and to give birth while being gawked at by humans. Some are killed because they do not fit the breeding profile of the facility at which they are held captive. And in the end they all die, never having been able to express their natural behaviors, personalities and raison d’etre on this earth. In my book, this is all pretty cruel, unbelievably sad and totally unnecessary.
But hey, Easter is supposed to be a happy time, a time of rebirth and renewal with lambs frolicking, chicks peeping, bunnies hopping, goats jumping and piglets oinking. We get out the pastel colors, the tulips and daffodils, the chocolate and we celebrate. We regale our children with stories of the Easter Bunny and help them decorate Easter eggs. We buy chocolate and goodies for their baskets and laugh with delight when they wake up in the morning to search for their hidden treasures.
When I was a little girl, before the time of electricity and the phone (LOL!), my mother would buy me a straw Easter bonnet and purse and I would wear them proudly and excitedly. Of course my mom is gone now, but I am fortunate enough to revisit my childhood excitement through the eyes of my grandchildren, especially my eldest granddaughter, who loves and revels in all celebrations.
For this reason, I am very happy to have found an American internet site that sells all things vegan. To my delight, Vegan Essentials has a grand selection of cruelty free and vegan Easter treats . I ordered up some of these treats and thankfully, the package arrived yesterday. No need to go scrambling around at retail stores for candy that does not contain any obvious and not so obvious by products of the nonhuman animal flesh and secretions as food industries. A word to the wise – watch out for shellac, sometimes gelatin, natural flavors, and mono and diglycerides , to name several of the worst offenders. These are usually not plant based ingredients.
And what about those frolicking babies? Here are some of them when they live in the best possible world-that of the farmed animal sanctuary.
But what about the not so lucky ones – those who are earmarked, literally, for enslavement and death for the sake of their entertainment value, their skin and wool, their flesh and secretions?
They might wind up in a petting zoo only to be slaughtered later for someone’s dinner.
Their story will most undoubtedly not have a happy ending.
Annie’s Vegan View
Dyeing beings for special occasions, or just because, is not cool.
Pictures of frolicking lambs marked for slaughter are not cool.
Stealing babies from their mothers is not cool.
Celebrating rebirth by enslaving and/or murdering and consuming the flesh and secretions of any being is not cool.
We can do better.
Celebrate with love, kindness and compassion for all.
Happy Easter to all.
May all beings be happy and free.