New Year’s Day 2018
I am sitting on my comfy sofa in my warm home enjoying the silence and solitude as family slumbers peacefully in their beddy-byes! The only other person up and about is my kitty cat, Rosie who nudges me occasionally to let me know that her breakfast time is coming up shortly.
My thoughts turn to all animals, both human and non human, who are being exploited and therefore harmed for the sake of human wants, not needs. Our goal of animal liberation often feels so far out of reach for those of us who do not wield the balance of power and who don’t make the decisions in the boardrooms of the nations and the hallowed halls of governments around the world.
There is, however, one huge difference so many of us can make 3 times a day, 365 days a year and that is to leave the flesh and secretions of other species of animals off our plates.
I have great hope for 2018. I believe a universal understanding that we can thrive as a species without exploiting and harming others for human wants, not needs will emerge and spread its fledgling wings of peace to shelter and protect the most vulnerable of species of animals on this earth we all call home. Positive change is already in the air and the wind as more and more examples of the growing interest in plant based and vegan living come to light.
My heart goes out to animals both farmed and wild, whose flesh and secretions are placed on our dinner places as what passes for food, to animals in medical labs, to animals from whom their skin, fur, feathers are torn to make unnecessary furniture coverings,clothing and accessories, to animals who are used in entertainment and hunted and fished and the list goes on…..
I appreciate beyond words the advocacy of all those continuing to fight for animal liberation. I am thankful for the new and personal friends I have made through my activism; I look forward to standing beside you once again in the coming year. Thank you for your stalwart dedication.
Let us reflect for a moment on the wise words of Henry Benson.
We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.
Annie’s Vegan View
Peace to everyone!
I love you all.
May all beings be happy and free.