I did it for the animals that go moo, cluck, bahh
People look at dogs and cats and respond with an “awwwww.” Kinda like they do with babies. Sweet, innocent, helpless. They treat their domestic animals as family members, as they should. They are cute. Cudley. Smart. Loyal. People love their pets.
But why are farm animals treated with any less dignity, love, and respect then domestic animals? They are sweet, innocent, loving, loyal. Factory farms don’t treat animals as living, breathing, feeling beings. These poor animals are treated in such horrific and inhumane ways, it is hard for me to comprehend. It is as if they don’t even have a beating heart.
Why a dog, a cow or chicken are treated differently, is not understood by me and never will be understood by me. Pigs have higher intelligence than dogs. Cows are innately loyal to their other farm animal friends. According to Farm Sanctuary, goats are little pranksters, chickens and turkeys are inquisitive and always exploring, pigs are the brains of the operation, and cattle are the farm’s deeply social and most contemplative residents. Cows interact with one another in complex ways, forming collaborative relationships (for example, they form “grooming partnerships,” just like chimpanzees), learning from one another, and making decisions based on altruism and compassion. How are they so different than our domestic friends? The only difference is that one ends up on the plate of meat-eating humans while the other gets loved and respected (hopefully) by humans.
Last weekend, here in New York, Farm Sanctuary held their annual “Walk For Farm Animals,” and we were delighted to participate in it. We had so much fun. Jane Velez-Mitchell (my beautiful and compassionate girlfriend) led the march and spoke out about veganism and its positive impact on animals, health, and the planet. Gene Baur, the founder of Farm Sanctuary, spoke as well, lifting spirits with his views on a changing world, the environment, and a better future for all sentient beings. Hundreds of people showed up for the event, raising $52,469.98 to help abused and neglected farm animals.
Overall it was a successful event filled with laughter and the spirit of compassion.
Here are some photos from the fun-filled event.
I am totally with you on this. In two weeks I mark my first anniversary as a vegan. I guess in the past I could put out of my mind what I was eating, but I just can’t do that anymore and quite frankly, wouldn’t want to.
That is so great John! Congrats on your veganism journey and hitting 1 year! It is such a fabulous journey. laying my head on the pillow at night, knowing no animal was killed or harmed for my survival that day, gives me at least some peace of mind. Good luck with your journey, and thank you for your compassion!
This is amazing… I wish I could have been there for this event! I will never understand how we could treat one set of beings so kindly and then think it is no big deal to abuse, exploit, and kill others. Would you you harm your cat? No? Then why a pig?!?! Ahhh… thank you so much for your post. It kinda got me worked up first thing in the morning, but hey… I hope it has the same effect on others!! ❤
Id love to learn more about your group.
I became sober in the last year and have been coming to terms with all my dualities. One of the main being my love of animals yet consumption of meat. Hearing about people taking a stand against farm animal abuse has finally given me the necessary push towards a meat free existence. Thank you and keep up the good fight!
Thank you so much for your comment. Read one of my blog posts from a little back. You can find it here: http://soberveganlesbian.com/2014/06/19/how-sobriety-led-me-to-veganism/
It talks about how sobriety helped lead me to veganism. Congrats on your journey….it is a way better life. Soberiety and veganism have brought me a lot of serenity. I wish the same for you! 🙂
Donna, your blog is so incredible! You are so confident and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your compassionate and positive adventures with the world 🙂 I am sharing this with my friends and will be back for more!
Thank you so much for your kind words! Its people like you and comments like yours that keep me inspired to blog 🙂
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Donna I love your blog. Wish there was more like yours.I also don’t eat animals. First and foremost eating corpses is disgusting. I am a dog groomer and can’t really understand why people can dearly love some and happily eat others. Please keep being their voice. Thank you. xoxo
Thanks so much Maria!