As my wonderful trip has come to an end, I am starting to reflect on it. Of course, we have seen beautiful landscapes, experienced amazing weather and spent time with wonderful friends and family. All brilliant components of a fantastic summer holiday! This holiday I managed to fit in a lot of activism. Inspiration, knowledge and ideas as well as some action including 2 protests and 1 vigil. This was great for me as I often feel I have plenty of knowledge but putting it in to action is something I struggle with.
This vigil in Vancouver was to bear witness to the chickens that are killed at a local slaughterhouse.
So why bear witness? Why look these animals in the eyes as they are about it be killed?
“When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to her who suffers, and try to help her.”
-Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom
Sadly, there is very little that we are doing to help these creatures but hopefully, at the very least we raise awareness of the suffering of these creatures and help people see what goes on behind the walls by people looking at these images.
The event was combined with a protest informing drivers about what goes on.
Please watch the video below to find out more about the vigil and meet some of the individuals that end up on our plate. (there are a couple of typos which I am very embarrassed about but my computer was not cooperating. Re-rendering is not an option!) Also, sorry the audio at the beginning is not great. The trucks were so loud!
If this moves you and you want to take action, not contribute to the suffering of these animals, get in touch.
I had, what I call, my awakening thanks to Brighde Reed. I never felt good about eating meat, but I continued to do so because "it's part of the natural food chain", or "we need protein"... things so ingrained in many of our heads since childhood. A few inquisitive questions to Brighde, quite simply, changed everything. She helped me see that we humans can actually live a healthier life on a plant based diet. I had no more excuses. What made changing my ways so easy, though, was how Brighde opened my eyes to the fact that a Vegan diet isn't so much about the things you can't eat, but more about the things you can! I've never had so much fun in the kitchen, making and creating things I thought I'd have to give up, impressing people with delicious food that's, *gasp*... vegan!