Tuesday, 16 June 2009
my heart belongs to the animals and those who love them
i am loving being vegan,i really am.i simply don't miss the food i used to be able to eat,because i can't enjoy them knowing how they were produced.i am beginning to try new recipes and to bake more,eat more vegetables and make more effort with meals.surely this can't be anything but good!i still treat myself;gingernut biscuits,vegan friendly cake,nachos with vegan cheese.
i've finally finished the humongous book that is from dusk til dawn by keith mann,all about his experience with the ALF.this book was the final nail in the dairy/animal by products consuming coffin.i have nothing but admiration for the people that take these actions to help animals from suffering.if you still have the view that the governments and media wants you to have,that the ALF are terrorists who kill people,i urge you to read up on it,because it is simply not true.
saturday gone,when me and sam were having a wander around town we had a nice long chat with the women manning the anti-vivisection stall.as we were chatting about vegan chocolate a man came up and started asking the older lady on the stall why people don't do stalls about children being killed,and what were her views on abortion.he was polite,but quite passive agressive.i think he made us all angry but no-one said a harsh word to him and he moved on.all we concluded was that surely nothing was stopping him having his own stall,promoting his causes and beliefs?he had come out with the same old chestnut of "humans should come before animals".nobody was saying otherwise (whether we believe it or not),but i wanted to say that surely animal abuse was a good start that of course leads to human rights.surely if we care for helpless creatures such as animals,then we are hopefully going to care for our own species?in the time that this man spent in coming over and trying to get the upper hand,he could have spoke to someone on his own stall promoting human rights,if that is what he believes.but the thing is,to me he was showing disrespect for the elderly lady on the stall by saying these things.it wasn't what he said,because it is a valid point,but the way he said it.as if he knew the answer,that this old woman cared more for animals then children.
"Boundless compassion for all living things is the surest and most certain guarantee of pure moral conduct.Whoever is filled with it will assuredly injure no one..."
Arthur Schopenhauer(1788-1860),German philospher
"I am sometimes asked 'Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?'I answer:'I am working at the roots'"
George Angell(1823-1909),Founder of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals