(a poem by Ryan Phillips)
I struggle out of bed each day, but I know I have no choice
Endlessly they scream for us. Rise up and be their voice!
Their torment never ends (at least until the day they die).
There's no way to block it out, just to help us to get by.
This knowledge that we have's not a burden one should bear.
While the world goes its merry way remaining willfully unaware.
But even if we had the choice and could erase it from our mind
Not one of us would choose that path, for we've left that road behind
We have accepted that the road ahead's a dark, lonely place to be.
But if I were in their place instead, I know they'd fight for me.
You Say That You Love Animals?
(a poem by Ryan Phillips)
You say that you love animals, you say you’re against abuse.
You donate to save the elephants and support the dog rescues.
But you walk into the grocery store and with your money buy
The body parts of cows and pigs that you have caused to die.
You say that you love animals, while you buy your chicken dinner
If they gave awards for bullshit lies, you’d surely be a winner.
For when I say I love animals, I boycott dairy, eggs, and meat.
I will not compromise my moral stance every time that I must eat.
So when you say you love animals, I’m not sure we see eye to eye.
Because your funding of all of their abuse suggests your love’s a lie.
It is in our power to severely influence how soon the world will go vegan. It will be based on the dedication, diligence, and sacrifices that we are willing to make in the pursuit of this noblest of causes. The only weakness of the vegan cause is that those most directly affected by the violence are unable to truly fight back. They do not speak our languages and cannot give speeches, write essays or stand-up to their oppressors through rebellion (aside from the occasional escape). It is a social justice movement based on empathy and a love of justice by humans with no financial, political or other benefit to those who fight in this struggle for animal rights. We do what is right because it is right. We fight for unnamed billions who we will never know and that will never know us. And yet, we fight with a dedication that would rival the passions held by any historical social justice movement. And, I believe that this stems from asking ourselves one central question, "Were it me, what would I have them do to free me were our positions reversed?" The mother pig in the gestation crate, the hen cramped so tightly she can't move her wings, the mother cow screaming out for her baby as he is dragged away, and the fish gasping for oxygen after being pulled from the ocean.... we put ourselves into their position and ask, what would I have others do for me if I were in their place.
This is why fight. This is why we cannot fail. And this is why we must push ourselves to be better and more effective everyday.
We will win! And that day is coming soon. Ecrasez l'infame!
Click here to hear me interviewed by Jasmin Singer on this week's episode of Our Hen House. And also a great interview with the makes of Cowspiracy and What the Health!