When family and friends ask me if I ever get tired of spending every waking moment fighting against animal suffering, I wish they'd ask themselves if they will ever get tired of causing it.
Human Privilege vs Moral Obligation
It is our human privilege to not be locked up from the moment we are born until the moment we die. And it is our human privilege to even dream about having any control over our life and our bodies. It is our human privilege to raise our young how we see fit. And we cherish these rights. We have fought and struggled to preserve these rights. We continue to do all in our power to continue this preservation.
Yet, we deny these rights to animals everywhere. It is our human privilege to stand by while this happens. But, it is our moral obligation to stop standing by. It is time for action! Every truck headed to a slaughterhouse is carrying my brothers and sisters. We may not be the same species, but in every way that matters we are the same. We desire life, liberty and pursue our own version of happiness.
Vegan Hero Network
There is a very cool new site where you can learn about animal activists across the globe and one of my favorite activists is feature on there right now. Lola Kay is brilliant at organizing events to promote animal rights and disrupt events that promote harming animals. I often joke I want to be Lola whenI grow up. She is a vegan badass. So, I enjoyed reading her backstory of how she ended up doing what she does for animals. I highly recommend checking out this site and then bookmark it! We need to have our world of activism more connected so that we can all work together by knowing what each other is doing.
This is the latest illustration I'm working on from my book about Anita Krajnc of Toronto Pig Save. Please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/71392459/telling-anitas-story to support this project!
Feeling bullet proof
Day 59 of my animal rights protest.
It is not that I think that a bullet couldn't kill me, but rather as many of us know, there is little this world can do to hurt us more than we already do knowing what we know. And certainly never enough to make us stop. So sticks and stones may break my bones but middle fingers and threats will just make me fight harder.
Thank you to all the people that give me positive reactions. It keeps me smiling through the pain. Victory is assured, we just fight to shorten the ETA of Animal Rights.
I just read that two vegan activists have recently taken their lives. Please know if any of you out there need someone to talk to or to remind you that there is a reason to keep living, I am here. I know what we do is a recipe for depression, alienation and worse. So, we have to be there for each other.
Please, reach out and know that we are in this together.
I feel like I'm living in 1861... And while I will gladly die to defend the civil rights of both human and animal, let us hope that it does not come to that. But, let's make one thing clear once and for all:
Racism = Misogyny = Antisemitism = Speciesism = Injustice
We can not demand justice for one group while denying it to another without being a hypocrite that fights against and yet at the same time supports oppression based on insignificant differences.
And when the dust has settled and there is true justice for all, let us remember:
"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." A. Lincoln
The feeling that hearts and minds are changing is palpable. We can win this fight if we keep getting out there.
Day 57 of my Ongoing Protest For Animals
Leafleting, Conversation with the Police and Protesting
So Paul Crapol suggested we take a break from the corner to do some leafleting in Colonial Williamsburg and on William and Mary's campus. There was definitely an adjustment period. I don't know why, but I find it easier to walk up and talk to people in a grocery store about how animals suffer to make the food they are buying than I do to hand them a pamphlet. I would make a horrible vegan Santa... But we gave out a lot of pamphlets and had the best luck on campus at William and Mary. To get people to take them we tried saying "Happy Veterans Day", or if they had a dog - "You look like an animal lover" or on campus we used "Can we give you a pamphlet about social justice." All seemed to work well under different circumstances.
The delightful person in the picture with me was a girl on campus who was super nice and even apologized for having an ice cream cone. I told her I'd bring her some vegan ice cream for her friends and her to try if she wanted and she seemed like she just might take me up on it. (Lola - this was not my version of a pick up line, I swear) So, I gave her my Art from a Vegan Heart card with my info. It won't be the first time I've bought strangers food to show them that compassion is the way to go.
We also had a nice conversation with a police officer who said he could never go vegan. I said those are the exact words every vegan said before going vegan. He said he was just raised that way growing up around cattle and dairy farms and he couldn't imagine life any other way. I said, "I realize you have a gun, so I'm not trying to piss you off. But you realize that was exactly what slaveholders said about slavery in 1860. He agreed and by the end of the convo he admitted that he knew he should go vegan even if he couldn't. Again, a super nice guy.
After about 2 hours of this, Paul had to attend a conference on campus and I walked to my car and ended up in a conversation with a woman sitting on a bench. (Can't imagine how I ended talking to a stranger about animals - so not me ;) ) Anyway, from our conversation it became clear she was poor. And I know so often I'm told that people in poorer circumstances are just trying to survive. Well, this woman was immediately interested and horrified at what was happening to animals. She vowed to never eat them again. We talked about affordable vegan options (rice, beans, oatmeal, raisins, peas, carrots, etc) and she was so excited and grateful to think she could help animals and also feel better in terms of her health. She was so genuine and friendly. And I as pleased with how easy it was to show that being vegan isn't hard or expensive. People walking by would have thought we were best friends. And she asked me to come to her place of work in a month so she could show me just how much better she was feeling.It was one of those encounters that makes you wish you could have that same type of experience over and over again.
And then I headed over to my corner to get in some time holding my signs for the animals. And I've been trying my best to just smile and ignore the idiots yelling stupid things at me. My friend Chase and I had been messaging about how unproductive it can be to let anger get in the way of advocacy. Plus, I'm sure it will boost the chances that I survive the day if I'm not telling hunters to go f*ck themselves. So, when someone yelled, "You are killing plants." I wanted to yell, "Thank you for sell identifying as a dipshit." But instead I just smiled and waved. And it actually felt good to just ignore their stupidity.
Here is the latest illustration from my upcoming book about Anita Krajnc, the woman who was charged with the crime of giving a thirsty pig water. Please help me get this book into the hands of as many children as possible by going to Telling Anita's Story Kickstarter Page