Protest Day 16: DEAR CARNIVORES, YOU CANNOT BREAK MY SPIRIT, TOO MUCH POSITIVE ENERGY COMING FROM OTHERS!
So my day started with the man yelling rude things about loving bacon, eating pigs and such. So I held up my phone as if I were taking a video (which fortunately I do have an image of this guy should I go missing ;) ) So, he pulled into the nearby parking lot and this huge guy came charging at me shouting that he was going to take my phone, hurt me or call the police if I didn't delete the video. Stupid me, I just stood my ground and said I can take video in public but that I wasn't sure I even took a video. He just kept shouting about how dare I video his son. This is a grown man who thinks it is good parenting to shout cruel things to get a laugh. Eventually he wandered off as I walked after him joking I needed to get a photo of him for the police... The police did come but just drove off without talking to me.
But I did find out that it is apparently illegal to use my megaphone unless I'm doing it for religious reasons. Talk about discrimination (which I apparently spell wrong when taking video :( ). I will be looking into this. But, right now having my signs out there is my primary goal. I had my stuffed animals bracing signs (sort of like letting animals speak for themselves), and used trees and posts. What I lack in numbers I make up for in resourcefulness.
I had one man tell me to move to Venezuela... not sure why. Anyone who yelled at me, I tried to explain how sorry I am that caring about animals and standing against unnecessary suffering made them uneasy. One numskull showed me his muscles and made some comment about protein. When I told him about the strongest man being vegan he did what meat eaters love to do. He denied the facts. Because for them, if they deny it... it isn't true. I assured him we needed less muscle and more compassion in this world.
But again, the positive energy flowing my way was amazing. So many thumbs up. And to correct a stereotype regarding age, it is usually men and women over 50 that I get the most positive responses from. The bulk of the thumbs up come from retirement aged women. So, never for a second doubt that every person out there is worth trying to reach.
And several people would stop at the turn lane to talk to me. I was holding my dairy sign and so I would quickly sum up the misery of being a dairy cow or a calf born into that system. So many people seemed deeply moved by what I was telling them. And when people were going across the cross walk I would quickly share a fact or two with them as well. I try to be cheerful and pleasant so they leave not feeling negative feelings towards my message, but obviously the message is not one of sunshine and rainbows.
One girl going by said, I work on a dairy farm. She was clearly a W&M student. I joked, "Ah, the devil herself on my corner... be gone devil." Fortunately, her cold black heart that is immune to animal suffering had a sense of humor and she laughed (awkwardly... but laughed nonetheless).
And I'm pretty sure I'm on SnapChat saying 'Stop eating animals because they have to suffer to end up there.' I think this same guy does it each time he goes by... says say something to the camera.
THE HIGHLIGHT of the day was another person, this time a woman, pulled into the parking lot to thank me for being out there. She said she had to turn around and come back because she was so glad to see me out their doing this and wanted to thank me for her and the animals. People have no idea how inspiring it is knowing it touched someone so much that they went out of their way to thank you.
And now, after 3 hours in the sun I'm ready to not move for a while. But I can't describe how much better I feel after getting out there and speaking for the animals instead of just being angry at mankind. It really feels like I'm helping to spark thought in people's head. And no amount of taunting, anger or even harassment will keep me from continuing to speak for animals.