And the good parenting award goes to...
Day 17 of my Ongoing Protest for animals. (Joined by my pig puppet and a mini pig stuffed animal)
An overwhelming amount of honks, waves and thumbs up as usual! The compassion of people is shining through every day! There are good people out there and they are revealing themselves! You just have to look for them.
Today's Idiot Awards:
So today a dad decided to yell in front of his wife and two elementary school aged children, "I love Bacon, pigs taste good." So I responded with, "Great parenting, teaching your children to be cruel and deaden their compassion is a great way to raise them. That should make you very proud." He seemed caught off guard, fumbled for words and then yelled, "Get off the corner." I'm not sure everyone's opinion on this, but I feel like stupid behavior in front of children should be called out. No wonder we have so many rude people if that is how they are being raised.
Another person was up close and rolled down the window to say he loved bacon, so I put my hand to my ear and said, "Sorry, I don't speak guilty conscience." Again, I don't think they were prepared for this.
But, really not too many idiots today. Mostly supportive people or people staring at my sign and then my pig hand puppet that I had waving and moving to stare at people as they passed by. I'm sure a few people were wondering if it was real. You can see in the picture the two mini pig's that I had with me today. I think it helps having something to draw in the eye and also turn on the heart a little to make the message sink in.
This is how we will change the world.
4 hours of protesting today with one hour I. Williamsburg and 3 outside of the Smithfield Slaughterhouse (day 17). Interesting day... sorry if my live feeds were rough. Still learning and hopefully it'll get better. Have some footage to share later on my real video camera. Huge tumors on pigs, spray paint marked pigs... and just pure sadness seeing those poor pigs going to their death. But such an amazing group of people out there today. And so many people from Farm, Peta, and more. So much compassion. And while I know the police were just following orders, immoral orders to protect murder and abuse should not be followed.
If only we could have protests like this everyday everywhere!
Hooray for School Buses (filled with curious kids)!
Day 18: What a great day of activism. I'm sure that my mind and body meet all or most of the definitions of what it is to be burnt out. But, self-care and backing down are two things I'm terrible at (a fun mix, I assure you). Fortunately, I some how manage to rekindle the flame the instant I reach full burnout. And one thing that keeps me going when my legs don't want to lift my body and my body doesn't want to leave my bed is knowing that the cars driving past Vegan Corner (as I'll call the corner I stand on here in Williamsburg) may have someone with an open heart driving by. And if I can get there, maybe, just maybe it'll spark their passion for fighting for animal rights. And then once I get there, I have a hard time leaving. There is always more cars coming and this means more chances to reach people.
And today I figured out what time the school buses go by filled with kids who are obviously the most open to the truth regarding animals. They aren't filled with as many years of brain washing and still are open to new ideas (or at least more so then most adults). So, it is truly wonderful seeing a whole row of windows filled with kids staring out at my sign and tapping others not looking and pointing in my direction. The world tries so hard to hide the truth from kids until their hearts are too closed off to care. Hopefully some of these kids will take what they saw on my sign and get curious to know the truth.
And the award for dipshit of the day goes to Woman in the SUV Giggling with Her Husband!
I knew she was brewing up something to say as she rolled down her window and her and her husband (clearly in their 50s) giggled and smirked back and forth until the light turned green. And then she let out a very disappointing, "Got Milk?" Really? Got Milk? That was the best they could do? Again, demonstrating just how brainwashed people are, they used the dairy industry catch phrase... So disappointed in them. If you are a carnist and are planning to drive by Vegan Corner, please think up more intelligent or at least clever comments. At least entertain me with your cruel heartedness...
Sharing my experiences at Smithfield with the local police...
Day 19: More friendly visits from the local police.
Today I met Officer Ed. He was very friendly and came over to ask why I had picked the corner that I had. So I pointed out how there is a three way stop and that nearly all the traffic in town has to go through this stop. He quickly agreed and let me share my experiences at Smithfield this weekend with him. And he even took a Gardein coupon with him. So, if he ever has to arrest me, at least I'll know it was being done be decent guy :)
And today my son was out with me. We had the large stuffed pig on the corner and I had my puppet pig waving to people. I don't remember a single negative reaction from today and we managed to catch several school buses filled with kids going by. And there were the usual honks, waves and smiles.
And this is slightly earlier than I had been going out, so hopefully I'm catching a few new people each day. Though, Officer Ed said he'd seen me out there several times. I'm starting to wonder if everyone in Williamsburg is going to recognize me as the dude in the William and Mary hat holding up the protest signs for animals. Hopefully it'll make people feel like they can approach me to ask questions if they have any.