As I was thinking of a title for this post, I simply looked at the photo. I could have chosen Wild Turkeys but more appropriate was ‘Free’ Turkeys. I’m sure there are those who thought the post was about free turkeys to eat. Turkeys in their nonliving and non-feathered state. On the contrary, it’s about freedom. Being free to live!
We are almost two months away from Thanksgiving. We look forward to family and friends, being thankful and for…..food! When I became Vegetarian one might say I went cold ‘turkey’. Except that for several years afterward, I would eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Tradition and taste was a hard thing to give up! But the year came when I finally saw the living bird as wanting to live! I stopped excluding the turkey from deserving to live it’s life as all other animals deserved. There comes a day when one sees not life on their plate, but death. And it’s not happy, nor joyful, nor thankful. The turkey’s in the photo are getting their nutrients from the green living grass and plants. Plants are nutritious! Vegetation doesn’t cry out to us if cut or eaten, but an animal will. There is a vast difference there.
With Thanksgiving around the bend, let’s take a little time to comprehend life and how precious it is to all who have it. Shouldn’t animals have the right to be happy? For those who say “okay, I don’t want to eat precious birds any longer at Thanksgiving, but what do I do?” You have options: Health food stores sell a bean based food called Tofurkey! Look it up. You can try a nice homemade veggie loaf. They are usually bean based. Grape Nuts Roast is another alternative. I’ll include the recipe below. In the meantime, if you’re struggling between meat eating versus becoming Vegetarian or Vegan, please know this: even cutting back on eating animals will help to save them. It may not have saved the ones you ate, but it helps to save the ones you haven’t. Take it a step at a time and it gets easier with each step you take. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may our meal consist of kind food.
Pluck a berry from a bush or an ear of corn from the stalk. You will hear no complaint, no cries of pain. The tree, bush or plant are stationary in the ground. On the other hand, to eat an animal one must first catch him or her. For if they know your plan they will run for their life! And if caught and struck with a blow or with a killing instrument…they will cry in pain. Yes, there certainly IS a difference in our food choices.
No matter the food choices of others, these innocent animals will be defended by me as best as I can. Although people may know they are eating meat, some are symbolically eating with blinders on…..not understanding they are eating a being that was killed. For if a child was never introduced to meat, he or she may become bewildered that a person would eat a beings’ BODY! Perhaps go as far as to think of their own body. A child accustomed to gardening may understand that food to them has mud, not blood.
Animals need our love and they need our help. I have been Vegetarian for sixteen years and a part-time Vegan. People transition in their own time. I educate and make people aware of the plights of animals on factory farms. I suppose one could say that I take people’s blinders off. Surely it’s better to see your food than to eat in the dark! Please treat animals kindly. Defend them all. Go beyond loving and defending the pets at home. For an animal is an animal, no matter the color, or size or shape. Kindness does the heart and conscience good.
If you would like to know more about factory farming without the gore, check out this video in cartoon form. Please be part of the solution to factory farming. Please eat conscientiously. What a blessing to both your health and animals lives by doing so.
People don’t want to look at the similarities between people and animals. They want to look at the differences.
There was a time in my life when I ate animals. I asked my Aunt one day why she was Vegetarian and she said it was those big brown eyes of the cows. She saw the connection, the similarity. She knew they had feelings and that the spark of life that was in her was in them as well. She knew they felt fear and pain and sadness. She knew they were innocent. To her they were like a friend. How could she hurt a friend, much less kill a friend?!
When we look into the eyes of our pets, think about a cow or a pig or a chicken. Love those eyes as much as your pet. See the feelings and similarities behind the eyes.
Children love animals, but are brought up to eat them. They are taught the differences and not the similarities. The children though are innocent. And the animals too are innocent. As I worded it in a previous post, “when is it no longer innocent to eat the innocent?”
So the ‘eyes’ have it! Let’s not quench the spark of life, whether person or animal. For all those who have this spark of life….it is a most precious treasure to each one.
I am busy today learning my script for upcoming presentations for the Factory Farm Awareness Coalition. In the meantime I want to post a very simple quote and photo. Please have a heart for ALL animals. They need us. Erase the dividing line and see them equally. We can live without eating, wearing or using them for testing. The results will be a healthy body and good conscience. Live a life of kindness.
It is illogical to protect some animals and yet eat others. Cut the line that divides them. An animal is an animal. They ought to be able to enjoy life like any other creature or person given life. People can do a tremendous good and save many, many of these animals by simply eating less meat. Consider the good that our health and conscience would feel just by doing so. It’s worth a try for everyone involved: the person and the animal. They are precious and we can all help them. Try….
Google ‘Factory Farms’ for some sad education on what life is like for the precious innocent animals there. It’s time that change comes to them. The animals on factory farms is the new face of slavery. In time, it too will be abolished, by the brave and by the sheer number of those of us opposing it.
Photo: Charlie Neuman / San Diego Tribune
How about some GOOD news! These types of real life stories keep my heart hopeful! 😀 Read the full story by clicking the link below.
Would you mind please and take less than two minutes to watch the video footage below of pigs at a factory farm? It doesn’t show any killing whatsoever. I believe it is appropriate even for a child of middle school age. Research has said that pigs are smarter than even dogs. They are very social. Because of this, they do not do well confined. In factory farms they are ‘always’ confined in cages with no room to even turn around. They never see the sky nor grass. They don’t leave the shed where they are kept. The results of being confined drives them mad. That is the reason when they are born on the factory farm, workers cut out their teeth, tails, and testicles to keep them from hurting each other through the cages. And still they go mad. It breaks my heart.
So I ask that you watch the video and ask “what if it was me in there?” All they want is….out. It’s pitifully sad. Please don’t support factory farms. Eating less meat means producing less animals in these kinds of conditions. Going meatless on Mondays is a great way to start.
My heart is inspired. It does my heart good to know that there are others out in our world fighting for animals. Sometimes I get depressed and feel despair to think of all the precious animals killed to eat or abused or chained. So much sadness, madness and cruelty.
But we are making headway! I don’t have statistics but I have a theory. When more and more people come together because they are outraged and those people make others aware of the outrage, then the movement grows, people and government listens and change happens. And change IS happening.
I wish more people would think about this question: “Just because one is used to eating animals, or just because the inside of the animal taste good, does that make it right to kill it and eat it?”
Children care. Most children don’t get a choice of what they eat. They eat the food placed before them. They get ‘used’ to eating meat, disassociating it from the living, loving animal who had feelings. The innocent child eating the innocent animal. One must ask themselves: “When is it no longer innocent to eat the innocent?”
It is not that this animal’s life is worth more or less than that animal’s life. It’s that life IN GENERAL is a gift to ALL who have life. There is no difference.
Let’s do a right thing. A thing that will make us happy and make animals happy. Let’s get them out of cages, off of chains, out of laboratories, out of factories that kill and abuse them, and away from abusers. How? Fight for them, speak up for them, sign petitions for them, do not eat them…….care for them and love them. Please oh please, love them!