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.