Posted by tinako on October 14, 2015
Posted by tinako on June 1, 2015
The woman in line in front of me was buying a baby chick.
He was dead of course.
And his little mutilated body was displayed in a clear plastic casket.
I could have turned away.
But I felt that to do so would have been one more insult to the short life of this creature.
I had a chance to be the only one to meet him who had ever had a kind thought for him.
And so I stayed with him as he rode the conveyor belt.
And I thought about what his life must have been like.
Only six weeks old, he still had the peeps of a chick when he was sent to slaughter along with everyone he had ever known.
I’m so sorry, I said to him, and I cried.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. – Jiddu Krishnamurti
I’m grateful to the person whose car I was behind on the way home. Her hatchback plastered with defiant vegan stickers, I bet “CHICKIDEE” would have understood.
Posted by tinako on March 6, 2015
I think this book excerpt from The N.Y. Times, “On Smushing Bugs,” is just beautiful.
I love his wording – a “karmic broken-window theory,” “the oubliette of the vacuum bag,” and his natural compassion tested by “the tiny black turd in my mug.”
I love the picture; this man is about to kill, but he is looking, peeking even though it is painful, and he sees. He sees an anthropomorphic cartoon ant, but… more metaphorically, he sees himself in the ant, as the Buddha said:
All beings tremble before violence.
All love life.
All fear death.
See yourself in others.
Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?
But mostly I love his humility, his questioning, his looking deeply into himself, looking for the truth no matter where it takes him, even to a cliff or dead end of choices he doesn’t want to make.
This isn’t a how-to essay, and claims only to ask questions, not answer them, so he doesn’t mention that prevention adds a choice between re-washing all your dishes every day or pulling on your executioner’s hood.
I must admit to mixed results with prevention. But maybe we don’t need all the answers right away. Maybe looking, within and without, is the path to figuring out how we want to be in the world.
Posted by tinako on March 5, 2015
I don’t usually just repost news stories, but this one is so close to my heart and so exciting I just have to share:
Mr. Feld says they’re reacting to the changing public mood. Thank you to everyone who told him what you think of Ringling’s use of elephants.
Posted by tinako on March 2, 2015
I’m in the local AR group Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate N.Y. We just re-launched our website, arauny.org, with a schedule of local writers contributing to our blog a few times a week.
Check it out and subscribe by email or social media for updates.