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
Chickens are handled violently in transport. It’s common for their legs to become trapped and be ripped off when they’re pulled out. (c) United Poultry Concerns
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 in Musings | Tagged: animal rights, livestock, meat, vegan, vegetarian, violence | Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in AR | Tagged: animal rights, cow, dairy, food politics, livestock, meat, milk, peace, vegan, vegetarian, violence | Leave a Comment »
Posted by tinako on August 19, 2014
The movie Cowspiracy has come out. I was so excited to learn that someone was finally asking these questions – why aren’t environmental organizations talking about livestock’s impact on the environment? It’s such a glaring omission. I supported the filmmakers on Indiegogo, so I received my promised DVD a few days ago. You can look up local screenings at their web site.
The film is very well done, and I think it could have a big impact if it is put before local environmental leaders. Two local vegan/AR organizations I’m in are going to co-host a showing. Don’t miss it, and be sure to recommend it to your “environmentalist meat-eater” friends.
Posted in Environment | Tagged: an inconvenient truth, CO2, cow, dairy, environment, film, food politics, gmo, greenhouse gas, livestock, meat, milk, vegan, vegetarian | Leave a Comment »