Wow I haven’t been on here in a little while. I have had some lovely comments coming through which has lured me back to an embarrassingly slow computer. So thank you J
July has been a busy month for me. I have applied to enrol on an Animal Management course, which speaks to every fibre of my being. It would make me so happy to work with animals everyday – as heartbreaking as it will be at times. But I like the feeling of being proactive about my passion, so this is another way in which to do so. I could so easily see myself living on a piece of land, in a caravan, with many animal companions around me – all rescued – and all fiercely loved by myself.
Talking of sanctuaries, last weekend I visited the vegan run sanctuary again for their fundraising weekend. It was a fantastic experience and was amazing being around so many vegans and all the lovely babes. I got to feed a pair of beautiful piglets – so much squealing! Hungry little girls! I also fell in love with an ex-battery hen who sat on my lap for a good half hour, as I stroked her and sang to her. She had been there a few months and came in bald ... but now has new feathers growing back! Like little teeny paintbrushes on her back. They’re such gorgeous birds. I have been examining the garden to try and decipher whether or not it can accommodate some ex battery hens but it doesn’t look good .... *hopes for the patch of land dream to materialise*.
I had hoped, secretly, deep down, perhaps, to maybe find a vegan prince there but alas, that dream continues as well. Slim pickings out there! Slim pickings... I have my Rosie though – who is curled up next to me as I type, purring away. What is life without animals?
I did have a little drama whilst I was on my little weekend away at the sanctuary. It was a camping affair so I was conserving my phone and pretty much shut myself off from the rest of the world for the weekend. Why would I let myself deal with normality when I can run about (flip flop about..) with free running lambs, a deer and other gorgeous ones? However, I did receive a text, after a couple of vegan ciders, and a friend’s wedding I am to attend is looming. And there was a problem catering for me...In the end it got sorted but it got me thinking how far my line is. What would I be willing to compromise for my beliefs? Would I take a packed lunch all the way across the country whilst everyone else gets to eat a lovely dinner? Or would I simply refuse? Would it be a test of the friendship to understand that my diet is so much MORE than just that and is a way of life? An integral part of my being? It transpired I wasn’t to be forced to realistically considering these ideas, but it is and can be a huge deal. Look back to my post about omni-vegan relationships. Whilst not the sole reason for its break up, it was a contributing factor, in that I cannot see myself with a meat eater. I live in a vegetarian household and refuse to purchase eggs, milk and cheese when doing a shop for my mum. I just cannot bring myself to. All I see in the cheese is a calf without its mother, with milk is a mother screaming for her baby, with eggs – the conveyor belt of death for all the unwanted male chicks. Maybe I am being too righteous? But I refuse now to do anything that makes me feel uncomfortable or that doesn’t sit right within myself as far as I have control. Although I must give my mum credit as she now makes a conscious effort to buy non tested products and is embracing vegan cheese. It’s these little acts that I truly respect and I felt my heart swell a little for her consideration.
It’s hard not to become consumed by it all. For the simple fact that these are LIVES of creatures that are MURDERED daily. In horrific volumes. How can a person expect a vegan to not become angry at this horror?? To be passive about it? No. Apathy is a disease of the world. Compassion is a rarity. Compassion that extends to animals especially. It’s not that I don’t care about the human cause, but rather I feel that we seem to hold ourselves in such high regard that we really ought to be able to sort our stuff out on our own. The animals? They are the true innocents and mistreated beyond belief, and haven’t the capacity to voice in a way that ignorant humans will even listen to. They ignore the screams and the cries. So activists fight for those who cannot. For the animals that are electrocuted, kicked, punched, hung upside down. Whose throats are slit in front of each other. Whose last moments are taken away so that humans can eat their remains. I don’t know how many different ways I can express how truly wrong this is. It’s simply murder! So yeah... I will put my beliefs before most. I will not betray those whose souls I hope are at peace and away from this hellish world. A voice for the voiceless. Always.