DEFINING MORAL COWARDICE
are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures;
none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them;
and, in short,
I am not ashamed to profess
a deep love for these quiet creatures.”
~Thomas de Quincey
i really have nothing further to add.
The quote below speaks for itself.
No commentary required in any attempt to clarify
a statement of ethical truth.
This is . . .
OUR ETHICAL DUTY
IT IS OUR DUTY
to alleviate suffering wherever it occurs.
Blessings on those
who from places of empathy and compassion,
take immediate action
to protect, defend and lend voice to,
ALL sentient, living beings in need,
without prejudice of species.
WE think, WE dream, WE love, WE hunger, WE feel, WE suffer, WE grieve.
In these capacities,
WE ARE EQUALS
Nonhuman and Human Animals….
The Animal Spirits.
~ Gerean Pflug
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“For the animal shall not be measured by human.
In a world older and more complete than ours,
they move finished and complete,
gifted with extensions of the senses
we have lost or never attained,
living by voices we shall never hear.”
~ Henry Beston
THE GREATEST MAGIC TRICK
“The problem is . . .
that humans have victimized animals
to such a degree
that they aren’t even considered victims.
They aren’t considered at all.
They don’t count.
like T.V. sets and cellphones.
We’ve actually turned animals into innate objects~
sandwiches and shoes.
It is the greatest magic trick ever performed.”
~ Gary Yourofsky
Gary Yourofsky is the founder of
ADAPTT (Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow)
BEFORE HE DID, THE BASTARD MILKED HER
An exerpt from The Philip Wollen Story
“There was no single seminal event, just a gradual realization that I had experienced a paradigm shift in my thinking. There was a time when I used to joke that the only thing that will change a man is if he a) finds religion or b) Has a full frontal lobotomy. Nowadays, I say it is when he discovers his character.
If there ever was a Damascene event in my case, then it would be the time I visited a large industrial conglomerate in the course of my professional work as a merchant banker. I inspected one of their subsidiaries – which turned out to be a slaughterhouse. It was the most terrifying experience of my life and it affected me profoundly. I made the most important decision of my life that morning. To become a vegetarian; to leave my career; and become an advocate for social justice.
But I was not yet a vegan. I didn’t know enough. I thought that dairy was the bucolic, peaceful image of green pastures and crystal streams, rolling hills and the poetry of Wordsworth and Shelley. Little did I know that behind the dairy walls was a cruel industrial juggernaut, a vile gulag of despair.
I discovered that milk was meat in liquid form. During a business trip to India I saw a milkman dragging and whipping a cow. She had been badly injured in an accident with a lorry. To get her to move, he was throwing chili powder in her eyes, and shoving sharp objects in her anus. He had a chain around her neck and forced her to walk with a broken leg and severe injuries to her spine. Beside her walked her scrawny, starving and terrified calf, ribs protruding and her skinny legs trembling. At the slaughterhouse gate, he unchained her. But before he did so, the bastard milked her. If that sight does not change the heart of a man, nothing will. . . . ” ~ Philip Wollen, Kindness Trust
“A shadow is never created in darkness.
It is born of
We can be
blind to it
and blinded by it.
Our shadow asks us to look
at what we don’t want to see.”
~ Terry Tempest Williams
Be brave. Dare to bear witness. Trust your soul.
Fear not the shadow.
will continually purify the shadow
as the shadow is continually faced.
NOTE: Thank you my dear animal rights activist friend, Eddie Mah,
for delivering this inspiration to me ~ G
affect the travelers
Image Credit: The Path, by permission of wyldraven
PHOTO NOTE: The name of the Matador in this photo is unknown.
Some say, the Matador’s posture is not one of sadness, but one of defiance to the bull.
This post ponders the few Matadors who have choosen to walk away.
looks into the eyes
of a sentient, living being,
and sees it’s soul,
stops in the middle of an unfair fight,
walks to a ledge inside the stadium,
hangs his head
and begins to cry.
A number of bullfighters throughout history, after recognizing the sentience of the living being they are torturing, have walked away from bullfighting forever. One such ex-bullfighter, turned animal rights activist was Alvaro Munera, who was quoted:
“And suddenly, I looked at the bull.
He had this innocence
that all animals have in their eyes,
and he looked at me with this pleading.
It was like a cry for justice,
deep down inside of me.
I describe it as being like a prayer –
because if one confesses,
it is hoped, that one is forgiven.
I felt like the worst shit on earth.”
Chiquilín, another repentant bullfighter,
claims to have seen bulls weeping.
He says that he cannot kill even a fly nowadays.
Read excerpts from the Alvaro Munera interview here:
Blessings on those who from a place of empathy and compassion,
take action to protect, defend and lend voice,
to innocent, sentient, living beings,
who cannot speak for themselves.
We feel. We suffer.
And in our suffering . . .
We suffer as equals.
~Gerean Pflug for The Animal Spirits