One of the best parts of Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise is making new friends & meeting your plant-based heroes! 🤗🌱✨Pictured here is @highcarbhannah with @genebaur from @farmsanctuary. Photo by @highcarbhannah.
Derby's AV Family (featuring @earthlinged). ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our next demonstration will be taking place this Saturday (24th Feb). If you don't live near Derby but would like to get involved with this incredible form of activism, visit www.cubeoftruth.com to find your local cube! 💚
Self care for activists... Sometimes it’s 🦄 and 🌈. It’s a bit glamorous or fun, like getting a massage, going for a walk, doing yoga, reading a book, or watching trashy reality TV.
But sometimes self care is 💩. Realising that we’re not dealing with anger properly. Realising that we’re avoiding difficult conversations because we’re afraid. Realising that we keep ourselves unimaginably busy so we don’t have to think about our problems.
Dealing with the crap is self care, too. It’s not fun or glamorous, but it’s still necessary.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” — Fred Rogers
What a pleasure it was to meet the Vegan Activists of Barcelona! 💕✌🏽 Give these inspirational souls a follow! They’re changing the world doing amazing things for the voiceless 🙏🏽💕
Thank you again to @the.vegabond for putting us in touch
They will never cease to amaze me. 😐
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Because the dairy industry can’t debate the horrific facts of what happens to dairy cows, they’ve now had to resort to emotional blackmail, literally using the cows they exploit as props in their aim to manipulate people into buying dairy. “If you don’t buy our products, we’ll kill our cows.”
The sad reality is, this dairy farmer makes a living off sending young, healthy, beautiful dairy cows to the slaughterhouse. The entire industry profits off the needless exploitation and death of these animals and from the moment these cows were born into this world, this farmer had already decided they would one day end up at the slaughterhouse.
As vegans we want animals to no longer be bred into these industries, meaning they would never have to endure the fate of being exploited and needlessly murdered. Animal agriculture works on a system of supply and demand and the reality is, farmers won’t breed animals into existence if they can’t profit from them, which means that as the world continues to gradually go vegan, less and less animals will be bred into production. Ultimately this means that we will never end up in a situation where millions of cows need looking after or sending to their deaths, as they simply will not have been bred in the first place.
Vegans are not under the false idea that the cows alive now will get to live out their lives in an animal sanctuary, however animal sanctuaries are real places that do exist and do provide a safe haven for the lucky animals that are rescued. This attempt to undermine the existence of animal sanctuaries by putting the words in inverted commas is a damning indictment of the fact this farmer resents how people do look after these animals without feeling the need to exploit them. Examples of genuine compassion threaten farmers, whose tiresome rhetoric about “loving their animals like children” is becoming tedious and increasingly less believable as the reality of these industries continues to be revealed to the public.
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When I first became vegan, I didn’t want to be an activist.
There were many reasons why. The top 3 reasons were: I didn’t want to offend anyone, I didn’t know how to be an activist, and I believed that “people like me don’t do activism”. That last one shocked me, once I realised I had it. People like me? If people like me aren’t activists, then who?
I had a warped idea of what “activism” meant. People without jobs, shoes, ambition, or soap, but with a whole bucketload of anger.
It’s funny how I’d formed beliefs about people based on my own ignorance.
I didn’t want to write off activists without first hand knowledge, so I decided to dip my toes into activism.
I signed up to volunteer at events and outreach. I went to meet-ups and potlucks. I educated myself so I could more confidently engage in conversation with non-vegans.
That’s how it starts.
All that happened nine years ago.
What I’ve learned is that activism isn’t weird, and activists aren’t a bunch of oddballs (not in the bad way, anyway). Activists are more ambitious and hardworking than I’d ever realised. They’re fiercely passionate about something that’s noble, and truly serves the greater good. Their passion is often mistaken for anger.
They’re some of the most selfless people I’ve ever met.
If “people like me” aren’t activists, it’s only because I hadn’t thought deeply enough about what’s really important.
Photo credit: Ruth P
17.02.18 - My first Cube of Truth in my hometown with @anonymousforthevoiceless 🖤 What's 'The Cube of Truth'? It's people coming together to expose the truth behind the scenes of the animal agriculture industry
Half of the activists stand in the shape of a cube ⬛ showing footage from inside UK slaughterhouses & even 'organic' & 'green tractor approved' farms on laptops, tablets & screens 💻 The other half stand outside of the cube, spread out, & when members of the public stop & watch the footage 👀 we join them to talk to about what they're seeing
We talk about the morality of eating animals in order to encourage positive discussion & debate. We speak about why we're trying to raise awareness for the animals & how it's possible to adopt a vegan lifestyle. We also often end up discussing the environment & health issues involved
At the end we tally up how many successful conversations each activist has had. It only counts as a successful convo if someone goes away saying they will try veganism, or sign up to challenge 22 - to try veganism for 22 days, with a mentor to help with recipes, meal plans & where to go for shopping or eating out
If you can go vegan for 22 days you can go vegan forever! It only takes 21 days to break a habit
I have heard some controversial opinions from friends & family about the Cube, but I know how many successful conversations I've had. From my own personal experiences so far & the connection I feel with people when I'm helping them to connect the dots, to see through the lies the animal agriculture feeds us, I know the Cube of Truth works like nothing else 💖
In India, cows are sacred, and many choose not to eat them. Non-vegan westerners seem to respect this culture (mostly) and they don’t “force” their cow-eating ways onto people in India.
In China, there is an annual festival, where dogs are brutally killed and eaten. Many non-vegan westerners find this abhorrent, at least judging by social media comments.
But why? It’s just their culture, isn’t it? Shouldn’t we respect the tradition of eating dogs?
Many non-vegans would say no, because culture cannot trump ethics. Dogs are innocent victims, and we cannot stand by and allow them to be harmed for the sake of “tradition”. So when non-vegans accuse us of “pushing” our views onto them, we can remind them that it’s our moral imperative to stand up for the oppressed. If society’s “beliefs” are so warped that violence is acceptable, then it’s our duty to shine the spotlight on what’s right.
At the end of 2017 I decided that this year I would go vegan (I was already a vegetarian). I have not consumed any milk products for a month and a half now and I have been slowly withdrawing eggs from my diet. As I have done more research into the benefits of a vegan diet, it has made me more and more determined to stick to it. Because I have become connected to the moral issues surrounding the dairy industry and their vile and brutal practices, I feel a lot of anger towards the fact that people are just so unaware of the pain and suffering that an animal has to go through so that we can consume their milk. I am glad that I have decided that I no longer want to consume it because I don't want to fuel the mass production of these animals into existence, using them for their milk until they are no longer producing it and then sending them to the slaughter house to meet an inhumane and painful death. Killing something that doesn't want to be killed is inhumane. Taking the milk from a cow that is meant to be for a calf is wrong. If they are boys they are killed in the first few days of born into the world and if they are girls then the meet the same nasty fate as their mothers. They are artificially inseminated, have their babies taken as soon as they are born, are injected with hormones to make them produce milk for longer and are milked so brutally until their body can no longer take it and udders bleed and become infected.
I am so angry that this is happening. We have a choice, we don't have to harm animals in order to survive! We can get most of our vitamins from plants! The only things that vegans MUST substitute is vitamin B12!!! 🐄 Can any #veganactivists tell me how I can get involved in educating people about the brutality of the dairy industry and protecting animal rights?
“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their head in the clouds and their feet on the ground” — Wilfred Peterson
I was so privileged to walk alongside such people today. To everyone fighting for animals, thank you. 🐾