Photo Credit: Jude Arsenault: Mouvement de Libération-Liberation Movement To this end, I decided that I would bite the bullet and steel myself for certain emotional upheaval by attending an anti-speciesism vigil outside a slaughterhouse. Since this initial decision, I have stood vigil twice and will go again. No, it is not easy and yes, it is worth it. People need to be made aware of the consequences of their unsupportable food choices and someone needs to be there to bear witness to the senseless spilling of blood when these animals are sacrificed for our wants, not needs.
In the words of my good friend and fellow "vigiliste", Jimmy Videle "Anne sums up perfectly what I was feeling that day. For myself I wonder...If non-vegans were to witness: The truck arriving, dead chickens in with solemn ones, cold, hungry and thirsty, the roll-up door closing as the truck entered, immediately followed by the shrieking metal blade whirring, and the smell of blood, wet feathers and manure intensifying, would they continue their same eating habits, would they then make the connection? I believe non-vegans would, because I believe in all of our hearts that we do not want any being to suffer. I wish you non-vegans to see it, smell it and feel it one time, so you know exactly your complicity."
I spoke at the second vigil (also kinda scary for me), as did Jimmy. If you would like to watch these videos, please check them out atMouvement de Liberation-Liberation Movement. What my speech lacks in polish, it makes up for in heartfelt sincerity. In Jimmy's video, please ignore the crazy lady in the background who is continually adjusting her hat and dropping her stuff. Tee-hee-hee!!
We can all do this, whatever form our advocacy and activism takes.
We can join a world wide movement that is growing and gaining strength daily.
We can step outside of our comfort zone, wherever we live, and advocate for those less fortunate than us.
And who could be less fortunate than the animals who are enslaved, brutalized and murdered daily in the name of human greed?