The focus of World Farmed Animals Day is to raise awareness of the cruelty of the animal agriculture business, mourn the lives of the billions of innocent beings who suffer within this industry, and to inspire those who participate in this industry to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
What first brought me to vegetarianism was an issue of PETA's Animal Times Magazine, in particular, a story about a downed cow. A downed cow or "downer" is an other-than human animal who cannot stand on their own and is often dragged off the truck on which they have been transported and killed. What brought me to veganism was the understanding of the cruelty involved in the dairy industry. Check out my blog Vegan for the Animals for more of my story.
So, what can you do to honor World Day for Farmed Animals? There are many suggestions on the FARM website, I encourage you to check them out. I also encourage you to look at your own life, how can you embrace a new way of thinking?
One suggestion I have is to look at the language you use. You may have noticed that I used the term "other-than human animal" and did not refer to the cows as "it" but as they. We do not "own" those other-than human animals with whom we share our homes, we are their parents/guardians/care-takers. Think about the cliches you may use, "there's more than one way to skin a cat" how incredibly violent and cruel, why not "there's more than one way to peel a potato"? Instead of "Kill two birds with one stone" why not "cut two carrots with one knife"?
What are you doing for World Day for Farmed Animals? Tell me in the comments below.
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