DAY 319: HOW DO I SAVE FARM ANIMALS? THOUGHTS PLEASE!
This morning I’m about to head off to a demo in central London against the live export of animals for slaughter. Organised by Compassion in World Farming. Sheep and cows stuck in small trucks for many hot hours. Maybe I’ll get there by going on the tube – to get into the mood so to speak.
Excuse the lack of blog updates recently, I’m working frantically behind the scenes to start my work on farm animals whilst tying up all the wild animals. So to speak.
Next week I’m due to travel abroad to visit some farms undercover of which I will update you soon. Oh and I’m still due to watch Earthlings…been avoiding that a little. Its on my computer.
There is one big question swirling in my head which I wanted to spill onto the page and get your feedback
HOW DO I SAVE FARM ANIMALS?
60 million+ animals a year killed in farms. What possible difference can I make?
Here are my thoughts. But feedback please before i go off in the wrong direction.
ANSWER 1) WITH DIET AND CONSUMER CHOICE.
I’ll be looking carefully at what sort of impact a vege or vegan diet has on our bodies, soul, the environment…and of course, the animals. But as usual filtering it through my fairly small brain and loose fingers for ease of reading. Do I need to become Vegan? I’m scared. I know I shouldn’t be but I feel I’m looking over the edge of a high (and fairly unstable) tofu cliff.
ANSWER 2) ANIMAL LIBERATION:
I’ve been told that liberating farm animals almost certainly ends up in jail time and multiple escaped cows wandering on motorways – in which case one of you will have to liberate me from prison. I’ve made a decision NOT to go down this route as much as you want to read about me running away from a high security farm with a pig under each arm chased by Giles with a shotgun (actually I just spoke to someone about this who WAS chased by a captive-bolt gun weilding farmer). I will however look at rescuing battery laying hens.
ANSWER 3) RAISING AWARENESS:
One of the best things I can do is tell a story of what goes on in farms. This is not saving animals per se but its still the most useful action I can take. The ENTIRE industry relies on people turning a blind eye to suffering on farms. To the slaughter, live export, rearing, separation. We ignore it and believe the pretty picture on the packet of healthy cows in a green field.
But here’s the issue: there’s no point me preaching only to vegans, and there is no point doing writing something so grim everyone turns away – like they have always done. So I’ve decided I’m going to look at ‘respectable’ EU farms – not grim siberian slaughterhouses or egyptian market places – and tell the story of one animal only.
I don’t want to shock, I just want to illuminate.
Which aspect of farming is most cruel?
Which farm animal do people most relate to?
What story should I tell?
How can I make a difference?