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Texas Animal Farmer’s Transition to Vegan Activism

May 28, 2018
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Source Free from Harm: The following is an interview between Robert Grillo of Free From Harm and Bessie VonMessenger, a former animal farmer turned vegan activist living in Waco, Texas, whom we recently discovered from footage of a slaughterhouse vigil on Facebook. This is her story.

Source Free from Harm
By Free from Harm Staff Writers

Tell me a bit about your childhood and family life. How did growing up on a farm or farming environment shape who you are?

Growing up on a farm gave me an opportunity to witness the close family and friendships that farm animals have. When I was very young I raised a calf whose mama was sick. He began to see me as his mom and would moo happily when I gave him a hug. I watched him grow to become a strong bull with a heart filled with gentleness and empathy for his herd, as well as for me. When my family loaded him onto the trailer to be sold, I screamed and cried and begged them not to sell my baby, not to take him to the cruel auction house. I can still see that look of sadness in his eyes as we said goodbye.

I was witness to the many joys and heartaches of the animals at our farm. I watched mother cows caring tenderly for their young, and their families watching over the babies as they would stop to eat. I saw herd sires protecting the young as the trailer was loaded with babies to be sent to auction and I heard mama cows crying at the loss of their young. I witnessed chickens developing friendships and roosters protecting  their hens in the mornings when we would collect their eggs. These experiences with the animals eventually opened my eyes to their very real feelings and family connections that make these animals individuals and not products.

What was the catalyst for your transformation from farming to veganism?

It took me learning to turn off the noise of tradition and social conditioning to finally go vegan. The strong memories I hold of the happiness and sadness of the farm animals left an impression on me. I began to understand how very much they are like us. I would never want to be used against my will or have my precious family taken from me and sold to slaughter. I realized neither do the animals want this life of suffering and grief. They want to  live and be happy. You can see that desire clearly in the gentle caring eyes of a mother cow

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To grow is to learn
To learn is to grow
There is never enough
Kindness to know

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Marguerite White permalink
    May 28, 2018 8:11 am

    I have always felt that animal’s just like u about what animals feel and are just like us as well.precious and caring ⭐

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  2. May 28, 2018 9:23 am

    To grow is to learn
    To learn is to grow
    There is never enough
    Kindness to know

    Liked by 3 people

  3. May 30, 2018 7:16 am

    It is always women who are the first to realize that we must move towards anti-speciesism!
    Yesterday evening, in a restaurant in a village near where I live, with availability the cook (woman) has prepared for our group vegan and vegetarian food… And it was fantastic and cruelty-free!!!! Hugs from Switzerland :-)c

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    • May 30, 2018 12:29 pm

      Love that you were able to get some vegan fare, proof that it can be found anywhere! Thank you, beautiful Claudine, BIG hugs to you, too. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

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