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Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

This New Short Film Will Turn You Vegan in 2 Minutes: LCA’s “Casa De Carne”

February 25, 2019

Winner of the 1st Place Tarshis Film Award at the 2019 Animal Film Festival
Written and Directed by Dustin Brown
Produced by William Martens and Dustin Brown
Executive Producer Chris DeRose
Cinematography by Mark Mannschreck
Edited by Dustin Brown
Associate Producer and 1st AD Nura Ashimova
Starring Joe LeMieux, Gintare Bandinskaite, Mantas Valantiejus, Ryan Sherman

Sources Last Chance for Animals (LCA), Live Kindly
By Charlotte Pointing


Would you eat at Casa De Carne? It sounds exotic, upmarket, and even stylish, the perfect place to dine with friends. But what if you excitedly ordered the baby back ribs and then were faced with killing the owner of those ribs yourself? Not quite the evening of understated elegance the name Casa De Carne promises at first glance.

Casa De Carne translates directly to “meat house” and in this restaurant, whatever animal you order from the menu, you slaughter yourself, before she is cooked and served to you. It sounds shocking and barbaric. It’s also entirely made up (ish).

Animal rights organization Last Chance for Animals (LCA) created a two-minute-long film set in a fictional fancy restaurant, Casa De Carne. Eric innocently goes out to eat with friends, he orders the ribs, and all is well until the twist is revealed: he is handed a knife and shut in a room with a pig; if he wants to eat the pig, Eric must first kill her.

Unsurprisingly, he can’t bring himself to do it, instead opting to pet the animal. But the chefs at Casa De Carne don’t mess about and Eric is forced to watch while a butcher slits the throat of his dinner for him.

“Eric’s experience sheds light on hidden truths, in addition to raising some very important questions that all of us should ask ourselves,” notes Kinder World. Because the uncomfortable reality is that the ribs only end up seasoned on a plate because somebody else did what every fiber in Eric’s body was telling him not to do.

He isn’t alone; a study from September last year revealed that half the population of America could not take the life of an animal for food if they had to do it themselves.

LCA’s thought-provoking film was awarded the first place Tarshis Short Film Award at the Animal Film Festival. Held in partnership with the Animal Film Festival, the award ceremony offers cash prizes for short films that “successfully, creatively, and convincingly highlight the issues of animal suffering in modern farming, food production, and/or laboratory research.”

Last year, LCA produced Food for Thought a short film portraying a world where humans keep goats and pigs as pets and eat parrot and poodle meat for dinner; the clip was awarded second place:

Does your food have a face?

February 18, 2019


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When I see a non-Vegan burger I don’t see “meat”, I see a sentient being who has been through horrid atrocities, I see an animal who can feel pain and emotions. Think about your food choices.

Source 269

Who is 269?

“269” is a calf who was born into an Israeli dairy farm.

His life — will be cut off not long after it started — was saved, near his scheduled slaughter day.

By branding his number on our bodies, we show our solidarity with the victims of the animal holocaust all around the world, remembering to never forget.

On October 2nd of 2012, ‘World Farm Animals day’, at Rabin Square in central Tel-Aviv, animal rights activists performed an act of solidarity and empathy towards abused animals exploited by the human race.

The display’s aim is to call for empathy towards the most oppressed sector of our society and call into question the deep disconnect we, as a society, have towards sanctioned animal cruelty.

The activists got branded with a hot steel brand, in the same way farm animals are branded in farms all over the world.

The number 269, which was burned on their skin, was the designated number of a calf they have encountered in one of Israel’s dairy farms.

“This anonymous male calf will be forever immortalized on our bodies, and hopefully this message of solidarity will somehow bring a new way of looking at non-human animals.

No animal should be exploited to satisfy the selfish needs and whimsical desires of humans, and that is why we chose to use the industry’s own method of objectifying living beings as this symbolic means to convey our idea”.

Annually, more than 150 billion animals are murdered worldwide due to people’s selfishness, ignorance and greed.

This madness must stop and will stop the day humankind finally wakes up and understands that even the nameless feel pain and desire freedom no less than we humans.

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does your food have a face
a mother or father
does this thought occupy
your cranial space
or do you not even bother.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


Debunked: Arguments Against Veganism

February 11, 2019


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Source Ahimsa Vegan

There are certain arguments against veganism that seem to crop up time and time again. If you’re advocating veganism and animal liberation then it’s a good idea to be prepared to defend your views. Here are some of the arguments that I hear over and over and the responses that I typically give:

  1. “It’s my choice to eat meat…”

This is probably the most common argument against veganism, but there is a solid rebuttal; your right to ‘choose’ is completely invalid when it so seriously violates the rights of another being. Yes, we should all have the freedom to live our lives as we choose, but our actions must not infringe upon the rights of other beings. There is a hierarchy of rights and the right-to-life trumps ALL other rights – especially your perceived right to choose to eat animal products. The point is this: if you believe that your choice is all that matters, then you are forgetting that there is a victim in the equation whose right to live a life free from harm is being neglected. An animal’s desire to live is as strong as yours. Animals are sentient, intelligent creatures, with an advanced psychological capacity to experience fear, pain, joy, love, and grief, and this needs to be taken into consideration when we ‘choose’ how to treat them. If you truly believe that you can ‘choose’ to violate the rights of animals, then who are you to argue or complain if somebody ‘chooses’ to violate your own right to life or freedom from harm? What’s the difference? The premise is the same. Hypothetically, if you condone murder, violence and torture, then you really have no recourse if you become a victim yourself. Wouldn’t that be hypocritical? Who wants to live in a world like that?

2. “Plants have feelings, too…”

This is one of those face-palm moments. People are really scraping the barrel when they wheel out this argument. Here’s the thing: plants do not have a central nervous system nor a brain and therefore cannot feel pain. Pain is the brain’s interpretation of stimuli and therefore it is entirely subjective. Furthermore, plants are not sentient, and they are therefore incapable of being aware of their own existence or of life itself. They cannot experience psychological or emotional trauma, whilst animals definitely can.  I usually see the following retort: “But some plants can move when you touch them, this shows that they have feelings!”. This is a complete misinterpretation – plants only ‘feel’ something in the same way that your smart-phone ‘feels’ something when you touch the screen. That too responds to stimuli. Response to stimuli does not equate to conscious ‘feelings’. Your smartphone can’t feel pain can it? Nope. It’s more appropriate to think of plants as being ‘programmed’ to respond to stimuli like automata. When we are considering the basic rights of a being, we take into consideration their ability to desire to live, their capacity to suffer, and their right to self-determination. Plants do not qualify for any of these categories. Of course we must respect mother nature and the finely-balanced ecosystems of the planet, but this does not entitle plants to the same rights as sentient beings. Another point to make is that more crops are grown to feed ‘livestock’ than are grown to directly feed the entire human population, so even if by some miracle plants were discovered to have feelings, it would transpire that the meat-eaters are actually contributing to far more suffering than the vegans!

   3. “Animals eat other animals, so why cant’ we? It’s just the circle of life…”

Truly carnivorous animals eat meat out of absolute necessity, either due to the limitations of their habitat or the complete inability to digest plant matter at all. It’s a simple case of eat other animals or die. The vast majority of humans are not in this predicament. There is also an important philosophical argument: animals, whilst possessing intelligence, generally act on basic instinct and lack the capacity to understand the ethical implications of their behaviour. As humans, we do have the capacity to understand morals and the ethical implications of our behaviour. We are ‘moral agents’ and almost all of our behaviour is informed by our understanding of morals and ethical consequences. We should therefore strive to act in a way that reduces harm to others. We are an advanced intelligent species and we should act accordingly. For this reason, we should not be using the behaviour of animals as a basis on which to model our own behaviour. Rape is common in the animal kingdom, would you use this as a justification for committing rape? Certain animal species eat their young shortly after birth. Other female species eat their mate shortly after sexual intercourse – will you be adopting this behaviour too because it’s ‘natural’ or ‘the circle of life’? I highly doubt it. In that case your argument falls flat on its face because you aren’t being consistent in your behaviour. Besides all of these ethical arguments, there is also the major fact that we simply don’t NEED to eat meat, dairy or eggs to survive, more on that further down.

4. “If you love animals so much, why are you eating all their food…?!”

The raw statistics blow this argument right out of the water – more crops are grown to feed the animals that are used for meat, eggs, and dairy than are consumed by the entire human population directly. So it’s actually YOUR ‘food’ that is consuming the vast majority of plant resources. It is this practice of specifically raising trillions of domestic animals for food that is depriving the wildlife of resources and a habitat to live in. Consider these quotes from “Livestock is the world’s largest user of land resources, with pasture and land dedicated to the production of feed representing almost 90% of the total agricultural land.” Let’s break that down – 90% of ALL agricultural land in the world is used just to accommodate and feed the animals that meat-eaters will eventually consume. That leaves only 10% left to produce plant-based foods that vegans consume. It continues: “The sector uses 3.4 billion hectares for grazing and one-third of global arable land to grow feed crops. Twenty-six percent of the Earth’s ice-free terrestrial surface is used for grazing.” If animal agriculture ended immediately we could return this land to natural, wild habitats that could sustain the planet’s wildlife. More statistics: “Nearly 60% of the world’s agricultural land is used for beef production, yet beef accounts for less than 2% of the calories that are consumed throughout the world. Beef makes up 24% of the world’s meat consumption, yet requires 30 million square kilometres of land to produce.” This is a grossly inefficient use of land and resources that is negatively impacting wildlife by destroying their natural habitats and consuming resources that they need to survive and thrive. The bottom line is this: it is animal agriculture that is depriving the world of food by monopolizing land and resources. Veganism is the antidote to this.

5. “We need to eat meat/dairy to survive…”

This is absolutely false. With the exception of Vitamin B12, every single nutrient we need to survive can be obtained in abundance from plant-based foods. Protein and calcium are the usual culprits that are cited in reference to this argument.

Let’s take a look at protein first:

Every.Single.Plant.Contains.Protein! On average, chicken and beef contain roughly 18g of protein per 100g. By direct comparison, spirulina contains 57g, red rice contains 39g, peanuts contain 25g, and kidney beans contain 21g. Other excellent sources of protein include lentils, soy, chickpeas, chia seeds, broccoli, quinoa, tofu, almonds, hemp seeds, etc. The list goes on and on. Calcium is equally abundant in plant-based foods. In fact, plant-based sources of calcium are MUCH more reliable than dairy sources due to dairy’s acidity when digested, which results in a loss of calcium from the bones. See my previous post for a full explanation. Calcium rich foods include tofu, spinach, black-eyed peas, okra, almond milk, oranges, collard greens, and chia seeds.

Aside from the nutritional aspect, let’s also consider the human physiology: the human body is generally set-up best for consuming plants, NOT meat and dairy. Human teeth are relatively flat and our method of chewing via a grinding, side-to-side motion is really geared towards breaking down tough plant-matter. By comparison, a true carnivore has MASSIVE, sharp canine teeth designed for ripping hide-covered flesh straight from a dead animal and pretty much swallowing without any chewing. I’d like to see you try that. Then there’s the digestive tract – a carnivore’s digestive tract is short, which allows meat to pass quickly through the body (who wants rotting corpse flesh hanging around in their body for long?) By comparison, herbivore digestive tracts are much longer, designed to allow the body to break down fibrous plant matter and absorb as much of the nutrients as possible. Carnivores also have extremely strong stomach acid which is able to break down tough flesh and kill any harmful bacteria that may be lurking. By comparison, a human stomach is set up more like a natural herbivore, with weaker acid for digesting pre-chewed food. This acid is too weak to kill certain bacteria and that’s why humans are so susceptible to food poisoning (source: Did you ever hear of a lion getting food poisoning?

6. “But we’ve always done it, it’s tradition…”

“The most dangerous phrase in the human language is ‘we’ve always done it this way’” – so goes the quote. The point is this: blindly following tradition is a dangerous path to go down. It allows various behaviours to go unchecked and unchallenged. If we all ignorantly followed in the paths of our ancestors then we would never evolve culturally, technologically, or ethically. Society would stagnate and we would still probably be stuck in the stone-age. There are a multitude of behaviours that have been exhibited since time began: slavery, rape, murder, torture, theft, racism. Just because they have a long history does not make them right. Tradition is an ignorant, pathetic excuse for the continuation of animal abuse and exploitation. Times change and we become wise to the ill effects and ethical implications of our behaviour. The more enlightened citizens of the USA in the 19th century came to their senses and realised that slavery was unjust, unethical, and downright cruel. They fought for change, and slavery was eventually abolished. Many slave owners fielded the same arguments back then – “this is always how we’ve got things done”. They too believed that certain beings were below them and didn’t deserve equal consideration of their basic rights and freedoms. Times change. Justice prevails. Get on the right side of history.

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I’m Tim. I’m a passionate vegan from the UK. I started my blog to share my experiences of food, travel and adventure as a vegan. Hopefully I can inspire anybody who is considering veganism to make a positive change that will benefit the earth, the animals and themselves.

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Upcoming Film: The Rise of the Animals

February 4, 2019

(Please see below to watch The Herd)

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Source Sentient Media , Indiegogo
By Matthew Zampa

Australian documentary filmmaker James Hyams is out to show us what it looks like when the hunters become the hunted. When humans fall victim to their own cruel devices, enslaved on factory farms, who will survive?

The scene is set. But part of the story of this film is that it cannot happen without your help. The musical scoring, the lighting, the special effects, it all costs money. For a film with such a distinct vegan message, a little help could go a long way. The project is approaching 80% of its funding goal. Check it out HERE on Indiegogo.

Like a meat eater’s manic sci-fi vegan dream

Lights dim. Whirling, slightingly paranoid music ensues. A voice is heard over the chaotic screams of human beings. Imagining the opening scene of this movie is like a meat eater’s manic sci-fi vegan area is a true testament to the hook.

“Aliens encountered Trump’s space force and decide to re-inhabit earth. At first, they slaughtered us—“the primates,” then they enslaved us. The strongest were forced to work but they quickly perished. The rest of us were hunted, captured and pit into farms to be used as a food source. That is where the script of The Rise of the Animals commences.”

Filmmaker James Hyams is a documentary filmmaker at heart. His projects include award-winning coverage of the dog meat trade frequently used by CARE to demonstrate its evils. But as of late, he has come to believe that the wider meat-eating community is not interested in watching documentaries that challenge their behavior. Instead, they prefer to be entertained, he writes.

“Many vegan films attract a vegan crowd and reinforce their values but often fail to reach new audiences,” he continues. “I believe our film will circumvent this issue and attract a new audience to think about how animals are treated.”

The message of Return of the Animals is so strong that Hyams has already pulled together a full team of filmmakers, lighting assistants, engineers, and about 30 actors on a fully volunteer basis. He says his 100-page script is still being constantly rewritten, another excellent sign. Every writer—of fact or fiction—is a perfectionist.

Fact or fiction?

The Rise of the Animals is meant to present the realities of factory farming to people for the first time in a completely new and slightly unsuspected format. Can you imagine how it feels to be enslaved on a factory farm?

Here’s a snippet of the script. Reading the exchange between two humans seems perfectly logical. If it were two animals, it wouldn’t be so easy to understand.

“What you suggest isn’t normal.”

“Nothing about any of this is normal. But I’m confident my plan will work. I’m dying now. At least this way I have some control over my death and it will be without pain.”

It’s a conversation most vegans have had with themselves, with friends and family, and more often than not, with meat eaters. Factory farming animals isn’t normal, but when meat eaters receive that simple truth from vegan, it tends to be ignored as an attack or filed away as a defense not worthy of their consideration.

Because the audience is entertained by the message, they’re much less likely to be defensive. That is the luxury Hyams affords by choosing to turn fact into fiction, and the beauty of his choice is that at by the end of the film, the truth is all we will see. There are certain horrors in this world, and factory farming is one we might only be able to comprehend given time and space. The film will allow for both of those, and hopefully, a conversation or two in the hallway afterward.

Hyams hopes to present the horrors of factory farming through a different lens, one that engages its viewers with fantastic visions of the future. But when humans become the victims of their own cruel devices, enslaved on factory farms, who will survive?

Vegan filmmaking that takes a risk

In the same cages as the animals we farm, humans are forced to assume a much different perspective on factory farming. The film pushes humans to think about actually living in those conditions. To live, die, and become meat becomes a part of the human experience.

“[Humans] are capable of feelings, thoughts, creativity,” writes Hyams. We’re all willing to admit that here and now, but in captivity, the stark difference of those emotions comes to light. Do animals feel the same way? (Yes, they do.)

Most of us have never felt what it’s like to be in a slaughterhouse. Will this change, when we see what it’s like? The numbers say it will. The more contact humans have with animals, especially animals that are or were a part of the industrial food system, the more feelings we develop for them. It shouldn’t be hard to develop feelings for our factory-farmed selves when Rise of the Animals hits the big screen.

The risk this film is taking is the road less traveled. Most films about animal rights and veganism are documentary works. A divergence from that norm would allow the film itself to garner an unexpected audience. But that’s not the point. The point is to introduce a unique vegan message where onlookers would least expect it.

What will you get if you back this project?

“Most importantly, you gain knowledge that you contributed to helping covertly get the general public thinking about animal rights by positioning themselves in the cages as food while being entertained,” Hyams writes. “Subliminal messaging disguised as entertainment is a very powerful tool that is under-utilized by animal activists.”

Through this rule-breaking work of fiction—the rule being, don’t eat other humans—meat eaters just might begin to see themselves as animals, too. Then, the rule changes a bit. Don’t eat other animals.

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As taken from The Herd: Vegan Horror Feminist Short Film by Melanie Light

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125 Photo Collection: The Way it Should Be, Humans Embracing Animals

January 28, 2019

Source Veganism: A Truth Whose Time Has Come


There are too many photos that depict the disrespectful way humans treat other species in the animal kingdom; however, this photo compilation does not depict “The way it is” but rather “The way it should be”. These photos are taken from vegan-run animal sanctuaries, or wildlife animal sanctuaries, or from personal friendships between humans and animals. None are from zoos or other types of prisons where animals are treated like a commodity, and kept in captivity. The photos were not taken from places where animals are hunted or where people are riding on their backs – because that’s NOT the way it should be.  Among the photos are the famous Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey, who observed primates in their own environment, and befriended them.

Our species must stop purposely breeding animals only to enslave and exploit them for human purposes like food, clothing, experimentation, entertainment, or for any reason.  Our objective should be to create sanctuaries and preserves to keep animals safe. We need to rescue, befriend, love, respect, and help other animals, as they too are sentient beings. They’re our animal cousins; fellow members of the animal kingdom; other nations who speak a different language; but they are not ‘lesser than’ we are.


The following photo essay is entitled The Way it Should Be


And if you are not already vegan, go vegan. These pictures speak a thousand words as to why it is the right thing to do.

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Love is, and for that we are furever grateful.
Love is symmetry
Love is grace
Love is a smile from
The heart,
Worn on your face

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


A Prayer for Compassion

January 14, 2019

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From Thomas Jackson

The film follows Thomas Jackson on a quest that crisscrosses America and takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the question, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? Can people who identify as religious or spiritual come to embrace the call to include all human and nonhuman beings in our circle of respect and caring and love?”

Drawing on traditions including Christianity — evangelical, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Friends (Quakers), Seventh Day Adventism, Unity, and more; Judaism; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Jainism; the Native American tradition; Unitarian Universalism; Zoroastrianism; and the “spiritual but not religious” point of view — A Prayer for Compassion calls on people of faith and spiritual seekers of every stripe to come together to bring about a world in which “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them…”

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Once upon a world we dream
Where love abounds
Where compassion answers
The call
Will we wake up in time
To save it all?

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Are We Violent By Nature?

January 14, 2019


Wikimedia Commons: Gerwin Sturm, Vienna, Austria


Source The World Peace Diet
By Dr. Will Tuttle

One of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves, our loved ones, and our world is to question the prevailing narratives in our culture, and realize that they are not only imprisoning and destroying animals and our Earth, but us as well. The core false and devastating narrative—the progenitor of a whole spectrum of deluding narratives—is that animals are mere commodities that we are entitled to breed, kill, eat, and use by the billions every day. This false narrative has real teeth, ravaging not just animals but ourselves as well. We eat it from infancy and we build both the cells of our bodies and the attitudes and social institutions that define our lives out of the toxic terror and misery of these relentlessly abused animals.

There is no way to overstate the magnitude and depth of this indoctrination and its debilitating effects on our awareness and our society. This food narrative of violent exploitation is delivered by well-meaning parents, relatives, neighbors, teachers, and doctors, and for us, like for virtually all animals, teachings about food by parents and elders to offspring are the most significant and binding of all teachings. The primary bonds of animals, especially mammals, are forged through eating food together, and so for us the food narrative continues to be the most challenging to question—and the most invisible—despite its obviously devastating effects on every level of our health.

Animal agriculture is completely obsolete. It is also anti-rational as well. It’s immoral, unjust, unhealthy, and unsustainable, and yet it persists, not because we are naturally predatory or violent, but because we are conditioned by our culture’s routine mealtime rituals to become numb to our feelings and to disconnect from and repress our natural capacities for intelligence and awareness.

The practice of herding animals emerged in western Asia about ten thousand years ago for reasons that are still not fully comprehended, and the resulting practice of herderism has continued unabated to this day, and has grown and spread throughout the world. This practice of herderism led to the drastic reduction of animals’ status, the rise of a wealthy elite class of herder-rulers, and the introduction of war and slavery as established social institutions, all of which continue to this day, with narratives to support them. Because herderism requires the repeated forced breeding of female animals, it led inexorably to the exploitation and suppression of women and the feminine aspects of humanity that nurture and protect babies and children, and to the exploitation of our children as well. Herderism is the deep festering wound, the ongoing hidden fury at the core of our culture, generating war, the abuse of women and children, social injustice, and reducing our capacities to deal effectively with our problems and issues. It wounds all of us from conception onward with its pervasive and unquestioned violence and its narrative of hard-hearted domination.

The good news is that we are discovering that animal agriculture is utterly unnecessary, and the rising tide of millions of healthy and happy vegans is making this discomfortingly obvious. We are realizing that the narrative that our Earth can’t feed everyone is also false. We can feed everyone on less land, water, petroleum, and other resources than we’re using now. A new narrative is being born that honors and respects the abundance and beauty of our Earth, and that refuses to imprison, rape, and kill animals for food or other products.

This is helping us question the narrative that humans are naturally violent as well. Whom does this narrative benefit? In many ways, it benefits the same forces that benefit from the herderism narrative. It benefits what I refer to as the military-industrial-meat-medical-pharmaceutical-media-banking complex. This complex and the tiny elite that is enriched by it, profits from conflict, disease, and environmental destruction, and of course the narrative that humans are innately violent serves the agenda of increasing “security” measures, escalating military and surveillance operations, and taking away our freedoms.

We can regain our inherent capacities for freedom, peace, and health, and become worthy of them, when we question our culture’s indoctrinated narratives, and stop routinely stealing freedom, peace, and health from billions of animals. We can create new narratives of liberation and healing by questioning the culturally-mandated narratives leading us to abuse and kill animals for our kitchens, wardrobes, and medicine cabinets.

Our world is created and sustained by the stories we tell and believe. When we change the narrative, we change the world. We can each be an agent of this change. Animal agriculture erodes all five levels of our health—environmental, cultural, physical, psychological, and spiritual—and by questioning the herderism narrative, we are helping to heal the inner wounds that create the outer conflict in our lives.

There are two fundamental powers in our human world, the power of the individual and the power of the community. As individuals, we naturally yearn to learn, grow, and awaken, and to work with others and contribute. However, we live always in the context of the human groups in which we are embedded. The only reason any of us pays for and eats animal foods is because we’ve internalized (literally) the prevailing cultural narrative and are following orders injected into us from infancy by our families and communities. We believe herderism’s narrative because we eat it every day, along with other toxic narratives, such as the human-superiority narrative, the insufficiency-of-the-Earth narrative, the humans-are-naturally-violent narrative, the consumerism narrative, the technological-progress-will-save-us narrative, the competition narrative, the trust-the-authorities narrative, the materialism narrative, the essentially-separate-self-narrative, and so on.

These interconnected narratives are all emanations of herderism’s basic orientation of reductionism, disconnectedness, and exploitation of the weak by the strong. We can each as individuals make efforts to heal the wounds we have endured by living in and absorbing this obsolete set of narratives, and not only heal ourselves, but help to heal our communities as well, bringing liberation to animals and to our repressed inner kindness and awareness.

The path is two-fold. First, on the outer level, transitioning to a healthy plant-based (vegan) way of living and additionally doing our best to minimize our consumption of resources. Minimalizing and simplifying our lifestyle and reducing our desires are long understood to be foundational to happiness and inner peace. Second, on the inner level, engaging in a regular practice of self-inquiry, or meditation, or silent inward listening. The idea is to free our consciousness from the many layers of colonization and programming by practicing awareness.

When we can witness our thoughts, emotion, and desires without identifying with them, we begin to get a glimpse of our true nature: that we are a manifestation of eternal consciousness. This realization can help free us from indoctrinated narratives so that we can live with more congruence. Our outer vegan nonviolence toward animals is part of a new narrative and we can extend it to human animals as well, helping us heal the roots of racism, sexism, classism, separatism, and egotism within ourselves. Our words and actions will naturally carry more weight, and our advocacy for liberation will flow spontaneously and creatively from our thoughts, words, and actions.

As individuals, raised in community narratives justifying pervasive violence toward animals, we can give thanks that every day brings fresh opportunities to heal ourselves on the inner and outer levels, and to work with others to help transform our communities. By cooperatively engaging our imagination and love, we are creating new narratives and building more conscious communities of freedom, abundance, and sustainability for all. Every day, we can explore these new pathways and help each other toward a beckoning doorway into a world that reflects a new story based on a deeper understanding of our true nature of kindness for others. Thanks for every effort to awaken more fully! Each effort is a gift that radiates into the infinite web of relations, benefiting all beings.

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yes we have a tendency towards violence.
laws that are here make that very clear.
but we also have the ability to rise above
shed the cloak of anger
and don the wings
of love.

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