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Awareness time

May 9, 2015
Animal Activism, change the world, earthlings, dream

Change the world!

I have been in dinners with vegetarian people in the past when I was not yet aware of what I was contributing to. I ate meat more than most of you. Remember, I grew up in Argentina, where a steak is an easy fix.

Six years ago, I found out about the horrific conditions of the factory farming, I read about it and still didn’t change. I printed a list that I found online of ten cruel practices going on in this world against animals. I started buying more vegetables, therefore decreased meat intake. But I did not stop there. Two years after I started following Peta in Facebook. I respect people who do not respect this organization; however it was my first step.  So I am thankful. Then I watched Food, Inc and Earthlings and I was done.  No more animal products for me.

But as you can see, it took me time. Therefore I conclude: Who am I to say how long has to take everybody else to make the connection? There are people that never will.

This was a process for me and for so many people. We all have our own timing to make changes in our lives. Before I criticize those who are still blindfolded I think about the time when I was blindfolded. Maybe the difference is that I never make fun of those fighting for a cause or doubt them.  That is a total different subject of conversation.

We torture ourselves with the thought of How can’t you see what is going on? Well, I wasn’t seeing it a decade ago. I did not eat meat on purpose to hurt animals, neither are them. They are not aware.  They are not rejoicing about animal cruelty on every bite they make.

We all have family members, friends that we love so much who we will keep in our lives no matter what they eat.  I can’t love them less. It is like not loving me a decade ago.

Does it hurt me? Does it affect me? Of course it does. I would love to be on the same page.  I struggle in social interactions. I keep my mouth shut many times. I do not judge. I do not feel that my opinion needs to be stated all the time.

I do not drink, I never liked the taste. My dad used to tell me that alcohol was good for me. I tried many times to drink, but one first sip is all I can do. Did I ever think that I should only be friends or relate to no drinking people? No, no and no. I love drinkers, eaters, republicans, democrats, liberals, conservationist, activists, blindfolded, happy, depressed, addicts, catholics, muslims, etc. I love people. They do not owe me anything. They do not owe me any explanation. They do what they want and it is their right, like it was mine before and it is now.

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2 Comments

  • Reply laura de Montanaro September 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Estimada, Estoy en esa transición de ser vegetariana a vegana, llegar hasta ahí es un paso muy importante, también creo que las pequeñas acciones pueden cambiar al mundo, porque lo he visto.
    Ser coherentes en nuestras acciones es importante, sobre todo cuando hemos decidido llevar este estilo de vida, pero siempre se puede hacer un poco más, sobre todo para lograr esa coherencia, dejar de consumir y comer maltrato animal está bien, pero que hay de la otra parte, de esa que involucra la explotación de las personas, en lo personal he dejado de comprar en las tiendas del grupo inditex, Zara y tiendas hermanas, tiendas que pagan a los talleres de maquila, donde normalmente trabajan niños menores de edad, a los cuales les pagan en 4 pesos mexicanos por prenda terminada en jornadas de 16 horas, eso y nada es casi lo mismo, entonces, ¿por qué no llevar el estilo de vida un paso más allá? Hacer eso es un nuevo reto para los que ya hemos decidido hacer un gran cambio en nuestras vidas.

    • Reply adm1n September 15, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Felicitaciones por la transicion hacia veganismo. Estoy de acuerdo con lo de ser coherente con el estilo de vida. Todo es paso a paso, yo sigo aprendiendo e investigando. Primero aprendi sobre el tratamiento cruel hacia los animales, deje de comer carne, luego leche, huevos y entendi que era un estilo de vida, eso paso a que no se me ocurra comprar nada de cuero.
      Mas investigacion y educacion. Voy enterandome que todo esta relacionado, el medio ambiente, el recalentamiento global, la deforestacion del amazonas, la contaminacion de areas donde se industraliza el cuero, los problemas sicologicos que sufren los “trabajadores” en los mataderos de animales, y puedo seguir.
      Actualmente estoy aprendiendo mucho sobre sweatshops, deje de comprar en lugares como Forever 21, Zara, etc. Estoy empezando a promocionar la campana “who made my clothes”
      Yo tengo mucho que aprender. Pero es claro que estas injusticias me importan mucho. Me tomo mi tiempo para investigar porque el que mucho abarca poco aprieta. Estoy contenta con los cambios que he ido logrando y los que estan por venir.

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