Because I like her videos and because I found this one to be funny. She amusingly and adroitly addresses one of the more bizarre "arguments" advanced sometimes by corpse crunchers to justify their torture and obliteration of living beings. Thanks to So I'm Thinking of Going Vegan for her comment that inspired me to post this effort by Ms. Williams. The "bad" words are bleeped out but you'll be able to get the message. (note: after the ? mark at about 30 seconds into the video there are about 10 seconds of images of typical treatment of animals by slaughterhouses...then no more graphic photos)
It turns out today's post is entirely inspired by Canadians...thank you Canada and their inspiration resulted in posting videos from Australia (Shelly Williams) and from Austria (happy pigs going sledding). It is both a small world and a big one...and we don't own it (even though we act as if we do) we only share it.
This next video was discovered when I read the most recent post by Janice Gillett on her blog: Hearts On Noses, A Mini Pig Sanctuary. Janice pours her life into rescuing and providing sanctuary for pigs (and others). These animal folk are much maligned and even more misunderstood...you have been deprived more than you can ever know if you haven't been able to get to know a pig animal person. Here is a video of several pigs going "sledding". (no graphic images...just fun stuff)
Experiencing the world is quite different, once you begin to understand that the other animals are our sisters and brothers rather than "inferior" beings to be used in any way humans want to. Experiencing the world is quite different once you understand that not being "cruel" isn't enough, that unnecessarily killing animals "humanely" is not possible (it isn't "humane" to unnecessarily steal someones life), that "giving them a good life" before you take theirs is a self-serving fallacy. Using someone else without their permission is wrong...we all know that.
Giving up sh*thead arguments (as Shelly might say) offers the opportunity to see a world much more full of wonder and beauty, with many fascinating and wise and exquisite beings living there...available for friendship and for learning from and for sometimes loving but always there to be appreciated for their strengths and and their beauty (and sometimes their jerkiness too) and other qualities.
Seeing the other animals (and nature) as objects, as unfeeling, as "inferior", as food, as a "resource" is a crippling, blinding, distorting and damaging way to perceive them. That outlook damages and limits and twists the human holding it and that way of seeing also allows the ongoing destruction of the Earth and her beings.
Stop hurting and limiting yourself, stop hurting the animals, stop hurting the Earth...go vegan. Repair as much as you can...
And thank you Shelly Williams and Janice Gillett and So I'm Thinking of Going Vegan...for your efforts on behalf of the other animals and for your inspiration...and thank you sledding pigs for being yourselves.