My eyes welled up with tears as I listened to Lucy share her fears and pain about her environment.
Lucy is a pig. Even though pigs can’t talk, Animals Australia has launched a new radio advertisement where a child’s voice speaks as Lucy. It’s a way of reminding us that pigs have the intelligence of a three year old child and the feelings of all people.
You may at first think how does this post have anything to do with being ‘greener’? Am I now branching off into animal activist’s agendas? My own inner analysis reveals that they are both related for me personally and perhaps for everyone.
The environmental issues have been forecasted and broadcasted for generations by many enlighten people (Dr David Suzuki comes to my mind). However if we are truly honest with ourselves, many would admit (including myself) that it wasn’t really until the environmental issues started to affect us personally that we sat up and listened.
Isn’t animal cruelty the same? There are people broadcasting to the world the reality of animal cruelty but many will make the judgement call that it doesn’t affect their lives personally and therefore decide not to listen and certainly not to take action. After all, don’t we have other bigger issues to contend with?!?
I understand the problem associated with listening and caring. It involves an individual to feel bad, uncomfortable and powerless. We will often do anything to avoid these types of feelings and emotions.
However I now truly believe for me personally, living a life where I avoid any chance of putting myself in the feelings of another, is a life that is fragmented. By ‘another’ I mean the refugees in Afghanistan, the youth living on the streets of Sydney and pigs inside their cage.
Feeling overwhelmed now and guilty? Well don’t! Those two feelings are not productive or healthy for you personally or anyone else.
Simply start by allowing yourself to feel. Don’t be afraid but be brave. I understand that by feeling other’s pain that it can stir old personal pains within us. Ironically by hiding from other’s pain does not improve or heel the pain we have inside.
Take a listen to the radio advertisements from Animals Australia. Go on, it is ok to feel this.
After listening to the radio advertisement, my personal action will be that I no longer buy animal cruelty products. If I can not find ‘free range’ bacon then I will simply go without from now on.
For those who are still asking “what does this have to do with going green?”, let me remind you that the livestock industry creates more methane producing greenhouse gas than any other industry (even more than the car industry). So eat less meat and when or if you do eat meat, choose animal cruelty free meat.
Thank you for feeling and caring!