This morning in Jamaica, Queens, New York, a bull broke loose from a slaughterhouse and ran for his life. Ten police vehicles pursued him as he desperately ran for his life for about an hour and a half. Mouth foaming and eyes wild, this boy knew one thing: the place he came from was a place where nothing good happens, and he couldn't go back.
The determined animal never gave up the fight, but was tranquillized far too many times and later died as a result. Skylands Animal Sanctuary would have negotiated for his release if he would have survived the ordeal.
I truly hate to post about negative occurrences. But this morning's events brought out something in all of us...empathy. Whether vegan, vegetarian or dedicated meat eater, it is safe to assume that most people felt sad for the poor bull and deep down inside rooted for him to get away. When you put a face on an issue it is no longer political, it's personal. We all love animals and we all wish the best for them as individuals. Even the person who sits down to a steak every night likely doesn't wish pain and suffering on innocent animals. The underlying issue is that we as a society fail to see our food as having been an individual with a personality, preferences and opinions when the pieces of his or her body come skinless, boneless, drained of blood and nicely packaged in ceran wrap.
But many animals end up on the news for fleeing slaughter, and trust me, if every animal got the chance to run they would. So let's take it upon ourselves to recognize the fact that non-human animals are individuals, even when it may be difficult to remember. Ask yourself...if you had to spend the day getting to know every animal you consume, would you still be able to eat them? #animalrights #vegan #consciousness #mindfulness #empathy #compassion #loveallbeings