late night story about breaking my veganism: i went vegan on january 1st for a few different reasons. number one, obviously animal cruelty. if you’ve watched just one film about it, you would too. but then i learned about the horrific environmental impact it has on the planet as well. industrial waste, it’s the number 1 greenhouse pollutant, not to mention all of the toxic poisons, hormones, antibiotics they are pumping the animals with as well.
about a month ago i went to cape cod. had an amazing time. and had fish for the first time in a long time. in damn near all of my meals. i thoroughly enjoyed it. my friend said jokingly i went on a “murder spree”. i laughed, felt guilt, but still, i enjoyed it.
cut to this weekend at bethelwoods harvest festival (where the original site of woodstock happened.) there was an alpaca stand selling scarves, mittens and sweaters. next to it, a small wooden square fence with a mother alpaca, and her two babes. people were taking pictures, children laughing, poking and prodding the young alpaca. i just stood there. watched the whole scene, took it in. the helpless trapped animals, right next to the stand their fur was on display for sale. the youngest alpaca had a look on his face, he was pissed, he knew the scenario was fucked up. like a face i’ve seen on children in photos of war torn countries. innocent rebellion. he kept running from the annoying children sticking him with their fingers.
then, at once, all of the people left, and it was just me and the animals. the mother slowly walked up to me, starring me in the face, and started making a sound. she was talking to me. she was begging for help in a way a person held captive by a kidnapper couldn’t express they were being held captive in front of their abductor. she was talking to me. she talked to me. she knew i knew. and i did.
they are just like us. mothers with children, born on the planet to roam free, not to be held captive for fur or tortured for food. i went 8 months being strict and i broke and the universe sent me a clear message.
if you’ve ever thought about going completely vegan, or vegetarian, or if you’re a puppy lover, cat lover, or call yourself an environmentalist, consider a vegan diet today. not only for the animals sake, but for the planet as well.