October 2, 2012

World Farm Animals Day

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi

It's World Farm Animals Day!

Sponsored by: ecoVegan

World Farm Animal Day was founded in 1983 as part of an international campaign of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), a nonprofit organization based outside of Washington, D.C. According to their website, FARM "pursues animal liberation through vegan education and animal advocacy campaigns and works with local volunteers to host activities and events, and serves as a resource by providing information, guidance, materials, media outreach, and an online events directory to animal rights activists." They chose October 2nd, because it was Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. He advocated love and justice towards animals, as he was an outspoken vegetarian which he believed tied into his non-violent lifestyle.

I'm particularly excited to celebrate today. I've been an herbivore for close to four years now, and one of my best friends just happens to be a farm animal...

After going to a local agriculture fair early in the first few years I lived alone, I saw a cow-colored mini-rex rabbit I instantly became besotted with. His T-Rex-ish arms were both humorous and adorable, while his perky little ears reminded me of the Velveteen Rabbit. I went home that night, researched mini-rex's, found a lady nearby whose rabbits had just had a litter, and connected with her. I had never entertained the idea of getting an animal friend while living the glorious bachelorette life (I didn't want to be tied down to anything), but the moment the lady sent me a picture of my new potential bunny, I fell absolutely in love...

I waited patiently for weeks until Boone was old enough to come home with me. When he was, I brought him into the living room, placed him on the couch, and we looked at each other. He blinked at me. I blinked at him. Suddenly I realized I had no idea what I was doing - I had only ever had cats growing up. So, I asked him: "What now?" He wrinkled his nose and head-butted my hand so I could pet him. Neither one of us knew what we were doing or what the future would hold.

Years later, and I'm still madly in love with him. The idea of keeping him in a cage just didn't sit right with me - the point of getting a bunny wasn't to have something to look at from afar, it was to have a friend I could interact with. I ended up litter-training him, so he could run around the house like a cat. I'm amazed at how much personality Boone has - he's funny, out-going, loving (on his terms), and pretty relaxed.

Every day I'm thankful for his presence in my life. It's a reminder of the compassionate lifestyle and diet I abide by. Animals are friends... not food.

(And if you feel like it, Boone has a Facebook Page. He's a lazy poster, though... something about the lack of thumbs and a keyboard.)

I'm celebrating today with ecoVegan. They've been a great support of Almanac of Eat's attempt to eat the year entirely on a plant-based diet. I'm thankful for their participation as they're both a compassionate and environmentally‐aware company. They value the idea of creating a healthier and happier world - for the environment, people, and animal friends by providing consumers nutritious, delicious, affordable and natural vegan food.

Happy World Farm Animals Day!

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