April 10, 2013

National Farm Animals Day

"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it." - Samuel Butler

It's National Farm Animals Day!

According to the FarmAnimalsDay.com website, today was created by "Animal Rescuer, Vegetarian and Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige" to promote awareness about animals raised intentionally for slaughter. Paul McCartney said, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls we'd all be vegetarians." It wasn't some cliche health scare tactic or animal right's propaganda - it was the truth. Consider this: most of the meat you're eating comes from animals who were raised in cages so small that they can't turn around in it (many of them also live their life in their own waste as these cages never get cleaned). The animals are brutally mutilated in the process, shoved full of antibiotics to help "heal"open sores, injected with hormones to grow bigger and faster than they're naturally supposed to, and never experience any form of relationship with another creature in their very short, deprived lifespan (time and time again, scientists and doctors have proven that animals need companionship, love, and community just as much as people do).

I don't know about you, but none of that sounds appetizing to me.

Today is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the farms and their practices in your local area. You should also consider participating in "Meatless Mondays", a national movement to forgo eating animal products once a week. While it may not seem like a huge contribution, not only are you giving your digestive organs a break from having to process animals fat, by not supporting factory farming or raising animals-for-food - even for one day - you're helping to ease up on the overuse and abuse of our natural resources (of which raising animals for slaughter does).

Keep an open mind and an open heart today and every day. Your diet can change your life... change the world.

Happy National Farm Animals Day!

(Boone doesn't look entirely happy - or much like a rabbit - here, but trust me: he is treated like a prince!).