While I am a vegetarian because I love animals, I try not to preach to people about animal causes. I think the best way for me to show my stance on this cause is to lead by example. Sure I love animal activists, but activism just doesn’t fit into my profession that well. As a journalist I’m supposed to appear neutral on politics and other causes. Lately, though, I do admit I have gotten a little more vocal on animals causes. I just can’t take all the animal abuse that continues to occur in this day and age. The last couple days have especially made me just want to scream.
For instance last night I got involved in a story that blew up on Twitter. A stupid restaurant in Los Angeles, Pink Taco, decided it would be “fun” to paint a donkey pink and put their name on him. They then chained him up in 80 degree weather outside the restaurant. That sure doesn’t sound like fun for the animal. I’m not showing the picture here because I can’t even look at the picture anymore without wanting to cry. My favorite tweet on this donkey abuse came from Stephanie Pratt who said “u couldn’t just get a pinata”. I’ve never seen The Hills, but I’m now following Stephanie on Twitter because she is absolutely right. I mean who came up with the idea of having a real donkey used in a dumb publicity stunt? A stunt that sure backfired thanks to someone else I’m now following on Twitter, Michelle Cho. Due to lovely ladies like them (and me and countless others) who tweeted the heck out of the donkey story, Pink Taco took down their FB and Twitter pages. Hmmm couldn’t stand the heat huh? Go here and vote on KTLA’s page to let them know this was indeed animal cruelty: http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-pink-taco-donkey-outrage,0,7749811.story
Today Michelle Cho tweeted another story that just kills me too. I often hear people who love animals say they also enjoy horse racing? Huh? You honestly think race horses are treated well? Okay I’m sure some are, but I am betting most don’t exactly live a dreamy life. Michelle tweeted an absolutely heartbreaking video of where many race horses end up, a slaughter auction. Please watch the video and take note particularly about a minute, 30 in when the auction starts. After that if you still enjoy the Kentucky Derby then you aren’t a true animal lover: https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3699
I also recently saw “Water for Elephants”. I couldn’t even stand to watch the elephant cruelty scenes. If you haven’t seen this yet, run, don’t walk. It’s a great movie, but it also brings to light abuse that still exists at many circuses. I find nothing fun about abuse. I especially would not take my daughter to see abused animals perform for a crowd. Please don’t support circuses that use animals. Need proof of the abuse at circuses? Watch this: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/circuses.aspx
Recently even when I see lamb chops I look away. I’m just thinking about how those baby animals were treated in their short lives and how they really aren’t much different then my dogs. So getting back to me leading by example? The best thing YOU can do is to try to give up meat. If you think it’s too hard to go cold turkey (so to speak), start with baby animals like veal and lamb, then expand it to everything else. Also don’t bet on horses, go to races, or watch them on TV. Same goes for circuses. The only thing that gets to animal abusers is money, so hit them in the wallet where it hurts and eventually your small contribution will lead to a big change. My hope is by the time my daughter is an adult she won’t have to live in a country that treats it’s innocent animals so poorly!