You all know I'm vegan and love to eat vegan food, but I rarely mention why I chose this lifestyle. First and foremost, animal cruelty in the meat and dairy industry has sickened me so much that I cannot stand to eat food another living being has suffered for. There is much more to be said about a vegan diet, but I'll save that for another post. The thing is, the more I learn about the treatment of animals in aspects besides food (the fur industry, pet stores, entertainment, etc) the more shocked and appalled I become. Honestly, I think the majority of people just have no clue what happens to these animals, and even if you don't agree with PETA, I believe they deserve props for exposing the cruelty inflicted on animals that largely goes ignored.
I was really disappointed to see an ad for the Ringling Brothers Circus on a PDX bus yesterday...apparently the circus is coming to Portland Sept. 2 - 5. The elephants performing in the "saddest show on earth" are held captive, brutally beaten, shocked, and whipped during training to learn tricks that an elephant is simply not designed to perform. It enrages me that mankind continues to use violence and power to dominate animals. Someone needs to wake up and realize that animals are helpless to the evils of humans; they need to be protected and sheltered from the cruel hand of man!
I am urging to you become informed about what is really going on with animals in the entertainment industry. Ignorance may seem like bliss, but it's time for a reality check.
Visit Ringling Bros Beats Animals to read the stories of the animals enslaved to the circus. I understand these images can be very hard to see, I myself can barely stomach it, but if you love animals you must take a stand. If you live in Portland, Food Fight is organizing protests against the upcoming circus show. Click here to get involved.