Friday, July 8, 2011
A Voice for the Voiceless
Many times I express to people that I love being a voice for the voiceless.
One thing that the gay community and the vegan community have in common is that people in both communities have the opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless (someone could respond to this and say that every community has this opportunity and that is a whole other blog post!). When I think of the voiceless I think of chickens jammed in a crate, a Saudi man being beheaded because he was perceived to be gay, beautiful pigs realizing they are about to be killed, a gay man with full-blown AIDS and no medical insurance, the cows in a transport truck on their way to slaughter, the wife of a woman hospitalized after a car wreck and not allowed to see her wife because of someones bigotry, etc.
Every one of you could think of many more "voiceless" to add to this list. By the time I will have finished this blog post I will have thought of dozens more.
Each day I try to do something for the voiceless. Today it involves writing this blog and working on our Cruelty-Free World business which allows Mike and I to raise thousands of dollars for groups working to help the voiceless. I also am going to promote vegan baking, which I love to do and helps people embrace veganism in an amazing way. Mike has been making scrumptious vegan ice cream at the house. When you taste it, there is really no need for dairy ice cream or the suffering that is supported by purchasing it.
There are so many ways to be a voice for the voiceless these days. Most animal rights and human rights groups have websites with action opportunities. Two of my favorite are at Amnesty International (http://www.amnestyusa.org/) and at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (http://www.peta.org/). Both pages have easy action alert items that you can help out with in a manner of moments.
When there is a light shone on cruelty, torture and inhumane acts, sometimes the victim of those acts can be supported. When it comes to animals it doesn't happen often yet the more people realize what we do to animals every day, the better chance for the animals in the future. One can see the evidence in this will the number of people who choose to become vegan every week, and the number of food spots and restaurants that offer vegan options. Compare this to how many place had vegan options just two or three years ago and you will be stunned.
If you would like to see the list of organizations that Mike and I support through Cruelty-Free World, check out the Cruelty-Free World Facebook fan page. They all do amazing work to support the voiceless and help make the world a better place for all living beings.
What will you do today to be a voice for the voiceless?
Thank you for reading my blog. I have been truly grateful for all of the support and incredible feddback received!