What is the state of our collective consciousness, our collective soul, when we empower industries that profit from atrocity: whether it is the vanity-laden fur industry, or the vanity-laden leather industry, or the vanity-laden animal entertainment industry, or the vanity-laden animal research industry.
In all those industries, the “need” or “curiosity” of humans is paramount. The animal gets only enough consideration for humans to avoid fines and penalties. Some of the time. Many times, more than you want to believe, the animals are horribly treated. More horribly than you can imagine. Unless you can imagine being skinned alive and left to die from exposure and shock.
That is a sad state of affairs.
But we can change this if, today, you become part of the solution:
- Reach out to an animal rights group.
- Start reading.
- Start watching the atrocious state of affairs for animals.
Here is the trailer for Cry of the Innocent, a 2012 film by Katherine Lowson, a film that exposes the ugly underbelly of the industry that puts innocuous little fur thingies on your clothes. So, even if you are not decked out in movie-star-fur regalia, like JLo or one of the Kardashians, you may still be contributing to the horrendous fur trade. A trade that stops at no animal for vanity. And at no practice. An industry that will skin an animal alive. That will purchase fur knowing – or choosing to ignore – its very own horrific underbelly.
Start volunteering or donating.
But first, stop wearing fur. Any fur. What do you think happens to horses that are no longer useful and are sent to slaughter? Do you know whether you’re wearing a horse?
And don’t think “faux” fur is considerably better. Many times, it is NOT FAUX!! And it still sends the message that you want to wear an animal’s skin. I mean, seriously.
For folks in the Atlanta area, the group Georgia Animal Rights and Protections, founded in 2003, has over 700 members, and is an awesome group that can provide you with not only information, but also consistent opportunities to help the plight of animals. Here’s a photo from our work day yesterday. The zen of mucking stalls.
More to follow about Iron Gait Percherons – Draft Horse Rescue, where horses are saved from many fates, including being the leather on your shoes or the accent on your purse strap.