“Fighting animal cruelty by giving all slaughterhouses glass walls.”
Hanging With Protesters
Today I had the opportunity to hang out with the folks from Port Coquitlam Animal Save, a part of the international network known as, “The Save Movement,” taking action against cruelty. We were outside Lilydale Food Products, an animal processing plant and subsidiary of Sofina Foods.
To be honest, this was the first time that I have attended a protest as a vegan. Long story short, the experience today did not disappoint.
Who Is Port Coquitlam Animal Save?
The Port Coquitlam Animal Save organization was started as a reaction to animal cruelty reports in the Fraser Valley:
“Undercover footage shared by Mercy For Animals in June, 2017, showed the horrific mutilation and torture of live chickens at 12 farms in Chilliwack, BC. These chickens were headed for eventual slaughter at the Lilydale – Port Coquitlam, BC slaughterhouse.
Please join our peaceful weekly vigils. Everyone is welcome and some signs are provided, although you are welcome to bring your own.
Port Coquitlam Animal Save is a grassroots group whose mission is to give ‘all slaughterhouses glass walls. We are part of the ever growing Save Movement dedicated to shining a light on the darkness faced by animals.”
My Ethics Journey
I am going on my third year as a vegan. This does not mean that I have not had a bump or two along the way. Earlier this summer I fell off my personal vegan path. Although very brief, I learned one very important lesson about this chosen lifestyle: Diet and the subsequent health benefits are a great reason to start – Ethics is the path to sustainability.
Learning more about the activist movement against cruelty has helped deepen my understanding and commitment to veganism. I personally believe that the vegan community is getting lost in the weeds of science and medical evidence in an effort to justifying the vegan choice. When you participate in a protest, none of that matters.
In the interviews today, you will hear from Nicole, Richelle, John, and Barb. Each has their reasons for what they are protesting. I also wanted to find out about their own journey and what being vegan means to them.
The most exciting outcome from today was the feeling I walked away with. Members were inviting and willing to share their views with warmth and openness. The diversity of the group was particularly appealing, with folks from all ages and varying levels of commitment to plant-based living.
If you want to learn more about how to take a stand against cruelty, check out the Port Coquitlam Animal Save Facebook Page. Also head on over to these other compassion focused projects designed to launch you into the fabulous world of vegan living:
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