Today boasts two beautiful reasons to smile: Gandhi's birthday and World Farmed Animals Day .
The website that explains WFAD states:
"Observed on (or around) October 2nd, World Farmed Animals Day is dedicated to exposing, mourning, and memorializing the more than 58 billion cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and other land animals who needlessly suffer and die every year in the world's factory farms and slaughterhouses."
The most striking part of that statement is that 58 billion animals are raised and slaughtered for food in this world per year (and that number doesn't even include the millions of sea animals raised and slaughtered each year). I think you'll agree with me when I say that needs to stop. I personally don't believe that a single animal should be made into food for human consumption, but to see that staggering number is something that gives me pause this morning.
Gandhi was an extraordinary and peaceful activist who left animals off of his plate. A few of my favorite quotes of his:
"The cow is a poem of compassion."
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
Another thing to note about today - two years ago in October, I made the leap to a vegan lifestyle, so this is kind of a birthday of sorts for me as well. What a way to celebrate and honor that choice than to also celebrate and honor a beautiful and compassionate soul and a humbling cause.
I love you all and am with you, whatever step you are at on your journey. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help, have any questions, or would like to share your story with me. I am always here!
Love, compassion, and lots of veggies,