Posted on Apr 19, 2018
By Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn
If we look at any movement throughout history, we see oppressed people fighting for their rights and equality. Those oppressed people have economic value in society, so ultimately when they riot, boycott, vote, or demonstrate, they win over time because of their economic power. When people boycotted the busses with Martin Luther King, there was a loss of business, which motivated better laws. When women demonstrated for equality, politicians wanted their vote and went their way. Animals, on the other hand, have no economic standing at all. They cannot vote, demonstrate, or boycott for their rights and liberties. The only way animals will gain freedom and better standing in our society is if we, the animal lovers, fight for them. When we boycott products that cause animals harm and support products that support animals, then we are creating economic reasons for animals to be treated better. When we vote for politicians who support animals, we are voting on behalf of animals. And when we show big business what we are willing to tolerate and what we are not, big business bends to our will.
The animal rights movement is the biggest anti-bullying campaign there has ever been! These innocents are being bullied, tortured, and killed and we must stand up for them! They cannot tell someone about it, and they have no voice. They cannot gain attention for it; they are often unseen inside the slaughterhouse, dairy, and laboratory walls. They cannot grow up and finally stand up for themselves; they are enslaved for their entire lives. We are teaching our children in schools and in their homes that if they see someone being bullied, they must tell someone and do something to stop it. But animals are being bullied every single day in this country: what are we doing to stop it?
Adopting a plant-based diet is how we stop the bullies! It is how we become the voice of the voiceless, and the witness to the unseen. It is how we stand up for what is right and lobby for the oppressed. It is how we set things right, and how we change the history books. Just like we currently read about the civil rights movement, suffragette movement, or past oppression of different religions, we can make changes right now to our diets to ensure that our grandchildren will be reading about what we used to do to animals and how we stood up to the bullying of animals for good! Will you stand with me?!