I never thought I would ever be considered an activist. But then a few years ago I was invited to hand out some brochures at our local college. A couple of hours later I felt such a sense of accomplishment. Handing out brochures and talking to some of the students about the benefits of a vegan diet felt like I was helping to make a difference.
Animals are individual beings that have instincts, emotions, and a language of their own. Unfortunately, just because we can herd and contain animals for food and entertainment, we have disconnected that they are individuals with personalities and should be able to live the way they were designed. When I made this connection I realized that I can live a happy and healthful life without causing any harm to any animal. I can get all the nourishment I need from a plant based diet.
When I saw the needs at local domestic animal agencies, it pained me to see cats and dogs in cages. I knew I had to help in some way. I started with volunteering, and I began capturing some feral cats in my own neighborhood and had them spayed or neutered so they would not continue to produce more kittens. Then I helped form a non-profit organization with a mission to help local shelters with a spay and neuter program in our community.
Several years ago I attended a Vegetarian Society potluck. This is where I learned about vegans and I began reading and learning about the benefits of a plant-based diet and I have never looked back. I always invite people to come and join us so they can see what a healthy plant-based meal is all about. A few years ago I started a local radio program called the Fresh Cafe to talk to the experts in the plant-based nutrition field.
Using my voice for animals is rewarding work and I encourage anyone with a heart to help animals to pick one thing that you can do to make a difference. Because we can all do something.
IF you want to help protect the animals you can make a donation, volunteer your time at a shelter, pass out flyers, and/or change your diet to a plant-based diet. You can make a difference. I can tell you from my experience that by stepping out of the norm and using your voice in some way to advocate for animals, it will give you back more joy knowing you are helping animals.
For the animals,