National Animal Rights Day 2013 Los Angeles

58 thoughts on “National Animal Rights Day 2013 Los Angeles”

  1. So many questions! Beginning with why did I ever leave LA?? I know the answer, and I had to leave, but I am so proud and envious of all the good work you all are doing (and all the great vegan food you have access to!).

    Kara, what was the reason you gave to people for wanting the dead bodies? (By the way, SO brave of you to volunteer for this not-at-all “minor” part in the protest!) Although you had to play along with the farmers and slaughterers, I wonder if there might have been even the tiniest opportunity to crack through their polished calloused veneers to plant a seed of doubt that what they are doing is evil…. Perhaps that is a job for another day, though.

    I’m so proud of all of you – your strength and your caring. Happy to call some of you my friends now, and wish to meet everyone eventually.

    One last question – did you get any spectators? Was there any press coverage?

    1. Hi Rebecca. Yeah, LA is vegan heaven, that’s for sure. We’re pretty spoiled here. You should come back!

      Unfortunately, the details I gave in this post are all the details I feel comfortable giving at this time as to the collection of animals etc.

      There were a few moments that Vida tried to plant a few seeds (always an activist) but I think when someone’s lifestyle is being supported by their work, no matter what that work may be, there is an even thicker wall to break through. Not to say it can’t be done (it has), just that it’s much, much harder. I’ve got to admire her for trying.

      We got a very big crowd of spectators throughout the day. People saw what we were doing, stopped and looked, asked our outreach volunteers questions, took leaflets. Some vowed to go vegan that very day. Of course, there were some who laughed, but the ones that laugh do so out of being uncomfortable. Often those people are the ones most impacted by AR demos — a seed is planted.

    1. So am I, Amanda. So am I.

      Now I have a much better grasp of what you were talking about in your last post, Kara: https://veganrabbit.com/2013/05/30/fear-in-animal-rights-activism

      The selfless courage it took to face the hands-on killers and to keep your true motives hidden from them and to perform your part in honoring these priceless, precious beings is a form of activism that requires you to strip away all fear for your own well-being.

      What means the most to me is that you refused to let these little ones be forgotten, ignored, belittled. You showed the world — not just the passersby but the many humans who will learn about that dramatic day through word of mouth — that each creature counts. That each is worthy of our affection and respect. That each has endless good to give, if they were but given the chance to live and express their unique, irreplaceable selves.

      When I Goodsearched in hopes of finding news coverage of the event, I typed in the words “National Animal Rights Day Santa Monica.” There was one small advance article about Vegan Boss performing. But I could find no post-event coverage. Sadder still, the links that did pop up told of a shooting rampage in Santa Monica that left five dead. Five humans, that is. As if humans are the only beings worth remembering.

      The truth is, none of us will ever understand and experience our full humanity until we tenderly enfold each and every animal in our hearts, our heads, and, when appropriate, in our hands. Thank you for expressing your full humanity that day, and every day, Kara.

  2. I don’t think I have the strength to do what you all did. Thank you. Reading this brought tears to my eyes and left me inspired to do more…

  3. Kara, I just finished re-reading this post and I am holding back the tears, but just barely. Until now I had no idea of the full extent of your participation in preparing for the NARD event. Though you, as usual, do an excellent descriptive job, I can only imagine what it must have truly felt like to have entered into that world and have had to put your emotions on hold, to tamp down your revulsion, your grief and anger — because it “had to be done.” Yes, when the need is there, we must do the hard work that others may not be able to face.

    What you had to say about the people who do the other “work that has to be done,” and your revelation, is crucial and should be read by every animal advocate to understand the reality of things:

    “I never thought the people responsible for so much suffering and pain would be such generous and kind people (to humans, at least). That was probably the biggest shock to me. I was expecting to be greeted by cold, stiff, almost robot-like people — mean people — but instead I came face to face with a simple, struggling family just trying to make ends meet and give their kids a good life.”

    But, of course, further on you don’t let them of the ethical hook:

    “He profits from the murder of animals. He has no remorse for killing them . . .”

    But you recognize that even though you have come face to face with “the enemy,” he is also a human being (not a cold killing machine) who can even be friendly and welcoming, albeit someone who has had to kill off his own sense of compassion.

    When your emotional “levee” broke at the ceremony it triggered an emotional reaction in me and a feeling of empathy, knowing that it went beyond the impact of the ceremony itself, though not knowing how far beyond. Kara, I am so glad I was able to be there to participate in that historic and moving event. But more than anything I am glad that going through the process you describe so eloquently in your post has brought you to this:

    “My faith in humanity has been renewed by this experience and although I know it won’t be easy, I believe that there is hope.”

    Yes, kiddo, as a certain older (and perhaps wiser) AR comrade might very well have said! Keep the fires burning, sweetheart, but keep the hope aflame as well.

    Love,
    Robb

    1. Robb. I love you. I really do. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see you at N.A.R.D. Hearing you recite that beautiful poem was one of the highlights of my experience that day. I had read it before, but it’s always so much better hearing it coming straight from you.

      When I think of hope for animals, I think of you and that post you wrote (that apparently was inspired by yours truly) that you know I love so much. (If anyone reading this hasn’t seen it — it’s great: http://vegmonologues.com/2012/02/19/love-hope-joy/.)

      Certain people I showed this post to before posting it were concerned that people reading it would criticize me for “sympathizing” with a person who murders for a living. To that I say, if I’m not honest, I can’t call myself a writer. I understand the reasons people in those industries do what they do, but I don’t believe that they are justifiable or condonable reasons by any means. But just because something cannot be justified doesn’t mean it cannot be understood. I understand that this is the way this person was brought up. He was brought up to kill animals and think nothing of it. How different is that from people like us who lived our lives for so many years as non-vegans, purchasing “food” from people like him? We weren’t always vegan. As animal rights activists, we have to be able to identify with people, their stories, and their reasons for doing what they do if we hope to help them see the harm they are causing. This doesn’t mean we condone, excuse or agree with their behavior, only that we are able to understand their reasons for it, unethical as they may be. I am so glad you understand this as well.

      Love you! ❤

    2. Thank you Robb for your support and appreciation. I love what you said and how well you said it and your poem at the event.

  4. Kara, I can’t imagine what you must have been through. I just regret not having had any part in helping because of (what turned out to be very lousy) family obligation. It is my hope to be able to contribute, even in a minor way, in the future. I am deeply moved by all the work you and everyone else has accomplished.

  5. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. Ge 9:3 So when you’re done bathing chickens and robbing them of the essential oils that they need to maintain proper body temperature you can just lop their heads off to keep them from suffering and send their frozen carcasses over here. It’s what’s for dinner.

    1. I am so very sorry that your situation in life is so unfortunate that you feel the need to express such cold, calloused, immature and cruel comments on a post that took a lot of heart and emotion to write, just so you can feel better about yourself for the pathetic, lonely, and small-minded person you are. Clearly there is some part of you that deep down knows that exploiting animals for human purposes is wrong. If you didn’t feel that way, why would you feel the need to justify your lifestyle here among people who deeply care for issues outside the scope of their own little world of consumerism, vanity and egocentricity? I hope you can one day find peace within your own life, because until you do, you will forever be the lonely, pitiful internet troll with nothing better to do than put others down in a very sad attempt to pick yourself up.

  6. Sad indeed that this miserable person felt the need to respond in such a way! Oh and by the way, apparently the idiot didn’t bother to research about bathing chickens — a 10 second google search showed me that bathing chickens when they are especially dirty is not detrimental and many people do it!

    1. I feel sorry for people like him. I have no anger toward him. There was a time when I would become furious at comments like this. No more. I see him for what he is and I pity him. I’m so fortunate to have so many like-minded people in my life who care so much about important issues and causes. I have a purpose in life. When I come across someone like this person I can’t help but shake my head and say “Don’t you see? This is why you are so lonely.” No one who is truly content with their life feels the need to put others down.

  7. I love all of the story! Best part is the focus on the living and NOW FREE beings Lucky and Fluke! I know now they will always have access to the air, the sun and yes (even to the undoing of a bath) to good Earth that they will enjoy their dust-bathing in. I too would want the stench of a slaughterhouse and the confines of a cage to be cleansed from me. I’d want fresh liberty anew in my feathers and in my bones.
    Thank you for this amazing post that honor victims and also celebrates life!

    1. They definitely loved their bath. We researched it beforehand and made sure the water was nice and warm, but not too warm, and didn’t let any soap near their faces. It hasn’t been too long and they’re already starting to get poofy again! They’re starting to look like how chickens are supposed to look — healthy. I’ll be posting more pictures when they go to their permanent home. 🙂

      1. Oh… I didn’t mean to imply that giving them a bath was the wrong thing. Not at all! I’ve given my hens a bath too for assorted reasons and it seemed quite enjoyable for them and the total right thing to do!
        I know you’ll find them wonderful forever homes. They have received as a gift what they all deserve by a right. Thank you for making this happen. ❤

        1. I didn’t think you were implying that, don’t worry. There is a comment above you that implies that. I thought you may have been alluding to that comment my my defense. ❤

          1. I was and I did… There are always those buzz-kills out there who try to rain on the parade of others. I try to draw as little attention to them as possible. What they say or do comes from a dark heart. — What you are doing is life-affirming. ‘Nuff said! 😉

  8. Hi… i live in houston, tx and with all my heart i want, i wish to be part of this movement. I need to do this. Please, let me know what i have to do or where i have to go to join.

    1. You can look for groups on meetup.com or even Facebook. I always like to empower people to start something in their town if there isn’t already a group. There could other people nearby who want to get involved with animal rights activism looking for a group but you’d never know unless you started one up and rallied everyone together. There is also absolutely no shame in doing activism by yourself — it’s actually pretty badass. Direct Action Everywhere has a great how-to guide for starting your own activist community and planning actions here: http://directactioneverywhere.com/resources/

  9. Wow what a wonderful detailed story. you two are much tougher than I am walking into a slaughterhouse the images would live forever in my mind. So great you rescued the two hens.
    I participated in the NYC event and it was also heart wrenching.
    take care

  10. Should get a pingback for your blog and your NARD post from me, I linked to it in my blog post SONG FOR THE LIBERATORS =)

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

    1. Poor little rabbit. Of course he should try to get the rabbit veterinary help if there’s anything that can be done to at least prolong his life or make his ailment less painful (it looks at the very least pretty uncomfortable). True, he or she is a wild rabbit and we can’t hospitalize every single wild animal, but I’d like to think that when we have the opportunity to help someone we wouldn’t shy away from it just because there are others who need help as well.

  11. As i was reading and seeing your pictures i was filled with tears for those poor animals that didn’t get the chance to live i first watched a video yesterday about how they tortured chicken i didn’t sleep at all last night my eyes are swollen to this point since yesterday i have made my own pledge to never eat meet again i just wanted ti say thank you fir what your doing what your doing inspires me to be like you and i hope that one day my dream of saving animals lives will come true if you ever need help with anything i am located in the list Angeles area so message me nothing in this world would make me more happy than to save an animals life.

    1. So glad to hear you are committed to not eating meat. You are doing a very good thing. Remember, we should always push our comfort zone to be the best person we can be. Never settle for less than you know you are capable of. If you need any support, I’m here.

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