Dare to imagine being born as a cow, a pig or a chicken in a meat-eating world!
“If you honestly put yourself in the position of an animal enslaved in the meat industry, confined to an artificial world, denied the chance to live a long, healthy life, even denied sunlight most of the time, and then imagine yourself chained upside down by your legs at the slaughterhouse as someone cut your throat and dismembered your body, you would understand why the unconscionable tradition of meat-eating must be abolished. Compassion should be the driving force of evolution, not arrogance, greed and gluttony.”
~ Gary Yourofsky
Gary Yourofsky is an avid American born animal rights activist with a journalism degree from Oakland University who passionately speaks up against all forms of cruelty perpetrated against sentient beings around the world but most particularly by the mega-powerful food industries — beef, pork, poultry, fishing, dairy and eggs. However, he also ardently speaks up against the horrific treatment of animals that are inflicted by hunters, poachers and furriers as well as circuses, rodeos, bullfights, races (horse, dog, etc.), zoos and aquariums.
Starting in 2002 and on through 2005 and on behalf of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Gary Yourofsky has delivered countless impassioned speeches before tens of thousands of grade school and college students as well as adults.
But Yourofsky’s activism does not end with merely speaking because he has also participated in many demonstrations and raids which resulted in being arrested more than a dozen times but, more importantly, it resulted in significant changes. In 1997 for instance, Yourofsky raided a Canadian fur farm for which he was incarcerated in a maximum security prison but he also liberated more than 1,500 minks.
Gary Yourofsky’s compassion for animals started when he first witnessed elephants and bears being chained behind the scenes at circuses and upon closer inspection he saw physical scars on their bodies and despair in their eyes. This is when he became vegetarian but upon studies how animals are treated, he then transitioned into the vegan lifestyle of compassion.
Like Yourofsky, you too can find your compassion toward animals. All you need to do is visit a farm, a zoo or an aquarium and look deep into the eyes of the animals there. Dare to imagine being in their skins.
How do you think you would feel?
I would love to hear your thoughts!
Filed under: Animal Advocacy / Animal Rights
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