Being kind and finding inspiration from others.
Rabbits have always held a very special place in my heart. My very first animal companion was a pink-eyed albino bunny I named Twinkles. I begged my parents for a white rabbit for months and was over the moon, when, on my seventh birthday I discovered my dream bunny in a pink hutch in our backyard. She was everything I imagined – gentle, shy, curious, brave, a little feisty, and very entertaining. What I didn’t know, at the time, was Twinkles had been destined to be slaughtered for meat by the farmer my parents purchased her from. I like to think of Twinkles as my first rescue. Since that time, I have had the privilege of sharing my home with many rabbits. Like all sentient beings, rabbits have distinct personalities and express their emotions and attitudes in very unique ways. As a “bottom of the food chain” prey animal, they live in a constant state of high alert and ready for fight, fright, or flight. Where Mother Nature short-changed the rabbit with self-defense abilities, she compensated by making rabbits prolific breeders, keeping their population from extinction. But it’s their innocence and vulnerability that I find so endearing.
Perhaps, one of the best explanations of the difference between predators and prey I have heard is from the person who first inspired me to become vegan. Dr. B. is a highly respected agricultural expert from India who is also a lifelong and multi-generational vegan: “Frankly speaking, is it not eating dead animals and calling it modern living. In fact when man was uncivilized living in forests was eating meat. With the recent researches, it is now established that vegetarianism is much healthier than eating animals. If you see human biology, and that of carnivorous animals, our system is better suited to vegetarianism. Just feel the looks of carnivorous animals like Wolf etc and herbivorous like rabbit etc you will see how cruel the carnivorous look and how innocent rabbit etc appear. It is a myth that our protein requirement can be met only by eating animals. I am rather thrilled to learn that veganism is becoming increasingly popular in the US, and that, too, among the younger generation.”
Thank you for being vegan.