Ringling Bros to End Live Elephant Show

Wow! What a win for elephants & for all those who boycotted, protested, petitioned, and spoke out against the cruel and abusive treatment of elephants at the circus. Ringling Bros is expected to end their elephant shows by 2018, but what happens then?

 

While we are thrilled that the elephant acts are ending, it brings up an interesting question: Will people have as much exposure to elephants? For many people, their love of elephants stemmed from a childhood experience at the circus. Many kids take field trips to the circus in school, not as a fun activity, but as a type of cultural exposure.

 

After time, will people fail to recognize the majesty of the elephant?

 

Probably not – thanks to the good ole internet.

 

Luckily, elephants will no longer be subjected to cruel circus practices. Now… to work on the poaching and ivory trade….

 

Baby elephant & mom

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Why the “V” Word is Dirty

By Megan Vick

 

Too many people have a visceral reaction upon reading or seeing the ‘V’ word. It means many things to many people, but almost all of those reactions are negative. Whether you turn up your nose and sneer, or stare confusedly when you try to process what the word encompasses, few people are supportive of the lifestyle, the community, and the label.

 

That’s right… it’s “Vegan”

 

Why does this word illicit such reactions in mainstream society? Is it the unknown and/or confusing lifestyle choices of vegans: not consuming animals, not wearing them, and not using animal-tested products? Doubtful. Is it the fear that vegans aren’t getting enough nutrition? Possibly. Is it the belief that all vegan food must be boring salads day after day after day? Maybe. Is it the preachy, pushy, holier-than-thou attitude of many well-intentioned people who are so passionate about the cause that they come across as butt heads? Most likely.

 

And yes, I just used the phrase “butt heads.”

 

“Vegan” is such a dirty word because of the in-your-face tactics of organizations who oppose animal-cruelty and of the in-your-face conversations of people who cannot fathom why society still consumes animals. But guess what? It’s a vicious cycle. The longer people choose to sneer at the vegan community and the vegan lifestyle, the longer organizations and people will have to keep fighting to be heard. The longer people believe vegan food is flavorless, the longer it will take to have mainstream vegan food across the country and the world. The longer vegans berate people with their beliefs, the longer it will take for meat-eaters to give a damn. Regardless of whether or not you are vegan, it’s wrong to sneer, judge, and discriminate against a person for his or her choices. Whether it’s race, gender, religion, politics, dietary choices, hair color, type of car you drive, who you love, music you listen to – we should ask questions to understand and to come together as a people – not further segment ourselves in an increasingly global society.

 

Seek first to understand, then to be understood. – Stephen Covey

 

Namaste.