#30daysblogging You’re vegan, not god.

Day 25

Post is an idea from Nancy, an outspoken girl who had just married the love of her life. Say congrats to her! Woot woot!

Nancy gave me a pandora box… something that she would regret because when I talk about animal welfare, I will start bitching. Are you ready?

Talking about animal welfare could really provoke me, thus sometimes I avoid talking about it. I have mixed feeling about Animal Welfare Organization (both governmental and non-governmental – oh wait, who am I kidding? No such thing as governmental Animal Welfare Org, Govt doesn’t care!).

I am of course supporting all the animal welfare org’s with all my heart. I do my best to volunteer once in a while and keep myself updated about some issue I care the most. But on the other side, sometimes the bitchy side of me can’t help the attitudes of some of the members or volunteers of most Animal Welfare Org’s. They’re mostly vegan and oh honey, you don’t want to hear me commenting about Vegan people.

I love animals, no doubt. But I’m not Vegan. Does that make me love animal less? This is the most debatable topic in every animal welfare org’s. We have to be vegan in order to join them, because being animal’s friend means we can’t eat them. Hmm… it is true when you put it that way. And I do understand about all the animal slaughter story and trust me, my heart wrenched when I read/watched it. But I am an omnivore, I can’t don’t want to delete meats from my diet.

And that is why I avoid talking to vegan people. They would debate it like my choice is wrong, like I SHOULD NOT be an animal welfare supporter when I, in the first place, still eat meats. Suddenly it does sound like a religion. And I hate it. I hate those Vegans who think they are better than anybody else just because they don’t eat meat. I mean, THANK YOU for your sacrificial selfless act, oh hail saints, but I thought since you LOVE THEM very much, you don’t sacrifice yourself. I hate their smug face when they say “Sorry, I don’t eat that. I don’t eat meat at all. Do you know how horrible they killed chicken?” and then showing their smug face and try to convert people to vegetarianism/veganism. It’s like trying to convert someone’s religion. F yourself. You’re no better.

And yes, this includes mothers who feed their children vegan food. LET THEM CHOOSE WHAT THEY WANT IN THEIR LIFE!!!

Anyone’s dietary choice is anyone’s individual choice, who are you to judge?

I understand there is some people who went Vegan because they couldn’t eat meat or they didn’t like meat (I actually have a friend who doesn’t like meat) and they don’t go around telling people how good they are. It’s their choice and they don’t shove it on your face. I, myself, did try to be a vegetarian once (because of the pressure) and I failed miserably… And I’m not ashamed to admit it that I LOVE PORK just too much I’m so happy when I eat it! My life is meaningful because of pork! Yes! And salmon! Oh god, salmon!

Can’t we all just accept that everyone’s different?! Vegan is not better than the rest of the people! Oh I hate people who thinks they are better than the rest! Everyone is equal! We’re just in different chapters of our lives!!!

Anyway…. I should stop yelling in my mind because it’s kinda noisy.

Well… Ahem, beside the “veganism” part of animal welfare, I do support all animal welfare movements. :) However I put more attention to puppy mills issue and dolphins captivity issue.

I remember when Wenwen, one of many Dolphins “purchased” by RWS, died (read here) and I started to cry like I just lost a sister or a friend. It was so sad I felt so much anger inside because it happened and NOBODY could do anything. You know it’s the worst feeling when you feel sad and helpless. I really really wished I had a genie, just to grant my wish for all the government in the world to apply a real Act for dolphin in captivity. To release them all.

I know it sounds weird for common people who are not familiar with animal welfare, but I DO care a lot. I just don’t know why. Animals can’t talk, they just show gestures. We are their mouths, so we have to talk on behalf of them. :) I was born around animals and I always have weak heart for them. :) I especially love dogs and dolphins. :)

What about you? Any thoughts about animal welfare you know?

Cheers,

May, didn’t mean to be bitching.

 

The True Fact of Dolphins in Captivity

This post was written and published on 07 Oct 2011. This is a REPOST.

I was volunteering with SPCA on a World Animals Day last two weeks at the East Coast Beach. My concern used to be abused pets since I really love dogs and I’ve been living with dogs since I was one day old.

I was a signaler for the agility championship and I had the time of my life watching these smart creatures, until on a break time, I walked along the booths of the animal fair and found out about a smarter creature, much MUCH smarter creature, Dolphins.

I was touched with this “Save the Saddest Dolphins” campaign, and straightaway signed the petition.

A week later, Ric O’Barry came to Singapore, and I had a chance to attend a dialogue session with him. I was inspired by so many people who have done a lot for this cause and of course, him. He was a funny and optimistic guy and human race must be very proud to have him.

On the dialogue, someone asked “if there were no dolphins in aquarium, how would our children see them? Dolphin watching is expensive. Not everyone can afford such cruise to see dolphins.”

Then Ric replied, “We have to start teaching children to control their desires. That’s the only thing that we can do to save the environment. I want to see snow leopards, doesn’t mean we have to drag them from Himalayas. My kid loves dinosaur, we don’t have dinos at the zoo. What you want is not always what you get.

And he received one hell of a great clap.

No excuses are allowed to do any harm to the environment.

I was never keep my eyes off from this issue ever since.

Here’s why:

  1. Dolphin is a very VERY intelligent being, could have been even more intelligent than human being. Dolphin has emotion, like us. They can feel sad, depressed, happy and free.
  2. Dolphin’s primary sense is sound. They can send sonar signal to kilometers away, and when they’re being captured in a man-made pool (however big it is) they can’t stand the sonar being repulsed back to them and they also can’t stand the sound of cheering audience. :(
  3. Dolphins have feelings. When they were captured in the ocean, separated from their families and friends they felt a traumatic fear. And then when they were forced to train for tricks just to get dead medicated fish, they turned to be depressed. Now they just swim round and round and round and round and go slowly mad.
  4. Dolphins can commit suicide. It’s because they’re that intelligent. Some of captivated dolphins still have hopes to get back to the ocean and some of them who just couldn’t take it anymore, committed suicide.
  5. Dolphins save human lives. But look what humans do to them. :( You are given a chance to save theirs back. Let’s do this!

What we can do:

  • If you had time and energy, volunteering. You could volunteer to any NGO concerning about this issue, such as ACRES.
  • If you had extra money, donating.
  • If you had friends, tell them about the TRUE FACT. Spread the word. Silence is agony.
  • If you have DVD player, watch The Cove.
  • If you have twitter, tweet “#letthedolphinsgo everyday until something happens. Never lose faith.
  • If you had self respect, please DON’T EVER EVER buy tickets to Dolphin shows, or tickets to aquarium that has dolphins.

I’ve written this post just simply because I found out the truth and I want everyone to experience the same thing. There’s no other intention to promote or demote any organizations or corporations. There are reasons why you were born in this world, and maybe one of them is this. :)

Cheers,

May.

07 October 2011

UPDATE! (2013)

Resort World Sentosa still hasn’t released the dolphins. On November 22nd, Wen Wen, a dolphin that was shipped from Phillipines to Singapore and supposed to add more crowds in Sentosa died. ACRES held a memorial service at Clarke Quay and spread more awareness about this issue. As hurtful to see a died Dolphin, we hoped that RWS finally could open their eyes to the fact but they didn’t.

Two days ago, I saw a bias news on local TV, advertising how putting dolphins in aquarium is good for kids’ education. I was SICK of them, those hypocrite people who puts their own needs and pretend like they are not aware of this issue.

SILENCE IS AGONY!

I don’t mean to be some animal activist freak who thinks they are better than other people and I am not a vegetarian myself so I don’t have the rights to talk like I’m doing some changes for the dolphins. What I know is I DO REALLY CARE about this issue and I found this to be very disturbing and ALL I CAN DO IS writing this, to raise awareness.

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NEVER GO TO THE DOLPHIN SHOWS. EVER! I believe people who reads my blog are smart and logical. Remember that Victor Hugo said “Conscience is the highest justice.” If your conscience thinks it’s right to satisfy your entertainment needs for going to the dolphin shows, go ahead. But again, educate yourself with facts, don’t hide under the bed and chose not knowing. You’re not knowing doesn’t mean the problem is not there. Just trust your conscience. I do.

Cheers,

May.

11/04/2013