Where: La Granja Live Poultry, 1355 Amsterdam Ave., NY, NY 10027
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time: 12pm – 2pm
RSVP on our Facebook page here
Please join our Christmas vigil, where we’ll bear witness, promote veganism, do outreach and document the lives of these birds and rabbits. Showing and sharing their photos brings their stories to the public, where people may have never noticed them before.
At our last vigil, one of the activists spoke to a grandmother and her grandchild. The little girl said she didn’t understand why we kill beautiful animals. The grandmother said she had seen and spoke to us before and as a result, had changed her diet to mostly rice and beans and drinking almond milk. Even when we don’t know it, we are having an effect on people and planting seeds.
If we continue to spread the idea of veganism, the demand for animal foods will go down. We are on the front lines, planting seeds and creating the awareness. Awareness is the beginning of change.
“When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to him who suffers, and try to help.” – Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom
“What else can we do for those who are not here? We cannot help save 6 million men, women and children who died. But to forget them would be a second death. I don’t think I am responsible for their first death. But I can be responsible, if I am not careful, in the second death.”
~Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor, Nobel Peace Laureate, Boston University Professor
Bearing witness together touches the collective spirit. It nourishes community support while sustaining the activists and building the movement. The public and even workers involved in animal slaughter can be positively affected and moved by love-based approaches to witnessing, so critical to building a massive, grassroots movement for animal rights and social justice. It also makes the individual grow stronger, as Ramakrishna recognized in the nineteen century: “But my heart has grown much, much larger, and I have learnt to feel [the suffering of others].” ~Anita Krajnc, Founder of Toronto Pig Save