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Holy Cow: I am proud to be an ANIMAL

Published November 28, 2015 by Jeannette Louise Smith

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything in regard to animal rights. Reading David Duchovny’s book, Holy Cow, reminded me why I stopped writing: I lost faith in the human animal. Without revealing the gory details, suffice it to say: I am committed to avoiding the Evil Tongue, speaking disparagingly about others and causing hatred.

I could tell you the plot of David Duchovny’s book, Holy Cow, remark about the use of humor and pop culture references in his action packed adventure, but these are just the creative trimmings decorating the most important and compelling aspects of the book.

Ultimately, Duchovny challenges the choices of the human animal, what we have allowed ourselves to become, our resistance to changing our perspective and habits, and our incessant speciesistic outlook and practices – vegans included.

I know humans consider it a grave insult to be called an animal. Well, I would never give a human the fine distinction of being called an animal, because an animal may kill to live but an animal never lives to kill. Humans have to earn the right to be called animals again.”

The most significant and poignant bottom line is – and I will continue to reiterate this until my last breath:

We can only achieve harmony between the human animal and non-human animals, if we achieve harmony amongst, ourselves, our own animal species.

If a cow, turkey, and pig can co-exist, work together to accomplish personal and collective goals (Why a cow, pig, and turkey? Read the book!), the ever-looming question remains: Why can’t the human animal co-exist, collaborate, and achieve the peace we all desire?

The human animal is able to and can cooperate. For whatever reason, which is beyond the psychological scope of this introspection, humans choose not to. Vegans included.

Living a vegan lifestyle extends way beyond our compassion for non-human animals and includes equality, unity, tolerance, understanding, and compassion for ALL of our fellow human animals.

You think I’m crazy? Read the book. Watch the news. Read a newspaper. Deeply study and consider how you treat your own species.

Holy Cow! Self-righteousness leads nowhere – only to dissension and contention.

This is my religion – we’re all animals, perfect animals created in the infinite image and imagination of nature. It’s a life not without pain and competition and suffering, but it can be a life of dignity and mutual respect.”

That goes without saying. That applies to everything and everyone, vegan and non-vegan. As a collective community, all of our vegan and non-vegan efforts and achievements matter.

Now is the time for you and me to “rejoin the animal kingdom and once again be proud to be called animals.”

Click here to visit the HOLY COW Facebook page.

Total Liberation Revolution: Creating a united world animal rights community

Published July 6, 2014 by Jeannette Louise Smith

After reading a brief article titled, The Animal Rights Movement Needs Leadership, by Roland Windsor Vincent who publishes a blog called Armory of the Revolution, some latent and long-brewing thoughts come to mind. Roland Vincent is correct, the World Animal Rights Community needs leadership.

The goal of the World Animal Rights Community is very simple: Total Liberation. The leadership needed is not dictatorial. What is needed is a leaderless leadership that defines and exemplifies the totality of the world animal rights community philosophy through cruelty-free living and action for animals, humans, and the earth.

There is leadership everywhere. From personal experience, the most prominent and effective world animal rights community leaders today include:

  • Remko Ehrhardt, Founder 269Life Netherlands
  • Luke Steele, Director of Campaigns at Anti-Vivisection Coalition (AVC) and Spokesperson of Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor
  • Smaragda Louw, Beauty Without Cruelty (South Africa)
  • IFEEL, Croatian Hip-Hop artist, Vegan, Activist
  • Robert Molenaar, Campaign Leader of Anti Dierproeven Coalitie
  • Jordan Wyatt and Jen Stone, Founders of The Invercargill Vegan Society
  • Walter Bond, Animal Liberation Front Prisoner and Writer

These individuals and their respective organizations epitomize what every individual and animal institution in the world animal rights community should be doing in terms of education, non-violent direct action, and lifestyle. They truly personify compassion and place their fear behind their beliefs in the face of animal suffering and death, as we all should.

This is an issue of Total Equality, what Roland calls, Universal Rights. Therefore, Total Liberation, is all-encompassing to include Human Rights, Animal Rights, and Earth Rights.

What we, the world animal rights community need, is One Voice that speaks for ALL. Total liberation encompasses every known issue. While every country has its specific issues and activists, these issues of equality are universal and bond the world animal rights community together.

Imagine a volunteer group of grassroots representatives, one person from each country worldwide that is active and knowledgeable of the animal issues pertaining to their homeplace. Collectively, these individuals have the capability to define the philosophy and cruelty-free lifestyle of the world animal rights community in a manifesto that reflects total liberation, anti-speciesism, veganism, abolition, non-violent direct action, Animal and Earth Liberation prisoner support, etc.

The primary function of such a collective would simply be: To unite the already active individuals and organizations under one banner and voice in solidarity, without prejudice. This would satisfy Roland Vincent’s idea to centralize the power of thought, (focused philosophical leadership), “define the issues, propose solutions, organize the Left, and foment revolution around the world.”

Every individual effort is necessary to achieve Total Liberation. We must be compassionate, exhibit continuous strength, be unwaveringly supportive of our individual and collective beliefs. We must remain positive and in the minds of the opposition. We must constantly bring new people into the family. The world animal rights community has the potential to be, as Roland Vincent says, “the most influential and important constituency of the political Left.” We will succeed.

This is The Total Liberation Revolution. And now is the time for the Total Liberation Revolution to begin.

This article was originally published July 5, 2014 in Jeannette’s Animal Advocacy column on Examiner.com. Because of some technical difficulties in opening the page, it has been reposted here. – Jeannette

Support Ebba Olausson: Vegan in Body and Soul

Published June 14, 2014 by Jeannette Louise Smith

freedomWhat we call the Animal Rights Movement is, with greater reason, a Mixed Culture. This Mixed Culture is a mélange of caring and thinking people, so naturally the intellectual and compassionate architecture appeals to us and others like us.

The Language of the People is like speaking every known dialect. Our melting-pot family, spans the globe in a spectrum of thought and experience that translates into non-violent action. Undoubtedly, intellect, compassion, and kindness are the source of continually admirable heroic actions of communities and individuals.

The backbone trait of our family is sensible and simultaneous, hard-hearted compassion. To achieve abolition, total liberation, we must retain balance in our individual physical and emotional lives and remain Vegan in Body and Soul.

Worldwide, government laws protect commercial animal exploitation, allowing devastation of the earth and the brutality against non-human animals and humans. Laws do not defend the right to life. Laws authorize and regulate death.

Animal legislation does not protect animals to its absolute full, idyllically desired potential. Instead, it garners a false sense of hope and justice for the animals that are abused and killed for human use.

Legislation is incongruous; specific laws safeguard and reward animal exploiters, administering retribution to Liberators of the Earth. In addition to levying punishment in the form of imprisonment, these statutes and rulings stigmatize liberators and portray protectionists as radical, extremist, terrorists.

Extraordinary people, like recently imprisoned, Swedish Vegan Straight Edge Activist and Liberator Ebba Olausson, have made the ultimate, fearless, and courageous sacrifice – their freedom. We OWE our family members, like Ebba, our tangible support.

Ebba, sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for property damage of the fur (mink) industry, deserves your letter and artwork of support. Having been transferred several times, please:

Click here and refer to the Free Ebba facebook page for current updates and her location.