When I first joined Facebook, being the animal rights activist I am, I saw a lot of slaughter photos/videos, posted by the friends I had on Facebook who were animal rights activists trying to educate the populace to the horrors of enslavement, torture and slaughter.
I wasn’t, however, accustomed to seeing up front and personal the actual physical reality of it, even though I had already written about it from the resource of my mind’s eye – knowing logically what happened through the process of enslavement, torture and slaughter. As it turned out I was accurate in my writing of what I saw – without physically seeing it.
I viewed EARTHLINGS, but when it came to skinning an animal alive, well, I couldn’t go there, yet.
I eventually did, when recently a video on my Facebook news feed. It was a short video, and as I clicked it on I talked to my personal God to help me see it, to help me view what to me was the most horrific torture any being could ever experience. It was not easy, but I knew I had to do it.
My God did that for me – even though It didn’t have to, since I already knew, and It already knew that I knew. Still…my personal God kept me quiet and helped me keep my eyes open as I kept saying ‘help me do this’.
When it was over, it didn’t change anything about me, except that I had the courage to finally view that which before I could not.
What I’ve seen on Facebook recently is a shift from ‘all slaughter photos and videos all the time’, to an insertion of saved animals, happy stories of people with their family animals enjoying life. Videos of animals showing compassion toward other animals. Animals grieving when their babies were ripped from them. Animals loving other species – playing with them with carefree delight. Funny videos. Sweet videos. Angry animals standing up to their aggressors…and on and on.
“I believe that in many instances other species are more humane than humans, and those videos have shown that to me and to the world.”
I don’t know how that shift happened, that videos/photos on Facebook are now showing the humanity of other species, but I know that it is both appropriate and true.
So, to all those participating in that effort, to show the horror and the humanity – of other animals, I say thank you.
Thank you forever.
~ Sharon Davies-Tight