2 weeks ago
Last night was heavy. this was truck 8 out of 9 in the course of only one hour. so many desperately thirsty beings. as this truck pulled to a stop, i was immediately drawn to this blue-eyed soul.
never in my life have i ever seen so much trauma in someone’s eyes.
i haven’t been able to get the fear in her bloodshot blue eyes out of my head all day. she was the first individual i’ve truly connected with on a deeper level at a vigil. she was utterly petrified; she had no reaction when offered water, so all i could do was gently stroke her side, trying offer her some comfort + loving energy. i tried to tell her it would be okay, even though i knew that only pain, violence + suffering awaited her on the opposite side of those slaughterhouse walls.
the thought that leaves me absolutely heartbroken is that if we weren’t there, her life wouldn’t have mattered to anyone. not a single person. she would have never had anyone look at her and know that she is SOMEONE, that her life matters. she wouldn’t even be forgotten because she was never remembered as someone in the first place. do you understand? us being there gives them personhood. until that moment that we connected, she was only ever seen as an object, a commodity, a product.
i’ve never cried at a vigil before until last night. i usually just feel kind of numb. it never really feels quite real, that they’ll be with us one moment, then disappear into the slaughterhouse and be gone the next. but something about the trauma in her eyes really hit me. can you really look at her and tell me that your taste buds matter more than her life? Credit to & follow 🙏
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