Not only were bulls never ridden in ranch work, but watching an animal be tormented is not entertainment, it’s abuse. We gathered at the Tacoma Dome to protest this inhumane and completely unnecessary form of animal cruelty.
A few folks made rude remarks, but we kept a Gandhian posture of non-violence and did not respond. One guy saw our signs and stopped to talk to us. After a while he said, “Well, you’ve opened up my mind a bit. I’m still going in to watch the show, but I’m gonna think about this when I’m in there. Thanks for being out here.”
The NARN table at Vegfest supplied many people with information about factory farming, the myth of “free range” eggs, and how milk actually doesn’t do a body good. People’s responses ranged from shy-but-curious, to those passionately making a beeline over to our table to sign up to get involved in helping animals.
There were lots of folks asking how they could make the transition from vegetarian to vegan, to which our friendly volunteers shared their own tips and personal stories. This, along with all the free food samples, made Vegfest another fun event this year!
Standing in front of the Canadian Consulate in downtown Seattle, we brought public attention to the brutality organized to begin in a few weeks. More than 200,000 baby seals are slaughtered every year during the Canadian seal massacre. With the Vancouver Olympics fast approaching, Canada has a chance to better its image by ending this slaughter.
Local animal rights supporters came out in their best prom wear to eat delicious vegan tacos and succulent desserts, be stirred by activist talks, and hit the dance floor to 80’s music spun by DJ Coldheart.
Board member David summarized our current campaigns in which, in the words of one supporter, “NARN has really been kicking ass lately.” Attorney Jenn Kaplan explained the significance of the recent arrests of four activists who are being charged under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Darius Fullmer of the SHAC7 gave a rousing speech about the importance of not succumbing to fear in our fight against animal oppression, as well as his own experience being charged under the AETA. “How ever you think is the best way to achieve animal liberation, keep doing it, and do it more,” he said.
We stood in the snowy wind outside the rodeo in Everett, silently holding our signs urging people, “Don’t Support Animal Cruelty,” “Real Men Are Kind To Animals” and “Heroes Protect The Innocent.” We couldn’t honestly say that it was the most attractive side of Northwest society that bunched slowly forward for tickets while looking at us contemptuously, mocking us as hippies and vegetarians, or just proclaiming, “I’m kind to animals—-I eat each and every one I can! I hunt deer. And cougars!”
Perhaps our peaceful presence was so threatening, and their sense of pride so fragile, that they felt compelled to defend themselves against our silent compassion. However, we remained steadfast while joking with each other, talking about the upcoming Vegan Prom, and generally trying not to freeze our little fingers off in the freezing cold.
Rodeos exploit and abuse animals for profit under the guise of “entertainment.” Take a look: rodeocruelty.com