you eat your pet? So why did they
Dogs and cats are
not considered food in most cultures, so naturally
we don't eat them.
But what about cows? I guess
cows just equal burgers in most countries.
I know you might be thinking about India,
where cows are loved and respected. But much
like America, the Brazilian BBQ is a staple
meal in Brazil, and cows are raised for dairy
and meat accross the country.
of the animals and nature I loved and admired
so much as a child.]
I've always loved
all animals, from their personalities and
unique strengths to their beauty and spirit.
I played with cats, dogs, chickens, cows,
lizards and even frogs. I remember chasing
chickens around the yard, then setting them
free of course. I even think this "training"
helped my martial arts practice later in life,
as the chickens were really quick and agile.
I really had to fake them out and strategize
my movements to catch them, lol.
loss of a friend
little sister and dear friends
our family farm there were cows and
chickens. So growing up I could play
and interact with them during holidays
and summer vacations. One
day my mom noticed me talking to one
of the cows... the peaceful and
loving creatures they are (at least
this one was). So she asked:
— Would you like her as your
pet? You can even give her a name.
in excitement and hugged my new best
friend. I gave her a name and tried
telling her the big news by making
Moooo sounds, and watching her reply
with a Moooo back at me, lol. Silly
me, but it was fun!
know what's coming right...?
One day I get up and
run to the yard searching for my new
best friend. Where was she? She wasn't
there! I asked mom: — Where
is my cow?
It was Friday night
and family began preparing for the
weekly BBQ. Let's not get into
too much detail then... you know what
happened. I then sat outside
alone watching the beautiful fireflies
shine their light while trying to
proccess what had just happened. My
friend was gone!
the same time I had also lost my
dear aunt, who inspired me to do the drawing
on this page. She was a super talented architect
and always motivated me to follow my dreams.
She died from a tragic death unfortunately.
two events had a really big impact on me as
I was so young. I couldn't help but think
"Nature is already violent, why
add more when you can minimize it?".
we are so used to systematic and hidden violence
(especially factory farms) that people get
so desensitized to the idea of butchering
animals. Apparently so desensitized that some
adults can even tell a child to befriend a
cow before killing it... sooo not lol!
of the story? Don't tell your kids about
the Easter Bunny if you're going to cook some
rabbit for dinner. Or else they'll grow up
needing my "Vegan Mental Survival Guide",
coming out soon... ;)
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