On being someones, not somethings.

May 13th, 2009 12:10 pm by Kelly Garbato

I’ve heard mention of these campaign/outreach materials from Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary from time to time, but it wasn’t until I received a Mother’s Day action alert from the sanctuary that I clicked on over to check them out. Now that I’ve had a chance to look the materials over, I think I can honestly say that Peaceful Prairie’s fliers and pamphlets – particularly the “Milk comes from a grieving mother” series – are some of the most powerful I’ve seen.

Throughout its materials, PPS stresses the family ties of the (more often than not) nameless, faceless creatures we exploit for “meat,” milk, eggs and the like. When you eat meat, you’re eating someone’s father, brother or son. When you drink milk, you’re drinking milk that was stolen from a grieving mother and was meant to nourish her murdered baby. The exploitation of farmed animals necessarily involves the manipulation and severing of these familial relationships, so fundamental to their (and our) emotional and social well-being and survival. How do YOU say, ‘Don’t kill my baby!’? Should any mother have to?

PPS also gives these animals names and faces, by emphasizing their unique individualities, as well as their relationships to one another: Lillian is more than “just a pig,” more than “pork,” more than the sum of her animal parts. So much more! Lillian is both someone and someone’s daughter. Someone’s sister. Someone’s aunt. Someone’s mother, perhaps. Lillian is important and valuable and unique because she’s Lillian the individual – there is no other quite like her! – and because she’s Lillian to so many others. Like you or I, Lillian is irreplaceable.

If you do any sort of vegan outreach, check out Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary’s fliers, pamphlets and posters. Or, you know, even if you don’t – the images and text and extremely weighty stuff.

Among the available fliers are:

- Letter from a Vegan World

- “Cage-Free” Eggs Vs. Battery Eggs – Can You Tell the Difference?

- Humane Farming – an Oxymoron

- Milk comes from a grieving mother

- Please don’t kill my baby!

- Dairy is a death sentence

- Please don’t let him kill me!

- How do you say, “Don’t kill me!”?

- Life itself

PPS also has two slideshows up, with a third on the way:

I Am Someone

A series of harrowing portraits of farmed animals.

Being Someone

This series of images asks the question:
What does it feel like to a sensitive, intelligent individual to be loved, to be safe, to be at peace, to be seen and treated as someone, the way Sanctuary animals are? And what must it feel like to the same individual to be treated as a mere something to be confined, mutilated and killed for someone’s whim?

Subjects of a Life (coming soon)

A series that honors our profound ties and similarities with persons of other species: self awareness, a desire to love and be loved, an ability to hope, remember, grieve, mend.

Please also consider a donation to help fund PPS’s work, if you can.

Following this post, I’ll blog four of my favorite fliers, all of which stress the intersectionality of human and animal exploitation. I’ve included the full text of each, for those who cannot view the images.

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