Together, We Are

May 18th, 2009 11:26 am by Kelly Garbato

Also new from Mercy for Animals is this awesome PSA, “I Am Mercy for Animals.” In addition to the diversity of voices – men and women, adults and children, people of color and the melanin-deprived, professionals and “freaks,” vegetarians and vegans – I quite like how MFA stresses our interconnectedness, our strength in both numbers and multiformity.

The video hits upon so many points, from the individuality of the animals we exploit, to our similarities to and connections with the least fortunate among us, to the role the animal rights movement plays in the larger push for social justice and human rights.

For those who can’t view the video (which may be a few of you today, as You Tube seems to be acting up at the moment), MFA helpfully provides a transcript on its website, which I’ve copied below. I’ve underlined some of my favorite passages for emphasis. (Okay, so about half the transcript is underlined. Like I said, powerful video.)

Thoughts?

I BELIEVE

All animals deserve protection from needless cruelty and suffering
All animals should have the freedom to walk, run, swim, and play
Even though the arc of history is long, it bends towards justice
No one is free when others are oppressed
We can do better
Our society should protect the weakest and most vulnerable
Might doesn’t make right
It’s our moral obligation to prevent cruelty
Farm animals deserve the same consideration as our dogs and cats
Eating meat supports needless violence
If animals could talk, they would thank a vegetarian
It’s wrong to cram animals into cages for their entire lives
There is no such thing as “humane” slaughter
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals
No animal should suffer or die for my breakfast, lunch, or dinner
If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be a vegetarian
We have the power to choose kindness over cruelty
When it comes to suffering, animals are our equals
Our food choices have the power to change the world for the better
They value their lives and freedom like we value ours
Animal rights is a social justice issue
Because it’s up to us

I WOULDN’T

Want to spend my life crammed in a cage
Eat my friends
Eat my dog
Steal a child away from his mother, like they do to dairy cows and their babies
Castrate piglets without painkillers
Sear off a birds beak to save a little cash
Lock a pig in a stall so small that she couldn’t turn around for nearly her entire life
I wouldn’t pay someone to do all these things on my behalf, not in good conscience

Therefore

I WILL

Speak out against oppression, even if my voice shakes while I do it
Lend a helping hand
Be the change I want to see in the world
Hand out a leaflet
Inspire others
Speak the truth, from a place of respect and integrity
Be forward-thinking
Never give up
Treat others the way I want to be treated
Make food choices that will respect animals, the earth, and my health
Live in line with my values, even when I’m hungry

TOGETHER, WE ARE

Changing the world
Exposing animal exploitation
Preventing needless suffering
Giving a voice to the voiceless
Saving lives
Building a kinder tomorrow for all beings

TOGETHER WE ARE
MERCY FOR ANIMALS

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