Mai 04, 2020
This evening will be tough,
my dad said on the other side of the phone.
What do you mean?, I answered, a bit worried, even though I could hear he had a big grin on his face.
There will be two episodes one after another, of Midsummer Murders. I think your mom will just watch one.
Midsummer Murders is a British detective TV series that is very popular in Sweden and has been showing for years on Saturday nights.
Oh, I answered. It will be a long evening, especially when you also consider the endless commercial breaks. You guys will have four hours of TV watching in a row. Why do you think they are showing two episodes back to back?
Probably because of Corona, my dad said.
I know you are probably tired of reading about Corona. Me too, I just hope it will soon be over. That people will get healthy and there will be no more deaths reported each day.
When we think about how it was just a few weeks ago, those moments feel like a different time, long gone. We could sit in a restaurant, hug someone, or go to work like normal. We were not being isolated or having our lives so restricted. I don’t think this isolation is healthy for our mentalities, but I also understand that we have to come to grips with the virus. And hopefully, these restrictions will soon be history.
It is scary to think about the possibility of these restrictions remaining in place. What if our freedom was threatened more permanently?
For some it is for a lifetime
For billions and billions of animals, this lack of freedom is the reality. Animals in captivity face imprisonment every day of their lives. They are suffering far more than we could ever imagine would be possible.
This imprisonment happens mainly in animal factory farms and research labs, but also in zoos, aquariums, marine parks, circuses and other facilities.
From the day they are born to the day they are killed, they live a short, horrible life, where every aspect of freedom is taken away from them.
Animals have the same desires as we do: freedom, life, autonomy, and self-determination. As a baby, an animal needs nurture and love from its mother just like we do. Hello Mother’s Day!
We can do something about this suffering; we can help the animals. And the easiest way to do that is to not support these industries. It’s a question of supply and demand: the less meat we buy, the less animals will be killed for their flesh.
And one more added benefit of this lifestyle: If we decrease demand for animal products, we will also be helping not to spread the next pandemic since animal factory farms and slaughterhouses are breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria.
The way we treat animals has a direct effect on many levels of our lives, and one of those is the spreading of disease.
Here is an informative article from Albert Schweizer Stiftung about this. And here’s one more that includes educational information from Dr. Michael Greger M.D. FACLM.
So, are you up for it? Becoming a super double hero I mean? I think you are. Let’s do it together! Let’s change a few things and make this world good again.
PS. Love you, Mom! Happy Mothers Day!
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