This needed to be said. thank you @kjguerin @weanimals.
with the eyes of the world— ours included— on the developing #coronavirus
#pandemic, i wanted to take a moment to speak on this topic from the heart.
i have lived, travelled, and worked in #china. my two sisters were adopted from china. i even speak terrible mandarin that by some undeserved miracle always seems to get me by. i’ve documented #chinese #wetmarkets
and slaughter, but also #animalrescue
and sanctuaries of an unbelievable scale. it is a place that has broken my heart and simultaneously is home to some of the bravest #activists
i have ever known. and as the we animals media team does its part in telling the stories of animals at the centre of coronavirus, we want to ensure something is clear.
on animals is happening in all of our backyards. no one should get to claim higher morality simply because they cannot see it. no one is more ‘#civilized’ just because they pay others to do it behind #closeddoors
or because it happens to animals deemed less important. we do not get to be uniquely #outraged
about this pandemic when the next will likely arise just as inevitably from the filth and overused antibiotics in #factoryfarming.
i understand what it is like to feel #anger
born out of #love. those of us who love animals hate their #suffering, and by extension, everything that causes it. but this hate ultimately protects us from a harsher #reality, the same reality we beg of others to see when they witness the brutality done to animals: that in all the ways that matter, we are no different.
of course, let us learn what we can about this #virus
and its origins. seize this opportunity to highlight the stories of animals, and call on china to permanently end its #wildlifetrade. but let us not exempt ourselves from this global #wakeup
call by dehumanizing an entire nation.
reflect on this perilous world we have built, do not give in to the same #ignorance
that created it, and please, please take care of one another.
(📷: an activist beams after successfully negotiating the release of a #raccoon #dog #pup
from a #furfarm
in hebei. #govegan #vegan #covid_19 #racism #meat #meateater