One of the most pervasive myths that shapes people’s perception about being vegan is that it’s about limitation and restriction. Yet, millions of people resist learning the truth about how the animals are bred, kept, and killed for human consumption. “Don’t tell me about how the animals are treated,” they say.” “I don’t want to know. I don’t want to see. I don’t want to look.” I find this ironic, because it freely admits a willingness to limit knowledge and awareness and to restrict compassion and truth. To my mind, choosing ignorance over awareness is a much more restrictive and limiting way to live than being willing to look and to learn the truth.
Every time we say, “Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know,” we limit the potential for growth, for change, for making possible everything we want to be and everything we want this world to be. So we walk around with blinders on, complacent in our comfort zones because we’re afraid to change. To me, that’s limiting. That’s restrictive.
Truthfully, I think people try to avoid knowing about how animals suffer not simply because they’re afraid it will be too painful to confront but because they know deep down that if they look, if they see, they will be compelled to make a change, and it’s that change they’re afraid of. (And therein lies the impetus behind The 30-Day Vegan Challenge – to make that transition as painless and joyful as possible but to also encourage people to challenge their own comfort zones, wherever they may lie.)
Violence against animals is methodically hidden from view in our society, because the animal exploitation industries know that the public is outraged and offended whenever they see the truth about what the animals endure, like in this CNN report/Compassion Over Killing investigation. The worst thing we can do to the perpetrators and the best thing we can do for the animals is to bear witness to the abuses and document them for others to see. Awareness is the greatest weapon against cruelty, and the power of the image cannot be diminished. The truth of it cannot be denied. That’s the force of its power – you can’t shake it once you know it. You can’t return to ignorance with a clear conscience. Once you’re awakened, it’s hard to go back to sleep.
Please watch this fantastic report on exactly why it's in EVERYONE'S interest to not make it illegal for people to document what happens in the animal exploitation industry. Thank you to Compassion Over Killing, to the undercover investigator, and to CNN for exposing the truth.
Listen to my podcast on the 10 Stages of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals in which I talk about Ag-Gag laws and why everyone around us conspires to keep us asleep to our compassion and to the truth.