Here’s my usual morning routine:
My alarm goes off and I get up with our two dogs. We head downstairs and I let them outside to do their business. Then I feed them. I then repeat the same thing with my daughter’s dog, who sleeps in her kennel downstairs.
After the dogs are taken care of, I sit down in front of the computer with a cup of coffee and read through Facebook. Although I have the morning news on in the background, Facebook is really where the news is at, am I right? For some reason this morning, though, every other post was about an abused animal. And have you seen the pictures of the pig jumping out of a truck on its way to the slaughterhouse? My heart just broke. I was overwhelmed with total sadness. I started to cry. I had to quickly scroll down and find a funny video to get my mind off of the images.
While I think it’s great that social media is getting information out there to people about what goes on in places like factory farms, puppy mills, research labs, and meat processing plants, the truth is that for those of us who are already vegan and do what we can to help animals, this information is emotionally overwhelming.
And then there’s the dilemna: Do I share this stuff on my wall so that other non-vegans see it and hope that the post will be the catalyst to make them want to be vegan? Or will posting something like this make my non-vegan friends turn away, or scroll on by without looking because they “just don’t want to know”? It’s tough. If I try to post something cute and positive regarding animals, I usually get a bacon comment. (When will people realize that the bacon jokes are just NOT funny?) If I post something graphic and horrific, I get…..nothing.
Instead, I have found the best thing to do is talk about my running. I post vegan recipes. I get lots of positive comments and feedback from others. Am I making a difference? I don’t know. Most of the time I feel like I’m not, and it can be frustrating. However, I’m not giving up. I’m just going to continue being me.