On Thursday the family traveled to the Delaware County Fair. For those not familiar with New York State, there is NYC–vast metropolitan famous city, then there are much more rural swathes of land (and smaller cities).
Walking around the county fair, with all the livestock, country music and folks wearing cowboy hats eating all manner of fried foods, most people may find it hard that we were less than three hours from Manhattan.
Personally I detest county fairs. It’s not the provincial flare or the homespun activities. I enjoy that part lots. It’s just not a fun place for a vegan (or animals) from livestock to tigers in tiny cages.
From the Land-O-Lakes butter scupture (w/ a man and pig in an oddly obscene pose) to the hundreds of animals locked up in small pens, I felt like an alien on a planet of barbaric oppressors. Sure young people learn lots of useful skills in caring for an animal and everyone is free to eat the foods s/he desires, but at what cost?
We are trashing the planet and our bodies while also causing tremendous suffering to animals through our demands to consume a diet high in meat and dairy products.
A direct outgrowth of my coming out experience has been to become much more aware of other oppression in the world. As a result, I have become (and am becoming more fully) a Quaker, a feminist, an anti-racist, and a vegan. So much death and violence in the world; who wants to be part of that culture?
We talk about changing the world. Many complain about our political leaders who do not follow policies that protect our planet and life. You can do something. Try to abstain from meat and dairy at least once a week. It will do wonders for your body and will give a break to the overtaxed planet. And to my fellow vegans–know of any vegan fairs???