In the aftermath of such a toxic election cycle that produced some of the ugliest public displays of hatred in modern times, I write to suggest a small, tangible way to substantially reduce pain and injustice.
On Nov. 19 (Saturday), a group of individuals will gather in Asheville under the guidance of local company Wild Abundance to otherize an individual, render her helpless, slit her throat and dismember her body. The event is contemptuously called “The Cycles of Life: Humane Slaughtering and Butchery Class.”
It’s an insult that a planned murder is being referred to as a part of the “cycles of life.” This flies in the face of those of us trying to build a safer world in which no one is living under the weight of oppression and injustice. To suggest that you can preface the word “slaughtering” with “humane,” and suddenly the phrase is an acceptable euphemism for murder is another way in which this gathering will sanction and formalize injustice.
I am writing to ask my intelligent community members to do something that will lead to the explicit reduction of harm and suffering. Please join me in asking Wild Abundance to cancel the planned murder of this individual.
Then, please join me in ending the absolutely causeless and unrequired suffering of all beings by going vegan. It is a choice that research is continuously proving to be wildly healthful and the most effective way to solve environmental and resource crises. Our world needs less suffering, not more. When we begin to understand this, we will all become richer in so many ways.
My heart breaks for the sheep who will be made vulnerable, assaulted and robbed of her life needlessly. We can choose to put a stop to this.Thank you for bringing attention to this matter.
— Caitlin Campbell
Editor’s note: A response to this letter, “Vegan Activists’ Attacks Are Misguided,” can be found here.