I read with interest your recent story about animal-rights advocates showing up at the sidewalk grilling of a pig’s corpse, with a banner asking passersby to please think before they eat.
Certainly the Davids were within their constitutional rights to be there on that public sidewalk, speaking up for the voiceless victims, the animals. And what more appropriate place to reach meat-eaters than at a public event where flesh is being fired up and peddled to pedestrians?
It’s not surprising that some folks reportedly expressed discomfort, no doubt resulting from the connection being made to their own complicity in the senseless torture and suffering of sentient beings—and all for a mere palate preference.
History reveals that social change necessarily involves the repeated shaking up of comfort levels of the masses. Just as so many at the time were most certainly uncomfortable when Rosa Parks boldly refused to give up her seat on that bus in this country’s all-too-recent past, those who were being asked to consider the most miserable conditions endured by the tortured pig whose body they were devouring at that sidewalk barbecue could have understandably experienced such uneasiness.
Peace and quiet are two very different entities. To achieve true peace often requires anything but silence. It’s been said that one’s own silence always benefits the perpetrator of the abuse, and never the victim. Just as Martin Luther King Jr. used his powerful voice to rally folks to civil disobedience in Alabama, and just as women raised their voices on the streets demanding the right to vote, so too must we, as advocates of compassion, speak up for the sake of peace. For nonhuman animals, more so than any other oppressed group, remain the most downtrodden of all, as they are truly the voiceless. Find out more at chooseveg.com.
— Kayla Rae Worden