Summer is just 4 days away for me; I couldn't be happier. The goal this summer is just to do and create as much as possible. Right now, one of my missions is to create a greater awareness in others for compassion towards all animals. James Dean and I have always been animal advocates, and I have been a vegetarian since the age of 12, so I have been one for approximately seven years now. I am currently trying to phase most of the dairy out of my diet now, too. I am reading a book called "Why Animals Matter" by Erin Williams and Margo DeMillo. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in learning about the treatment of animals in the food, hunting, pet, clothing, and entertainment industries. The book is heavily fact-based, but there are a few inspirational stories of rescued animals along the way. The book exposes the exploitation of animals everywhere. Of course, I understand that not all people have the same views and that I can't turn every person in the world into an herbivore, but if I can use my blog to help even a few people to make some changes in their lives, then I feel as though I've accomplished something.
Personally, it is hard for me to separate my love for my pug, James Dean, from a compassion for pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, goats, and other wonderful animals. I have now become a part of PETA2's street team in order to help spread the word on animal right, especially in their campaign against McDonald's restaurants' cruelty toward chickens . If anyone is interested in some reading materials or would like to chat about vegetarianism, veganism, or animals in general, please leave a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This blog originally started as a way to share my findings in the handmade and vintage world. This blog is still that blog, but it has become something more. And it is all thanks to this little guy:
He and I recently won the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Mother's Day photo contest. Very exciting! You can take a peak by clicking on this image:
It's a beautiful day, and though I don't feel well and I'm tired, summer is so close. I have 2 final exams left and then I am free. Time to plan some daytrips and draw up a summer reading list :]
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