So, I started planning a trip around the country, funded from my own savings, and in that trip I planned to take a vow of silence, write a blog about my experience, and hopefully write about some of the stuff that I was learning about animal rights.
So, I started planning a trip around the country, funded from my own savings, and in that trip I planned to take a vow of silence, write a blog about my experience, and hopefully write about some of the stuff that I was learning about animal rights.Soon I realised that if I was going to bring this issue into the public spotlight then I needed to find out about animal rights and it was almost immediately I found out about dairy and eggs.I spent time going into factory farms and seeing the cruelties for myself.
And wow, I just never saw that before so I value that so much.
To be able to value life so much more and appreciate it is such a beautiful gift.
So my campaign launched at midnight on January 1st 2014. It was amazing actually because not talking you’d think you wouldn’t be able to advocate very well, but almost every single person that I came into contact with throughout the year wanted to know why I wasn’t talking.
I was able to communicate with people through body language, miming or mouthing words, or pen and paper.
For most of us, going just one day without being able to use our voice is a struggle.
So imagine the determination required by James Aspey, a vegan and animal rights activist, who in aid of raising awareness of the plight of helpless (and voiceless) animal victims, took a vow of silence for a whole year.
I felt so good and I was excited so I was on the phone to my Mum and told her I went vegetarian and she couldn’t believe it.
When I got home we watched Earthlings together and she and Dad went vegetarian the very next day.
I’m not feeling conflicted with some of my fundamental core values anymore.
I value helping others and I value being compassionate and being loving, and lifting people up.