20 Former Meat and Dairy Farmers Who Went VeganNovember 15, 2018
A new campaign from animal advocacy group, Free from Harm, features former meat and dairy farmers who have turned vegan and are sharing their stories of transformation.
Many of the farmers recount being indoctrinated into an inhumane process of breeding and killing animals for food as a normal and necessary part of life. Many also explain the looks of fear and nervousness in the eyes of the animals.
Some talk of heartbreaking stories of betrayal in which they had to shut down their empathy for the animals that came to trust them in order to turn them into commodities.
Speaking about the campaign, founder and executive director of Free from Harm, Robert Grillo said:
“The farming industry perpetuates the myth that animals we raise for food are well treated and cared for, but this new series of former animal farmers is evidence of the power of deception in the stories we tell ourselves about these animals victims. It also proves our ability to speak the truth about what is really happening to farmed animals.”
Matt Bear, a former farmer and now founder of NonviolenceUnited.org, is one of the people featured in this series and says there’s no such thing as humane animal farming.
“I’ve lived it; I know. Even on the smallest, most thoughtful of family farms like my grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ farms of the good old days, the animals were and are used against their will and needlessly killed before their time. There may be opportunities to be less cruel but this does not amount to being humane.”
Matt’s full story and the interviews with the other farmers are available at https://freefromharm.org/humane-farmer/.
If you are a former meat or dairy farmer who has turned vegan and you would like to participate in Free from Harm’s series, contact Free from Harm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a writer, Emma’s work has been featured in other popular well-being and spiritual websites such as Elephant Journal, IVORY magazine, and she’s part of the Huffington Post’s team of regular bloggers. Her writing was also included in the Tiny Buddha book 365 Love Challenges from Tiny Buddha,released in 2015 by HarperCollins.
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