“When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to her who suffers, and try to help her.”
-Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom
There are so many wonderful organizations out there doing amazing things to raise awareness and consciousness in the area of animal rights all over the world, for which I am immensely grateful. The dedication and commitment it takes to undertake this type of heart-wrenching advocacy work comes directly from the heart.
Locally, a couple of stories really caught my attention this week on the theme of “bearing witness” and I feel compelled to acknowledge all those involved and share their stories here:
Liz Marshall is a Toronto filmmaker who brought us the brilliantly moving film The Ghosts in Our Machine. Through the camera lens of photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, this beautiful and gentle documentary captures the essence of animals caught in situations of both injustice and hope .
Liz Marshall Interview:
Liz Marshall: The Ghosts in Our Machine
WE ANIMALS Jo-Anne McArthur
Toronto Pig Save is an inspiring collective of peaceful, local grassroots change-makers holding weekly vigils for pigs arriving in transport trucks at Quality Meat Packers slaughterhouse in Toronto. The work they are doing is both necessary and powerful.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR EMBODYING THE MEANING OF “BE THE CHANGE…”.