• Gustė Gintautaitė

I have a dream

Updated: Dec 19, 2019

Alice Walker once said: "The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than blacks were made for whites, or women for men.” Sadly, there are so many people who actually believe that animals were put on Earth for us, so we could use them for our needs. But I don’t. I don’t believe that animals are here just for us, I don’t believe that they were given this life and dozens of years to live just so we could kill them after a few years since they were born (if they get lucky). That’s why in this post I want to share one of my biggest dreams, which came to my life not that long ago.

I remember scrolling through my Facebook feed a few years ago. I was just a young girl, who thought she knew where her food was coming from, but never actually had a second thought about it. So here I was scrolling through my phone when I accidentally found a video, which basically changed my life. I saw a video of calves in a meat farm getting bullets in their heads. One by one. A new dead cow every 5 seconds. I didn’t even get to finish that video, as I was crying too hard. This was an eye-opening thing to me and it’s fair to say that that was the day when one of my biggest dreams was born. The dream for animal equality, the dream for people awakening. The dream, that someday no animal will have to suffer. I’m not only talking about hopeless animals in meat farm industries. I’m talking about animals trapped in dairy industries, in medical laboratories, in fur farms and in all ‘entertainment’ places such as zoos, aquariums and circuses.

The number of animals used for food is overwhelming. Humans kill more than 57 billion animals every year. For food. One billion is a thousand millions. This number does not include the number of fish and other marine animals we consume. That number is estimated to be at the very least another one trillion. One trillion is a million billions. That’s an absolutely staggering amount of suffering and death, which is so unnecessary and wrong. Paul Mccartney once said:

“ If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarians.”

I believe it is true. I believe that if each of us wouldn’t be afraid to face the reality, we would all stop consuming animal products. I dream that one day this will come true, that one day people will start looking at their dinner not as they are eating something made in the supermarket, but the actual flesh of a dead animal.

I have a dream that one day I will wake up in the world where poultry, dairy and meat industries will be not existing. I have a dream that one day inside every slaughterhouse the fields will be empty and the cages will be broken free ending the enslavement of every farm animal. I have a dream that animals will be no longer physically and mentally abused, they’ll no longer have to live their last moments of life hanging upside down and having blood rushing down their faces while their throats are wide open, screaming and wrenching in pain. I have a dream that one day people will look at them and say “my appetite is not worth your suffering.”

I have a dream that one day medical laboratories will no longer test on miserable animals. Rats, mice and monkeys will be freed and people will realise that medicine and cosmetics is not worth their lives anymore. It’s the 21 century, there are so many other ways to test the efficiency of the product without costing another life, and we all know it.

I have a dream to wake up in the world, in which clothes are no longer made of skin, in which no animal will be worn on the human body any longer. I have a dream that people wearing fur coats and leather jackets won’t be looked at as ‘’fashionable’’, and will finally realise that faux fur still makes you warm.

I have a dream that one day zoos, aquariums, circuses and all other ‘entertainment’ places will be closed. It seems pretty cruelty-free to visit them once or twice a year, but believe me it is not. Bears, lions and tigers you see in a circus show are not some happy animals who are trained to do tricks with love and respect. Bears learn how to walk on their two feet just because they are chained in a position where they can only stand on their two legs, otherwise they’ll choke themselves to dead. Animals in zoos are trapped in the same place for their whole lives. Most likely, they are extremely lonely (in fact, this is one of the most common reasons animals die in zoos), and their cages are just too small for them to even properly run. I have a dream that all animals will be rescued from places like this and that all of them will be returned to the place where they actually belong - the wild.

Most importantly, I have a dream that one day I will wake up in the world where human compassion determines their actions, the world in which a pig is equal to a dog, a cow to a cat, a chicken to a parrot, Because the thing I find probably the most difficult to understand from my perspective, is how people become such hypocrites when it comes to animals. Don’t get me wrong, I am not here to judge others, I just have a dream that one day people will understand that all animals are equal.

In most of the states in the USA, it is illegal to kill pets such as dogs or cats. Yet there are no laws protecting pigs, chickens, cows and other farm animals. Are they really that different, so ones can be our friends for life and others our dinner? Yes, ones have fur, others don’t. Ones have cute little noses and others breathe through snouts or beaks. However, all of them have eyes to see, ears to hear, heart to feel, and the mind to understand what’s happening. They both feel pain, they both can suffer, they both can scream, when someone is hurting them. So when you think about it for a little while, you begin to understand that there is no difference between a dog who is laying in your bed and having cuddles and the cow who lives in a cage, where it can’t even move, has it’s kids taken away the second they are born and is sentenced to death just so we could buy some ribs for dinner.

I do believe change is possible. If we change ourselves. I have this dream in which our hearts open up and we begin to understand that we don’t have the right to kill and torture animals. I have a dream to wake up in the world where compassion determines our actions, in a world where we stop making clothes out of skin, in a world where food is no longer just another dead animal, because for us its only about a meal, for them – it’s about the life itself.

‘’All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life.’’