The worlds morality, particularly regarding animals, is not a morality I shared ever, even as a child. Twenty five years ago, I began, along with some amazing people in the movement, the journey of an animal activist. We protested in small towns like Marblehead, MA (once I protested alone but I could feel the energy of the elephants so it didn't matter to me) and in bigger cities like Boston, against all animals in circus, though we focused on the inhumanity of enslaving such magnificent, dignified animals as the elephant.
We formed a group, Mass Action for Animals, some 11-12 years ago; a culmination of the years of protesting in small groups. We appealed to those with shared compassion like Senator Hedlund, who was immediately on board, and then later to Rep. Lori Ehrlich, to please initiate a bill to ban wild animals in circus in Massachusetts. We formed a coalition with the MSPCA and we fought and fought and fought until compassion fatigue set in.
We cried together when it seemed hopeless as if we were screaming into the wind, and then we dusted ourselves off and fought some more. Sometimes people hated us for what they felt we were doing, ruining their day at the circus with their children. One man spit at me during our candle light vigil for all the baby elephants and animals who had died, or rampaged and suffered at the hands of circus. I never forgot his face.
Today, Ringling Brothers announced it will take elephants out of the circus; all elephants will have sanctuary. I share uncontrollable tears of joy with my incredible sisters and brothers in animal activism. Today, I won't water it down and call myself an animal advocate. Today, I'm so proud to say I'm an animal rights activist, and have been I believe, since the day I was born.
Victory for you Little Tyke. Victory for you Baby Benjamin and all the other elephants who died and suffered and still suffer all to entertain humans, and line the pockets of some.
Victory for you Diane L Moreau my sister and cofounder of MAFA. We have so many tears over the years in regard to the things we witnessed. Now they are tears of joy.
Victory for you Misty V Ferguson and Debra Curtin my sistahs in animal activism, cause I know you all cried when you heard the news.
Victory to Bob Mackey wherever you are and Steve Baer and all the others.
Please believe that EVERYTHING you do for what you know in your heart is right, no matter what the majority believes, no matter how people look at you as if you are mad, can and will result in change. Trust me and please join me in the madness of fighting the power ALWAYS!
There is still so much work to do to make sure all animals are free from suffering and pain, free to live as they were intended to live, but today I'm wearing my elephant ring which I wore to remind me of their isolation, suffering and heartache. I'm looking at my painting, knowing COMPLETE VICTORY is at hand. I will live to see an end to animals in entertainment and other forms of animal enslavement and suffering. Tears of joy, but with a smile of VICTORY which I haven't felt for a very long time..........V.