Thursday, June 10, 2010
A Great and Gentle Beast
Along with that, I was blessed to witness so many creatures! I saw upwards of ten manatees at a crazy close range and got to watch them play and feed and swim for two hours! I also saw pelicans, a turtle, and a few porpoises VERY close. Seeing all of these animals not only reinforces my beliefs when it comes to eating humanely, but it puts my actions into a practical realm that I can see. Being vegan is wonderful, but when you get to witness firsthand animals that are affected (for instance, sea animals affected by overfishing, global warming affecting their habitat, etc) your purpose is renewed.
I looked up manatees (who are veg-eaters too!) online, and thought I would share some information with you all from savethemanatee.org:
Tragically, of the manatees that I saw, almost all had some sort of scar on their backs, clearly caused by the propellars of boats. It's tragic. They do not understand that boats are not friendly creatures, and people are too careless.
Finally, in observing so many majestic creatures in Florida I couldn't help but be sobered by remembering the disastrous oil spill. Please visit: http://www.thekindlife.com/post/the-oil-spill to see plenty of links that will direct you to sites should you wish to donate your time, energy, and/or money--and please please do!
With a fully belly from a delicious salad of spinach, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, red onions, and a yummy piece of ezekial bread with hummus on top, I sign off and wish you all wellness, happiness, and peace:).