Welcome to The Animal Edit and thank you for finding your way to my little corner of the internet! If you love animals and you’d like to explore ways of showing this compassion through your everyday life, I’d like to think you’ve come to the right place.
I have always loved animals.
When I was young, like many little girls, I wanted a horse. I used to tell Mum and Dad we could keep it in the open park over the side fence of our backyard.
I loved unicorns, and I’d pretend I was Rainbow Brite flying across the sky on her horse Starlite.
I cherished any opportunity to come face-to-face with any animal.
I think it was my emotional reaction to a whaling documentary when I was about 16 that really made me stop and question how I felt about the way animals were treated by humans and what, if anything, I could do about it.
I pondered my feelings for a while and found that I felt animals deserved a level of respect – just for being them.
They live in our world too, and have just as much right to the freedoms that humans do. They deserve to have a natural life, one that begins not because they’ve been engineered to come into the world to serve a specific purpose, but because they are born naturally and freely.
I didn’t have a problem with humans eating meat – I believed (and still do) that it’s natural for us to do so – it was more about the treatment and disrespect of life.
Eventually I became vegetarian (despite not thinking it would stick) and today my personal policy is generally to avoid farmed meat, though I eat meat caught from the wild.
It’s not a perfect system and I’m the first to admit I could do a lot better, but it’s my gesture of respect and informs a lot of my choices.
I’d like to continue stepping it up, and by sharing my reasoning and methods I would love to inspire others to realise they have their own choices, which can be based on their values if they just stop to consider that they do have options.
I’m exploring veganism, as well as testing on animals and how modern-day travel impacts the animals of our world, and I hope my research might help others with similar values.
We are blessed to live in today’s connected world with endless amounts of information at our fingertips. I plan to educate myself a whole lot more about how I can live a cruelty-free, animal-friendly life – and I hope to share some useful info with those who share similar values.
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