No . . . that is called slavery.
— Missy Painter
I received a link in my inbox to an exquisitely written guest post by Missy Painter for Carriage Horses NYC.
She was writing about the horse drawn carriage debate raging in many quarters throughout the city of New York. Should they stay? Or should they go? The name of the article is “The Unquestionable Right To Be”.
Whether or not you are interested in the carriage horse situation in Manhattan, listen up.
Painter addresses a key issue that is central to this debate and many more like it when it comes to the way we think about animals and treat them.
Humanity is waking up. We are evolving in our capacity for compassion. And as this unfolds we need to face the fact that we have done a great disservice to other beings on earth. What was once the unchallenged and traditional use of animals is up for discussion and debate… and in many cases it’s up for abolition.
But this is not a message about persecution or judgment. This is about awakening and awareness and right action, and an obligation to extend living rights to those who exist with us on the planet… those very same rights we demand for ourselves.
The right to exist and live a life free of exploitation and slavery.
The unquestionable right to be.
Please visit this link and read the full post.