They understand kindness. Don’t lie to yourself and say they have no emotions.

This photo touched me, so I wanted to share. šŸ™‚

Animals Are Fellow Beings


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About celestedimilla

Hey there. Iā€™m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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24 Responses to They understand kindness. Don’t lie to yourself and say they have no emotions.

  1. Rita says:

    This made me tear up… so amazing and beautiful.

  2. Thank you, Celeste. I grew up in Wyoming. We were taught that animals exist to either provide food or labor. Anyone who thinks cows, chickens, etc don’t have feelings really is just lying to him/herself. I have seen cows go crazy when they hear their calves being branded; yes, I got that right ā€“ “hear” not “see.” They can distinguish their own calves’ voice crying out, without seeing them. And the term “mother hen”? That is the truth. Chickens might (supposedly) have “bird brains” but they will do anything to protect their chicks. The first vegetarian I ever met was the husband of a friend. He worked in a packing house and wouldn’t touch meat after that; his stories were fodder for Stephen King. Being a vegetarian was not a hard thing for me personally, but it was hard for my family. Forty years later, they are used to it (pretty much)!

    • What a thoughtful comment Deborah!! It’s wonderful that you were able to embrace vegetarianism despite how you were raised. It sounds like you were also raised a lot closer to animals than I was. Did you grow up on a farm? The only animals I’ve lived near are cats and dogs, so I haven’t had experiences like you’ve had with cows and chickens. I can’t imagine watching a cow go crazy when she hears her calf being branded. That’s horrible and sad. I was fortunate that my husband and I went vegan together. I’m glad that your family has adapted to vegetarianism, but it sounds like this took a long time girl!! I don’t know if you’re interested Deborah, but I’d love for you to share your vegetarian story on my blog. Let me know if you’re interested. Celeste šŸ™‚

  3. Lisa says:

    I have almost the same exact picture of my 3 year old niece with a month old calf. Absolutely touching.

    • Thanks for sharing – how wonderful! Photos of people with cows are not common. I guess most of us never get that close to them. Maybe if more of us experienced cows up close and personal, we’d stop eating them!! Celeste šŸ™‚

  4. Yes, beautiful– if only this was the norm!!

  5. Hi Celeste – Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit. Been prepping for a move. Just a cross town move, but moves are a lot of work regardless. šŸ™‚

    Anyway…I HAD to comment on this post. (Surprise, surprise!) Love the photo. So funny that you posted it because I just saved this photo ( to my computer a few days prior. And I especially love the photo on the right here:

    I lived in England when I was a little kid and there was a bucolic dairy farm across the creek behind our house. I loved watching the cows graze during the day and then go to the barn every afternoon. It all seemed so peaceful. Quite the rude awakening when I found out the conditions under which most dairy cows actually live, but it actually made sense when you think of how many animals are actually involved and how much “product” is being “processed”. The Farm Sanctuary in Acton was my first up close experience with cows (and a live turkey – what a riot he was!) Their size was a bit intimidating at first, but then I had to laugh at how gentle and (in the case of my bovine boyfriend) affectionate they were.

    Deborah – Thanks for sharing your experiences. I saw a film on Netflix about chickens. While the film itself was a bit all over the place, you definitely got a feel for the personalities and protective nature of hens. I also know someone who knew someone who worked in a chicken “processing” plant and wouldn’t touch chicken based on the sheer filth of what he saw/endured. As the story was told, we continued to BBQ and consume chickens for our meal. We humans are a strange group! I think the fact that most people never meet farm(ed) animals makes it easier to compartmentalize them as not worthy of the same consideration we give the animals we do share our lives with. How sad for us and them.

    This whole post is making me want to go to Farm Sanctuary again. šŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you liked this post Cowgirl, because I certainly thought of you when I posted it. I also want to share with you that I think I’m over leather shoes. What’s made the change is that now when I look at leather shoes I feel sad because I think about the cow that gave up his life for the shoe. This is a recent change for me. It’s funny because I’ve felt sad about the animal that gave up his or her life for meat for a long time, but for some reason I still didn’t see leather as a dead animal.

      To be honest, I think what started my change in this direction was your story about meeting the cow at the Farm Sanctuary. It made me think about cows, an animal I’ve had little experience with, in a new way. Since then I’ve allowed myself to be exposed to other moo-ving (just couldn’t resist) cow stories. And in this photo as well as the others you gave links to, I can see what sweet creatures cows are. They deserve to live! I agree with you that not meeting farm animals makes it easier to compartmentalize them as not worthy of the same consideration we give to pets.

      Awesome comment Cowgirl!! Good luck with your move! Celeste šŸ™‚

  6. That’s so awesome, Celeste! You may recall that leather boots were my vice so I totally get where you’re coming from. Connections can be hard to make when your whole life you’re taught that leather is beautiful and luxurious. I’ve gotta say though, animal skins look a whole lot better on the animals. šŸ™‚

    (This is a weird aside, but I seem to remember from one of Colleen’s podcast – probably the leather one – that a few centuries back we sometimes used human skin for book binding. So strange how we’re grossed out by that or by drinking human breast milk (if you’re not a baby), but it is so normalized to use animals in these ways.)

    • Human skin? Ugh – that’s disgusting! See how quickly I jump to that being disgusting when a human is involved, but it took me a long time when a cow was involved. I know it’s simply what I was taught, but I’m glad I see things differently now. Celeste šŸ™‚ PS – How’s the move going?

  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Beautiful indeed, and I fully agree.

  8. Fantastic– reblogged!

  9. starrystez says:

    Beautiful photo. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. starrystez says:

    Reblogged this on A Spiritual Journey and commented:
    This photo really touched me. So many people forget that farm animals feel love too.

  11. Beautiful.

    Ideally, the relationship between farmer and farm-animal should be symbiotic, rather than exploitative.

  12. reocochran says:

    I love animals and hate to think about them when I hear of their poor living conditions. This was a very meaningful post.

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