Courtesy : Madhulika Jajodia
Today as we celebrate the mother’s day, as we drink and eat the products stolen from constantly grieving mothers, I begin to wonder whether its really a happy mother’s day ? We should at the risk of sounding Speciest, call it, a happy “human mothers” day! It’s only us who will get to hug the babies today, cuddle them, and keep them close to our hearts. The rest, though they experience the joy of giving birth, will never get to touch or feed their newborns. Night after night these mothers will weep, broken hearted, for the babies they will never see again.
The eggs for that scrumptious cake that your son or daughter bought for you, and celebrated the day with, come from hens who never get to see chicks emerging from the eggs they lay every day. They get depleted laying them day after day, only to be slaughtered when they are no longer “useful mothers”. The male baby chicks are ground alive as meat. The female chicks are kept separately till they grow up enough to become egg laying machines like their mothers.
The milky coffee or tea that was served with lot of hugs and smiles form your children, is the reason for millions of calves either being starved to death or sold for veal. A cow’s gestation period is around 9 months, the same as us human mothers. She never gets to feed the milk that nature provided her to nourish her babies. A mother cow’s cry after her calf has been taken away from her is heart rending. Depleted of milk and with a broken heart, she too ends up in a slaughter house, her only fault, she stops being a “commercially viable mother”.
Tonight as we hug our children close to our hearts, read them stories and laugh at their antics, let us also remember those non-human mothers who have been denied the very basic joys of motherhood, only so that we humans can enjoy the stuff that was meant for their babies instead of us. Vegans do not disrespect any mother, they refuse to celebrate at the expense of someone else’s pain. Think, are you truly celebrating a happy mother’s day? To celebrate the true spirit of a mother-child bond, do the right thing, go Vegan! (for details, check the links below)
This group is dedicated to ‘vegan’ living, based on a simple philosophy: Any being that feels pain should not be put to pain. A vegan (pronounced vee-gun) makes choices that do not result in any pain or harm on animals. Vegans refrain from all products derived from animals: milk and dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, honey, wool, leather and silk. Most of us overlook the fact that, even in India, milk leads to as severe animal suffering as eggs and meat. Cows and buffaloes are brutally forced into pregnancy repeatedly, subjected to hazardous growth hormone injections, and treated as though they are milk machines. Mothers are separated from babies, who are deprived of the milk which is actually meant only for them! Hence, unlike vegetarians, vegans also avoid all milk items (including paneer, cheese, ghee, butter and curd). Succinctly put, a vegan eats nothing from a mother, nothing with a face. Incidentally, plant-based food also turns out to be equally beneficial for our own health, and that of our planet! And, you can now achieve all of this without sacrificing your favorite tastes at all: From sweets, chocolates, cakes & ice-creams to curd, paneer, cheese, pizza and tea/coffee, almost every taste you are accustomed to can now be had milk/egg free!
Anyone seeking information about veganism is most welcome. You need not be a vegan to join the group. All that is expected is an open and empathetic mindset!