Ciarra Dawn's Blog (15)


Did you know my mother?

I'm told her name was Belle.

I don't know what she looked like

but have memories of her smell.

Did you ever hear my mother?

Did her cries pull at your heart?

I remember them quite clearly,

when the men pulled us apart.

Did you drink from my mother?

Did you…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on February 5, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Fellow Veggies- can you relate?

The more involved I become in the animal rights movement- the more I realize just how little I have in common with the people in my life anymore. I try not to dwell on our differences, but I find it gets harder and harder to interact with people who see no worth in the creatures I love and fight for.

They say things that not only offend me, but break my heart. I hear things like "They're called Livestock for a reason" & "Animals are made to be eaten", and it enrages me that even…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on February 3, 2013 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

What pushes you over the egde?

I try very hard on a daily basis to not ridicule others about their choice to eat meat. However- it is when I am confronted with statements like the following that I cannot tolerate the ignorance, disconnect, and lack of empathy of my fellow humans:

"They(animals) don't feel pain. Their brains are too small to process the feeling. Also, since pain is a key component of suffering, it follows that they are not suffering if they do not feel…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on February 1, 2013 at 10:02am — 9 Comments

"Plants Feel Pain Too" Gary Yourofsky's Take

Check out What Gary Yourofsky has to say about the ever annoying meat eater argument- "plants feel pain too. Share this with any meat eater who throws that at you and I bet you anything he will be speechless :)

It's a long read but SO worth it!

“When meat-eaters run out of excuses to eat dead animals, they usually spew one of two inanities. First, they promulgate respect for the vegan lifestyle, and ask for some respect in return. Of course flesh-eaters respect the vegan way.…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on January 31, 2013 at 7:31am — 5 Comments

Common Meat Eater Arguments Debunked: Part 1

Whether said as jokes, or even said seriously- these are a few 'argument' points that I've encountered in my time being a vegan. To each their own, but these are a few favorites I just had to tackle :)

"But the cows would be in pain and die if we didn't milk them"

No, No they would not die. Cows produce milk for one reason and one reason only- for their young. Cows in dairy farm settings are forcibly bred year after year; a constant cycle of…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on January 28, 2013 at 7:00am — 17 Comments

This Is the Thanks They Get

After years of birthing babies and pumping out thousands of gallons of milk, do cows used for their milk get a comfy retirement? No. - They get sent to slaughter, where, in the words of one slaughterhouse worker, they "die piece by piece." A longtime slaughterhouse worker said he frequently cut the legs off completely conscious cows who blinked and made noises as their bodies were hacked…

Added by Ciarra Dawn on January 27, 2013 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

In Memory of Mary: Advocating Against Circus Abuse

Mary was a circus elephant in the 1900's. Her story is one of sadness, and heartbreak. I wanted to share with all of you her story. Learning of Mary has made a huge impact on my life and I think she deserves to be remembered <3

"On September 11, 1916, a hotel worker named Red Eldridge was hired as an assistant elephant trainer by the circus. On the evening of September 12 he was killed by Mary…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on January 27, 2013 at 9:16am — 2 Comments

Disgusting Animal Cruelty in China

I can't help but go off about this- what the HELL is wrong with these people?????


Festival organizers have caused controversy in northern China by offering visitors the chance to shoot live…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on January 25, 2013 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

The true costs of FUR- Visual realities of the fur trade.

Hand picked by the future owners of their furs, these beautiful animals will now either be murdered by breaking their spines, skinned alive, or killed by anal electrocutions (during which an electrically charged steel rod is inserted into the animal's rectum, literally frying his or her insides) - the real price of fur, and the reality of fur farms.…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on January 25, 2013 at 1:06am — 7 Comments

"Anti Abortion is way more important than animal rights!"

I have no idea why, but as of late I've been running into a LOT of religious nut jobs (note: not everyone who has a religion is a nut job by any means, However-these particular people are insane. Nor do you have to be religious to be pro life & vice versa) and I've been getting a ton of flack for my veganism and animal rights campaigning.

The most recent thing to send me over the edge was a comment made by someone (lets call her Nutty Woman) about abortion.  Nutty woman informed…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on January 23, 2013 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

Special Opportunities

While I was in the hospital this past week (acute appendicitis- had to get the lil bugger removed!) I was watching the Animal Planet Channel and during the commercial break there was a heart wrenching ad about animal abuse and how you can help stop it. It was a very emotion ad and I began to cry while the nurse was checking my IV.

She asked me what was wrong and I told her how much I care for animals and what they mean to me and it started a whole conversation about animal rights and…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on January 16, 2013 at 11:40am — 2 Comments

The Doe

This year, the hunting season in my area has been a brutal one. I've come across far to many scenes of sorrow and my heart aches for every beautiful being whose life has been taken. I wrote this story based on an actual event I encountered this hunting season to honor the life of a beautiful doe whose life was cut short too soon.

The wind was…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on January 7, 2013 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

The True Costs of Fur

While there are many aspects of animal rights I am passionate about- The Anti Fur Movement is one I care about a great deal.  I abhor wearing fur. I think it's possibly one of the most grotesque and perverse things a human being can do- especially in our society where we have other sources of material at our disposal at much more affordable prices. This isn't the stone age- we do not need to run around in our loin cloth and bag on our chests anymore.

I've had so many people…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on December 31, 2012 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Polar Bears Need Your Help

Did you know that there are only 20,000 polar bears left in the wild?

If hunting and pelt sales continue to thrive- that number will diminish to HALF of what it is now by the end of next year.  

Polar Bears are already struggling to cope with disappearing Arctic sea ice, not to mention overfishing and pollution. What they don't need is commercial…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on December 29, 2012 at 7:44am — 3 Comments

The Cows of Truck 615

I was at the gas station filling up the tank when I saw it pull in. A huge livestock trailer loudly buzzed through the lot and parked by the diesel tanks. I could here them calling out, crying from across the lot. Their sorrow filled bellows made my heart sink to the ground. Impulse got the best of me as it always does, and I was off.

As I crossed the lot, I saw the huge black numbers sprawled across the side of the trailer: '615'. I couldn't help but think it should be '666' instead.…


Added by Ciarra Dawn on December 27, 2012 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

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