That Day Will Come
From DxE organizer Priya:
I look at the people around me, and I see passion
and dedication. I see intelligent visionaries and heartfelt freedom-fighters. I
see committed demonstrators and powerful protesters. I see outspoken
revolutionaries and influential warriors. I see the people who are fighting for
Animal Liberation, who are fighting for that day which we all so badly dream of
That day will come. That day will come when the
animals are free. I am thinking ahead years from now, yes, in my own lifetime,
when the animals of this world will be living in a world far different than the
one they find themselves in today. I am thinking of that world which we are
working to create today—a world which is livable for all the animals, a world
where justice and freedom are rights to animals, the same animals who find
themselves oppressed and enslaved in cages today. Friends, I am thinking of a
world which we are all going to be living in, not too long from now.
Achieving this vision for Animal Liberation, like
any other vision in history, does not and will not come without a struggle. The
reality is that we are fighting against a global culture which has been deeply tainted
by animal exploitation. The people of this world have been told the same story
over and over and over again—that the animals are theirs to use, theirs to manipulate,
theirs to exploit, theirs to make fun of, theirs to violate, theirs to eat,
theirs to enslave, and theirs to profit off of.
The world is ready for another story—the world is
ready for the true story. The world is ready for a story with a strong,
unified, and simple message, a message which asks that all animals of this
world be free. Author Leslie Marmon Silko once said about stories, “They aren't
just entertainment. Don't be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have
to fight off illness and death.” As activists, we must understand the essence
of being able to tell powerful stories, we must be able to tell stories from
the perspective of animals, and most importantly, we must tell stories which
can unite and incite change.
Our journey to Animal Liberation maybe a difficult
one, but given the activists I have had the opportunity to work with, I have no
doubt in my mind that it will be a memorable one and above all, it will be a
journey which is worth every battle
and every scar.
I believe in the power of truth, justice, and
liberation. I never forget Gandhi’s words when he said, “When I despair, I
remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won.
There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem
invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”
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