In the wake of more senseless violence and killing of innocent people in Tucson this weekend, I believe it is critical that we begin to practice tolerance, love, and non-violence in our every day lives. We must begin to value all beings, human and non-human, and become teachers and role models of non-violence. We must include non-humans in our commitment to non-violence because…
If we stop treating animals like animals, we will stop treating other humans like animals. ~Gary Francione
Francione asks that we “resolve to stand up against all forms of discrimination (racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, speciesism) and just say no.”
My thoughts go out to all those who we lost and those who were harmed in the shooting this past weekend. I find it more than ironic that a 9 year old girl, born on 9/11, and pictured as one of the Faces of Hope for 9/11, was shot senselessly and needlessly. A life lost because our country is becoming steeped in violence, political vitriol, and intolerance.
Please choose a path of non-violence today in honor of those we lost and for others lost before them.