2012 is here and along with it came many resolutions. The resolutions this year seem to have some common themes. It appears that 2011 has encouraged us to act. 2011 was a busy year with people making waves and making changes all over the world. From the protests in the middle east to the occupy movement, to a list of new animal protection legislature in the west, it was an action packed year. Is it possible that the eventful year behind us has inspired us to be better, to love more, hate less, and to stand up for our rights as well as the rights of others? The resolutions that I have overheard others (and myself) making for the coming year are less about making money and acquiring more stuff and are more about being better people. Being a better husband, volunteering, composting, consuming less, being less judgemental and being kinder are all examples of resolutions that are popular for this year. Just in the nick of time! If the Mayans are correct, this year’s resolutions will be our last, so we had better make them good! I can’t think of a more fitting time to start caring for one another and our planet.
The Mayan prophecies predict that something big is going to happen and if not the end of the world then a transformation into a new age. While the world coming to an end can be a little dark and gloomy, I think that the sound of a transformation into a new age is thrilling. Its time to jump on board. Let’s stop allowing our traditions and old habits from holding us back and let’s create a new, more compassionate world in 2012. We must work to heal each other, the planet, and animals. It is time to make things right in the most caring and conscious way that we can.
We might as well start with breakfast!
When I was younger I regularly went out for Sunday breakfast with friends. Especially, after a night out it was so much fun to review the craziness that had taken place the night before. These famous breakfasts were always full of hearty laughs, cups of coffee and eggs. I will forever miss these moments but never again the eggs.
Of the foods that I don’t eat these days I find eggs the most offensive. There once was a time that I loved eggs. I think mostly because I associated them with these good ol’ days. This transformation didn’t happen overnight. As I began to learn of the horrible lives that chickens endure to produce my eggs I found myself craving them less and less. Eventually, my tastes and habits changed and adjusted, like they all can after time. Of all of the animals that suffer for our food, egg-laying hens may suffer the most. Their lives are long and drawn out. They are kept imprisoned until their bodies and minds are so defeated that their egg production drops and finally then they are slaughtered.
These photos were taken inside of a small-scale egg farm. These hens are typical examples of the billions that live under the same conditions around the world every single day to produce eggs for our consumption. They spend every minute of their lives within these small spaces, never able to feel the ground beneath their feet nor spread their wings. Although the living conditions of these hens is one full of only abuse and distress these hens may actually live in better conditions than many. They have access to sunlight and have not have their beaks trimmed which is standard in chicken farming practices.
I still love to get together with good friends over a chatty Sunday brunch. A few things have changed however. The nights before don’t seem to go as late as they once did. I guess those are the sad facts of getting older. Also, the food on my plate no longer contributes to cruelty. I admit that it can be a hassel sometimes to find a dish without eggs, especially at brunch. I regularly find myself wishing that more chefs would use more creative alternatives. Luckily there is a shift happening all around us. More and more people are resolving to live in a more compassionate way and stand up against the injustices that others are forced to endure. 2012 is the year to follow through with our resolutions. Let’s follow our dreams, be kind to our neighbors, be gentle on the planet and let’s live as compassionately as we can.SHARE