If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this post last week, but I wanted to share it here as well.
“Today, for the first time, I witnessed an animal take its last breath. She was a new mom with 5 babies. One of the babies was killed instantly and mom, though still alive for a few moments, suffered a broken neck. I watched her slip away right in front of me, wrapped in a jacket. Luckily, some other people who had stopped to help managed to get the 4 remaining ducklings off the road, but they hid in dense ivy. We could barely hear their chirps over the roaring traffic, but somehow, managed to find all 4 babies in 2 hours and took them to a vet clinic.
How someone could hit an animal and just drive away is beyond me. An animal control officer pulled up and promptly left without even getting out of her car because apparently “we had it under control.” She didn’t even take mom’s body, which we ended up bringing to the vet as well.
Ducklings are completely defenseless. Had we not taken them in, they likely would’ve starved, become prey, or suffered the same fate as their mother. Their fear and distress were so prominent, just like any other sentient being. Animals have emotions.
The whole situation made me think of the animals we tend to eat, especially chickens and turkeys. Mom didn’t suffer long, but she did suffer. I can’t even imagine the pain of birds who suffer literally their entire lives on factory farms.
There is no difference between the animals we choose to love and the animals we choose to eat. They all want to live and they all deserve to do so without being crowded into cages, or having their beaks and toes clipped off, or being fattened up so big that they can’t even stand. If you care about animals, please leave them off your plate. We can live and even be healthier without eating animal products. If anyone needs help with removing animals from your diet, please contact me.”
Less than a week after sharing this incident on Instagram, while heading home from work, I witnessed another mother duck and probably 4-6 babies get hit on the freeway, but this time, there was absolutely nothing I could do about it. It was heartbreaking.
Incidents like these prove how habitat destruction is the biggest threat to wildlife. Now, more than ever, we must learn to live with wildlife and do as much as we can to reduce our impact on this planet. Cutting animal products out of your diet is the easiest, most effective way help the environment.
Please keep animals in your hearts and off your plates.