Four years of experience and witnessing what happens to our nonhuman friends has taught me that the bad news makes it's way no matter what.
Still, I wanted to begin 2012 on a somewhat rare but harmonious note of positive energy...
In case you didn't see this article from Green Planet, 2011 What a Year for Veganism, it documents how much can change happen in a year.
There's also this Mercy for Animals post that spreads the news on declining meat consumption in the U.S.
And according to this Google Trends graph - The word vegan (and hopefully all it's implications) is gaining social grounding as well.
One can research and find all the data they want about any subject that effects life on this planet... But I can only speak from my own personal experience of observing a s-l-o-w but steady awakening of important issues that fly under a vegan banner.
Each year I've met more people who acknowledge the negative implications of "livestock" and who have reduced their meat intake... More who have a daughter, grandson, sister or neighbor who is already "veg". Music to my ears!
Rightfully so, from puppy-mills to whaling - rodeos to labs... Non-human rights are being re-evaluated as an important issue in our social progress.
What all this means is that whatever we're doing we must stay at it. We must press harder... Perhaps even to the point of putting to end the infighting that distracts our rhythm from the goal we want to achieve. If I've ever done so before - this year, I want to stop singing off-key about what other activists are doing wrong... And just focus on what I can do right.
Obviously our tasks are monumental... My belief always has been and still is that it takes many, many voices to fill the choir. As long as everyone's message is to work towards animal liberation - to end this horrible carnage... They are singing my song:
Thank you to everyone who's voice is in the choir! May 2012 bring us all comity in the name of those who we all speak for.