Mother's Day is for mothers, right?
Mother’s Day is a celebration day for all mothers. But why then, do animal mothers suffer a gruesome death for it?
Animal mothers suffer and die because all our traditional non-vegan Mother’s Day gifts contain bits of the dead or tortured body from an animal mother.
In other words, the loving gifts we shower our mum with on Mother’s Day are the results of the brutal exploitation of animal mothers’ bodies.
Therefore, Mother’s Day is not a celebration day of mothers all over the world. In fact, it is a day of mourning for all mothers.
It is ironic, isn’t it?
Mother’s Day is a once-a-year, flowers-and-balloon-happy, special day for mothers, young and old. It’s like a shared birthday party for all mothers.
But sadly, it isn’t at all a day of celebration for all mothers of all species.
On Mother’s Day we say, thank you for everything you did for me throughout the year. Above all, thanks for your never-ending, selfless devotion. And thank you for your huge sacrifices.
Furthermore, thanks for getting up early and going to bed late to care for me. Thanks also for all the meals, the ironed clothes and the tidy house.
We shower Mum with gifts
So, to start the day, we give Mum breakfast in bed. Bacon and eggs, coffee. And she receives gifts in carefully wrapped, flowery pink packages.
For instance, we give her smooth dairy milk chocolate. And a bottle of her favourite wine. Also lipstick and blusher. Or face cream. And hand lotion. Maybe a pampering hair mask.
At least on one day of the year we tell her: We love you, Mum. We shower her with tokens of our gratitude.
But instead of giving her that, we should say:
Mum, you can’t be a mother and ….
Have bacon and eggs.
Pour milk in your coffee.
Drink chilled Sauvignon Blanc.
And put on scarlet lipstick and pink blusher. Or use fragrant hand lotion. Dab rich night cream on your skin.
Because, Mum, all of these are cloaked in the suffering and loss of a mother just like you.
This is because almost every single item you usually receive for Mother’s Day comes from a mother who suffered greatly for it.
In other words, for everything you normally celebrate Mother’s Day with, animal mothers had to endure unthinkable suffering and grief for their children.
We will say that, because it is true.
We should say that, and prove to ourselves as children and mothers that we are human, and humane.
Above all we should say it to prove we can experience mercy and pity, and be thoughtful and considerate. Can love and care. And can be kind.
For every fried egg and crisp rasher of bacon served on Mother’s Day, hens and pigs lived in agony and then died.
Cows endured heartache and misery and were then slaughtered for the milk in our coffee and for our chocolate.
These products are in our Mother’s Day gifts:
To let our wine appear clear and sipping-friendly, it filters through products from animals: casein (milk protein) and albumen (from egg whites).
Furthermore, the female cochineal insect died for the colours used in make-up.
Also, the palm oil in shampoo plays a major part in deforestation. It destroys the habitat of already endangered species like the orangutan, the pygmy elephant and the Sumatran rhino.
Shockingly, even in those lovely lotions and creams are bits of the dead children of mothers, such as lamb placenta.
Heartbreakingly ironic, isn’t it?
Who sacrifices more?
On Mother’s Day we thank our mothers for their sacrifices. For instance, for cooking a meal or getting up early.
Unthinkingly, we thank them for their sacrifices with items that other mothers had to greatly suffer and die for.
Compared to this, the sacrifices made by human mothers pale in insignificance.
Shouldn’t we rather have an Animal Mother’s Day? Or a Humane Mother’s Day? We can celebrate it by not using any product obtained from animals, whether they are dead or still suffering.
To be humane and merciful, we should celebrate not only our life and that of our mothers, but also the life of all mothers. This we can only do through kindness to all.
Also, we should do it always and not on one day only.
We can do that only through veganism. Not everyone wants to hear this, but there is no getting around it.
If we stop using animal products, we can have all of the traditional Mother’s Day gifts and know no animal was harmed for it.
Vegan and cruelty-free products are widely available. Just look out for the vegan or cruelty-free bunny symbol on the items.
Feminism is the belief in the equality of women and men in all respects: social, political and economical.
To be a feminist is to believe that a woman shouldn’t be exploited for her sex: for the act of sex or for bearing children.
It means a woman doesn’t exist for the pleasure of man.
She shouldn’t be raped, confined, abused, tortured, hurt, possessed, or impregnated against her will.
Certainly a woman shouldn’t be used. Because she isn’t an object.
She can’t be made into something inferior, because she isn’t inferior.
Unfortunately this is exactly what the greedy and incomprehensibly brutal industrialised farming industry does to female animals.
This industry perceives female animals as inferior beings. Through this, it reduces them to objects only to be used for generating wealth.
This goes against the core of feminism. And this makes feminism a vegan issue. Veganism is opposed to the use of animals in any form.
Veganism is also a matter for all of us.
At its heart veganism has the qualities of compassion, kindness and love for all living beings. It is a humane belief system and lifestyle
Certainly all of us, as humans, are capable of such emotions. We have these qualities at our very essence. This means veganism is for all of us.
For some people it is easy to become vegan. They can do it overnight. But others battle for maybe years before they are strict vegans.
Most importantly, one has to start practicing compassion towards all beings one step at a time.
So, for the next Mother’s Day, or for Mum’s next birthday, buy her vegan chocolate. For breakfast, make her tofu scramble, with vegan bacon. Or give her avo on toast, with a side of mushrooms and a little salad. Look for vegan wine, lotions, face cream and hair products.
The possibilities are endless.
If you do this, you and your mum can celebrate with a clear conscience. It will make you and her better, kinder people.
And it will be a first, happy step towards a loving planet.
It is difficult to grasp, or even believe, the enormity of the brutality against animals in industrialised farming
This industry is secretive and tries to hide what it does. It creates false advertisements that consumers believe. We only see what they want us to: happy cows in green fields and inquisitive, cute piglets with pretty pink ears.
Fortunately there are animal welfare groups that uncover the horrendous practices on factory farms and slaughterhouses.
Organisations such as PETA, Animal Equality, Mercy for Animals and Compassion in World Farming infiltrate these organisations to get to the truth.
For this, they use hidden cameras and drones. Their video footage is shocking and heartbreaking.
"Ignoring The Brutal Truth Does Not Make It Any Less True"
Mercy for Animals: Animal abuse
Compassion in World Farming: EU Pig farm investigation
Peta: The life of a cow (on a dairy farm)
Animal Equality: Investigation in chicken hatcheries