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Sunshine is inspiring us to declare ourselves Conscientious Objectors to the War against Animals.
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This is our friend Sunshine. Nearly 3 years ago, the Canadian Government wanted to kill him. They wanted to kill him to test and see if he is healthy. He is. This ill-mannered behaviour is part of an “eradication program” by the CFIA — where they kill mass amounts of healthy sheep & goats hoping to catch a few who may be sick. It’s genocide. When those who think they are the doctor are actually the disease, we’ve gone far from wellness, and into another form of illness. The ruthlessness of the program is to satisfy the animal exploitation industry’s export ambitions & interests, the payouts when animals are killed are to satisfy the farmers’ interests. Our ethics are to always respect and represent the non-human animal’s interests.
Sunshine’s amazing lawyer advocated strongly on his behalf. Many of you spoke up too. The government backed off their immediate kill order but instead placed the entire goat family and property under a lifetime legal order, imposing over-zealous oversight and carrying the intention to do unethical things to the friends here in sanctuary.
As identified Ethical Vegans, our moral will compels us to opt-out of the exploitation of non-human animals in every way and strenuously oppose animal agriculture every day. We work to build a world where vulnerable animals are safe and the privileged humans act justly. So, on October 27th 2016 we will deliver a letter to the Agency articulating how the Government of Canada forcing our participation in a program that is unethical towards animal persons is unconscionable to us.
We are presenting them with our "Declaration as Conscientious Objectors to the War against Animals." On the grounds of Conscience, we seek and expect to be excused from forced and compulsory participation in the War against Animals as embodied by the “eradication program” of the Government of Canada / Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Read the letter below.
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Declaration as Conscientious Objectors to the War against Animals.
On the grounds of Conscience, we seek and expect to be excused from forced and compulsory participation in the War against Animals as embodied by the “eradication program” of the Government of Canada / Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
As identified Ethical Vegans, our moral will compels us to opt-out of the exploitation of non-human animals in every way and strenuously oppose animal agriculture every day. We work to build a world where vulnerable animals are safe and the privileged humans act justly. This letter is to articulate how the Government of Canada forcing our participation in a program that is unethical towards animal persons is unconscionable to us. This is only made worse that in this case these animal persons happen to be members of our sanctuary family.
It is our ethical understanding that animal agriculture is a War Against Animals. The phenomenon of immense organized lethal violence towards farmed animals precisely embodies a war. As demonstrated by the horrific number of casualties alone, the sustained bloodshed of the animal exploitation industry bears the unmistakable hallmarks of a legalized war.
But this war is not restricted merely to the blatant and horrific industrialized killing within animal agriculture, a prolific killing that occurs on such a gross scale that it baffles understanding. The unrelenting ambitions of this war have been seamlessly integrated into governmental spaces as well, such as your agency’s “eradication program.”
This “eradication program” demonstrates promiscuous killing, profane control and the desecration of the sanctity of life. None of this is in any way whatsoever in the interest of the animal individuals who are targeted — but rather honestly admitted to benefit the export ambitions of the animal agriculture industry, which is an outside aggressor to the freedom and lives of animals. The belligerent killing and controlling of healthy individuals of this “eradication program” is very much a part of the broader War against Animals.
In our lives, your Agency’s “eradication program” has blindly assaulted the rights & freedoms of goat-friends who are our family members, living safe here in sanctuary on a Vegan farm as respected individual persons. Specifically your Agency targeted our best friend Sunshine, and by extension the seven other goat-friends who live here free in sanctuary, in Sunshine’s herd. Your Agency obligating our participation in this “eradication program” is uncouth conscription to partake in a war that is intolerably contrary to our Conscience.
With all of our conscience will we object to this war, as levied by the animal agriculture industry and the bureaucracies such as this Agency that enable it. We object to all war because of the principles of our ethical convictions about right and wrong. Explicitly, the War against Animals is wrong.
We respect the rights and individual sovereignty of each animal person. This free-conscience-will governs all aspects of our daily life and every fibre of our being. Forced participation in your agency’s morally grotesque “eradication program” lies well outside of our ethical resolve.
It is widely accepted that an individual cannot be compelled against their Conscience to participate in war when they object to it in the depths of their moral being. Being forced to violate our Conscience would be a flagrant offence of democratic principles. For any public institution, it would be a troubling defiance to persecute individuals for simply preserving their deeply held ethical convictions. Freedom of conscience is the most basic right. It’s also the very first fundamental freedom listed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We assert our freedom to have, hold and act within our conscientiously-held beliefs.
Thus, with an unshakeable determination, we confidently take a conscientious stand to oppose the immoral War against Animals and our forced participation in it.
With the fortitude of a higher duty to obey our ethics of love and equality that guide our life, we affirm ourselves as Conscientious Objectors to the involuntary participation in the War against Animals as forced upon our family by an “eradication program” of the Government of Canada / Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
As conscientious objectors, we expect to be excused on moral grounds and released from the uncouth obligation to participate in the Government of Canada’s involvement in the War against Animals, as embodied here in your Agency’s “eradication program”.
We value love, nothing less; and intend to live within that truth. We believe in dignity and rights for the individual, always, regardless of species. With the authenticity of our ethical resolve, we insist upon it. We claim the right to act towards our fellow individuals in the manner that our intelligence and convictions guide us through the medium of our Conscience. We embrace and claim authority over our own ethics, and are entirely empowered to do so.
Confident and unafraid, we question the lusts of the animal exploitation industry and challenge the prerogative of those who profit at the expense of somebody else. It is the responsibility of everyone to respect the rights of others. Correspondingly, we are asking you to respect our right to a freedom of Conscience.
With the ability of our moral strength, it is our intention to oppose the murder, control and desecration of our fellow beings (and our family members) by articulating our conscientious objection. In the pacifist tradition, our protest is this letter. It is with words infused with the honesty of our ethical conviction that gives us resilience and strength. Our ways are love, and our peace is fierce.
Just as it is our commitment to obey our own Conscience, we strongly encourage that you too have the capacity to consider your own. Regardless of your own ethical judgments about this war, we have a right to our Conscientious Objection. The wholeness of our Conscience is worth preserving and with moral courage this we intend to do.
- Sherry & Yan of Piebird Farm Sanctuary, October 27th 2016
Thus concludes the first two pages of the letter. Read the full letter here.