Next in our series on the writers of “VEGAN VOICES – Essays by Inspiring Changemakers”, is Rae Sikora.
Rae has been a spokesperson for other species and the environment for over forty years. Her interactive critical-thinking trainings and talks have been presented around the globe. Rae is the co-founder of The Institute for Humane Education, VegFund, Santa Fe Vegan, and Plant Peace Daily. She and her partner Jim “JC” Corcoran cofounded Root 66 Vegan Cafe and Catering. They live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with their pack of rescue dogs.
Extract from her essay in VEGAN VOICES:
“We do not share other animals’ cultures and languages. As with other humans, unless we spend a lot of time with an individual of any other species, it is easy to see them as simply a member of their group. I have seen people who met a pig or a cow or a chicken for the first time have that experience completely change their idea about that group. Beyond rescuing nonhuman individuals and giving them a good life, this is one of the great benefits of animal sanctuaries. Most people are forever changed when they connect with farmed animals, monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants, and others at a sanctuary.
Most people are forever changed when they connect with farmed animals, monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants, and others at a sanctuary.
“Who is included in our circle of caring and compassion is often determined by whether they are familiar to us and whether we have connected with them in some way. If we let go of fear and take the time to connect with other living beings, even the most unfamiliar, we would never see their groups in the same way again.”
Review of Vegan Voices by Bruce Friedrich, Co-founder & Executive Director, The Good Food Institute:
“There are as many reasons to be vegan as there are vegans, as this lovely anthology makes clear. So many of my heroes in one place—what a treat. Read it and be inspired.”
Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers
Available at Lantern Publishing & Media
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-59056-650-3
eBook ISBN: 978-1-59056-651-0