I was so inspired by this that I broke up with my boyfriend.
A five year old handed a leaflet to a well-groomed, educated top KFC executive and said, as he handed the leaflet, "It is not nice to be mean to chickens either you know."
THis was, as you can probably guess, at a KFC protest last week. THe top KFC ceo was at the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame to accept an award (God knows for what), and as he was walking in, this insightful little boy said those words to him. I thought to myself how ironic, that such a young child could get it so right and such an educated man in an Armani suit did not know this basic moral and spiritual principle - that is, treat alll living things with kindness.
Anyway, I went over to his parents and told them how impressed and inspired I was that they were raising their two sons to be kind and to go against the "status quo" and not to be afraid to stick up for defenseless, oppressed beings. Wow!!!
SO I went home and I broke up with my boyfriend. Now I must admit that this was a long time coming but that was the straw that broke the person's back. And the source of the main conflict was this: there is NO way that I am teaching my children that the way society views its relationship with animals is correct. NO WAY I am teaching them that is okay to treat animals like commodities, here for HUMAN pleasure. My kids will revere all life, and will learn to walk on the earth as gently as possible and to "live and let live." My boyfriend claimed that he had no problem with that, but could not guarantee that his "family" would "understand" or "approve" or "be supportive" or "not sabatoge my attempts to instill these most basic yet imperative principles."
So I said, "Then you need to marry a "Less Compassionate Girl", because my kids will be compassionate and brave warriors. Not candy asses that are afraid to do the RIGHT thing because of what others think or say.