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Mari Soulforce

"Love All Sentients!"

Speaks: English
Joined Feb 17, 2013
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Groups Amnesty International, Better Schools Network, DNC - Democratic National Committee, Environmental Defense Fund, Equal Rights for Women, Get Out The Progressive Vote!, Human Rights Network, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Peace & Nonviolence Network
Hometown Houston 
Birthday Jan 01  
Languages English  
About Me My Sweet Winifred Soulforce died a few months short of her 14th Birthday. Winnie, as I called her, was my first pet. When she died the bottom fell out of my world. You animal lovers know just what this means. A few months after her death I was listening to: Go Vegan Texas (Now called: Vegan World Radio), a radio show I would catch snatches of now and then. On this particular Monday, I happened upon a show where Bruce Friedrich of PETA fame was talking about factory farming. He told us how animals suffer on the way to slaughter houses, how baby calves arrive alive and literally half frozen to meat packing plants and then are dumped onto steel slabs and beheaded, how male chicks are brutally slung against walls to die because they are of no use to the food industry. The litany of abuses went on and on.

Usually a squeamish and overly sensitive person, I did not turn off the radio. I knew the animals needed me to be a witness and I should honor them by listening to every word of their suffering.
It was late August of 2004. The heat was well over 90 degrees in the parking lot where I sat weeping listening to the sad fate of our animal friends. The worst part was that I could see my beloved Winifred’s face on each animal Friedrich described. It was my Winnie who had been frozen in that subzero transport vehicle. It was my Winnie who was smashed up against a wall. It was my Winnie who was skinned alive. The horrors of all Friedrich recounted was what woke me up. His matter-of-fact accounts (that went on well over an hour) cleared the denial I had been dismissing for all those years.
I have had family members who had been vegetarian. When they brought up being vegetarian, I would find some lame excuse for why I ate animal, dairy, fish and poultry and change the subject. No one ever tried to preach vegetarianism/veganism to me.

So, there I was at age 42 finally getting the message. It was not ok for me to consume their agony any longer. I was a changed woman forever.

When the show was over, I dried my eyes and went to the phone. I called my (then) husband and asked him if he would support me on my new journey as a vegan. He said he would without hesitation. I thought that it would be difficult to be with a meat eater but it was not at all. It was all about the mutual respect we have always had for each other's choices. We can change no one but ourselves. Everyone sees life in their own way.

As H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama says, “If humanity is happy, has a successful life, a happy future, automatically, I will benefit. If humanity suffers, I too will suffer. Humanity is like one body, and we are part of that body. Once you realize this, once you cultivate this kind of attitude, you can bring about a change in your way of thinking.“ H.H. really knows how to say it!

And, I know that living as a vegan is right for me. I have never been happier. I used to abhor cooking but not any longer. I really love being in the kitchen. I enjoy bringing my vegan creations to my non-vegan friend's homes. I like doing this because I don't think it's right that someone make something special for me. If they happen to like my food, I always say, "... and no animals were harmed."

What a joy to be one of the millions who has helped, not only the environment, but also most likely saved a sentient (or two!!!) from the slaughter.

Go Vegan!
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Pets One Outdoor Cat  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions Anything Spiritual, Hinduism Buddhism Jainism  
Eating Habits VEGAN!  
Wild Fact About Me No TV
My Philosophy Bloom Where You Are Planted!
What Gives Me Hope Baby Birds
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by More Parks!
What/who changed my life and why Janice Blue! With her loving guidance, I made the shift to compassionate living.
What Bugs Me My Impatience  
Passions Being Happy  
Inspirations Nature and All Sentients  
What Scares Me Ignorance  
Role Models Oprah Winfrey  
Quotation "Leave your drugs in the chemist pot when you can cure the patient with food." - Hippocrates
Interests Vegan Nutrition, Cycling, Meditation and Spirituality, Master Mind, Natural Hygiene  
Books Health  
Music salsa/merengue/cumbia  
Movies Anything Happy  
TV Shows TV Rots Your Brain ~ Go Outside!  
Favorite Foods Green Smoothies  
Favorite Places Society of Peace  
Can't Live Without Conor and Tara  
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