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Life Lessons from a Goat

Sure enough though, after mating season was over, the vet came and confirmed that, against all odds, Mariolana had conceived what would most likely be her last child. Because she had struggled so much with her pregnancy the year before, it was unclear what this would mean for her, but both Mariolana and I knew she was still full of life. If only her child birthing years were over and she could simply be …

Eventually the goats got into the neighbor’s cabbage patch one too many times and my host thought it was a good time for me to move on. Little did I know then that my time herding goats had launched me on a path to veganism and creating a world in which I would not be warned against caring for my fellow animals, but encouraged to do so.

I’m sad to say I do not know if Mariolana made it through that winter, as I could not bear to write and ask. Whether she died on her own or was killed, I wonder how many years were taken from her through the continued weight of birth, milking and loss that she bore throughout her life.

When I get the chance to visit with a goat now and again, I often see Mariolana reflected in their eyes. I remember feeding her chestnuts and praying that somehow my love and the extra chestnuts would save her.  But in the end it couldn’t … Only helping my Italian host to see Mariolana as a sentient, unique being whose body was her own, would have.

I now live my life as a vegan educator for her and for the billions of animals who are being used and discarded, who pay the price for our lust for milk, eggs, and flesh with their children, with the wear on their bodies and finally, with their lives.

 

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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12:55AM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

Thank you

8:58AM PDT on May 20, 2014

great article, thanks for sharing :)

12:20AM PST on Nov 8, 2013

thanks for sharing

7:51PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

I thought it to be a lovely story. TY for writing it. It's inspiring for me to continue preparing our lives for one day to have goats on our small farm!

4:30AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Interesting Story. Thanks for sharing.

5:27AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

TY.

6:20PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

Thanks for sharing your story.

2:32AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:31AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

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2:22AM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

The writer here is romanticizing goats, and to each, their own with goats. I've had them in the past, and while interesting and entertaining, were royal P.I.A. to have around. I think the way this article Is written was done so for just one reason.........to shock members and appeal to their emotions about killing any animal, even a species known to be livestock has reached the end of it's productive life. It would be nice if every such animal had a future, but that isn't realistic. We will never be a world of nothing but vegans. Those of us who eat animal products (and HORRORS, MEAT) will never go away. It makes more sense to me that those animals destined to be "eaten" be allowed to live happy, healthy lives for as long as they can and then have a humane end.

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