In this interview, vegan activist Gary Yourofsky speaks about how to be an effective animal activist and deal with the mental and emotional toll of awareness.
Upon opening our eyes and realizing the extent of animal suffering in this world, many of us come to the desperate question “What can I do?” If you’re like me, you want to make a difference in the world and have an impact for the animals’ sake. In this first installation of my interview series with vegan activist Gary Yourofsky, we talk about how to take effective action for animals.
If you’re already an animal activist, you’ll know that this work takes its toll on you. In this video, Gary also addresses his experience of dealing with the overwhelming suffering in this world. We must not lose hope, for as Gary says, whatever we as activists are going through, it’s nothing compared to what the animals are going through.
To hear Gary’s answer in full, be sure to check out the video, but here is a golden nugget:
“Enlightenment is bitter sweet, and I’ve told this to a lot of people. It is bitter sweet. it’s wonderful to know the truth, to see the truth, to live the truth, but it’s maddening to see how selfish and evil our species can be you have to keep on going for the animals, that’s the only thing. Just think about them and keep on going for them.”
What are your thoughts on and experiences with animal activism–have you found what is effective for you? How do you handle burn-out? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
— Emily Moran Barwick