Compassion is a Verb – Thich Nhat Hanh
Eden is an Irish Vegan Sanctuary that provides a home to more than 100 residents who have been rescued from animal agriculture.
It is difficult to fully empathise with the relentless struggle faced by the residents at Eden. Every day is made difficult by trying to live in an embodied prison that has been unnaturally bred to produce animal foods. Hens go through the equivalent of a human female menstrual cycle and childbirth on a daily basis causing them to tear, prolapse and develop reproductive infections and cancers. Their small lung capacity causes respiratory distress and infection. Their bones fracture from loss of calcium in daily egg laying. Turkeys are forced to lumber under the unnatural weight of their muscle mass, struggling to go about their daily affairs on painful, arthritic feet. In their natural state they are lithe, elegant and as light on their feet as dancers. Their hips and other joints erode and dislocate from the unbearable weight and strain of the muscles that humans breed to be their food. Sheep also suffer from foot pain, undoubtedly exacerbated by being heavier than their wild, free living ancestors. Every individual resident at Eden has, like all farmed animals, been made vulnerable and dependent on human care: this is the crime of human domestication of them.