I started PCCS, or Preventing Cruelty in the Cage Society, a year ago when I learned about the cruel treatment of caged chickens. And I vowed to do something about it. Helping the caged chickens was in my power to change, and I would not rest until it had changed.
But I did rest.
I rested, and rested and rested, because the world wasn't changing fast enough. I knew it could change, but I wanted immediate results, and I wasn't getting them. I rested because I was busy, because I had this commitment or that, because life got in the way.
But at this retreat, I had some time to myself, time to think. And I thought about legacies, and how we all leave one behind. I thought about how we each are part of the legacy of humankind, of Planet Earth.
And I thought about how I didn't want to be part of a humankind that locks other animals in cages, that forces food down their throats. I didn't want to be a member of a race that slaughters millions of newborn chicks, that sears off the beaks of chickens.
That is not a legacy I want to leave behind.
And so I am reaffirming my promise. I promise to work as hard as I can for these animals. I promise to campaign for these animals as much as is in my power. I promise to change the world.
But I can't do it without you.
So will you join me? Will you help fight for the rights of innocent animals? What kind of legacy will you leave behind?
President, Preventing Cruelty in the Cage Society