About Empathy For Animals

The Goal:

Empathy For Animals promotes positive change for animals by discussing norms in society viewed as acceptable while challenging other views on animal rights and their place in our culture. Empathy For Animals wants humanity to realize the truth with relatable reasoning. Although we tend to use emotion and feeling to connect to others, we also use this information as an informative approach to open the eyes of others that empathy exists in all forms of life. Anyone can make a change for animals; it all starts with empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

The Story:

First of all, let me start out by introducing myself & stating why I started the site. My name is Kailei. I have been vegetarian since ~2007. At the time, I was 11 years old. My inspiration towards a change in empathy for animals is drastic, and has always been (hence the name). I have always loved animals and it wasn't till I was a little older that I realized what the hypocrite I was. Like everyone else, I pondered upon the idea of how one could love one animal, and eat the next. It just simply did not make sense and I would beat myself up over it, thinking it was my fault, why the world is the way it is today. As you could possibly imagine, I was constantly looked and talked down upon from previous friends and family because of having a different opinion. But to me, this was no opinion, this was logic & the way of life. Due to societal discrimination, it took me years & years to build the confidence I have today about my lifestyle; though it should not be that way, for finding truth & reason is such a beautiful thing. I hope you can see that some day, too. By starting this journey for truth at a young age, I know that being different than a majority of the population isn't easy. But change isn't easy. So, I'm here to tell you that it's not; it's not your fault, it's their fault. The people who contribute to support these inhumane practices for the sake of taste, entertainment, fashion, or whatever the case may be. You can make a difference simply by the choices you make every single day. I don't care what the world does. You're not the world, you are you. And you can make the change for the world... for yourself... and for the animals. Follow me in my journey as I go through my every day life supporting my new found truth with those who support me.

Thank you for being a part of the change for animals, for every positive difference is still a step forward towards animal liberation.

{It’s entirely possible that animal compassion runs through my veins}.

~Kailei, Founder of Empathy For Animals 

The Toll Activism Pays On Others


Jun 28

FistOfPowerFor many of us vegans/vegetarians, animal activism becomes more than just a different state of mind or diet guideline to follow, it becomes a complete lifestyle. Some people may not want this, but for others, being compassionate in everyday choices only leads to a continual stream of compassion throughout their life in every action they partake in. 

Sometimes this is a good thing, and unfortunately it can result in negatives, too. From family and friends: get togethers, parties, and events, to the way we view society and the people in it, as a whole.

But should we really let others get to us; their opinions or lifestyle, regardless of how unethical or unpractical it may be? Yes, it’s hard but sometimes if we let others get in the face of our obstacle, they not only become the base of the problem, but become what we focus all our energy on instead of the positive energy we should be providing to those with an open mind.

Just because they aren’t yet ready to change doesn’t mean we can’t embrace them in a welcoming manner, though. Pushing them away only makes it harder for them to understand us and realize the cause we are fighting for.

Sometimes it’s hard to stay calm in a situation like this, but if we don’t, are we doing more harm than good?

The hardest thing about animal rights activism and the way it affects us is that it doesn’t only affect us, but everyone around us, too it seems.

Why do our morals, beliefs, and wishes for compassion turn into the opposite of what it really stands for: peace.

It brings arguments, disagreements, and if you’re lucky, sometimes an open mind. But this isn’t always the case, and as hopeful as we try to be, a lot of people just don’t seem to get it. They don’t seem to understand how strong fighting for something so real; not something but someone, can impact your life.

Though activism isn’t for everyone, I recommend you give it a try and fight for something you feel strongly for. If not you, then who? The power is in your hands so why not take advantage of it in a way that is the most productive?

At the end of the day, understanding each others point of view is more constructive than arguing your way through the other persons head. Small steps towards change are better than no change at all; we must not forget that through this journey to end it all!

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