ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – Speech at The Official Animal Rights March 2019

by birtanpublished on September 8, 2020

I had this whole speech planned out where I was gonna come on the stage and I was gonna reassure you that everything's okay the positive change is inevitable and it's really just a matter of time before we destroy these industries that needlessly butcher and

Murder millions of animals and contribute to the degradation of our environment I was going to come on stage and assertively state that we have got this everything's in hand but I don't think I can do that I can't tell you

That everything is going to be okay because in all honesty we don't know if everything is going to be okay the reason we're here today is because we don't know what I can tell you is the right this very second there is a mother

In a farrowing crate if she is biting on those bars over and over and over hoping that they will break and she'll be able to escape what I can tell you is right now in this moment there is a dairy calf in a solitary confinement pen who is

Calling out for their mother who have just been separated from what I can tell you right now is there is a chicken late on the ammonia and feces riddled barn the wing castrate them in they are laid on their back dying from organ failure

Because the selective breeding that we have forced upon their species what I can tell you is that right now in this moment there is a lamb on the kill floor of a slaughterhouse who has just watched as their friend has been shackled upside

Down and had their neck sliced open and this lamb is cowering in the corner hiding hoping that the slaughterhouse worker will not notice them but of course they do they always do and so in this moment

That worker is walking over to the lamb and when he reaches that lamb that lamb too will be shackled by their feet and have their neck sliced open but isn't that why we're here today not because we know that everything's going

To be okay but because we don't know and because we know what is happening every single moment of the day to the animals that is why we are here if we thought everything was going to be fine we'd sit at home and wait for the

Inevitable the reason that we are here is because we don't know what the future holds the reason that we are here is because we are fearful that nothing will change but more importantly we're here today because being here today is the

Right thing to do we are here today because here is the right place to be and we are here today because today and every day from today is the right time to act but after all whatever choice do we have

Doing nothing is not an option burying our heads in the sand is not an option expecting others to do the work is not an option there is no other option we can't just hope we can't just dream

We can't just wish we can't just have faith we must act for without action there will be no success and our success does not mean that things will come easy success has a cost that cost will be fight backs and setbacks success has a

Price and that price for many of us will be one of hardship and struggle but nobody said this was going to be easy that was never part of the agreement but that which is most worth achieving never comes

Easy and so there will be dark days ahead of us days where we may see struggle days where we may find the weight of the world too heavy for our shoulders to bear but that which causes the most discomfort is that which is

Most important so do not turn away stand tall stand proud stand together just as you have today never lose hope rely on each other trust in each other because that is what we must do when we leave here today we go back to our lives and

It may feel that in that moment we are alone again but we are not alone again look around you look at everyone who cares look at everyone who is here today trust in each other rely on each other we must come together

We must fight and struggle together so never give up keep striving keep fighting keep working keep learning keep we are here to support one another through those times and so we can say

That even though at times it may feel like a struggle for us we will not give up because we have reached a hurdle we will instead turn to the tens of thousands millions of people that are like-minded like us and we will ensure

That they will be there to support us in our hour of needs now don't be afraid to close your eyes and dream of a better world but make sure that when you open your eyes again you make that dream your goal

And you fight to achieve that goal open your eyes and say I will not be the one to stand idly by I will be the change that I wish to see say to yourself I have the strength I have the power say I am strong I am tough I am resilient I am

Determined I am capable I am fearless I am a warrior I am ready and then say I will not give up I will not back down I will not retreat I will not turn away I will not fail in accomplishing what it is that we must accomplish

Now we are all here because something inside of us has said enough is enough enough is enough we all feel that inside of us so as we look towards the future who do we want to be what sort of people do we want to become what sort of life

Do we want to lead and what sort of life do we want to create for others because what is the point of living if it's not to try and do what is right if we're not learning if we're not creating changing and evolving if we're not fighting to

Create a better world so what mark do we wish to have left on this world when our time here is over what is it that we want future generations to remember us for what do we want to be different about this world

When our time here is over I cannot tell you that everything is going to be ok but what I can tell you is that the only chance we have is now in this moment and the only way the future will be prosperous is if we act together now

There are no limits to what we can accomplish together as a species but we must come together to accomplish what it is that needs to be done success will come when we see others is not part of the problem but is part of the solution

For it is those who currently perpetuate these systems of violence who could one day be the same people to end them we need to tell them why we need to educate them we need to show them that is why we're here today

To build that momentum inside of us to feel that strength inside of us to go out there and change the minds of people who need to be changed to show them what they need to see to make them listen to the noises that they need to listen

– and to make them aware of what it is they desperately try to hide from we show them what they don't want to see we show them the truth now our species faces challenges challenges that we have never faced before challenges that are

Existential and seemingly omnipotent and that is why we must come together and fight as one United under what it is that we are striving to accomplish unity has never been more important friendship has never been more important Trust has

Never been more important and so I will tell you now that on days I will struggle on days I will find it hard on days I will find it challenging on days I will feel the weight of the world on days I will doubt on days I will cry on

Days I will feel full of hopelessness and despair when I promise you that even though I can't tell you what the future looks like I will be there fighting to the end and all I ask of you is that those days where I fall you pick me back

Up again and in return on those days with a fight that we currently have to face feels like a burden that you can't bear I will be there to raise you up again because we are strong as one and we are strong

Together now top days they lie ahead of us but they need not be eternal for I am you and you are me and the future is one that we will all create together thank

You for listening you

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