From the heart.
My new children’s book (coming June 18th!!) is something that I knew I’d write years back. I’m one of those people who jots down ideas all the time…whether it be recipes, book ideas, designs I like, etc. I was going through my big binder full of ideas (I categorize them by books, food, art-you get the picture) and found the paper with “Cow Escapes” written on it.
I pulled it out and looked at my notes.
I had started the basic concept for the story, but it was far from complete. The timing felt right so I stuck it in another, smaller, notebook that I keep in my purse so I could work on it as I was inspired. Well, inspiration struck as the words flowed! I had the first draft written in a matter of 2-3 days. With only a few edits and tweaks here and there the final version was born.
I had already done some research on the factory farming since I’d heard about a real-life cow escaping a slaughterhouse, tearing through the city streets and eventually ending up in a farm sanctuary. But I knew there were more stories like that out there. Sure enough, there were.
Actually, there must be far more stories about animals trying to escape slaughter than we realize. It’s a subject that humans don’t want to talk about or think about but factory farming is effecting each one of us, whether you know it or not.
Here’s what I mean:
Meat Eaters: (hey, my hubby’s one of them!), every time you buy meat from the grocery store, a burger from a fast food restaurant, a hot dog from the vendor, or eat BBQ at a friend’s party, you’re participating in and contributing towards factory farming. By the way, if you don’t know what factory farming is…just Google it-but prepare yourself for some graphic images. If you’re going to eat/buy meat, look for humanely raised meat. This is a website for those of you in the US showing you which farms are ethical.
Vegetarians: (that’s me now since I’ve incorporated eggs back into my diet), what kind of eggs do you buy from the store? Do you order omelets when you go out to eat? How do you know where they came from? Are they free range and organic? Sometimes labels lie (say what?) so it’s best to know the farm your eggs come from or at least look for the certified humane label. This website is helpful as well.
And cheese? Wow-that’s a WHOLE other subject. Dairy cows, raised for their milk, are put through horrific practices just so humans can “enjoy” their secretions. Sorry, gross but true. Again, just look it up-I won’t go into it here.
Vegans: (that’s two of my kids), you can take action! Help bring awareness to Factory Farming and the effects it causes by telling everyone! Write about it, use social media to bring awareness, start a petition, tell your local grocery to only carry humanely raised animal products, visit a farm sanctuary! Clover’s a made up character, but her story is real. I hope the children and parents who read Clover’s Great Escape connect with her and fall in love with her like I did. Animals right now are depending on us to make better choices. Our dollars, our actions directly make a difference. That’s why I wrote this book.
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