Prayer Circle for Animals #371
International Respect for Chickens
April 23, 2018
Please Join Us For Our Daily Noon Prayer
“COMPASSION ENCIRCLES THE EARTH FOR ALL BEINGS EVERYWHERE”
And Our Prayer for the Week from Judy Carman
MAY 4 IS INTERNATIONAL RESPECT FOR CHICKENS DAY; ALL OF MAY IS THEIR SPECIAL MONTH. Let’s get ready. This event was introduced by United Poultry Concerns in 2005 “to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.” UPC suggests many possible actions we can take, as well as posters and handouts to order, on the website. This Sikh story brings home the truth that chickens are precious individuals who love life just as we do. “A man was once given a chicken by his guru and told to go and kill it [him or her] where nobody could see. The man tried and tried to find a place where he could kill the chicken without anybody’s seeing and finally gave up and went back to the guru. ‘Why couldn’t you find a place where nobody would see you kill the chicken?’ asked the guru. ‘Because everywhere I went, the chicken saw,’ said the man.” (From How to Think if You Want to Change the World, p. 138)
OUR PRAYER THIS WEEK IS FOR ALL CHICKENS TO BE RESPECTED FOR WHO THEY ARE AND TO BE LIBERATED FROM HUMAN VIOLENCE AND DOMINATION: We give thanks for United Poultry Concerns and all the activists who have worked tirelessly for years to show the world that chickens are amazing, courageous, beautiful and loving beings. We give thanks for all the information we have now to help us educate pre-vegans. We ask for blessings of peace for every single individual among the billions who are being killed. For while the killing machines grind on, we know that each precious chicken has lost friends, children, mothers, and suffered terrible pain and heartache. We honor and memorialize them all—the fallen. And we pray for strength, clarity and inner peace, that we may stand in solidarity with them as long as it takes to win their freedom from human violence at last. And as our tears fall for them, may we also feel that spiritual joy that comes from being awakened to our very real kinship with chickens. What a blessing it is to know that they are our friends, not our food. Help us to be love and to bring love to all people and all beings. As always, I send my thanks to each of you, dear Prayer Circle members, for joining this circle of compassion and shining the Light of Truth for all to see, so that one day soon, all beings will be free.
May compassion and love reign over all the earth for all beings everywhere.
Thank you all for your devotion to truth, love, liberation and peace for all beings.
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy Carman, and greetings from Will, Madeleine, and the Circle of Compassion team.
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