Animal Advocacy

Animal Advocacy with Billie Dean

In my work and life I believe in the principles of non-violence towards animals and all living things.  I believe in animal’s unique intelligence and as someone who understands their language, I know how much pain they suffer and I have reached a point where being vegan and advocating a kinder world is not enough.  We have to start a heart-centered revolution to create deep peace for all species.
The practise of non violence towards animals is not a new thought in many spiritual traditions.  But for centuries it has not been a thought that has touched all human beings.  Now is the time where radical social change must happen.  We must be the new moral compass.  We must be the change.  We must be the movement.
Here are some thoughts from cultures about the principles of non violence which I adhere to:
In every country in the world, killing human beings is condemned. The Buddhist precept of non-killing extends even further, to include all living beings.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
Animals have always been regarded in Buddhist thought as sentient beings, different in their intellectual ability than humans but no less capable of feeling suffering. Furthermore, animals possess Buddha nature (according to the Mahāyāna school) and therefore an equal potential to become enlightened.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animals_in_Buddhism

Ahimsa (Sanskrit: अहिंसा; IAST: ahiṃsā, Pāli: avihiṃsā) is a term meaning to do no harm (literally: the avoidance of violence – himsa). The word is derived from the Sanskrit root hims – to strike; himsa is injury or harm, a-himsa is the opposite of this, i.e. non harming ornonviolence.[1][2]

It is an important tenet of some Indian religions (HinduismJainism and Buddhism). Ahimsa means kindness and non-violence towards all living things including animals; it respects living beings as a unity, the belief that all living things are connected. Indian leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi strongly believed in this principle.[3] Avoidance of verbal and physical violence is also a part of this principle, although ahimsa recognizes self-defense when necessary, as a sign of a strong spirit. It is closely connected with the notion that all kinds of violence entail negative karmic consequences.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahimsa

 

 The New Era of Peace which is now arriving on this planet, comes from the understanding by humans that the non-humans who share this earth with us, are beings to be respected and to live without fear.  The animals tell me they are finished suffering  — and it is not just the horrors of “food” production, culling, convenience euthanasia (death row and the killing going on in vet surgeries) , it’s also the fashion industry , the healing and health industry, the racing industry, and the “show” industry from equestrian sports to showing a reluctant cat in a ring — any time we think it’s a good idea to have power over another species or use them in any way, shape or form.  That’s slavery.  That’s wrong.  That’s unacceptable.  And it’s time we stepped up as a collective species and began treating the non-human species with some much overdue respect, gratitude and reverence.

My passion is for peace for all species and for me this means freedom from fear.  So my work involves social change and helping humans change from predators to partners.  I believe we can use the support of the 2012 Phenomenon and the indigenous prophecy of peace to herald in a new era of heart-centered kindness.  We can start this heart-centered revolution today, just by saying NO , THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE, and  taking bold, compassionate action.

 Animal advocacy takes many forms, and these are some that I am involved with.

  • A Place of Peace.  This is my home, but more than that, it is a forever home where we have given sanctuary to dozens of horses, and numerous dogs, cats, alpacas, goats, sheep, and birds.  You can support our work here by making a donation or buying our products.  That helps us keep providing a forever home for animals in need.  Last year we personally adopted 19 wild horses from the North Kossi region. This year we gave sanctuary to 200 young sheep.
  • Place of Peace Sanctuaries.  We are currently wanting to expand our sanctuary to include another property and provide a home for the cows and sheep who already live there, house a PEACE Education Retreat Centre and provide a blueprint for the latest enlightened thinking about animals and nature.  I also have a vision of these Place of Peace Sanctuaries around the globe, where homeless animals are all taken in, and either found a new home or allowed to live out their lives in peace, and where convenience euthanasia is never practiced.  These sanctuaries are also educational facilities for people to learn the Rainbow Fianna ethics and teachings which help people gain true understanding of the sentience and spirituality of the animals who share our planet, fostering peace and harmony
  • Deep Peace for All Species Movement – this promotes vegan living, compassionate action and contributes to a global shift into a new paradigm of deep peace for all species.   The Billie Dean  Deep Peace Trust promotes peace and freedom for all species through the arts, education and compassionate action.  You can support our work with a donation on the donation page.  We are currently raising urgent funds to help us create the first blue print and farm animal sanctuary, helping others come into sacred connections with animals and nature.
  • I am also called to find land to re-home unwanted brumbies, and end the culling of wild horses and all animals in favour of more civilised understandings of the human and non-human shared landscape.
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