Sunday, 20 December 2015

The activist in me...and a sketch.

There was a protest rally
in Brisbane, on October 17th,
calling on our government to
ban the live export of animals.
Live Export is an unnecessary, barbaric, and evil trade
that is literally a hell on earth for animals.
Those beautiful, innocent beings suffer tremendously
and we need to speak out against such atrocities.

Profit should NEVER come above the well-being of the innocent.

"Humanity is accruing an enormous debt of karma by its treatment of animals."
~ Eckhart Tolle

Moleskine A5 watercolour sketchbook 
Platinum carbon fountain pen 
LAMY Joy fountain pen 
Derwent watercolour pencils

This was my first ever protest rally
and I was determined to go
despite being a little nervous.
I made up my poster the day before.

I headed off early Saturday morning by bus
with plans to sketch before the rally
but that never happened.
Time just got away from me.

For lunch, I enjoyed a delicious vegan all-you-can-eat 'Feast' meal
at Govinda's, a vegetarian restaurant, in Elizabeth Street.
It was my first time there and the food was divine!
Their vegan chocolate mousse was the best I've ever tasted.
I met a few other vegans whilst eating lunch there
and one has been a patron of Govinda's for 25 years.
I'm not surprised.

I intend to take Bradley there when
we are in the city next.

It was a blistering hot day
but hundreds of protesters still showed up.
 I found myself sitting beside
a few more vegans which felt great!
We chatted, shared info, and discussed future dates
for more animal causes.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress 
can be judged by the way it treats its animals.
--- Ghandi

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures 
from the shelter of compassion and pity, 
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
~St. Francis of Assisi

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, 
man will not himself find peace.
--- Albert Schweitzer

I made a sketchbook entry about the rally.

The soul is the same in all living creatures 
although the body of each is different.

All in all,
I am so glad I went along to the rally.
It felt right!
It felt good to be a voice for the animals
and I plan to take part in more events
to help animals.

I already have the T-shirt for one coming up in January 2016.


  1. Good for you, Serena! I would have been there with you in spirit. I'm not vegan, but I'm about 95% vegetarian and it was a choice made because of how the animals are treated. That is a beautiful page spread! Love and hugs!! :)

    1. Thanks, Rita! Love and hugs to you and Karma. xo

  2. I'm not a vegetarian but eat less meat as I grow older but the live export trade is something that should not happen but it doesn't stop, as money rules the world .

    1. Sadly, money does rule the world, Merle. :( Maybe one day, humankind will wake up to themselves.

  3. Serena what a worthy cause so close to my own heart. I've been a quiet vegetarian for more than 30 years and I often wish in my youth I had been more proactive in the fight for animal welfare. I love the quote about animals souls true.

    1. Well done on thirty years vegetarian, Morag! I loved the quote about the animal souls too and, yes, it's very true. :)

  4. Nice post Serena and nice sketch! Hope you have a marvelous holiday.


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