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As life throws you challenges and you rise to meet them, you get stronger – like an athlete who conditions themselves with weights over time. ‘We’re so used to stress that it takes a lot to shake us.’
Organic compost still relies on animal inputs and often comes from the animal agriculture industry. It’s not enough to buy organic produce if you want to minimise your impact on the environment and protect animals – you need to look for veganic farming which uses no animal inputs at all.
One thing that really helps is to put your awareness between your thoughts. Instead of being in your head all the time, there’s so much that can happen when we’re not trying to figure things out, when we’re just getting between the thoughts.
Humanity needs to take a step back and reflect. We need to emerge in a way that reduces the impact on our planet. One of the best ways we can do that is by going vegan. This planet we live on belongs to all of us. We need to emerge more peaceful and find our real compassion where we extend the same love we have for our cats and dogs to cows, chickens and pigs.
Humans have a superpower that they’re not accessing and that’s love. Real, unconditional love. And the ability to use our hands and our minds in such a way that we can be an instrument of peace to the less-fortunate animals on the planet. And I hope we all emerge accessing our superpower of compassion.
Renee, a native Houstonian, is the Executive Director and Founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary and their initiative, the Rancher Advocacy Program in Waelder, Texas. She remarried her husband Tommy Sonnen, a multi-generational cattle rancher in 2009 and moved to their former ranch in Angleton, Texas. She fell in love with all the cows, having no idea her life was about to transform. After witnessing time and again the baby calves going to the sale barn she became extremely depressed.
In October 2014, she went vegan as a result and began researching factory farming and the compassionate alternative, farm sanctuaries. She desperately consulted with leaders in the vegan movement, determined to do whatever she could to create a sanctuary out of what was once a cow/calf, beef cattle operation in the heart of cattle country. As a result, the Rancher Advocacy Program was launched as a way to transition farms and ranches into viable, compassionate, and productive farm enterprises without animal cruelty. Today, there are 3 farms in the Rancher Advocacy Program.
Renee is also on the board or directors of the Agriculture Fairness Alliance, which lobbies for justice and fairness in Farm Policy & Legislation. The At Risk Farmers Act, AFA’s current legislation is modeled after the Rancher Advocacy Program.