This was a working proposal towards a vegan collective, hence my username. Now a call for zine submissions, on intersectionality, and to promote local and ethical living. Some may want to read the same in Mauritian creole.
Our facebook page has
no 1 local follower who has wished to become involved in this proposal of collectively embracing a principle of striving towards the least harm possible towards other animals and human-animals too but they’re busy trying to settle down elsewhere. Kolektif Vegan (Agalega Rodrig) Moris is me (vegan 13-14 yrs, 3 years of which I didn’t know other vegans or read resources which was, in my experience, a dangerous idea). I hoped to find others willing to start some form of sharing and learning together – a zine seems more accessible. I also hope to start other movements, no zines here huh?
Some ideas are to focus on vegan and veganic but at this stage veganic cultivation is not practised here. Organic cultivation and permaculture should be a given, the use of pesticides/insecticides/fertilisers that pollute the environment wage war not only against our human bodies, but it does, more so, against the wildlife that is trying to survive on the land we share (which was their land to begin with – colonisation around here started with Dodos and Solitaires going extinct). It seems institutions in Mauritius try blame wildlife issues solely on the monkeys (to profit off them in the name of pseudo-science and capitalism). It’s shocking that my island imports live cattle and milk (both industries entail considerable mistreatment and are cruel in and of themselves) when there are coconut trees all over the island and seemingly no effort to make milk, oil or sugar from these plants that fare well in droughts and floods alike, all year. Coconut can also be saponified and local cruelty-free detergents could easily be made. We could at least import from the region rather than import cruel detergents from UK, Europe or Australia.
This blog aims to deconstruct discourse/s that opress one and all, and to share – all in favour of building another world within this one, by starting in our lives and backyards, to put respect at the centre of our actions and words.
I hoped for collective organising that can operate using only social resources, community exchange and organising. I’ve seen that work before in doing activism on my own, broke; or in a group where we didn’t have any funds whatsoever. In 2008, the municipality of BBRH (Mauritius) sponsored on short notice, some advertising, venue and equipment to screen Earthlings, and I found personal donations from non-vegans for pamphlets.
I see no hope having seen local socialisation and its impact on my broken body but if I could still hope, I would that we be more informed and organise towards a kinder world.
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