Compassion Champs seeks to educate audiences worldwide on the immense, widespread suffering of animals every year in our industrial food industry. We encourage a planet-friendly, health-centered and compassionate way of eating. Our goal is to create a global movement of athletes, champions and visionaries who believe compassion can coexist with their nutrition plan. We seek to inspire the next generation of Compassionate Champions to embrace the core values of mercy, kindness and empathy toward all living beings.
Our driving Force at Compassion Champs is this: LIVE BIG. Set a goal so big that if you achieved it, it would blow your mind. Think big, dream big, believe big and the results will BE big.
At Compassion Champs we believe that each and every one of us has the power to impact millions of people and teach them about a plant based diet and leaving cruelty off their plates. Just think; if you can convince just one other person to care about a cause as much as you, then you’ve easily doubled your impact. Still, many people feel that it is impossible for just one person to make a truly sustainable difference in the world. We meet so many incredible people with a passionate voice, who deeply care about social justice, but feel dwarfed because they are only “one person” and think they are incapable of making a real difference in the world. We want to turn this belief upside down and teach the world about the extraordinary power that just one person has to make a difference. By viewing the Compassion Champs impact model, you will learn how powerful just one person can be. Please visit the Your Impact section of our website for an intricate look at how and why your impact matters. Through the power of imagery, we have created picture rich info-graphs for you to follow, to see exactly how YOUR impact can save millions of animals over your lifetime.
Our motto is simple: Shining Light on the Truth.
Who We Are And Our Work
Through our Compassion Champs mentor guided education programs, our intimate “Reflections on Compassion” video series (a powerful series highlighting unique stories of Champions from all walks of life in athletics, nutrition, health, environment and disease prevention who all encourage a change to a plant based diet) and our Compassion Champs power club tool kits, we offer a road map to encourage a change in diet to a planet friendly, health centered, compassionate way of eating. 100% of your donation will go towards funding these very important and impactful initiatives. Watch our “Reflections on Compassion” videos here. We need your help to bring these stories to the mainstream!
At Compassion Champs, we believe in life. We believe in life for ALL beings and the opportunity to live the best life, to thrive and to be free. This is truly quite a simple concept, yet the world over, people are torturing and killing 59 billion animals every single year for food. We believe in life and living and that no one has the right to end another’s life, human or animal. We do not believe that animals were put on this planet for humans to do what they wish with them. We are freedom fighters for the animal rights movement. We are peacemakers and peacekeepers. We believe that every single time we sit down to eat, we have a choice, to choice cruelty or to choose compassion and love. Every time we sit down to eat we have a choice to support horrific, widespread pain and suffering or to not. We have a choice to choose life or choose death. No other mission of peace in the entire world has more of a direct opportunity to change the world on a daily basis than making 3, 4 or 5 times per day choices about what you eat.
Do Animals Suffer?
This belief in life and the opportunity to live the best life, to thrive and to be free begs this question; not only do animals feel love, share experiences, communicate deeply with one another, understand kindness, fairness and happiness, but do they have the capacity and ability to SUFFER? This is important because this root belief that animals do not suffer, is what allows humans to feel justified in hurting them, chaining them up and brutally killing them. The answer to this question on, “Do animals have the ability to suffer” is an overwhelming YES.
Do animals have human emotions? Yes, they do. Do humans have animal emotions? Yes, because they are largely the SAME. Fear, aggression, well-being, anxiety and pleasure are the emotions of shared brain structures and shared chemistries, originated in shared ancestry. According to Carl Safina, a renowned doctor of ecology, they are the shared feelings of a shared world. He says that an elephant approaches water anticipating the relief of refreshment and the pleasures of mud, the same way a dog rolls on her back and prompts us to rub her belly-again- because she anticipates the soothing experience of our warm contact.
Why do Humans Justify Hurting Animals?
So, WHY then, do we justify being cruel to them, hurting them and killing them in ways we would not wish on the most evil of people? We rationalize it to suit our desires and we act out on poignant cognitive dissonance. A perfect example of us displaying cognitive dissonance: Jane Goodall’s first scientific paper on chimpanzees was returned by the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences because she had named, rather than numbered, them. The editor also insisted that she refer to the chimpanzee as “it”; rather than “he”; or “she”. Jane Goodall of course refused and yes, her study still got published. This is a prime example of humans attempting to de humanize animals so we can do terrible things to them and feel “ok” about it. This could be factory farming, wearing animals’ skins or furs, buying products that were cruelly tested on innocent animals or supporting the circus or zoo.
Let us look even deeper though. A common thought amongst the public is that animals are “less” than we are simply because they can’t “communicate” like we can. So we are saying because they cannot talk in our “required” language, they are therefore less than us and deserve to be treated like dirt on the bottom of our shoe? Do people interpret this lack of language speaking skills as animals having empty minds, and therefore not equal? If so, that certainly helps us to justify what we do to them. But, do we torture, terrorize and kill humans who communicate differently than we do? Do we torture and kill humans with say, Down Syndrome or Autism, simply because they are “less smart” than we are or communicate differently? Of course we don’t! Why? Because we learn to communicate with them in their own unique and very special way, and through this we learn to love and appreciate them in ways we never knew before. We allow ourselves to strip down barriers of simple language and communicate in ways we never would have been challenged to do had we not known humans of varying communicative ways. One of my friends has severe autism, so severe that she cannot communicate with me “normally” as my other friends would. Her IQ is lower than the average IQ of chimpanzees and most pigs, yet she brings joy and laughter and love to this world in ways I had never imagined I would get to experience. I look forward to seeing her and I love to text her funny photos from my travels and read her responses, because they almost always have me seizing with laughter. Why don’t animals deserve this exact same love, kindness, support and interaction? Come up with one good reason. You can’t.
Of course, it would be wildly disturbing to us if a chicken yelled in plain English, “I am absolutely frozen with terror. Please don’t kill me.” Of course, this is exactly what a chicken feels before he is being killed, as he watches the chicken in front of him get his throat slit, as he smells the room filled with curdling blood and fear hormones, as he hears the screams and has for many long days before his slaughter. Every single animal I have ever known seems as enthralled with living as most humans. Actually, some humans seem less interested in living. Self-destructive behavior, deep depression and suicide are seemingly distinctly human. According to scientists, almost all animals do everything they possibly can to survive and thrive.
If Animals Can Sense their fate is death, why don’t they try to escape?
Up and down the river, skeins of elephants are crossing, sloshing easily through the slow-flowing sheet of brick-red water. The numbers build to a count of around 250 elephants drinking and socializing. Elephants doing elephant things is a measure of how much good remains. Elephants try to carry on with normality amid chaos (poachers are eminent in the distance and so many of their relatives have been killed), because, like people blowing out candles on a birthday cake during wartime, it’s what they know, what they prefer. Every step is an act of hope, every sip and mouthful an act of faith. Hope and faith might be all we have, and maybe that’s all there is.
Carl Safina wrote this paragraph on elephants and studied African elephants and Yellowstone Wolves for many years.
This statement got me thinking about a question I get asked all too often. “If pigs or cows or chickens can smell and sense that their fate is death, why don’t they escape”? This question requires layers of understanding into the psyche of a prisoner, but I will offer a few thoughts on the subject. One is that these specific farm animals are known for their peaceful nature, their calm demeanor and their immense ability to trust and desire to please. It is literally in their DNA to behave this way. Humans also continue to breed these traits into them, year after year. There is a reason we are not farming lions, or tigers or bears! Farm animals are distinctly calm and easy going and we have chosen them because we can easily, without much of a fight, confine and control them. Secondly, why didn’t the prisoners of Auschwitz, for example, escape, or better yet, form a coup to over throw their captors? Two reasons: extreme fear and indomitable hope. Farm animals have this same ability to experience fear and hope. Intense fear has been known to paralyze someone so severely that they cannot even remember their own name, much less, concoct an escape plan. And hope, glorious hope; hope that there may be a way out, hope that the end of this misery will stop with them, hope that they will survive, hope that this will soon all be over.
Note: many documented cases of farm animals protesting their fate of death have been recorded however. Pigs jumping from 3 stories high off of trucks headed to slaughter and cows passing out or fainting with fear before slaughter. Chickens have been seen hiding their heads in their feathers as they hang upside down headed to the “kill” line from shame and fear and probably panic.
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