Colonial Williamsburg is such a great place to visit. Pumpkin and I (Charlotte) get to meet so many new friends, old friends we've already met and people who know us from online. Today we met a lovely couple and the wife said she follows us and is in town from Ohio and was hoping we'd be out. And, Pumpkin and I were both out today. So, we are glad we got to meet her and her husband! And to anyone else hoping to meet us and planning to be in Williamsburg on vacation, just let us know and we'll see if we can plan to be feasting on the grass by the Governor's Palace sometime while you are here (which is likely to happen anyway).
We also got to meet people from all over the country and some from out of the country. We hope people walk away seeing just how amazing pigs are. Dad says we are like living with dogs combined with toddlers. We are smart enough to know better and to understand when we aren't supposed to do something. But we are clever enough to do it anyway :) At the same time as being filled with love and affection.
Today on campus at William and Mary, I (Charlotte) helped get people on board with Meatless Monday and handed out pamphlets on how to go Vegan. The girl holding me pictured with her mom were all the way from Australia visiting campus today. So hopefully my message of compassion for animals is reaching across the ocean. Though, I'd love to visit Australia and take my message their myself.
It is amazing the reactions that people have to meeting Charlotte. Now, it is no secret that Charlotte and her mom Pumpkin live with a family dedicated to making sure that all animals get to live happy lives. But I have never seen so powerful an activist as this little girl, and her only action is being herself. A very powerful instance of this happened today. We met a lovely woman that grew up on a farm with 'beef cattle and hogs', she still has family that run that same farm, and had more reason than anyone to have forced down the feelings that something wasn't quite right about what happens to animals within animal agriculture. From birth until this moment she had been told the same story most everyone is told: animals are here for us to eat and use. Yet, it wasn't a minute in to having met Charlotte that she started asking all kinds of questions. And she finally said that she had goosebumps because she had just realized she'd never thought of the fact that animals could be seen as deserving the kind of rights and respect I suggested all living beings deserved: life, liberty, and pursuing happiness as they see fit. She added she was feeling guilt from knowing what had happened to all the animals all those years, to which I told her my philosophy that we just have to be the best version of who we can be in each moment. But, here was someone who shouldn't have had an easy time confronting the reality that animals are not means to our ends to be used by us but have purposes of their own. And yet a few minutes with Charlotte had her reevaluating everything she'd ever known about our relationship to animals. And clearly it is just the beginning of a new journey. Even when confronted with the truth it is difficult to discard years of being told the same story. But, it is a beautiful thing that one little piglet can have such an impact on someone. She gives me hope.
On the campus of William and Mary, everywhere I turn I find delicious grass. But that's not what I was thinking. But the grass is amazing! What I meant to say is that everywhere I turn I seem to run into vegans, vegetarians, and students who are considering moving away from eating animals! It is amazing how many of the students have found out what really happens to the animals and are taking actions based on this information. So, on behalf of all animals everywhere, I'd like to say just how much I really appreciate their willingness to learn the truth and let it guide their decisions. Oh, and thank you for having such splendid grass. Especially over by the college president's house.
What has gotten into Charlotte? Not sure mom is impressed with her new dance to nap routine.