It is altogether perfect to talk about awakening, love, and awareness, but there is such brutality in the world, especially towards animals, and one feels helpless to do anything about it. The photos following basically are from the meat and fur markets in China, and the killing fields for dogs in Romania. They are too ugly to post here so I give two links: The first is to penned dogs in a Chinese fur market, the second is to all 498 photos.
Look at the photos. Really look at them.
There is much to be done to tone down the cruelty of consciousness, and no one here but us to do it.
When I was in Korea it was the same, but the killings and butchering was not done in public as here.
I had been ordained as the first American ever to be named as a World Teacher of Chogye Buddhism in 1999. About a year later I renounced the title in protest after I learned more that had been hidden from me while I was there.
I do what I can by just looking around me and seeing I can help homeless cats in Los Angeles.
Last night I was feeding near a Spanish market in Encino, when an about 5 month old female kitten walked up to me where I normally feed an older, very feral male cat, looked me right in the eye, and said "MEOW" in the loudest voice from a cat I ever heard. I promptly gave her an extra can and a half of cat food, and plan on capturing her soon and maybe find her a home as she will almost let me touch her.
One woman I help is Marie, who feeds 122 cats every night, and yet only has a take home pay of $1,000 a month and another $800 in Social Security. I plan on following her on her rounds one evening soon, to photograph her feedings dozens of cats at a time in some places.
Of course spaying and neutering is always going on. I mention this because inevitably I will get a comment that the cats should be sterilized or else the problem increases. Duhh.