My name is Nalisha. I am many things – I’m an IT developer, animal rights activist, avid reader, a writer, dancer, philanthropist, family girl, dog lover, environmentalist, series junkie, tree-hugger, and volunteer.
I am also an ISF Community Crew volunteer, for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, – a foundation which aims to protect and preserve our planet and all its inhabitants in all comers of the world. But all of those are not what define me. What defines me are my choices and values that are embedded deep inside of me. I think that this is what defines everyone, not just me. It’s not what you do that defines you, but rather what you are.
As an animal rights activist by heart, the fair treatment towards animals means a great deal to me. I study the many ways that animals are bred for clothing, food, lab testing and entertainment on a daily basis. It is this very knowledge that both fuels my passion and destroys my soul every day. Being the only vegetarian in my family, it sometimes proves to be quite difficult to attain understanding in terms of my way of life and the importance I place on ALL sentient beings.
After watching Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be vegetarian’ documentary, I cannot imagine myself going back to using animals for anything at all. Majority of the world harm them. I vow to protect them now and forever more.
I was not raised to be vegetarian/vegan. I’ve had the proverbial blindfold on for 24 years. I have now chosen to take responsibility for my choices and to take off the blindfold. I think that it’s extremely important to teach our children to respect all life and to teach them that there is no such thing as “humane killing”. Being a voice for the voiceless is my greatest passion. This is why I want to inspire others to remove their blindfold. I want to move others into looking beyond what “tastes good” and actually propel them to find out about the unimaginable suffering that animals go through before they land up in your fridge, used as a fur coat on your body or jumping through hoops in a circus.
The suffering and murder of any living being just for the sole purpose of fuelling one’s lifestyle should be something that no one with a heart can be okay with. Animals are not made of stone. They feel and bleed the same as we do.
There are many who inspire me. But one particular person that I owe a great deal to is Ian Somerhalder – my Hero and founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. It is because of him that I am no longer ignoring my passion but rather embracing it with every fibre of my being. It Is because of him that I truly believe that I can change the world with compassion.
A friend and I have just signed up for the Veganuary challenge and we’re so excited to get started! I am proud to say that I will not only be going vegan for the month of January but I’ll be going vegan for good! If anyone would like to help me in my quest to follow the True North of my moral compass, you can tweet me at @PrincessNalish! I think I’ll also need someone to hold my hand when I finally gather enough courage to watch ‘Earthlings’.
Four of my favourite quotes goes like this:
“We cannot progress as a society, as a people, if we lack compassion.” – Ian Somerhalder
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Ghandi
“Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, ‘My appetite is more important than your suffering’?” – Moby
“How can we speak of right and justice if we take an innocent creature and shed its blood? How can we pray to God for mercy if we ourselves have no mercy?” – Isaac Bashevis Singer
You can’t love animals AND eat them. That’s simply not possible.