14 million Deaths in 5 Minutes
A Slovenian vegan advocate Daša Keber is using her artistic skills to bring us closer to the lives of countless anonymous animals. Her video aims to encourage and push people to speak up for the animals and stand up for them.
What was the crucial moment for you, that you became vegan?
I always had a special bond with animals, but for a long time, I didn’t want to face what I was causing them with my way of life. That final push for me was watching the documentary Earthlings. It broke my heart. I could not support that anymore and I could not look away from what I was causing.
The word “vegan” became loaded with various meanings from animal rights to social media posts of meals to being explained as a First world problem. What is your relation to the term?
For me, it stands for an ethical way of living in tune with my values. Not causing harm to others and not treating other beings as property or objects. Animals are individuals. Their lives matter and we have no right to take that away. There is no excuse to treat animals in the way we do. Our pleasure or some traditions are not worth more than someone’s life.
What motivates you to share awareness about animals?
The animals. Every day. When I see a transport truck, full of beautiful souls on their last day of life, when I hear chains of cows closed up in dark barns, when I see photos of tourists posing with dolphins in marine parks, when I see someone being proud of catching a big fish, when I see posts from other activists and when I hug my cats... Every day. They are living beings, they feel and they value their lives, no one should be robbed of their life. People need to realize that we have no right to take someone’s freedom!
In what aspects your life changed when you became vegan?
In so many ways. Some are harder to explain, you just feel lighter. Like if all the weight of animal suffering you carried on your back, has been lifted. I am not causing this anymore. The biggest change I see in myself is that I became stronger, tougher and “louder”. I am not afraid to speak my mind, to stand up even if people around me laugh at me and I stand alone. I used to be shy, didn’t speak up, didn’t share my opinions. But this is too important to stay silent. And this is what the video is about. To remind all of us who know, that we have to stand up, we have to speak up! They need us. WE OWE IT TO THEM. And of course, for everyone who hasn’t changed their ways yet, GO VEGAN. The video is also dedicated to the memory of all the animals that suffered and are suffering and a portrayal of those emotions all of us sometimes have: “I should have saved you”. That feeling of helplessness, when you want to save someone but can’t. It is important to use those emotions for something good, to raise awareness.