El·e·na [el-uh-nuh, uh-ley-nuh; It. e-le-nah] /ˈɛlənə, əˈleɪnə; It. ɛˈlɛnɑ/ –noun a female given name, form of Helen // A proud student of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche // Personal assistant with a BSc (Hons) Psych from Uni of Warwick // These are snapshots of my life, in words and pictures

Browsing Category 'Animal Welfare'

(Taken with my iPhone) The little monster pictured is Dharma, Rinpoche’s new dog. On the day Dharma was brought home to the Ladrang, Rinpoche rescued three other dogs from the pet shops. All of them have now since been rehomed to good families (including my old English Literature teacher!). Many people have issues with pet […]

(Taken with my iPhone) Gone fishing? Gone vegan. One week ago, I announced on Facebook that I was going vegan for a week. I had little idea of what that really meant until I started doing research – no animal products or by-products whatsoever, including sugar, honey, leather, gelatine, etc. So how has the week […]

Earthlings

For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking more and more about becoming vegan. It started when Rinpoche asked us to watch Earthlings. It reminded me why I stopped eating meat, and introduced (what was then) a very troubling thought to my mind – what is the difference between an egg and a chicken? The […]

honey

Particular attention should be paid to rebuttal #6 “Well, you kill other bugs, so who cares if you eat honey?”

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All sentient beings should have at least one right – the right not to be treated as property Gary L. Francione

Freedom

What a nice way to start the day, with the release of budgies and finches at Rinpoche’s residence. This of course, isn’t the first time Rinpoche has had us release birds. And we don’t just release the birds and leave them to die. Knowing that they might have difficulties surviving in the wild, Rinpoche also […]

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Is life really a toy to be played with?

(Taken with my iPhone) If there is anyone whom everyone in Kechara finds undeniably precious, it has to be Yogi (Rinpoche’s dog). Yogi has been with Rinpoche for nearly 10 years, and is the perfect model dog. When he was first brought home, Rinpoche spent every day for a whole year just training him. This […]

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Just wanted to share with everyone a text that I received from Rinpoche earlier. It was received after a long exhausting day of chasing down a dog that has captured all of our hearts…it is incredible how much one being can suffer. It’s a message we can all learn something from Dear Martin, Fang, Bk, […]

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