“You cannot make me eat my friends”

Welcome all my beautiful friends to my first ever personal blog!

Although I started Vegan Warriors a few years ago, it is only recently I have been able to really connect with so many like minded people because of my website and facebook. These two conduits of technology were made possible because of something that happened that taught me nothing in this precious world is random.

I held the first ever rally for animals on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia to express my deep disgust and anger over our country’s treatment of live animals being exported to Indonesia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. For those of you that arent aware, these animals are treated as things to torture by slaughtermen who barbarically dissect them whilst they are fully conscious (footage available http://www.4corners.com.au). We had a turnout of about 20 people all up including a couple in their late 70s who had never attended a rally in their lives but told me how the footage made them so sick, they immediately stopped eating meat and came along and held banners to passing traffic. Another gentleman there on the day was an ex slaughterman…I will never forgot feeling my life was truly worthwhile whilst watching him wave his banner saying “Stop the Cruelty, Ban Live Export!” proudly. Sarah was another amazing person I met on that day. She was wearing a Sea Shepherd tshirt and brought her own large sign which screamed “Torture!”. Sarah has since become my friend and offered to built a website and facebook page for Vegan Warriors. She did this without any expectations from me. She then offered to do the same for the twin brothers Ray & Murray Chambers who run the Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue Service – once again without expecting anything in return, apart from wanting to help animals. Saz as I affectionally call her, is a fellow vegan and has taught me that we are meant to be where we are at every second of every day.

I grew up in a small country town in the bush, with the main source of employment being the local aboittoir, where my father was a meat inspector. The air was always thick with the smell of fear and death. That smell stuck in the back of my throat throughout my childhood years and has never left me. My father insisted I eat the animals he helped slaughter, this was something I decided, whether I was going to be punished or beaten, was not going to happen. Many nights were spent alone at the dining room table, hours after everyone else had finished their meals and were enjoying relaxing in front of the tv. My mum would come and tell me quietly to drop the meat under the table for the dog, who was waiting patiently. This then released me from my father’s punishment and I was then sent straight to bed. Night after night, rebelling against what I knew was so morally wrong, my life felt lonely and miserable. But after school each day I would be uber excited to skip down to the chicken pen and sit and read my friends their stories whilst they pecked at me and sometimes sat in my lap quietly clucking away as I stroked their soft feathers.

I gave up my job in the music industry as a music publicist to some of Australia’s most successful rock bands to dedicate my life to giving our precious animals a voice. I have since rallied an army of stellar supporters including celebrities  Heather Mills (Paul McCartney’s ex) and Nick Nichols, Editor at Large, National Geographic Magazine. Many others including rockstars, barristers, animal lawyers, solicitors, university lecturers also publicly support my work. (Pls see my list of supporters for full details).

I am the target of much harrassment and intimidation from members of the torture industries I campaign against as well as from some in the vegan community. This is something that does, at times, get under my skin, but when I rest my head each night, I know nothing anyone says to or about me, will stop me screaming from the rooftops at and about the torturers.

It is a long dark journey as you all know, but if not for us, then who? We are the brave few who dare to be deemed “different”, “difficult”, “opinionated” and who make those who choose to own their share in torturing animals, extremely guilt and uncomfortable, no matter what their excuses.

Please see the media section of the website to see some of the past and current campaigning Im undertaking and with my new found supporters such as yourself, I feel even more energised and buoyed to keep making the lives of people who end the lives of our beautiful, precious animal friends, an absolute pain in the arse!

…9/11 – Close to 3000 human beings were killed. 9/11 – It’s happening right now in slaughterhouses all over the world. Every second close to 3000 non-human beings are killed. To these animals every non-vegan is a terrorist. Think about it.


For the Animals

Jaylene Musgrave

Vegan Warriors


10 responses to ““You cannot make me eat my friends”

  1. It is inspiring reading your story and seeing how you decided early on to be kind to animals and to regard them as worthy of the same respect as humans consider they themselves deserve. I’m really thrilled that you are getting the message out there and I really appreciated you organising the Sunshine Coast rally against live animal export. That saved me a trip to Brisbane. Let me know about other events you’re organising too please.

  2. Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles is sponsoring a rodeo on the Sunshine Coast at Kawana in October. That is disgusting. Also says that Butler McDermott Lawyers are sponsoring it. I will NEVER attend their footy matches or give ANY business to Butler McDermott as long as they are involved with promoting rodeos – absolute animal abuse. What sort of morals do these people have that lets them do this to innocent animals – torture animals so they can be entertained ….. oh I forgot…. the main thing in life for certain types of people could be to make money anyway they can ………. GRRRRRR!

    • Jaylene Musgrave

      Totally disgusting that businesses put their name to torturing animals .. all to make money as you say. Really sickens me. xx

  3. wow, thanks for this post, i felt the same when starting on a journey on veganism. with lots of family downbringing as well. but now that i seen the vegan way of life, and permaculture im in a career change towards more simple and happier and most of all sustainable living 🙂

    thanks for awesome post, it helped me to put some emotions in place that i had on the issue 🙂 keep on doing an awesome job, every little helps 🙂

    • Jaylene Musgrave

      Hi there. Im sorry you also went thru similar family issues. People are so threatened with veganism I just dont get it. Its awesum you’re in a great place now living simply. Thats my dream is to have my own little farm and live off the grid. Thanks so much for your kind words and awesum support! xx

  4. Hi Jaylene,
    Your story kept me glued to the screen. It reminded of my own experience growing up. One day my grandparents tried to get me to eat my pet bird. All the while trying to sell me on the idea that the bird on the plate was just a very skinny dwarf chicken. Actually thinking it was another bird didn’t make me feel much better. I guess I was 4ish when I refused to eat my bird and my conscience started to take me to a land where all species are just different societies sharing the same beautiful planet. My personal yin yang says my society is the same as the bird societies but different. Your life style is different than mine that alone does not give me or anyone else the right to sacrifice someone else’s life for pleasure. The murdering that is going on at this very moment is all for pleasure.
    I am very happy I found your bloq. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Jaylene Musgrave

    Hi Eric. Im so sad that you had to go thru that horrific event with your poor pet birdy. I cant believe your grandparents would be so insensitive. But there again, most people are arent they? I like your philosophy … if the human race survives another 100 years, they will look back at this time in history with shock and horror at how we were so barbaric towards our fellow animals. I dont like being a part of this society or this species. We need another outbreak of Mad Cow disease to wipe out all the torturers so we can live in peace with our beautiful aniaml friends. Thanks for your kind words Eric and amazing support xx

  6. “We need another outbreak of Mad Cow disease to wipe out all the torturers” …. wow….just…..wow

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