One of the protests I have been apart of in my life, this one involved Packy one of our beloved elephants unwillingly restrained at the Oregon zoo. As with most zoos the sentient beings living there are forcibly detained against their will and put on display for humans to view like a peeper show. Left with little dignity or rights to live free the poor animals are kept in captivity for their whole life. Imagine you being locked behind bars for committing no crime but just for being you and that fact that locking you up and putting you on display would make someone money. It is sad and greedy, it disregards the intelligence and rights of the beings held captive. This protest was one in particular was a special one, it was one of the first that my children consciously wanted to take part in. They had reached that age where they could make those conscious decisions and understand why they are making them. We spend time talking and making our own signs for the protest, it was a beautiful bonding experience for us – sharing in something meaningful and helpful. We got to see some of my good friends there and share in making a difference. I am always inspired by my beautiful children, the impact they make on the world just by being themselves – it is miraculous and amazing.