A coworker suggested these edits. What do you think?
Thank you so much for hosting this event and for inviting me to it.
Unfortunately I cannot attend it because of a pledge I’ve taken. The pledge is to not participate in events where animals’ bodies or their byproducts are being eaten. As you know, dairy ice cream comes from dairy cows, who are forcibly impregnated (raped) and whose breastmilk is stolen from them and from their babies. I know that ice cream parties are meant to illicit feelings of happiness and joy, but it is difficult to separate the images I’ve seen of cows being harmed to make those products from the ice cream itself. I just don’t feel comfortable being in a room where people are celebrating that violence.
I recently visited an animal sanctuary where I met a baby calf named Rupert. A few days after he was born he was taken to be slaughtered for veal. Male baby cows aren’t considered useful to the dairy industry since they can’t produce milk so they are shipped to the veal farm mere minutes after they are born, with no time to bond with, or nurse from, their mothers. The truck taking him to slaughter took a sharp turn and he was thrown off the side into the street. Some people found him and took him to a sanctuary, but he is now forced to drink milk from a giant bottle because his mother was killed. I personally stood there and fed him milk through a bottle. I then watched him walk back into his pen alone. It broke my heart, and I can never look at meat and dairy products the same way again. I can only see Rupert.
I hope you can understand. I would be thrilled if our staff could have a vegan ice cream party, but I’m sure you’ve already purchased the dairy ice cream so I’m afraid I have to sit this one out for my own mental health.
Thank you for all that you do. I would like to reiterate that I love working for OurCompany and I appreciate the kind gesture of hosting such an event.
P.S. Attached is a photo of Rupert.
Here is the rationale behind those suggestions:
Being in a room where people are celebrating that violence is traumatizing to me.
This might be interpreted as you being dramatic; I’d hate for her to discount the rest of what you are saying.
I have been involved with animal rights activism recently
Sadly, this could dilute your message as well. Generally, people don’t respect animal rights activism. I think this hurts, rather than helps, your argument.