The world lost Carrie Fisher On Dec. 27th but we lost much more than just an actress, we lost a dear friend to the End Yulin cause, one who will forever be remembered as playing a major role in its eventual demise.
A few months back when I received her thank you note, I was walking on air. To me, I am a nobody, but for one moment in time Carrie Fisher a star as bright as any other spoke... well, rather thought my name and said "I'll send him a thank you note" and dammit she did.
She wanted to tweet out my site, but I refused because first off, to me, it's wasn't close to being what I envision and months later it's still not quite there, but I forgive myself since I am working 24/7 and being Wildlife Planets only employee, its getting there. For someone who never graduated high school and has A.D.D. I am very proud of what it is blossoming into.
Even if at that moment Wildlife Planet was as beautiful as Carrie Fisher, I still would have said no. It's not in my nature to accept this type of offer, because I never would want to ever use friends or people with similar goals this way.
To me, if Carrie Fisher tweeted out my site I would have undoubtedly received a ton of traffic, but my soul would have felt dirty and I would have felt like I was using these animals who have suffered so much at this incredibly horrendous festival, for publicity.
My feeling on this is important, I could have sent out a million tweets that day saying "Look at What Wildlife Planet Received" but to me this was a person who had some importance telling me I did a good job and keep up the good work.
Personally the note was nothing to get on your soap box and shout about, to me it was something to use to inspire me and me alone on days that I feel like just shutting everything down.
The reason I am even writing this is the fact that I was debating even telling this story, because it would seem like I was using her memory and using all the people who loved her work and all those who loved her as a person.
As so many times before when someone we knew and admired passes far too early, we start searching for any stories or pictures that we may not have known about, in the hopes of holding onto that person for just a moment or two longer.
So why am I writing this?
Because ending this festival was in her soul. So the only way to honor her in a way that seemed fitting ways to tell the world she was much more than those late 70's hair muffs. She was more than some fantasy about being a teenager again, dreaming about swinging across hot desert sands with an even hotter princess.
The Carrie Fisher I'll Remember is Carrie Fisher the animal activist and I am sure to China they would remember her as "Carrie Fisher the pain in the ass Yulin Festival protester."
Just a few months ago Carrie Fisher was standing outside London's Chinese embassy asking people to sign a petition and calling on China to put an end to the slaughtering of thousands of dogs and cats during this ten day horror-fest and millions more yearly.
She once said "There is so much animal suffering in the world, and much of it you feel helpless to end, but stopping the Yulin dog meat festival and ending all that suffering is easy... All the Chinese authorities need to do is declare it shut down, and the killing stops."
I believe in my heart that what disturbed her most about the Yulin festival was the fact that many of the 10,000 Dogs and cats that are slaughtered each year in Yulin were stolen pets.
She loved Gary her French bulldog so very much. Gary was there during the Chinese embassy protest and he was there by her side as she passed on to a place where Cruelty, animal or otherwise, does not exist.
When she spoke about the Yulin Dog Meat Festival she held Gary a little closer, seeing in her mind's eye how heartbroken she would have been if some thief in the night came and tore her beloved furry family member away from her loving arms.
I have always thought about my end and how I'll be remembered, if at all. I have written a few novels that were published and maybe one day, long after I had passed someone will read it and thank me, I think I would have been fine with at least knowing somewhere my name would be written.
When I started Wildlife Planet I didn't even know that the Yulin Festival even existed, but the moment I found out about it, I knew what my calling was and what I hope my legacy would become.
After I have departed this beautiful blue jewel, I want nothing more than to be known as playing just a small part in ending the Yulin festival.
I like to think of Carrie Fisher this way. If the Yulin Festival was some Shakespearean horror picture with a few minutes till the final curtain is drawn and Carrie's last sentence had just been spoken, when that final veil does fall even if she is absent from that scene, no one would deny that she had played a major part in bringing this tragedy to a close.
Now and forever Carrie Fisher shall remain one of 'End Yulins' loudest voices and when this stain on humanities last words are finally uttered Carrie Fisher will be standing there, celebrating with us all.
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