For the life of every creature—its blood is its life; therefore I have said to the people of Israel: You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.

Leviticus 17:14

 

In a pre-scientific age, the people of Israel concluded that blood was the source of life, the medium in which the soul of an animal resided; and to lose blood was to see life ebb away.  This is why the consumption of blood is prohibited in the Jewish faith.  The Red Rebels (Red Brigade of Extinction Rebellion) use of red clothing ‘symbolises the common blood we share with all species, that unifies us and makes us one.’  Gathering silently, Red Rebels move slowly to create a calm and contemplative atmosphere which diffuses tensions and creates empathy.  Using blood red to represent all sentient beings, reminds us that our connectedness to each other, to all animals and plants is embedded in our nature.  Over half of plant genes have recognisable counterparts in the human genome.  We are all, everything upon the earth, fashioned from the same basic elements.  We cannot separate ourselves from the life of this earth; in seeking to preserve it, we save ourselves.

(Photo: Claire Bullion)