WARNING: Bearing witness to the suffering of animals can take a psychological toll.
Not only are we exposed to violence, but the empathy we feel for the victims can cause us to suffer vicariously.
You may notice feelings of anger, despair, grief, or hopelessness. You may struggle to forget the images you’ve seen, have negative thoughts about the world, feel a sense of estrangement from others, or struggle to sleep and concentrate. Given that what you have seen relates to cultural and systemic behaviours, you may find these responses being triggered frequently. Please note that these are valid emotions and a normal response to experiencing something traumatic such as this.