Animals In Print
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From 10 June 2003 Issue
"Are You Really An 'Animal Lover'?"
I received a letter from a woman who was extremely upset by the horrible animal abuse stories she heard on a daily basis. She equated reading about these incidents to having her soul torn out. That description is perfectly accurate.
"What can I do to help?" she asked. "I love animals!"
I was thrilled to receive a letter such as this. So many times, letters come from people expecting me to do something. Here was a woman who wanted to know what she could do. It was a nice change of pace.
"Go vegan!" I told her. "It's the most important thing you can do to end animal suffering and death." It's the first action I recommend to people who want to make a difference. I explained how this simple act could literally save thousands of animals. By cutting out food and products derived from animals, lives are saved, as well as the environment.
The response from this otherwise compassionate woman who felt like she was dying every time she read about animal abuse was, "Oh, I can't do that. Anyway, that doesn't bother me so much. How can I open a no-kill shelter?"
Of course, my happiness at receiving a letter from a fellow animal activist immediately diminished to sadness, anger, and frustration.
Her original letter should have read, "I feel like my soul is being torn out when I read about some animals being abused. Not all, just some. I don't care about all animals."
Her attitude is not unique. Many self-professed "animal lovers" make this claim over a chicken dinner. Most of the "animal lovers" I know go fishing, wear leather, and take their kids to McDonalds. The abuse of "cute" animals is horrific; the daily massive slaughter of larger, "un-cuddly" animals doesn't seem to bother people as much. Why?
>From early childhood, most people have been brainwashed to believe that there are two sets of animals -- the animals you pamper and the animals you kill.
The animal rights movement is trying to erase this deadly line.
At one time, there was a line drawn between humans as well. People were sorted and discarded by their color, religion, and gender. Today, racism, sexism and religious discrimination are not tolerated by a progressive society.
If you call yourself an "animal lover," yet still eat animals and wear their skins, it's time to realize the inconsistency of your actions.
Most people become angry when they are told that they can't truly "love" animals while simultaneously eating and wearing them. While this may seem obvious to some, most people still have blinders on.
It is time for these arbitrary and baseless lines to be erased. Can you call yourself an "animal lover" yet still kill, eat and wear the skins of animals? Think about it. Do you kill, eat and wear the skins of those you love?
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