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From 5 March 2001 Issue:
Plague Upon Depravity:
Retribution for Our Depraved Indifference to the Pain and Suffering of Others
We believe that diseases such as Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE) and its human counterpart Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) are the direct result of our feeding other animals to normally vegetarian (ruminant) animals, which are then slaughtered for use as food for humans. It appears to be a Divine plague cast upon us as a consequence of our greed and depravity (a depraved indifference on the part of the people in the animal agriculture industry and on the part of those who insist upon eating the flesh and by-products of these animals, because collectively we don't care about the pain and suffering we are causing billions upon billions of animals each year).
Many people suffer from cases of so-called "stomach flu". It is sad, to say the least, that many physicians perpetrate what we consider, from our own research, to be a lie by hiding the truth that such conditions are simply food poisoning caused by bacteria (Campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella, etc.) Nearly all of these cases can be traced to contaminated animal products. Thus, in our opinion these conditions are another example of Divine retribution for our indifference to the pain and suffering of animals.
From the investigations that we and others have done, the large increase in cases of asthma seems to be connected to the consumption of dairy products, as do chronic, lingering "colds", and ear infections. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Crohn's Disease have been linked to the bacterium Mycobacterium paratuberculosis which is found in dairy cows suffering from Johne's Disease. These bacteria, which are not killed in the normal pasteurization process, can be transmitted to humans through the infected cows' milk. Again, we believe this is part of the plague delivered upon us because of our depraved indifference to the pain and suffering of God's creatures.
In recent years we have also seen huge recalls of contaminated animal products, which have brought financial ruin to some firms and severe financial burdens to others. This also seems to be Divine retribution against the finances of an industry which perpetrates unbelievable pain and suffering.
The greed and the gluttony that seek to be gratified with grief brought upon animals has also led to desertification of once fertile pasture lands and rain forests, contamination of rivers, streams., lakes, and even the oceans. The use of animal fecal matter as fertilizer has even contaminated our fruits and vegetables. It is truly a plague upon our depravity.
It is time we repent of the evil we have inflicted upon the animal kingdom. It is time we stop shooting ourselves in the foot. It is time we stop sanitizing violence in our society. If we don't, we believe this plague will only increase in intensity.
(Mary and Frank Hoffman)
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